Lamborghini Gallardo by Technocraft

Posted: 12 Jan 2011 04:40 AM PST

Car Tuning firm – Technocraft have spiced up the already stunning Lamborghini Gallardo with a new upgrade package.

The Technocraft tuning package for the Lamborghini Gallardo includes new engine carbon panels, air box, carbon fiber seats, wings, and many other modifications. This customized supercar also comes with a new set of wheels and coated in a black finish with yellow highlights and lettering.

Technocraft are also offering an optional carbon fiber rear splitter and racing harnesses. This new carbon fiber body kit helps reduce the overall weight of the car by 300 lbs which will most probably improve the performance of the supercar too.

Check out the image gallery of the Lamborghini Gallardo by Technocraft below.

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Porsche 918 RSR hybrid racecar unveiled in Detroit

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 08:23 AM PST

German sports car maker – Porsche unveiled to the world their all new Porsche 918 RSR hybrid race car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The company has taken the power plant from the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and fited it into the 918 Spyder Concept to create this new Porsche 918 RSR race car. Its V8 engine is mid-mounted and kicks out 767 hp with the electric motors on each of the front wheels.

Porsche announced the innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid at the beginning of 2010 and the vehicle quickly made an impact, scooping major motor sport awards and tasting racetrack success in its first year of competition.

Like the GT3 R hybrid, Porsche sees the RSR as a “race lab” – a testbed for “new fuel efficient technologies under extreme conditions” that will feed the development of high-performance production hybrids.

The RSR’s V8 engine alone produces 563 hp at 10,300/rpm – the secret to its extra punch lies in the hybrid system which accumulates energy harvested from braking in a flywheel power accumulator which spins at up to 36,000 rpm. This additional power can then be delivered through the 2 x 75 kW electric motors at the front at the push of a button, giving the driver a 150 kW “on call” power boost that lasts for up to 8 seconds. The two electric motors also have a torque vectoring function which enables variable torque distribution to the front axle for enhanced agility and sharper steering.

The racing DNA of the RSR is also evident in the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque construction, a paddle-operated six-speed constant-mesh transmission and a stripped back interior which drops the passenger seat (making way for the flywheel accumulator) and the touch-sensitive user interface seen on the 918 Spyder Concept in favor of rocker switches.

Of the design, Porsche has this to say:

“From the tradition established by classic Porsche long-distance race cars such as the 908 long-tale coupé (1969) and the 917 short-tail coupé (1971), the Porsche designers created a link to the postmodernism of the “form follows function” philosophy. In the 918 RSR, the lines’ elegant flow is dominated by muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes and a pulpit-like cockpit. A visible fan wheel between the ram air intake tubes and a rear spoiler with RS Spyder dimensions additionally emphasise the racing laboratory function.”

The car’s stunning “liquid metal chrome blue” color is also new and the number 22 pays tribute to the 1971 Le Mans win by Dr. Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep in a Porsche 917 short-tail coupé. The pair raced 5335.313 kilometres (3315.21 miles) at an average speed of 222.304 km/h (138.13 mph) – a mark not bested until 2010.

So will this technology end up on the road? President and CEO of Porsche AG, Matthias Mueller, had this to say at this morning’s press conference:

“With the 918 RSR race lab we are researching methods for further efficiency improvement under extreme racing conditions, with the great potential of these ground breaking technologies not only in motor sports, but perhaps for road-going sports cars as well.”

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Sunswift IVy wins world’s fastest solar-powered car record

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 06:17 AM PST

The Sunswift IVy has claimed the Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle. The record-winning run took place on January 7 at HMAS Albatross navy base airstrip in Nowra, Australia, and the Sunswift managed to beat the previous record-holder by more than 10 km/h (6.2 mph).

With a speed of 88.738 km/h (55.077 mph), the University of New South Wales' (UNSW)

Sunswift IVy was designed and built by the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The car is a three-wheeled vehicle with a monocoque carbon fiber body, brushless CSIRO 3 phase DC 1800 W motor, solar array producing about 1200 W and a 24.75 kg lithium ion polymer battery pack.

However, the record required the car to be powered exclusively by silicon solar cells so the battery was removed for the record attempt.

The record-breaking run was piloted by professional racing driver Barton Mawer and Craig Davis, from electric car company Tesla's European operations.

The record-beating run took place at 10.32 am. The team wasn't expecting to get peak sun until noon and therefore wasn't expecting to break the record so early in the day.

Although the team says they believe they can get the record to over 90 km/h (55.9 mph), they weren't able to improve on the time in subsequent runs. The arrival of rain at 1.30 pm then prevented any further attempts.

After breaking the record, Mawer said the car handled reasonably well, “although I think I gave the team a bit of a scare when I got up on two wheels on the turn.”

Adjudicators from The Guinness World Book of Records were on hand to witness the record-breaking run and have already officially recognized the new record and handed over a certificate. The previous record of 78 km/h (48.5 mph) was set by the GM Sunraycer in 1987.

This isn't the first time the UNSW’s Sunswift IVy has tasted success. It also competed in the 3,000 km (1,864 mile) Global Green Challenge race from Darwin to Adelaide in 2009, winning its category.

Watch the video of the record breaking event below.

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