Category: hybrids

First Look: The New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid

New C5 Aircross ë-Comfort class SUV Hybrid is the first step in Citroën’s electrification offensive. The year 2020 will see Citroën transition to an extended range, which will be enhanced by 100% electric and plug-in hybrid models, in addition to the existing powerful internal combustion engines, a strategy which will be concluded by 2025. Starting with New C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, all new models launched by the French marque will feature an electrified version, a proof of Citroën’s commitment to a responsible energy transition for the mass market, offering models inspired by customers’ needs tailored to as many people as possible, for each segment and in each market.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale Makes Chinese debut

The world’s most renowned Italian luxury sports car brand Ferrari launched a spectacular event in Shenzhen to host the China Premiere of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the first series production PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) from Ferrari. Extreme on every level, the new model has captured the hearts of millions of Prancing Horse enthusiasts around China with its unprecedented performance for a production car.

The naming of the SF90 Stradale embodies the true significance of all that has been achieved in terms of performance. The “SF90” refers to the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Scuderia Ferrari, while “Stradale” means road in Italian, accentuating the inseparable link that has always existed between track and road cars. With brilliant encapsulation of the most advanced technologies, the SF90 Stradale is the perfect demonstration of how Ferrari translates the knowledge and skills it acquires in competition to its production cars.

To echo the supreme combination of performance, design and cutting-edge technology of the SF90 Stradale, Shenzhen is the perfect stage for Ferrari to demonstrate its latest masterpiece. Boasting a strategic position in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the city has leveraged on the rapid economic growth and vast industrial base over the past few decades, emerged as the leading city for high-tech development and innovative economy in China. By holding the launch event in Shenzhen, Ferrari China delivered a unique and memorable experience to all guests and Ferrari enthusiasts.

The internal combustion engine and electric motors work in synergy to generate an incredible 1,000 cv, which puts the SF90 Stradale at the very top of the range in performance terms. The SF90 Stradale is equipped with a V8 turbo engine capable of delivering 780 cv, the highest power output of any 8-cylinder in Ferrari history, which has won the International Engine of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year, an unprecedented achievement for any power unit. The remaining 220 cv is delivered by three electric motors, one at the rear, with the derivation from the Formula 1 application, and two on the front axle. The front motors are integrated into the launch control strategy for maximum performance when accelerating, setting the new benchmark for standing starts: 0-100km/h in 2.5 sec and 0-200km/h in just 6.7 seconds.

In contrast to such a sophisticated system, the new SF90 Stradale does not present a more complicated driving experience. On the contrary, it delivers a very simple user experience where the driver only needs to select one of four power unit modes, and then concentrates on driving. The sophisticated control logic takes care of the rest, managing the flow of power between the V8, the electric motors and the batteries.

The development of a hybrid car of this kind demanded the development of a series of innovative aerodynamic solutions. In order to achieve the significant boost in the power unit’s performance, the development team carried out an in-depth review of the aerodynamic flows. It also demanded new solutions to increase downforce efficiently and guarantee maximum stability at all speeds and in all driving conditions.

The new car is epoch-changing from a stylistic perspective as it completely creates a forward-looking, innovative design that transmits the car’s mission as an extreme sports car. Ferrari Design has thus completely revisited the proportions in a radical evolution of the forms of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined production berlinettas of the last twenty years.

The track-derived “eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy takes on a truly central role for the first time. The result is an HMI (Human-Machine Interface) and interior layout concept that are a complete departure from previous models.

The SF90 Stradale also sees the debut of the new ignition key with full keyless technology which will gradually be introduced across the rest of the range, personalized with the model’s name. Thanks to a special compartment in the central tunnel, it becomes an integral part of the car’s styling.

The new SF90 Stradale represents a true paradigm shift for Ferrari, a true milestone in Ferrari’s history. It delivers a performance that is beyond imagination, setting a new benchmark for driving experience and exhilaration to our Ferrari owners and fans in China.

The starting price of the all new Ferrari SF90 Stradale is 3,988,000 RMB.

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The Koenigsegg Regera Sets Another Speed Record

At Råda airfield deep in the forests of Sweden, Koenigsegg has set a new 0 to 400kph then back to 0 (0-250mph-0) world record when a Koenigsegg Regera completed the run in 31.49 seconds on Monday Sep 23th, 2019. Driven by factory driver Sonny Persson on what looks like the most challenging airstrip ever. It’s gonna be a wild ride so buckle up.

Back in 2017, the Regera also set a record for the world’s fastest production car which was only recently eclipsed by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.

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