Volvo Mean Green truck set to attempt speed record

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 06:04 AM PST

Ok, I know this is a car blog and I am showing a truck but I thought it was interesting enough to post on the site, this lorry is called the Volvo Mean Green truck and Volvo claim it is – the world’s fastest hybrid truck.

They plan to put their claim to the test next year and prove to the world their truck is the fastest. It will be driven by racing driver Boije and he will attempt to beat the world speed record for the standing kilometer.

The Volvo Mean Green truck is powered by a 16-litre 700 hp engine which has received twin turbos from Volvo Penta and now outputs a mind bending 1900 hp! Apart from the combustion engine, the Volvo Mean Green truck also has an electric motor, which adds 200 hp and 1100 Nm to the total output of the vehicle. The massive powerplant of the Volvo Mean Green truck sends its power to the wheels via a automated I-Shift gearbox.
The Volvo Mean Green truck has to beat a world record of a 166.7 km/h two-way average speed and a top speed of 260 km/h.

We will just have to wait until next year to see if they pull it off, if you want more info read the press release below.

Volvo Press Release:

Mean Green is a unique hybrid truck built by an enthusiastic team at Volvo Trucks. They plan to use it next spring to beat the world speed record for the standing kilometer and behind the wheel is Swedish truck racing ace, Boije Ovebrink.

"The absolute elite among Volvo's hybrid technology experts are the driving force behind the project. They are true enthusiasts, every last one of them. I'd go so far as to say that 'Mean Green' is the world's fastest hybrid truck," says Ovebrink.

To understand how he can make this claim with such confidence, we need to rewind to November 2007. Ovebrink had just beaten his own standing kilometre record from 2001 for trucks with a maximum displacement of 16 litres. He achieved this by reaching an average speed of 158.829 km/h with his red Volvo NH16 – a.k.a. 'The Wild Viking'. After winning he met Staffan Jufors, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks, who asked him, "Do you plan to sit down and twiddle your thumbs now, enjoying the fame that comes with being world champion or do you have any new ideas?" Ovebrink replied: "I'd like to build the world's fastest hybrid truck." "The idea met with approval, but at the time I had no idea about the fantastic technology Volvo had in the pipeline," he recalls.

Planning for the hybrid got under way, but suddenly, however, a Czech truck racing team claimed they had beaten Ovebrink's record. Order had to be restored, so that spring, Volvo engineer Olof Johansson got down to some serious work. He started building a truck that could retake the record, but that could also be reconfigured for the planned racing hybrid driveline. That truck is now called 'Mean Green'. But the team decided not to install the hybrid driveline straight away.

"I started building the truck from two half
frames that had been earmarked for the scrap yard and the American VN cab came from a crash-tested chassis whose cab was totally intact," he explains.

Weight reduction was absolutely crucial to setting new records. For example, the front axle was milled by experts from Volvo's engine factory in Skövde, Sweden and reduced from 100 kgs to 57 kgs. Then the gear set for first gear was removed from the gearbox, shaving another seven kgs off.

"I slit open the wiring harnesses and removed unnecessary wiring. That slashed almost six kilos," says Johansson.

Ovebrink was also ordered to lose weight, as he recalls, "They made me promise to lose 20 kilos and, so fa,r I'm half-way to my target."

Designer Jonas Sandström at Volvo put in many hours with his CAD program to come up with the optimal aerodynamic shape.

"It's important that the wind breaks away from the bodywork in the right way. Our truck differs from a Formula 1 car, for instance, in that the aerodynamic properties allow the truck to slice through the air rather than be pressed down onto the road surface," he explains.

Just a few days before the assault on the record, it was announced that FIA, the international motorsport organisation, had disallowed the Czech team's result. Still, there was no need to cancel the planned attempt on the record. Ovebrink and the Volvo team were aiming to further improve on the 2007 record – and on June 9th 2010 they did just that. The new world record for the standing kilometre was set at a two-way average speed of 166.7 km/h. Top speed was in the region of 260 km/h.

Once this was achieved, focus reverted to what the entire project had been about from the very outset.

"Olof immediately went on the offensive. The very same day the new record was set; he pulled out his toolbox and started modifying the truck to build what we see today – a thoroughbred hybrid."

The truck already had a standard Volvo 16-litre 700 hp engine with equipment including twin turbos from Volvo Penta. It was a powerplant delivering a massive 1900 horsepower. The truck retained that unit. However, the lightened Powertronic auto-shifter was replaced with a modified version of Volvo's automated I-Shift gearbox so that the transmission could interact with the component that makes 'Mean Green' a hybrid – its electric motor.

"This gives an additional 200 horsepower and 1100 Newton metres of torque. The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine 'lag'. It's like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects. For the first couple of seconds, the truck just makes a slight whistle until the diesel engine, which runs on renewable liquid rosin diesel, starts delivering with explosive force – by which time the truck is already doing 60 km/h and I can engage ninth gear," explains Ovebrink.

So, when is 'Mean Green' going to make its bid for the standing kilometre record ? "This November we'll test race it at Volvo's Hällered proving ground to see what it's capable of. Then, as soon as the winter snows disappear early next spring, we'll set our record." says Ovebrink, confidently.

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SsangYong Korando Crossover details and images

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 03:43 AM PST

South Korean automobile manufacturer – SsangYong has just unveiled the new Korando SUV along with full details, specifications and images. The manufacturer says the SsangYong Korando is a completely new crossover, that has been designed by the Italina house of Giorgetto Giugiaro.

The SsangYong Korando is powered by a 2.0-liter e-XDi200 diesel engine that develops 173hp at 4,000 rpm and 360Nm of torque between 2,000 rpm and 3,000rpm. The engine of the SsangYong Korando is equipped with an Electric Variable Geometry Turbocharger that offers effortless acceleration from low engine speeds. The official figures say the SsangYong Korando has a 6.0 l/100km (47mpg) fuel consumption in the combined cycle and a 157g/km CO2 emissions level.

The Korando SUV has a top speed of 115mph (186km/h) and a 0 – 62 time of 10 seconds. It will be available with both front-wheel-drive and AWD. It will also be available with either a manual or an automatic transmission.

The SsangYong Korando price will be announced towards the end of 2010, when the new crossover will go on sale.

If you have the time then check out the rather long press release and specs form SsangYong below.

SsangYong Press Release:


The all new SsangYong Korando represents a major step forward for the brand, and for a number of significant reasons.

Recently previewed in Mallorca to the international motoring press, the SsangYong Korando also marks a number of 'firsts'. As a crossover, the new car allows SsangYong to expand from its core SUV (sport utility vehicle) model range, with the practicality of a 4×4/SUV and accessibility of a family hatchback giving the company entry to a major new and growing market sector.

Designed in Europe by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the new car offers a highly contemporary look while featuring a monocoque construction – another first for the marque which has traditionally employed ladder-rack chassis architecture. This new platform will also form the basis of the brand's future product development programme.

SsangYong's hallmark competitive pricing and comprehensive specification will pitch this fourth generation SsangYong Korando against cars such as the Ford Kuga, Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan.

There will be five models from launch in the UK, with the option of two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, 6-speed manual and automatic, and two trim levels.

SsangYong Korando range

Two-wheel drive, manual
Two-wheel drive, manual – High Line
Two-wheel drive, automatic – High Line
All-wheel drive, manual – High Line
All-wheel drive, automatic – High Line
Power is from a new Euro5 2.0 litre diesel engine, which delivers excellent fuel economy and impressive 157g/km CO2 emissions. Coming below the critical 160g/km level permits a 25% tax reduction, especially important for the user/chooser, a key part of the fleet market.

The brand new 175PS diesel engine makes SsangYong Korando one of the most powerful in its class, and with a full two tonne towing capacity, also one of the best tow-cars.

A comprehensive five-year or 250,000 mile warranty, excellent fuel economy and low running costs will also set a new benchmark of affordability in the rapidly growing compact crossover segment.

Production of right-hand-drive vehicles begins this month with deliveries to the United Kingdom commencing towards the end of 2010, and an on sale date in January. Prices will be announced nearer the time, but are predicted to be highly competitive.

Crossover SsangYong Korando – Reborn as a model designed in Europe to meet the needs of the European market

All-new crossover model fresh from the ground up
European design by Giorgetto Giugiaro
SsangYong's first monocoque construction provides the perfect basis for a modern crossover
Choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
2.0-litre diesel engine blends efficient fuel economy and high performance
Both manual and automatic transmissions available
Low CO2 emissions will appeal to company car drivers
Class leading towing capacity of two tonnes
New platform, new design, new engine – SsangYong's new SsangYong Korando brings an entirely fresh approach to the crossover market.

Introducing a number of significant firsts for SsangYong, the SsangYong Korando is ready to take a bold step into one of the most buoyant sectors of the European car market. Merging the low running costs and dynamic abilities of a conventional family hatchback with the visual appeal, adventurous spirit and rough-road capability of an SUV, the SsangYong Korando is aimed at the heart of the crossover market.

With the focus on quality and desirability, the SsangYong Korando has been designed and jointly developed in Europe by renowned stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro. With one of the most famous names in automotive design behind it, the new SsangYong Korando takes on a modern, stylish SUV shape reflecting the rugged appeal that lies at the heart of today's SsangYong Motor Company.

Looking outside of Europe, the SsangYong Korando brand is already one of the strongest in the SUV market. Indeed, SsangYong Korando is listed in the Korean Guinness Book of World Records as the country's longest surviving automotive brand. With its roots stretching as far back as 1974, the SsangYong Korando started a new chapter in Korean car making as the first-ever self-developed four-wheel-drive model to come from the country in 1983. The next significant evolution in 1996 was the adoption of Mercedes-Benz diesel technology when the third generation model was introduced.

Now, after a five year absence from the world's car market, SsangYong Korando is back in an all-new form to claim its place among the world's new C-segment SUV crossover models.

Epitomising today's economic ethos of spending less without compromising on quality, the SsangYong Korando is perfectly placed to meet the needs of downsizing drivers. The compact C-segment sized SUV market now accounts for more than half of the total SUV market in Europe, and this proportion is expected to grow in the coming months and years.

Designed and developed over the last five years to deliver the environmentally conscious efficiency that's expected of every class leading crossover, the SsangYong Korando offers high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions to rival the best in class.

Add the proven strength and safety that comes from the DNA of an SUV specialist, and every need is met – environmentally friendly interior materials, comfort, refinement, practicality and versatility all feature to make the SsangYong Korando a crossover that's sure to stand out in a busy marketplace.

The new powertrain – efficiency and performance combined

An all-new model deserves an all-new powertrain – and the SsangYong Korando's new e-XDi200 engine is at the very heart of the crossover's appeal. With a high power output of 175PS, superb combined cycle fuel economy of 6.0 l/100km (47mpg) and CO2 emissions of only 157g/km the SsangYong Korando can challenge the very best rivals. Refinement is a key strength of the new 2.0-litre diesel engine which is offered with both manual and automatic six-speed transmissions to power both front and four-wheel drive SsangYong Korando models.

Furthermore, the SsangYong Korando range will be extended next year with the introduction of a new even more frugal diesel engine as well as a high-value petrol unit.

Cabin comfort at the core of SsangYong Korando design

Making the most of its commanding driving position, the SsangYong Korando offers superb cabin comfort and interior ergonomics. No matter what the surface, a smooth ride quality has been achieved with the adoption of a double bush type sub-frame mounted suspension system, while extensive NVH engineering isolates occupants from external interruptions.

Specification that puts passenger safety first

Passenger safety comes first. Six airbags – dual front, side and curtain – are fitted as standard, while there is also multi-function ESP (Electronic Stability Program), which integrates anti-rollover protection, brake assist, hill start assist and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal). Other standard safety features include first row active head restraints and ISOFIX.

Crossover to the SsangYong Korando

The SsangYong Korando is a model which has been designed to reaffirm SsangYong's position in the minds of the European car buyer. Far from merely fulfilling the basic needs of the consumer, design innovations have been offered to tempt buyers away from established competitors. The eco cruise control system efficiently manages the amount of fuel injected to maximise economy, a door mirror mounted LED puddle lamp helps passengers get in and out safely and comfortably even in dark areas and the SsangYong Korando's towing ability has been at the core of its development from day one.

Recognising the desires of many drivers to stamp their personality on their new car purchase, the SsangYong Korando is offered with a choice of seven exterior colours and a combination of interior shades and materials including luxurious leather seats. Buyers also have the option of a special interior specification which features a unique orange highlight colour.

SsangYong Korando will be revealed this autumn through the over 1,240 strong SsangYong international dealer network before starting on its journey to strengthen the SsangYong Motor Company's brand. The first SsangYong Korando models will be delivered to UK buyers in January 2011, when the following variants will be offered:

Two-wheel drive, manual
Two-wheel drive, manual – High Line
Two-wheel drive, automatic – High Line
All-wheel drive, manual – High Line
All-wheel drive, automatic – High Line


Styling concept

As one of Europe's most respected designers, Giorgetto Giugiaro was brought onboard from the early stages of development to position the SsangYong Korando perfectly into the competitive crossover market. The result is an elegantly proportioned shape which is perfectly in-tune with the design themes of the moment.

The strong, charismatic front end of the SsangYong Korando sets the tone for the sharp lines that punctuate the dynamic silhouette. Embodying the SsangYong design theme of 'elegance within strength', the SsangYong Korando brings a fresh take on SUV styling to the crossover market.

Exterior design: robust aesthetics

When creating the fourth generation SsangYong Korando, designers had strong themes in mind. Conveying the strength and toughness of SsangYong's SUV building history with an adventurous spirit keen to explore both the wild countryside and the urban jungle, the SsangYong Korando's crossover body took shape.

The high bonnet line gives a sense of power and pays tribute to the go-anywhere abilities of SsangYong SUVs, while the perfectly balanced six-point radiator grille and angular headlamp shape are both poised and athletic.

The two-tone bumper shape was designed to express the SUV's stability and toughness. This is complemented by the mesh radiator grille, bold air intake and chrome trim to make a strong and powerful statement.

At the rear the design statements are equally bold. A defined line runs from the front headlamp to the rear lamp cluster, following the contours of the body and emphasising the SsangYong Korando's shape. The rear light clusters have in-built lenses to appear completely red despite housing the turn indicators and reversing lamps.

One of the key design characteristics of any Giorgetto Giugiaro designed model is the perfect proportion. Study the SsangYong Korando in profile and you will see how this pillar of automotive design has been applied to provide the optimum balance, with a beltline that begins as a diagonal and finishes as a curve to emphasise the presence of both toughness and speed.

The harmony of a neat glass area and the distinctive C-pillar shape is the essence of the robust design that gives a sense of power to the whole vehicle.

Adding visual strength to the SsangYong Korando's SUV shape, substantial wheelarches draw the eye to the raised ride height. However, the arches retain a utilitarian black finish to add to the feeling of robustness that's lacking in so many compact SUV models.

With its perfect proportions, toughness throughout and the attention to detail achieved only by the finest automobile designers, the SsangYong Korando comes equipped with the very finest European design.

Interior design: premium space

The SsangYong Korando's interior combines the Oriental ethos of moderation and elegance. The result is a cabin which uses subtle design detailing to punctuate a spacious and practical interior which meets the needs of the most demanding crossover buyer.

Central to the design of any automotive interior is the driving environment. The SsangYong Korando's instrument panel is simple and elegant, with two large dials separated by a digital display. A modern, uncluttered control layout features chrome coloured trim to highlight the flowing lines.

Particular attention has been paid to the look and feel of the main cabin controls. The tactility of the dials and switches has been developed to convey a feeling of quality and robustness in keeping with a crossover model.

Of course, practicality hasn't been forgotten either, with drinks holders front and rear along with secure stowage spaces for everything from portable music players to maps. The luxurious seats offer an added dimension of versatility and comfort, with the option to fold the second row flat to leave an even more practical luggage area.

With the SsangYong Korando's interior, designers have succeeded in maximising space, comfort and practicality in a high quality, driver-centric cabin.

Colour design: the finishing touch

With the fundamentals of a class leading cabin design complete, choosing the perfect colour palette was the finishing touch to the SsangYong Korando's interior.

In order to satisfy diverse consumer needs, classy black and natural beige form the basis of the key interior colours. Paying particular attention to the young and active drivers for whom the crossover market often holds most appeal, a special orange highlight colour can be added to the black interior to add a sporty finish.

Just as important as colour is the material used to create each interior part. The SsangYong Korando cabin is trimmed with everything from attractive chrome and metal accents to premium quality soft-touch plastics. Anti-bacterial paint is also used to enhance the wellbeing of occupants.

As for exterior colours, a total of seven tones are available including vibrant Vitamin Red and striking Ice Blue.


Leading the way with efficiency

Low emissions, high performance: e-XDi200
The diesel engines used to power SsangYong models have long been one of the marque's key strengths. Combining the traditional virtues of high performance and outstanding durability with superb economy and refinement, the new e-XDi200 diesel engine is the perfect powerplant for the SsangYong Korando.

The 2.0-litre e-XDi200 engine provides a maximum power output of 175PS and peak torque of 360Nm, representing a 20 per cent improvement over its predecessor. Optimum torque is delivered across a low yet broad rev range of 2,000-3,000rpm, leading to effortless acceleration from low engine speeds thanks to SsangYong's E-VGT (Electric Variable Geometry Turbocharger).

Not only is it fully compliant with Euro5 emissions regulations, but the e-XDi200 engine is also designed to fulfil the requirements of the future Euro6 rules. This has been achieved with the help of a range of technological advancements including third generation 1,800 bar common rail fuel injection, E-EGR (Electric Exhaust Gas Recirculation), swirl control valve and CDPF (Catalysed Diesel Particulate Filter). The swirl level has been made flexible for different gear ratios to achieve the cleanest possible diesel combustion.

The result is highly frugal combined cycle fuel economy of 6.0 l/100km (47mpg) and CO2 emissions of only 157g/km. Such impressive efficiency can only be achieved through the implementation of a range of measures throughout the SsangYong Korando's design.

The SsangYong's kerb weight is only 1,672kg (manual version) thanks to various weight saving measures including the use of an oil separator integrated plastic cylinder head cover. Lowering friction has also played its part, with low tension piston rings, plateau honing and low viscosity oil all helping to reduce energy losses.

Advanced engine control devices have also been developed including a dual knock sensor and a system to optimise intake and fuel injection according to driving conditions. A rapid temperature elevation warm-up system is also in place to improve the engine's performance in cold start and warming-up situations.

Efficiency and performance are only two-thirds of a modern diesel engine's requirements – refinement is equally important. That's why the e-XDi200 engine minimises NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) with decoupling technology and an advanced balancing system to drastically reduce booming noise in the mid to high speed range. The engine itself has also been made quieter by acoustically tuning the layout of the chain system to reduce unwanted noise.

The final test for any new engine is reliability, and the SsangYong Korando's new powerplant has passed the Mercedes-Benz durability test with flying colours. This is the world's toughest examination for any new engine, designed to test it to the limit before it is fitted under the bonnet of a production model. The final seal of approval was given to the new SsangYong Korando's engine only after it had also undergone extensive real-world test driving in both the hottest and coldest of environments.

To suit the needs, expectations and budget of all types of crossover driver the SsangYong Korando is offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (AWD) forms. While variants feeding power only to the front wheels will offer the lowest price entry into SsangYong Korando ownership, SsangYong's advanced AWD system makes the most of the model's dynamic abilities both on and off road.

The SsangYong Korando's AWD is an on-demand system. By monitoring the grip level, the technology can determine the driving conditions and traction available before distributing power to the wheels that need it most.

Under normal driving conditions 100 per cent of the engine's torque is driving the front wheels so that the SsangYong Korando can run with the efficiency of a family hatchback. However, as soon as the front tyres begin to lose traction, power is fed to the rear wheels to ensure safe, stable and dependable progress is resumed. The technology also comes into play when pulling away on a steep slope, allowing the SsangYong Korando to drive off from a standstill smoothly and safely every time.

What's more, the AWD even has a special in-built self-protecting function. If a driver fits a different type of tyre or has extreme differences in wear between front and rear tyres, the driving power going to the rear is reduced to prevent any damage to the transmission.

Calling on its 4×4 know-how, SsangYong hasn't forgotten that many SsangYong Korandos will find their way off the beaten track on a wintery adventure or towing a caravan on a sodden campsite. That's why engineers have fitted an AWD lock mode to manually force the spread of power between the front and rear wheels at speeds below 25mph.

All this only adds to the SsangYong Korando's credentials as a class leading towing vehicle. The SsangYong has been engineered to pull a braked trailer weighing as much as 2,000 kg, while an unbraked trailer of 750 kg also poses no problems. Keen caravaners have already been impressed by the SsangYong Korando's statistics, and are sure to fall for its all-round abilities with a load in tow on the road.

With or without a trailer, at the core of the AWD SsangYong Korando's engineering is safety. When working with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), the four-wheel-drive system provides the best possible grip and control whatever the conditions.

Surpassing many of its rivals, the SsangYong Korando offers a choice of two six-speed transmissions to crossover drivers.

In the UK the six-speed manual transmission is expected to be fitted to the majority of SsangYong Korando models. Using a wide spread of ratios, the gearbox has been developed to improve launch acceleration while also offering low-engine-speed high-economy running at motorway pace. Efficiency and durability have also been improved by optimising oil lubrication, while particular engineering attention has been paid to reducing gear whine at all speeds.

Unlike many of its rivals, choosing the SsangYong Korando's automatic transmission doesn't mean giving up any gear ratios. The six-speed auto takes the same wide-ratio spread approach as the manual to minimise its impact on economy, emissions and refinement. Drivers can also take manual control at any point using the shift lever or steering wheel mounted switches.

Technologies such as variable solenoid control, fully adaptive input control and electronic shifting have been used to automatically detect how the driver wants the gearbox to operate. Shift refinement has also been at the forefront of the transmission's development along with efficiency. Just like every other aspect of the SsangYong Korando's mechanical systems, the transmission suffers minimal power and friction losses thanks to the use of variable line pressure control and low viscosity ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid).

Suspension & Running Gear
The new crossover SsangYong Korando uses a combination of technologically advanced systems and engineering to achieve optimal driving performance and minimise Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH). Details of each system/area can be found below.

EPS (Electric Power assisted Steering)
SsangYong's EPS uses an electric motor to provide the perfect amount of assistance to the driver when turning the wheel. The system is speed sensitive, offering maximum assistance during parking manoeuvres and greater feel out on the open road. A further advantage is improved efficiency over traditional hydraulic power steering systems.

Optimal Ride & Handling
To compliment SsangYong's first monocoque construction, compact sub-frames are installed at the front and rear. This not only provides ride and handling characteristics much closer to a conventional road car rather than an off-roader, but it also dramatically improves the cabin's insulation from bumps and ridges in the road. At the front, side load springs are used to minimise friction and in turn improve both noise levels and durability. Coil springs are fitted to the rear sub-frame to improve overall driving comfort. Extensive engineering development has gone into the blocking of any sub-frame leaning when cornering, helping the SsangYong Korando to maintain a flat, neutral stance.

Drive Shaft

The drive shaft sends power to the AWD system and normally consists of steel tubes and universal joints. However, this set-up didn't measure up to the high standards of NVH expected of the SsangYong Korando. Instead, a constant velocity joint and rubber couple is used, achieving lower noise levels at high, constant speeds. What's more, this set-up reduces shock and vibration when cornering, further improving refinement and comfort.

Sound Insulation Optimisation
Another further improvement in the comfort and enjoyment of every drive is the reduction in sound entering the cabin. Heavy-layer and polyurethane sound absorbing/blocking materials have been used both behind the dashboard and under the floor to minimise any intrusive noise. Further sound insulation is also provided by a felt material fitted between the engine and the cabin, while a final layer of sound absorbing material is fitted to the dashboard.

Off-Road Capacity
While the SsangYong Korando is more at home on the tarmac than ever before, off-road capability hasn't been sidelined. The SsangYong Korando has a ground clearance of 180mm, approach angle of 22.8 degrees, departure angle of 28.2 degrees and ramp angle of 18.5 degrees. The result is a maximum climb angle of 48 per cent (AWD, 33 per cent for 2WD), a roll over angle of over 40 per cent and a wading depth of 300mm.

These statistics give the crossover model the sort of off-road ability that goes far beyond the expectations of many drivers, but which allows rough tracks and steep inclines to be tackled without costly body or mechanical damage.


Active & Passive Safety System: Secure safety through optimal chassis structure and state-of-the-art technology

One of the main attractions of an SUV is the feeling of safety and security afforded by a high driving position and robust body. The challenge with a crossover model is to offer genuine advances in safety without suffering the penalties of increased weight and reduced efficiency which afflict traditional off-roaders.

In order to meet the demands of the most safety-conscious crossover buyer, the SsangYong Korando has an energy multi-dispersion structure which channels the force of a front-end impact to the vehicle body through three load channels, including the front sub-frame. This spreads the energy from a crash to minimise the forces felt by passengers and any resultant injuries.

In the case of a rear-end impact, a crash box made from high-tension steel acts as a buffer, absorbing crash energy together with the rear bumper to protect vehicle occupants. Both front and rear-end structures have also been designed to minimise the potential danger to pedestrians.

With many SsangYong Korando buyers likely to have a young family, the addition of the international standard ISOFIX car seat mounting system is a vital feature, allowing child seats to be installed easily and securely every time.

While some rivals might charge extra for vital safety equipment, the SsangYong Korando comes as standard with the full complement of six airbags. Dual airbags are fitted for the driver and front passenger, while side and curtain airbags will deploy in the event of a side-on crash. There is also a state-of-the-art safety restraint system in place to stop passengers from being thrown out of the car in a rollover accident.

Another safety enhancement comes in the shape of the latest active head restraint system. An electric signal is detected by the sensor in the event of a rear-end crash and instantly moves the front head restraints forwards and upwards to reduce any potential neck injuries.

However, there's more to safety than merely considering the worst-case-scenario high speed impact – slow speed accidents also require engineering development to minimise repair bills and insurance costs. A high tension steel crash box is installed at both the front and the rear to reduce the damage caused by low-speed bumps. The design enables easy repairs to be carried out to vehicles which have absorbed collision energy into their crash boxes rather than costly chassis and body parts.

While reducing the consequences of an accident was at the core of the new SsangYong Korando's development, helping drivers to avoid collisions in the first place was equally important. The newly developed ABS/ESP system compares the driver's inputs to the steering, throttle and braking with the vehicle's status and controls the engine, transmission and braking systems to ensure maximum possible safety in every instance. The system can even detect an abnormal situation, for example when the accelerator and brake pedals are accidentally pressed at the same time, and operate an override function in which the engine will return to idle to help prevent any potential accidents.

What's more, the SsangYong Korando's ESP system also works along with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) to apply the maximum braking force in an emergency, decreasing stopping distances when the driver isn't able or experienced enough to apply full pressure to the brake pedal. ARP (Anti Rollover Protection) provides further driver assistance by preventing instability during sudden changes of direction. To make pulling away on a slope easier and safer HSA (Hill Start Assist) is also fitted, while ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) warns following vehicles of emergency stops and ABS activation.


All the comfort of an SUV with the convenience of a family hatchback

Despite having dimensions compact enough to fit into the city, the SsangYong Korando offers the practicality required of a family car. Its wide interior offers the practicality of an SUV with the proportions and running costs of a conventional compact family hatchback, making the SsangYong Korando the perfect transport for both everyday use and leisure activities.

The convenience begins in the driver's seat. Various storage spaces are available including a centre fascia tray, a door pull handle tray and a large map pocket. The prominent digital read-out also gives the driver all the information they need when heading out into the great outdoors for a spot of mountain biking or canoeing, including both external and internal temperature and humidity. This trip computer also displays information about fuel consumption and range capability.

Over on the passenger side, the glove box contains a partition tray and a credit card holder, while there's also the added convenience of a hook to secure a carrier bag.

The SsangYong Korando's wide track ensures that passengers will be comfortable whether they are sitting in the front or the rear. Those in the back benefit from a flat floor without an intrusive transmission tunnel, while the second row seats can be split 60:40, fold & dive and recline to provide various seat variations.

Lift the SsangYong Korando's tailgate and you'll find a spacious 486 litre luggage area complete with a large under-floor tray. The luggage cover is also removable, while a hanger on the roof and a hook to fix a load net add to the SsangYong's practicality.

With a level of convenience normally only offered by premium saloons, the SsangYong Korando provides plenty of attractive features. Top of the list for many will be the standard fit Bluetooth audio system, which not only allows calls to be made and received via a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone but also provides the ability to stream music via a suitable device.

When the driver uses the remote key fob to unlock the vehicle, both the interior and door mirror mounted puddle lights are illuminated to light the way. Both are also lit automatically when the driver removes the key from the ignition and opens the door.

Other convenience features include automatically folding/unfolding mirrors, which are operated when the doors are locked/unlocked using the remote key.

When the SsangYong Korando reaches 18.6mph (30km/h) the doors are automatically locked, but in a crash situation in which the airbags are deployed, the locked doors will automatically unlock, the interior light will turn on and the hazard lights will be activated.

Looking after the wellbeing of occupants is at the core of the SsangYong Korando's cabin design. That's why various switches have been treated with paint that prohibits the growth of microbes to prevent the spread of germs.

Security is also assured thanks to a standard fit alarm and immobiliser.



175PS 2.0-litre e-XDi200 diesel engine with CDPF
Active AWD
Six-speed manual transmission
Six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode
McPherson strut front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Active Roll-over Protection (ARP) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
Electric power steering (EPS)

Six-way power driver's seat
Height adjustable driver's seat
Lumbar support for driver's seat
60:40 split folding second-row seats with folding centre armrest
Leather upholstery
Woven cloth upholstery
Heated front and second row seats
Climate control

Fully automatic air conditioning with temperature sensor and outside temperature gauge
Manual air conditioning with maximum air conditioning function
Rear heating duct to enhance climate control effectiveness
PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) heater

Chrome coated radiator grille
All-around tinted glass
Solar controlled windshield glass
Privacy glass (rear door windows and tailgate window)
Roof rails
Rear spoiler with LED high mounted stop lamp
Acoustic engine cover to dampen noise
18-inch hyper silver coated alloy wheels with 225/55 tyres
17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 tyres
16-inch alloy wheels with 215/65 tyres
Illuminated ignition key slot
Leather steering wheel trim
Floor mats
Door mirror mounted puddle light
Two-tone lower mouldings
Chrome plated dual tail pipe
Body coloured door handles

LED side repeaters on door mirrors
Battery saver
Electronic ECO cruise control
Electronically-tuned AM/FM stereo audio system with MP3 CDP
USB memory slot and Aux port
RDS and Bluetooth system
Pole aerial on the rear roof
Auto-levelling headlights
Windshield wiper de-icer
Rain sensing wiper and automatic headlight activation
One-touch triple signal indicators
Heated tailgate window with timer
Safety power sunroof that slides or tilts, with blind panel
Power windows with safety (anti-trap) feature
Remote keyless entry system with panic alarm
Six speakers including two tweeters for high level sound
Steering wheel audio system controls
Dual spray type washer nozzles
Trip computer
12V DC power outlets under the instrument panel and in the load area
External door mirrors that can be electrically adjusted, folded and heated
Mobile ashtray
Digital clock
Dual gas filled struts for tailgate
Centre storage console
Grip on the inside of the tailgate to facilitate closing
Cupholders in the front and rear
Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror
Luggage cover and net
Toolbox in the load area
Electrically operated tailgate release switch
Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Tray on the upper instrument panel

Monocoque body structure
Door impact beams for optimal protection from side collisions
Dual airbags in front with seatbelt load limiters and pre-tensioner
Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
Side airbags for front passengers
Active head restraints for front passengers
Rear obstacle warning system with three-stage alarm
4-channel anti-lock braking system
Front ventilated disc brakes
Rear disc brakes
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
Door courtesy lamps
Immobiliser system
Rear wiper and washer
Hand-operated parking brake
Childproof safety lock
Speed-sensing door lock
Reminder alarm and speed-sensing feature for front passenger seatbelts
Rear three-point seatbelts
ISOFIX and tether anchorage for child seat
Electrochromic rear-view mirror


Crossover SsangYong Korando

Body & Chassis

Five-door, five-seat crossover, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.

Transversally-mounted diesel engine driving the front (2WD) or front and rear wheels (AWD) via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.


2.0-litre / 175PS Diesel [ Available from launch ]
Name / Type e-XDi200 / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with E-VGT
Capacity 2.0-litre, 1,998 cc
Max power 175PS (129 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque 360Nm (36.7 kg.m) @ 2,000-3,000 rpm
Fuel system Common-rail, high pressure, direct injection
Turbo system Electric Variable geometry turbocharger (E-VGT)
Emissions class Euro55

Manual 6-speed
Automatic 6-speed

2.0D MT/AT
2WD S / O
S = available as standard

Delivers 100 per cent of torque to the front wheels.
Safety aided by electronic Traction Control, ABS anti-lock braking and ESP with Active Roll-over Protection and Hill Start Assist Control.

Full-time on demand electronically controlled single ratio (High) system delivers 100 per cent of torque to front wheels during normal road driving. Manually selected 'Lock Mode' transfers higher torque to rear axle than 4WD 'Auto Mode' for enhanced stability during slippery conditions (under 25mph).

Suspension & Damping
Front Fully independent by sub-frame-mounted MacPherson Struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Fully independent by sub-frame-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Type EPS, electric power-assisted rack and pinion
Overall ratio 14.8:1
Gearing 2.88 turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 10.9 metres

Power Tandem eight- & nine-inch booster
Front 294 x 26 mm ventilated discs
Rear 262 x 10 mm (2WD) / 284 x 10 mm (AWD) solid discs
Parking brake Hand operated lever
ABS Four-channel anti-lock system with EBD
ESC Electronic Stability Control
ARP Active Rollover Protection
HBA Hydraulic Brake Assist
HSA Hill Start Assist
ESS Emergency Stop Signal

Wheels & Tyres
Standard Alloy 16 in x 6.5J 215/65 R16 tyres (Silica)
Options Alloy 17 in x 6.5J 225/60 R17 tyres (Silica)
Alloy 18 in x 6.5J 225/55 R18 tyres (Silica)
Spare (Standard) Tyre mobility kit
Spare (Option) Space saver steel wheel and tyre


Exterior (mm)
Overall Length 4,410
Overall width 1,830*
Overall height 1,675**
Wheelbase 2,650
Front track 1,573
Rear track 1,558
Front overhang 920
Rear overhang 840
Ground clearance 180
*excluding door mirrors / **excluding roof rack

Interior (mm) Front Rear
Headroom 1,010 990
Legroom 1,035 940
Shoulder room 1,450 1,410
Hip room 1,365 1,340

Fuel Tank 57 litres
Luggage (VDA) 486 litres (behind rear seats)

Off-road Capabilities
Approach angle 22.8 degree
Departure angle 28.2 degree
Ramp over angle 18.5 degree
Roll over angle 40 per cent
Max climb angle 48 per cent(AWD), 33 per cent(2WD)
Wading depth 300mm

Towing Capabilities (kg)
Max Towing Capacity (Braked trailer) 2,000
Max Towing Capacity (Unbraked trailer) 750
Max Tongue (Ball) Weight 92

Weights (kg)
2.0D MT/AT
All-wheel drive
Kerb weight (min.) 1,672 / 1,692
Gross weight 2,260 / 2,260

Two-wheel drive
Kerb weight (min.) 1,591 / 1,611
Gross weight 2,180 / 2,180

2.0D MT/AT
All-wheel drive
Top speed (kph) 179 (195) / 186
Top speed (mph) 111 (121) / 115
0-100 kph (62mph)(sec) 10.0 / 10.8

Two-wheel drive
Top speed (kph) 179 (195) / 186
Top speed (mph) 111 (121) / 115
0-100 kph (62mph)(sec) 10.0 / 10.8

Fuel Economy (litres/100 km)
2.0D MT/AT
All-wheel drive
Combined cycle 6.4 / 7.5
CO2 g/km 169 / 199

Two-wheel drive
Combined cycle 6.0(*6.1) / 7.3
CO2 g/km 157(*159) / 194
* Level 2 (Higher Option than Level 1)

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New Ford Focus Touring Car

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 03:07 AM PST

Ford has unveiled recently the new Ford Focus Touring Car which will race globally. It’s first appearance will be in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship and it will go on to compete in 24-hour endurance races, like the one at Nurburgring, and in the China Touring Car Championship.

The Ford Focus Touring Car is powered by the same engine as the one that sits in the 2011 Focus ST, which comes with EcoBoost technology. Ford will be working with professional private race teams around the world to spec the new Touring Car according to the FIA Super 2000 regulations.

For more information read the press release below.

Ford Press Release:


Ford's newest offering, Focus, will race as a touring car globally, building off Ford's history in engineering race-ready platforms. The first race appearance for the car is anticipated to be in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship

Ford will coordinate with and provide technical support to private race teams around the world to develop one common race car capable of adapting to the major touring car categories globally.
Packed with more affordable technologies and features than ever before, the new global Ford Focus is the perfect base for the high-performance ST version and takes the Focus lineup even further onto racetracks around the globe Ford has revealed plans to leverage the all-new Focus for motorsports by supporting the development of a next-generation touring car for global competition – the latest indication of the company's comprehensive approach to leveraging its global product platforms.

The move, announced at the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, extends Ford's reputation for offering race-capable, affordable platforms that can be converted into a race car, including Mustang and most recently, Fiesta.

That tradition will continue as the new Focus takes over as Ford's global touring car, to be developed with private race teams in cooperation with the company's global motorsports group.

"There has been tremendous interest from the racing world about the new Focus, and it's the perfect fit for a global touring car," said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Business Development. "Even more, by working with professional private race teams, we're ensuring Focus has the support it needs to compete and win."

The benefits of the Focus touring car will stretch beyond the track.
"Ford's commitment to using motorsports to influence high-performance vehicles will be highly evident, as the development of the Focus touring car will benefit the upcoming Focus ST production car," said Capito. "It's very similar to how the Mustang team was able to apply learnings from the Ford Racing Boss 302R to the 2012 Mustang Boss 302."

The first race appearance for the Focus is targeted for the 2011 British Touring Car Championship. Globally, the race car has the potential to run in many national and regional championships, such as the China Touring Car Championship and 24-hour endurance races like the classic Nürburgring in Germany. The global Focus race car will be powered by Ford’s EcoBoost™ engine technology which will go into production in the Focus ST.

Professional private race teams are partnering with Ford to develop common technical specifications for the race car, which will conform to FIA Super 2000 regulations with potential to adopt to other regulations. The teams are being brought together by Ford to determine their strengths and define roles for the development of the race car. Ford also supports the race teams by providing data, advanced engineering tools, state-of-the-art testing facilities and production parts, resulting in teams racing more competitive cars that are developed with greater efficiency.

New global Focus has it all
The new Focus is the result of a global product development program bringing together Ford's best engineers and technology from around the world. The new Focus will be sold in 122 markets worldwide and manufactured in Ford plants in Asia, Europe and North America.

All Focus models sold in North America will be powered by Ford's most advanced naturally aspirated engine ever: a new, 2.0-liter gasoline engine equipped with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing – two important fuel-saving technologies. A six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission will be offered.

A Focus ST version also will be available, boasting exhilarating performance and an addictive sound. Ford's first global high-performance model, scheduled for 2012 launch and developed by Ford's global performance vehicles team, will deliver a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine, lowered chassis, high-performance brakes and unique suspension tuning. The standard transmission for the Focus ST is a six-speed manual, optimized with sporting ratios matched to the performance characteristics of the engine.

Ford's North American engineering team is targeting fuel economy of 40 mpg highway for the most efficient Focus model, equipped with an automatic transmission. The new Focus will also offer North American consumers a full suite of Ford technology – including Ford SYNC®, MyFord Touch™, in-car Wi-Fi capability, active park assist and rear view camera.

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2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 V8

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 02:41 AM PST

Dodge has unveiled the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 V8 at the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas, they have also released the full specs and images of this new special edition model.

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is powered by a new 392-cubic inch HEMI V8 engine which sends 470 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels. The official specs say the car is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just under 5 seconds and that it manages to run the quarter mile in the high 12s.

This muscle car comes equipped with Fuel Saver technology in automatic transmission equipped models which puts the engine in a 4-cylinder operating mode for improved efficiency. It also comes with a new SRT-developed sport exhaust system for a special sound.

The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 V8 will have two exterior colors to choose from and a full body stripe. For the first time the front grille will feature a body color.

The Challenger SRT8 392 rides on a set of 20-inch SRT exclusive wheels that feature a polished face and satin black painted pockets.

For more information read the complete press release below.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 V8 Gallery

Dodge Press Release:

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Debuts with Newest HEMI V-8

Inaugural Edition Model Features Exclusive Content

Introduction of legendary 392-cubic inch HEMI V-8 for the street, an engine with a famous name but is a decidedly high-tech, modern engineering masterpiece
Potent 392 HEMI V-8 balances brawn with brains, features an active intake manifold, variable-cam timing and Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode) on automatic transmission-equipped models

Significant horsepower and torque gains are just part of the muscle coupe's balanced performance story as a redesigned suspension tuning delivers new driving manners
1,492 Inaugural Edition models will be built with exclusive interior and exterior appointments

For 2011, the Dodge brand's ultimate modern American muscle coupe receives a big boost in power and performance. And the product story goes beyond the impressive horsepower and torque lurking under the hood.

The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 builds on its original mantra of a rear-wheel-drive coupe that promises a balanced approach between form and function, with impressive straight-line acceleration and world-class ride and handling to go along with high-performance braking and the latest technology that delivers improved fuel efficiency.

The result is the newest version of the quickest coupe in the Dodge lineup packed with modern amenities and features performance enthusiasts will love.

"We listened to our devoted, loyal Dodge customers, and this new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 answers their call for more power off the line," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "We consciously tuned the 392 for a lot more torque, as that is what truly creates the thrust that sets you back in the seat and keeps you there! We can't wait to see our customers' reactions when they get behind the wheel and put their foot on the throttle – it is so responsive and a blast to drive."

New 392 HEMI V8 Offers Wide Torque Range

The return of the legendary 392-cubic inch HEMI powertrain back to the street in the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 provides another step in showcasing the evolution of the performance brand.

Pumping out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, the newest HEMI engine in the SRT product lineup provides an additional 90 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900 rpm versus the previous 6.1-liter V-8 engine. The added torque allows for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance while new, performance-tuned motor mounts improve idle stability and ride control at any speed. An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power.

The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is available with either the standard five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick or an available Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission that was first offered on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10. An improved heavy-duty clutch provides easier shift engagement.

Like the original 392 HEMI, the performance on the street and at the track is sure to turn heads with numbers such as 0-60 mph in high 4-second range and quarter-mile elapsed time in the high 12s.

New for 2011 is the Fuel Saver technology in automatic transmission equipped models, which allows the engine to operate economically on four cylinders or use all eight cylinders when needed.

Under the hood, unique valve covers with painted silver ribs and the "392 HEMI" logo give the HEMI powerplant a clean, yet aggressive look.

A redesigned SRT-tuned exhaust system results in a deeper, throatier note that will surely create envious onlookers both during daily commutes and at the race track.

Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition Offers Exclusivity

To kick off production of the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, 1,492 Inaugural Edition models (1,100 for the U.S. and 392 for Canada) will be produced featuring exclusive exterior and interior content.

On the exterior, two colors and new full-body stripe combinations are available on all Inaugural Edition models: Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes. For the first time, the front grille features a body-color grille surround.

Unique "392 HEMI" badges flank both fenders touting the historically significant V-8 engine that remains true to its high-performance roots and powers the highest rated Challenger in terms of horsepower and torque ratings. From the rear, the Mopar quad exhaust tips deliver the performance exhaust note while adding the styling cue of a serious muscle car.

The Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition rides on standard 20-inch SRT exclusive wheels that feature a polished face and satin black painted pockets.

The race-inspired interior of the Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition begins with standard Smooth Pearl White leather-trimmed seats and dual blue stripes accented by unique blue stitching. Each of the front seats features an embroidered "392" just below the headrest.

The center instrument panel, center stack and console bezels feature a silver metal brush finish for a clean yet high-performance look and feel. The door trim panels also feature silver metal brush grab handles inside Pearl White door bolsters with unique blue accents.

An exclusive, serialized "Inaugural Edition 392 HEMI" dash plaque, showing the sequential build number from 1 to 1,492 rounds out the exclusive interior content.

Ultimate Modern American Muscle Coupe

The exterior styling of the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 remains unmistakably Dodge, with proportions that evoke a bold, instantly recognizable vehicle that has a wide, stable stance on the road.

A larger front splitter and integrated front fender spats improve overall high-speed aerodynamics and overall balance. Top speed has been increased to more than 180 mph with the manual transmission (173 mph in the automatic). A newly modified front fascia chin spoiler improves aerodynamics and is accent painted for a more aggressive look. The rear deck-lid spoiler also is completed in matching body color.

New Interior Styling Will Delight

The precise performance handling of the Challenger SRT8 392 comes to life through a new, right-sized, three-spoke steering wheel that features a carbon fiber accented leather wrap and silver metallic painted spokes at the 3-, 6- and 9 o'clock positions.

The trapezoidal instrument panel features a four-bomb gauge cluster with chromed accent rings and unique, new for 2011 SRT graphics. Inside the cluster, the SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with performance pages provides the driver with trip information, multimedia information from the Media Center radio, along with instant feedback on 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking, G-forces, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times.

Power lumbar-equipped front seats are standard on all Challenger SRT8 392 models. It's also much easier to get in and out of the rear seat. The driver's seat now features seatback tilt with memory and an easy to reach release handle, while the front-passenger seat adds tilt and slide with memory, which makes it even easier to use.

Maximum Performance Handling For Road And Track

New, highly damped shocks offer a firm ride that maintains the feel for everyday commuting while being fully capable for the more challenging situations. SRT engineers recalibrated the suspension geometry to improve Challenger's balance, cornering ability and steering responsiveness. Quicker steering ratios and new negative camber settings all around dramatically improve Challenger's appetite for high-speed cornering.

The performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system also has been improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.

The result: the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 is capable of .93g on the skid pad – the most of any production Challenger and on par with some of the world's best-handling performance coupes.

392's Storied History

The original 392 HEMI engine was introduced in the new 1957 model year Chrysler and Imperial products. It replaced the 354 cubic-inch version of the original HEMI launched in 1951.Compared with the 354 engine, the 392 was completely revised and improved, with larger valves and ports, a beefier block and crankshaft and improved bearings. In short, the 392 HEMI, often affectionately referred to simply as the "92," was perfect for drag racing.

More than a few racers at that time immediately enhanced the performance of the newest HEMI by bolting on six or eight carburetors, installing new camshafts, etc., and went racing.

Racing legend Don 'Big Daddy" Garlits ran a 392 in his infamous Swamp Rat I dragster at record speeds of faster than 180 mph on nitro with no supercharger. Garlits also used a 392 HEMI to officially break the 200-mph barrier when his Swamp Rat went 201.34 mph at Atco, N.J., in 1964.

But the 392's success went beyond the drag strip. It also set records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and in boat racing. Drag racing boats were no different than their land-based counterparts in the use of the 392. Famous HEMI engine builder Keith Black was better known on the water than on the land, until he teamed up with Tommy Greer and hired Don "The Snake" Prudhomme to dominate Top Fuel in California in the early 1960s using a 392 HEMI.

After 1958, the 392 HEMI was gone as a production engine, but it still remains a legend. Collectors are now preserving many historic 392-powered race cars and hot rods and proudly displaying them on show car circuits.

In 2007, Mopar – Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand – helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 392 by launching a modern, crate engine version of the 392 HEMI.

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What is a concept car

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:34 PM PST

A concept car or show vehicle is a prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling and new technology. They are often displayed at motor shows to introduce the public to new and radical designs.

General Motors designer Harley Earl is generally credited with inventing the concept car idea and did much to popularize it through its traveling Motorama shows of the 1950s.

Concept cars never go into production directly; in modern times all would have to undergo many changes before the design is finalized for the sake of practicality, safety and cost. A “production-intent” vehicle, as opposed to a concept vehicle, serves this purpose.


Concept cars are often radical in engine or design. Some use non-traditional, exotic, or expensive materials, ranging from paper to carbon fiber to refined alloys. Others have unique layouts, such as gullwing doors, 3 or 6 (or more) wheels, or special abilities not usually found on cars. Because of these often impractical or unprofitable leanings, many concept cars never get past scale models, or even drawings in computer design. Other more traditional concepts can be developed into fully drivable (operational) vehicles with a working drivetrain and accessories. The state of most concept cars lies somewhere in between and does not represent the final product. A very small proportion of concept cars are functional to any useful extent, some cannot move safely at anything above 10 mph.

If drivable, the drivetrain is often borrowed from a production vehicle from the same company, or may have defects and imperfections in design. They can also be quite refined, such as General Motors’ Cadillac Sixteen concept.

After a concept car’s useful life is over, the cars are usually destroyed. Some survive, however, either in a company’s museum or hidden away in storage. One unused but operational concept car that languished for years in the North Hollywood, California shop of car customizer George Barris, Ford Motor Company’s “Lincoln Futura” from 1954, received a new lease on life as the Batmobile in the Batman series that debuted in 1966 on the ABC Television Network.

Watch this video below which showcases some of the most intriguing concept cars of the past. The video shows the Buick “Y-job” which is beleived to be the first concept car, other concepts includes: the 1951 Buick Lesabre which sported a rain sensor that would trigger the convertible top switch when it would get wet, the 1955 Lincoln Futura which when onto be the original Batmobile, the 1955 Ford Mystere and many more.

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Chevrolet shows off four custom Camaros at Sema 2010

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 08:38 AM PST

Along with the two custom Corvettes, Chevrolet has had four custom Camaros on display at the SEMA 2010 show in Las Vegas. The Camaro Synergy Series 2011, the Camaro XM/Accessory Appearance Package, the Camaro SSX Track Car Concept and the Camaro Red Flash.

Camaro Synergy

Chevrolet has announced plans to release a special-edition Synergy Series Camaro each year, and after last year’s Synergy Green Camaro, Chevy has toned things down for the 2011 model. The 2011 version features a mix of interior and exterior colors and accessories which includes performance Brembo brakes and a Pedders lowering kit.

Camaro Synergy Gallery

Camaro XM/Accessory Appearance Package

The Camaro XM/Accessory Appearance Package is a more toned Camaro with direct-injection V6 engine that produces 312 hp and manages to return 29 miles per gallon on the highway. It has discreet exterior and interior styling upgrades and comes with a one-year subscription to XM Satellite Radio.

Camaro XM/Accessory Appearance Package Gallery

Camaro SSX Track Car

The SSX Track Car Concept takes a standard production Camaro SS and turns it into a track-ready sports car. Chevrolet have reduced the weight by fitting carbon fiber panels and removing the radio, sound deadener and carpet. Inside the car you’ll find an SCCA-approved roll cage, racing harness and a fuel cell – everything you need to hit the track.

Camaro SSX Track Car Gallery

Camaro Red Flash

The Red Flash Camaro is designed to show people that the Camaro is a sports car and it does it both visibly and audibly. The coupe wears a Red Jewel paint scheme with gray heritage stripes down the center and the engine has been given a whole new sound thanks to an air intake kit and an accessory exhaust kit.

Camaro Red Flash gallery

For more information read the press release below

Chevrolet Press Release:


Chevrolet announced today that it will release a special-edition Camaro each year, called the Synergy Series, emphasizing new approaches to accessory parts and customization. At SEMA 2010, the Synergy Series 2011 show car debuts to showcase the car that will be offered to consumers in the first half of 2011 as a special-edition model.

The first Camaro Synergy model was the 2010 Synergy Green special-edition car. It proved so popular with consumers that Chevrolet is now making Synergy an annual series. The Camaro Synergy Series 2011 model contains a mix of exterior and interior accessories – including combinations not available on any other production model, including an exclusive gray interior with red accent stitching throughout. It is based on Camaro Chroma, a show car first exhibited at SEMA in 2009.

The Camaro Synergy Series 2011 model will begin production in the first quarter, in limited quantities.

"The Synergy Series reflects the strong response consumers have consistently had toward Camaro," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "At the same time it provides an example of how Chevrolet is renewing its commitment to expanding accessory offerings."
While the original Synergy was offered only in a single color (Synergy Green) and with the six-cylinder engine, the 2011 edition will be offered in four colors – Cyber Gray, Victory Red, Summit White and Black – as well as 2SS (V-8) and 2LT (V-6) trims with the RS package.

The Camaro Synergy SEMA Show vehicle is based on a 2SS model and displays production and concept styling cues. The accompanying highlights chart identifies them.



- Cyber Gray color (production)
- Chevrolet Accessory grille and ground effects package (production)
- 21-inch painted wheel (silver finish, optional for production)
- Body-color antenna


- Gray interior with red stitching on the seat, steering wheel, door panels, console lid, shifter boot, shift knob and headrest (production)
- Red instrument cluster and accent lighting
- Chevrolet Accessory interior trim kit in Silver Ice
- Chevrolet Accessory floor mats with red border and silver Camaro lettering
- Footwell and cupholder lighting


- LS3 6.2L engine and six-speed manual transmission (with 2SS only)
- Chevrolet Accessory Hurst shifter with red stitching
- Chevrolet Accessory engine cover in red
- Brembo brake calipers in red (with 2SS only)
- Pedders lowering kit (licensed Camaro accessory, not included in production package)


The new Chevrolet Camaro is a major hit with consumers because of its blend of desirable power, efficiency and design. Another important part of the Camaro formula is value. Chevrolet developed the XM/Accessory Appearance Package to provide new accessory and appearance options customized for the popular and affordable Camaro 1LT model. A production version of this package will be offered in the spring of 2011.

"The XM Accessory Appearance Package is all about affordable style," said Russ Clark, director, Chevrolet product marketing. "Our intent was to create a special, customized model – including 21-inch wheels – that could be had for around $30,000, a popular price point for today's Camaro buyer before they add accessories."

The XM Accessory Appearance Package is based on the Camaro 1LT model with the standard 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine featuring 312 hp and EPA highway fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon. The accessory package includes a rear spoiler, unique grille and Chevrolet Accessory 21-inch wheels. When it goes into production in 2011, the package will include a one-year subscription to XM Satellite Radio.

The Camaro XM Accessory Appearance Package at 2010 SEMA displays both production and concept styling cues. The accompanying highlights chart identifies them.



- Imperial Blue color
- Rear spoiler (package content)
- Chevrolet Accessory grille (package content)
- Chevrolet Accessory 21-inch polished wheels (package content)
- Chevrolet Accessory Heritage body side graphics in silver (package content)


- Black cloth seats (production)
- Chevrolet Accessory interior trim kit in Silver Ice (concept)
- Chevrolet Accessory floor mats with gray borders and Camaro lettering (package content)
- 3.6L V-6 direct injection engine and available six-speed automatic transmission (production)
- V-6 cold air intake system (concept)


Ever since the new Chevrolet Camaro's launch last year, owners have explored the performance potential of the car. The Camaro SSX Track Car is a concept for transforming a street Camaro SS into a closed-course track car, and a showcase for new performance parts.

"The SSX concept explores taking Camaro's excellent street performance and extending it into a road course context," said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. "The car expresses Camaro performance while also signaling Chevrolet's new commitment to developing and offering a portfolio of performance parts for racing enthusiasts."

The Camaro SSX Track Car has a purposeful aesthetic, with exterior appointments and suspension modifications aimed at road course performance. They include carbon fiber aero parts – front splitter and adjustable rear wing – lightweight carbon fiber body panels, revised lower grille and unique brake cooling ducts. The carbon body panels significantly lower the Camaro's weight, as does the elimination of much of the production car's sound-deadening material, carpeting and rear seat.

Low-gloss Icy White Metallic exterior paint is contrasted with the carbon aero parts, door graphics/racing number and red details; and this competition-ready Camaro rolls on dedicated track wheels and tires. This concept was constructed with input from Pratt and Miller, Chevrolet partner in Corvette Racing, and Riley Technologies using parts proven in the Grand Am racing series.



- Icy White Metallic color with red accents and door graphics
- Carbon fiber hood, fenders, door and deck lid
- Exposed carbon fiber front splitter, rockers and adjustable rear wing
- Unique lower grille and brake ducts


- Carpeting, sound deadener and rear seat deleted
- Ace suede-covered racing steering wheel and shifter
- SCCA-approved roll cage and window net
- Racing driver's seat with five-point harness
- Racing pedals
- Fire suppression system
- Fuel cell
- Video camera system mounted on the roll cage


- LS3 6.2L V-8 enhanced with Chevrolet Performance Parts' camshaft, cylinder heads and dry-sump oiling system
- Production six-speed manual transmission with Corvette ZR1 twin-disc clutch
- Low-restriction air induction and exhaust systems
- Four-wheel disc racing brake system with six-piston front/four-piston rear calipers and drilled and slotted rotors
- Modified production suspension with Pfadt licensed components
- 20-inch racing wheels and tires


The design of the all-new Chevrolet Camaro has been acclaimed by critics and celebrated by sports car buyers. With that appeal as a springboard, Chevrolet designers created the Red Flash Camaro SS Show Car to extend Camaro's look – and even its sound – to a new level.

Red Flash combines Chevrolet Accessory parts available today with some specially designed new concepts from the design studio, resulting in a unique new Camaro statement. Its Red Jewel exterior color is accented with gray heritage stripes and gray-accented 21-inch wheels. Under the hood, a Chevrolet Accessory air intake kit and, out back, the accessory exhaust kit, enhance the car's performance, style and sound.

"The Camaro Red Flash is the opposite of a 'sleeper' on the street," said Adam Barry, lead designer. "From every angle, it looks and sounds like the high-performance sports car it is. It's a model for the enthusiast who doesn't want to hide his performance aspirations."

It also wears Chevrolet Accessory body-color ground effects, high-wing rear spoiler with black-painted stanchions and other gray accents. A lowered suspension lends a more aggressive stance.

Inside, the Red Jewel features an Ebony leather-trimmed cabin with titanium stitching and red accents on the seats. There's also a custom steering wheel, racing-style pedals and red LED lighting for the door trim.



- Red Jewel color
- Heritage hood stripes in gray
- Chevrolet Accessory high-wing rear spoiler (body color with black stanchions)
- Chevrolet Accessory ground effects (body color)
- Chevrolet Accessory 21-inch wheels with gray inserts
- Camaro badges with chrome edges and gray inserts
- Body-color antenna


- Ebony leather with titanium stitching and red accents on the seats
- Prototype Chevrolet Accessory racing-style steering wheel with flat bottom
- Red LED lighting in door trim
- Red footwell and cupholder lighting
- Chevrolet Accessory racing pedal kit
- Chevrolet Accessory floor mats and cargo mat


- LS3 6.2L V-8 with Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission
- Chevrolet Accessory air intake and exhaust systems
- Chevrolet Accessory engine cover in Red Jewel
- Chevrolet Accessory Hurst shifter with custom stone-color stitching on the boot and shift knob

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