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Introducing The Morgan Plus Four CX-T, Built for Overland Adventure
Morgan unveils the Plus Four CX-T, a car with adventure at its core. A vehicle with capability not yet witnessed on a Morgan sports car, it opens up the possibility of routes, landscapes and destinations inaccessible by Morgan cars until now. The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is inspired by Morgan’s well documented history of competing in all-terrain endurance trials. As early as 1911, Morgan sports cars were competing and winning in trials competitions, and this spirit of adventure has been key to shaping the Morgan brand ever since. The more adventurous journeys that are frequently undertaken by Morgan customers all over the world have further fuelled the desire for Morgan to imagine the Plus Four CX-T. Following the launch of the Plus Four in 2020, Morgan partnered with Rally Raid UK, renowned creator of Dakar race cars, to jointly design and engineer the Plus Four CX-T. One of the aims of the project is to demonstrate the capability and durability of Morgan’s new CX-Generation platform, along with the Plus Four upon which the CX-T is based. Just eight vehicles will be built, priced at £170,000 plus local taxes and supplied in full overland specification, with each customer having the opportunity to work alongside Morgan’s design team to specify their own CX-T. Every Plus Four CX-T is built at Morgan’s factory in Malvern, Worcestershire, before undergoing the final preparation and setup at Rally Raid UK’s own workshop facilities. Morgan’s design and engineering team have worked alongside Rally Raid UK throughout the programme to define the concept, specification, technical attributes, and aesthetic of the model. [Technical details] The exterior of the Plus Four CX-T is designed to maximise luggage and equipment carrying capacity, and provide the occupant protection necessary for extreme environments. Simultaneously, Morgan has ensured that its visual design reflects this capability and purposefulness. Most prominently, the rear panel of the vehicle has been replaced with an equipment rack, with unique side body panels designed to be reminiscent of the classic four-seater Morgan. The rack houses two ruggedised and waterproof Pelican luggage cases, a Zarges aluminium tool/storage box, two Rotopax 11-litre containers and two spare wheel/tyre assemblies. Additionally, for those who venture further off the beaten track, recovery equipment is mounted on the exterior of the car within easy reach when required. All exterior mounting systems for all storage and equipment have been painstakingly engineered to be tough and easy to access when needed. The external protective exoskeleton can also be adapted to carry leisure equipment such as bikes and surf boards, to compliment the lifestyle activities of the owner, while the removable side screens can be mounted onto the roof of the vehicle, allowing them to be carried unobtrusively in case of a change in weather conditions. Rally Raid UK undertook a complete study of the standard Plus Four vehicle to determine the possibilities for the conversion. This study included durability assessments of the platform, drivetrain, and suspension systems. The suspension has been designed to be expedition ready: tough and fit for purpose. Durability, and a drive-over obstacle clearance of 230mm, has been achieved using modified Plus Six wishbones. These widen the track and allow for the extra arc of movement required to achieve the desired suspension performance. The wheel arch apertures have also been modified, allowing the suspension to compress deep into the wheel well, providing maximum traction and stability. EXE-TC coilover assemblies with internal bump stops are used, these have been developed by EXE-TC specifically for the vehicle. These assemblies are born from off-road competition, and are calibrated to provide the ideal balance of compliance and durability. In addition to the main suspension hardware, the lower suspension arms contain bespoke bushes which further increase durability. The combined suspension package is optimised to undertake journeys never before attempted in a Morgan sports car, while ensuring composure and comfort during any excursion into the back country. A five-piece underbody protection system – comprising an engine guard, rear chassis guard, mid-section shield and rear undertray – helps to protect the chassis and important components from damage when driving in extreme conditions. The car is also fitted with a full bespoke exhaust system with rear side-exit that improves the departure angle and contributes to 230mm of ground clearance. The Plus Four CX-T uses a BMW X-Drive electronic differential with bespoke software, calibrated and tested specifically for the application. Switches inside the cabin allow a choice of three modes to be selected depending upon the driving conditions; each mode varies the degree of differential lock that is applied. Selecting ‘Road’ mode fully opens the differential, while ‘All-Terrain’ mode applies approximately 45% lock to the rear differential, allowing some variation torque distribution between the rear wheels. ‘All-Terrain – Extreme’ mode fully locks the rear differential, providing equal torque to both rear wheels. The two All-Terrain modes are designed to be used when tackling rough surfaces and low-traction conditions. The final drive ratio has also been shortened to account for the larger diameter tyres and suit all-terrain usage. Inside the cabin of the Plus Four CX-T features have been added to improve occupant comfort and usability in remote environments. A RAM mount track is built into to the dashboard to allow the secure fixing of a variety of devices such as phones or cameras. A flexible map light, pencil and notebook holder have also been integrated, all designed to withstand operation in harsh driving environments. Cabin stowage has also been optimised with the addition of a removable map/document holder and insulated cool bag, both located in the passenger footwell. A custom-made first aid kit is mounted to the internal roll cage behind the seats. Just like the exterior equipment, every interior feature has been designed with accessibility and convenience in mind, whether this is for use in remote conditions or the leisure pursuits of the owner. The cabin is enclosed within a composite hard top which is unique to the Plus Four CX-T and has been intricately engineered to fit between the internal and external roll cages. The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is the second of two special projects being produced by Morgan in 2021, with the first being the Plus 8 GTR. The introduction of the Plus Four CX-T also coincides with the announcement of Model Year 22 updates to the Plus Four and Plus Six, and helps to inform technical and aesthetic advancements for Morgan’s current and future range of vehicles. The Plus Four CX-T is on sale immediately, with all vehicles due to be built before the end of 2021. Jonathan Wells, Head of Design, Morgan Motor Company, said: “The Morgan design team has been conceptualising modern day trialling vehicles for many years. Around 18 months ago, our investors and CEO, Steve Morris, were in the studio and remarked how incredible it would be to bring one of these drawings to life. The project was unrestrained and born entirely from a desire to create an exciting British adventure vehicle. The CX-T, like many recent Morgan vehicles, demonstrates the flexibility of the Morgan design. For me, it’s a complete package: historical integrity, legitimate capability, and a brand-new adventure-lead aesthetic.” Mike Jones, Rally Raid UK, said: “Applying my experience of 13 Dakar Rallies, 60 Dakar vehicle builds and a lifetime of overland adventuring to an unconventional sports car such as a Morgan has been an interesting and rewarding project. Having the opportunity to design a car for such a prestigious marque has been a responsibility that I never imagined I would have. Rally Raid UK and Morgan have engaged with industry-leading suppliers to source the highest quality components, as well as designing a range of bespoke parts that will remain unique to the model. The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is a genuine overland adventure vehicle and I look forward to seeing the incredible destinations that owners will find themselves in.”
Porsche Korea Opens the first ‘Porsche NOW’ Pop-up Store on Jeju Island
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced the opening of its new sales format the 'Porsche NOW' pop-up store in Aewol-eup on Jeju Island on the 1st July. ’Porsche Now’, a temporary sales format, is a new brand space introduced for the first time in Korea where Porsche customers and fans can experience the brand, and where the brand shares Porsche concepts, values and themes tailored to the characteristics of each region. Starting with Jeju, with its focus on sustainability and pioneering e-mobility scene, Porsche Korea is planning to sequentially introduce 'Porsche NOW' pop-up stores in other major regions of Korea. 'Porsche NOW Jeju' with gross floor area of 449 m2 (136 pyeong) presents a space with an 'eco-friendly' concept, reflecting the environment-friendly regional characteristics using wood tones interior and plants. Porsche's representative sports car models such as the fully electric Taycan and the Cayenne E-Hybrid will be exhibited. In particular, ‘Porsche NOW Jeju’ will showcase collaborations with various artists, providing a wide range of experiences to customers and Porsche enthusiasts. Starting with the exhibition of works by Doha Ham, a furniture artist who breathes life into everyday objects, Porsche will continue with further selected exhibitions and events. Porsche Korea CEO Holger Gerrmann said, "We are very happy that the first Korean opening of the new brand space 'Porsche NOW’ is on Jeju with its beautiful nature, thriving cultural scene and multitude of experiences the Island has to offer.” Then he added, “We wanted to reflect this spirit at ‘Porsche NOW Jeju’ and hope that many Porsche customers and fans will be able to experience the Soul of the Porsche brand that reaches beyond the products through this location tailored and innovative concept.” At 'Porsche NOW Jeju', Porsche will collaborate with the Jeju based premium tea brand, Osulloc, and offer Osulloc welcome drinks to visiting customers. Porsche will also provide possibilities of test drives on the ‘Porsche NOW Jeju – Jeju Osulloc tea museum’ route, and vouchers for customers who visit ‘Jeju Osulloc tea museum’. In addition, various events will be held during the pop-up store operation. In October, the Driving School, a safe driving class program for millennials, will be operated. “Porsche NOW Jeju” is operated by Deutsch Auto Co Ltd. of Deutsch Motors, an authorized dealer partner of Porsche Korea, who supports customer service and provides consulting services, test drives, vehicle contracts, and vehicle deliveries.
Once-in-a-lifetime collection of Aston Martin DB5 Vantages comes to market
With just over 1,000 examples of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 built, to see one – let alone have the chance to buy one – is a moment to be cherished. But even among DB5s, connoisseurs look for those rarer still: the performance-enhanced Vantage versions, with less than 70 ever built. Now, Aston Martin specialist Nicholas Mee & Co, is offering for sale a once-in-a-lifetime trio of these DB5 Vantage icons, uniquely in Coupé, Convertible and one-of-one Shooting Brake variations. The Aston Martin DB5 itself is perhaps the most iconic British car of all time, best known as car of choice for James Bond himself, appearing first in the ‘60s but also making a reappearance in the very latest from the 007 franchise – its appeal is enduring. Developed from the DB4 Series V, the DB5 came fitted with a number of styling and driveability upgrades. The engine was enlarged from 3.7 litres to 4 litres, with power in standard models increased to 282hp, but Vantage-specification cars like those in this trio gained an extra 40hp. Even by today’s standards the 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds that the DB5 Vantage is capable of is mightily fast. Although each example in this collection is rare, none can quite match the DB5 Shooting Brake Vantage; the only such example to have been produced. Reputedly first built to accommodate former Aston Martin Chairman David Brown’s gundog and polo equipment, this more practical estate version DB5 proved so popular that 11 customers requested the new design. This unique example was commissioned by dealers Cyril Williams of Wolverhampton and is the only Vantage example to have left the factory. With a hand-built aluminium body built by London based coachbuilders Harold Radford & Sons, this shooting brake was delivered to its first owner in 1966 and is finished in California Sage over Red hides. Alongside the Shooting Brake sits a DB5 Vantage Convertible, an icon of the swinging sixties which has found favour with Ralph Lauren, Peter Sellers and Elle Macpherson. In total, only 123 were built and only five such examples were completed to Vantage specification, including the car offered here. Finished in the period colour combination of Caribbean Pearl Blue with White Gold hide interior and matching hood, it’s a perfect reflection of the best of the Swinging Sixties. Lastly and perhaps the most iconic, is the DB5 Vantage Coupe. Seen regularly on the Silver Screen whilst being driven to great effect, by action hero James Bond, it has become a verified cultural icon. The DB5 Coupe has for over 50 years been synonymous with the 007 character on screen and a universal symbol of the Aston Martin brand. The Silver Birch coloured dream car in the collection has a Black hide interior, the same colour combination as Bond’s beloved car. Collected over a 12-year period, never before have these three most coveted examples been offered as a collection. Every one of them has been fully restored to the very highest standards by leading Aston Martin restoration specialists, allowing them to be enjoyed in as-new condition. Each car has a detailed history file populated with original build details, BMIHT certificates, maintenance records, ownership documentation and restoration particulars, detailing the stories of each individual car from their build dates, to today. Being offered by renowned dealers Nicholas Mee & Co, the trio of DB5 Vantages will be offered collectively, with a price tag of £4,000,000. The collection of three, will be shown for the first time in public, at the annual London Concours event being held in the hallowed grounds, of the Honourable Artillery Company’s HQ in the City of London, over three days starting on Tuesday 8th June 2021. Founder of Nicholas Mee & Co, Nicholas Mee, said: “In the 40 or more years I have been dealing in Aston Martin cars, I have never been more excited than to offer this fabulous collection of Iconic DB5 Vantages. Each one of them extremely rare, they are all in a beautifully restored condition and we are delighted to bring to market, this once in a lifetime opportunity for a collector to invest in this unique DB5 Vantage collection”. “The DB5 is the most Iconic Aston Martin model ever produced during Aston Martin’s 108-year history, of building cars. This collection of DB5 Vantage’s, covering every body style manufactured, I feel sure, will forever be recognised as the ultimate Vantage collection”
Porsche Korea Newly Opens ‘Porsche Service Centre Jeju’
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced the opening of a new service centre in Jeju-si, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province. The centre will be operated by Deutsch Auto Co Ltd. (CEO Jaeheung Han) of the Deutsch Motors, an authorized dealer partner of Porsche Korea. Through the opening of the first Porsche service centre in Jeju, Porsche Korea plans to strengthen the accessibility and service of customers to meet the rising interest and service demand for premium brands in the region. At 'Porsche Service Centre Jeju' with gross floor area of 100㎡ (30 pyeong), vehicle maintenance for all models is possible, including hybrid models as well as Porsche's first pure electric sports car, the Taycan. In particular, special equipment and separate safety zones are prepared for electric vehicle maintenance, to prepare for the full-fledged era of E-mobility. The service centre is equipped with a work bay, skilled technicians, as well as state-of-the-art equipment, and can provide service for maximum 4 units per day. Professional technicians from Porsche Centre Gwangju, Suwon, and Changwon will also be available to support on demand. Moreover, a customer convenience zone is provided for the customers to use during vehicle maintenance. A waiting area is prepared in the customer lounge, where service registrations are available, so that customers can relax while their vehicles are getting repaired. Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea stated, “We are very happy that with the newly opened Porsche Service Centre Jeju, we can address the wish of the Porsche enthusiasts on Jeju and as part of the Porsche strategy further strengthen our services nationwide.” He added, “Porsche Korea will continue to expand its touch points and invest in the best service for our customers.” ‘Porsche Service Centre Jeju’ is operated between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Meanwhile, Porsche Korea currently operates a total of 12 Porsche centres, 13 service centres, 3 Porsche approved centres, 1 Porsche showroom, and the Porsche studio in Korea.
Stronger, faster, more spectacular: the new 911 GT3 Cup
Porsche has unveiled the latest generation of the world’s top-selling racing car: the new 911 GT3 Cup. From the start of the 2021 season, this racer will be campaigned in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as well as the national Porsche Carrera Cups in Germany, France, Asia and Benelux and for the first time in North America. The spectacularly styled Cup car is the first racing version based on the current 992 generation and the first makes-cup racer of the sports car manufacturer to feature a wide turbo-spec body. Producing around 375 kW (510 hp), it exceeds the output of its immediate predecessor by 25 horsepower. Moreover, the new GT3 Cup can run on synthetic fuels, which significantly lowers CO2 emissions under racing conditions. The lap times of the completely new Cup 911 should be slashed by a good one per cent, depending on the track layout. Delivery to teams will begin in February 2021. The new 911 GT3 Cup is available with immediate effect at a price of 225,000 Euros plus country-specific taxes. Porsche presented the very first 911 Cup car in 1990. It was based on the 964 generation and headed into its debut season in the German Porsche Carrera Cup with 260 hp. From 1993, it was also raced in the newly established Porsche Supercup, which ran as part of the Formula 1 support programme. Over the next years, five more generations of this exceptionally successful racing vehicle followed – of which to date a record number of 4,251 units have been produced. “The 911 made history as the baseline model for the Carrera Cups and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – no other racing car has found as many satisfied customers since 1990 as the 911,” states Michael Dreiser, Director Sales Porsche Motorsport. “The new 911 GT3 Cup now starts a new chapter. Our goal is to pass the 5,000 mark in production over the coming years. Like its ancestral lineage, this model will also assist a whole new generation of talented racing drivers on their path to professional motorsport and shape the face of our customer sport commitment around the world.” The groundwork for the latest model was laid in 2018. Concrete development began in early 2019. The main development goals of the team led by project manager Jan Feldmann were to further improve performance, achieve a more aggressive design, easier handling and greater durability with less outlay in terms of time and maintenance. The result is reflected in many aspects of the new racing vehicle, which, like its predecessor, rolls off the production line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen alongside the 911 production models. “We wanted to position the new 911 GT3 Cup even more as a professional racing car, while also making it more cost-effective for the teams to run,” explains Feldmann. “We were particularly successful in achieving this thanks to its striking appearance, the improved suspension and intelligent solutions for electrical details. The handling of the new 911 GT3 Cup is noticeably more precise and even more fun. With its improved performance and the optimised cockpit, it’s the best Cup car that Porsche has ever built.” One of the most striking features of the new 911 GT3 Cup is its optimised aerodynamics and the overall more muscular appearance – it looks even more impressive at first glance. This is partly thanks to the wide turbo-spec lightweight body that is being used for the first time in the Cup car. Measuring a total of 1,902 millimetres in width, it exceeds the rear width of the previous model by 28 millimetres and is distinguished by its additional cooling air inlets in front of the wheels. Furthermore, the front axle of the 992 generation of the 911 is also significantly broader. Thanks to additional flared fenders, the new 911 GT3 Cup now measures as much as 1,920 millimetres at the front axle. This opens the door for a harmonious wheel-tyre combination with 12-inch wide rims on the front and 13-inch wheels at the rear axle. This is typical for GT racing and has a positive effect on the handling and driveability of the racing car. At the same time, the seventh generation of the Cup racer generates noticeably more aerodynamic downforce. This is thanks to the combination of the rear spoiler with the larger rear wing and front apron, which was specifically adapted to racing by means of a front lip spoiler and strategically-positioned separation edges. The eleven-stage adjustable rear wing with a ‘swan neck’ mounting ensures uninterrupted under-wing airflow. This improved aerodynamic efficiency also ensures more stable handling, especially in fast corners. The body of the 991.2 generation Cup car consisted of 70 per cent steel and 30 per cent aluminium. The ratio in the successor has been switched. The fact that the vehicle still weighs around 35 kilograms more with a dry weight of 1,260 kilograms is due, for example, to extra struts being added to the steel safety cell. The removable escape hatch in the roof complies with the latest FIA standards. All windows in the GT3 Cup are made of lightweight polycarbonate and have scratch-resistant hard-coat glazing. The doors, engine hood and rear wing are made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. In contrast, the front hood with its distinctive exit-air duct and central air intake is a prime example of the intelligent use of materials: Like in the 911 Carrera, it is made of aluminium – which lowers repair costs in the case of an accident. The designers put a lot of thought into the ergonomics specifically for the drivers. In addition to the incline, the new racing seat can now be adjusted in two height settings. In conjunction with the adjustable steering column, this ensures an ideal fit for every driver stature. A range of padding thicknesses allows the seats to be adapted to the needs of individual drivers. The redesigned, open-top, motorsport multifunction steering wheel made of carbon-fibre is yet another development adopted from the 911 GT3 R. Following drivers’ feedback, its illuminated buttons have been rearranged. The so-called Rubber Switch Panel (RSP) with its ten large buttons on the right is reminiscent of a control element in the Porsche 919 Hybrid. These buttons are easy to use, even in the heat of the race and are given designated central functions such as lighting and ventilation or to change tyre settings from dry to wet tyres. One example of a clever enhancement to details is the adjustment of brake balance: Now, it can be intuitively controlled via a rotary knob switch on the outside right of the RSP in or against the direction of travel – depending on whether the front axle needs more or less brake pressure. The designers have revamped the centrally-positioned, 10.3-inch colour monitor. The screen prioritises the display of key data and information for the driver while racing. Displayed alongside the engine revs are water and oil temperatures, the gear currently engaged and error messages or information on important baseline settings, such as “wet” for racing in rain. After the readout of the data, the design of both the display and the computer monitors are aligned so that the driver and race engineer see the same information. This helps with analyses after each session. The electronics are designed to be user-friendly for easier error analyses and specific help in problem-solving. Around 700 diagnostic options are available. Specific software summarises all information more clearly and comprehensibly. Optional vehicle functions such as ABS or traction control are already stored in the system. They can be activated via a digital code. In the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and in most national Carrera Cups, these driving aids are switched off: in these championships, the talent of the drivers alone is what counts. Another example of subtle, sophisticated solutions in the new 911 GT3 Cup can be seen in the arrangement of the electronic components: Motorsport control units and data loggers have been relocated from the passenger footwell to the right rear compartment. As a result, they no longer hinder the installation of a second seat, for instance when ‘racing taxi drives’ are required. The suspension of the Cup 911 offers the finest in racing technology. While the rear axle essentially remains unchanged compared to the production model, the front wheels are now controlled by double wishbones and Uniball bearings – like in the 911 RSR, Porsche’s current top racing model. Through this, the dampers are no longer exposed to lateral forces, only axial forces. This ensures more precise turn-in behaviour and gives a better feeling for the front axle. The shock absorbers have also inherited the cutting-edge valve technology from the 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR. Fully electro-mechanical power steering has been introduced into the 911 GT3 Cup for the first time. This means that the hydraulic pump and associated hydraulic lines are no longer needed. In terms of the engine, the 911 GT3 Cup remains true to the naturally aspirated principle. In the racing version, the four-litre, water-cooled flat-six engine develops 375 kW (510 hp). Its high-revving unit with dry-sump lubrication reaches top performance at 8,400 rpm – up from the previous 7,500 rpm. It redlines at 8,750 rpm with maximum torque of 470 Newton metres at 6,150 rpm. A single throttle butterfly system with two resonance flaps ensures an even more spontaneous response, and in conjunction with the catalytic converter racing exhaust system, produces an awe-inspiring sound. Three different exhaust systems are available to choose from – depending on the racing series, the regulations and the racetrack. Bosch supplies the MS 6.6 electronic engine management system. Like with its immediate predecessor, the six-cylinder only needs a maintenance check after 100 hours of track time. The engine is connected to the sequential, 72-kilogram six-speed dog-type gearbox via a single-mass flywheel and a three-plate sintered metal racing clutch. Gear changes are made via a paddle shift on the steering wheel, with a “minor inspection” of the gearbox needed after 60 hours of racing – which corresponds to roughly two years in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. A major overhaul is due after 120 hours of racing. The shift barrel actuator is operated by an electric servo-motor, replacing the previous pneumatic unit. The advantage: even faster gear changes, the option of live diagnoses and a lowered risk of damage, for example in the event of gearshift errors.
Porsche pursues first win on California’s Laguna Seca racetrack
The Porsche GT Team has a big goal for the penultimate round of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The North American factory squad is eager to win the 2:40-hour race on the tradition-steeped Laguna Seca Raceway with the Porsche 911 RSR for the first time. The famous venue close to the Pacific Ocean is the only North American road racing track on which Porsche has not scored a victory since 2014. The Porsche GT Team fields two ca. 515-hp 911 RSR in the hotly contested GTLM category. The driver crew Nick Tandy (Great Britain), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) as well as Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) not only scored victory at Petit Le Mans but recently won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. In the GTD class, the customer squad Wright Motorsports campaigns a Porsche 911 GT3 R. The race “For years, we have had some unfinished business at the Laguna Seca racetrack which we’d now like to settle. Our latest-generation Porsche 911 RSR should suit the special characteristics of this circuit better than its predecessors. After our victory at Road Atlanta, we’re heading to the race weekend in California with high expectations and huge motivation,” says Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport. The Laguna Seca Raceway in the dunes not far from the coastal city of Monterey is 3.601-kilometres long and features eleven turns. The most famous passage is the “Corkscrew”. In the history of this racetrack, the tight, spectacular and almost blind combination of curves winding down from the hillcrest has often been the scene of breathtaking manoeuvres. Per lap, drivers have to cope with a 55-metre elevation change. Tyre wear and strategies were the key factors in the races on this track, which was built in 1957. “At Laguna Seca, the vehicle balance has to be perfect,” explains Steffen Höllwarth, Head of Operations IMSA Championship. “If understeer is even a touch too much, you lose a huge amount of time per lap. We expect the track to be dirty and slippery at the start of the race weekend. In the first sessions there is always a lot of sand on the track surface. Grip conditions change significantly up to the start of the race, so we have to take this into account in the setup.” The Porsche GT Team drivers The Petit Le Mans winners Nick Tandy and Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki share driving duties in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. The pair won the previous round at Road Atlanta with the young Australian works driver Matt Campbell. The reigning GTLM driver champions Earl Bamber from New Zealand and Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor share the cockpit of the No. 912 sister car. In the manufacturer’s classification, Porsche ranks third after nine of eleven rounds. The customer team In the GTD category, Wright Motorsports fields the 500+hp Porsche 911 GT3 R with the starting number 16. Works driver Patrick Long joins forces with his American compatriot Ryan Hardwick in the cockpit. Wright Motorsports currently lies second in the GTD category and, just two points shy of the leader, has a good chance in the fight for the title. Live streaming of the race Round ten of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Laguna Seca Raceway takes off on Sunday, 1 November, at 1:05 p.m. local time (10:05 p.m. CET). The 2:40-hour race can be viewed outside the USA and Canada on www.imsa.com. The schedule (local time, CEST: -8/-9 hours) Saturday, 31 October (Californian summertime) 08:00 – 09:00 am: Free practice 1 12:00 – 01:15 pm: Free practice 2 Sunday, 1 November (Californian wintertime) 08:30 – 08:45 am: Qualifying GTD 08:55 – 09:10 am: Qualifying GTLM 01:05 – 03:45 pm: Race Drivers’ comments prior to the race Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “I’m really excited about the upcoming race, because the track is legendary – and not just because of the Corkscrew, but also the overall layout. We’ll have to wait and see how well the new Porsche 911 RSR suits the quirks of this circuit. We’ve been fast on short circuits so far this year, so I’m heading into the penultimate race of the season with high hopes and expectations. Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Travelling to Laguna Seca is always an absolute highlight for me. You land in San Francisco with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, then you drive along the Pacific coast towards Monterey and finally there’s the wonderful drive into the highlands not far from the ocean – it’s simply fabulous for a California fan like me. We’ve never been particularly successful on this circuit so far, but I’m feeling confident that this will change with the new Porsche 911 RSR.”
Extreme Eau Rouge – the secrets of the world’s most dangerous corner
Exiting the La Source hairpin, Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor plants his foot on the accelerator. The 500+hp 911 GT3 R catapults out of the first corner of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, accelerating rapidly down the 15 per cent decline. After a very fast right-hand kink, the Belgian hugs the white wall, which separates the old pit lane from the circuit and now echoes the sound of the high-revving flat-six. There it looms in the distance: the famous Eau Rouge of Spa-Francorchamps. Flat out or not? “That’s always a tricky question until you dare to do it for the first time,” says Vanthoor with a laugh. Here on his home turf, known in the racing world as the “Ardennes rollercoaster”, he has celebrated a good number of successes. During the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on 24/25 October, drivers will face the Eau Rouge challenge every single lap. This corner combination, which is officially known as “Raidillon”, owes its now famous name to a nearby small creek. The high iron-bearing water is tinged red – “Eau Rouge“. In the hunt for top qualifying times on fresh tyres and a dry track with just a dash of fuel in the tank, many drivers take the legendary passage flat out. However, the situation in the race is different. The rubber must be handled carefully in order to survive many laps. Over 24 hours, the car will cover a distance of more the 2,500 kilometres. Tipping the scales at more than 1,200 kilos plus driver and fuel, the total weight of the car is significantly higher than in qualifying. Hence, the forces are higher. “I don’t know of a comparable passage anywhere. Eau Rouge is unique in the world,” explains Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. On the legendary circuit nestled in the countryside of Belgium’s Ardennes region, a huge compression is combined with cornering at high speed. “On the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the cars also bottom out at the lowest point of the Fuchsröhre passage. But we don’t have the lateral forces there,” says Golz. After the downhill section with its 15 per cent gradient comes a left-hander at the lowest point followed by a sweeping, fast right-hand corner leading to a steep climb and the final left-hand kink through a gradient of 18 per cent. Visibility is very limited. For a short period of time, drivers see only sky and some treetops. “When you negotiate this passage for the first time, it’s a truly nail-biting experience, but you get used to it,” says Vanthoor. “At around 240 km/h, not only the drivers but many components come under extreme stresses,” explains Golz. “Through the dip at Eau Rouge, the tyre gets extremely compressed, and at the same time lateral forces of up to 3.0g deform the tyre sidewalls. With the GT3 R, this means that around five tonnes is pushed to the outside of the corner. In the compression, the vehicle briefly bottoms out at up to 2.5g. The tyres alone can’t absorb these forces. The rims distort and even the chassis seems to groan under such loads. Thankfully, our Porsche 911 GT3 R has a stiffer design compared to some other GT3 vehicles. We’ve seen the chassis of cars breaking when they hit the dip down at Eau Rouge.” As part of the successful Porsche 911 GT3 R’s overall concept, forces are distributed evenly over the chassis without overloading certain areas. All components play a part in reducing the amount of energy that impacts the vehicle. When driving through Eau Rouge, the setup of the kinematics plays an extremely important role. “For rapid changes of direction, the car should have quite a hard setup but this would never work through Eau Rouge,” explains the Porsche project manager. “Through the massive compression, high forces cause massive load changes. A hard setup might result in having one wheel in the air without surface contact. This should never happen there. You need all wheels on the ground for maximum grip.” Hence, a compromise is needed. If the car’s suspension is too soft, it will bottom out badly in Eau Rouge. “It’s not the shocks reaching their limit – we can do something about that. It would be much more serious if the entire chassis bottoms out. This would minimise the wheel load and reduce the grip significantly. We’ve got to find a good compromise to ensure maximum contact of all wheels on the ground at all times,” states Golz. When working on finding the best setup, the unique features of Eau Rouge play an important part. However, it is also essential to take the rest of the 7.004-kilometre circuit into account. For fast corners like Pouhon or Blanchimont, a low ride height is essential for high and constant downforce. Passages with rapid directional changes like Les Combes or the Bus Stop chicane require a hard suspension in order to achieve decent lap times. All this contradicts the set-up requirements for the perfect drive through Eau Rouge. “You’re always looking for the best possible compromise,” says the experienced Porsche engineer. “I can live with the car bottoming out slightly in Eau Rouge because I want the car low through other passages. One shouldn’t forget, the lap time doesn’t just depend on Eau Rouge – it is achieved over the entire seven kilometres. If I get it sorted out right for the Eau Rouge dip, I’ll lose too much time in other places like Blanchimont,” remarks Golz. With a laugh, he adds: “It’s always a huge challenge. It’s a brave driver who keeps the throttle pedal down through here. Unlike in single-seater racing, this hasn’t changed at all over the years in GT3 sport. “ Mastering this key passage takes skill, enormous self confidence, a wealth of experience and a huge amount of courage. “It may sound strange but Eau Rouge is easier to take at full throttle than lifting for half a second,” says Vanthoor. “At this spot, the driver has to be absolutely sure about what his car is doing. If I lift the throttle approaching the lowest point, the load shifts to the front – and the car pitches. This affects the steering behaviour and I might hit the kerb too hard. If this happens, things get seriously tricky. As a driver, you’ve got to learn Eau Rouge by driving it. Everyone knows that aerodynamics offer more downforce at a higher speed. Obviously you shouldn’t try to overdo it, but with the Porsche 911 GT3 R, you can keep the pedal to the metal – most of the time. It doesn’t always work – sometimes your gut tells you that it would be a good idea to lift for a split second.” “On one hand, we technicians like to see the drivers going full throttle through Eau Rouge. After all, we’re passionate about motor racing,” says Golz, giving his perspective. “Yet on the other hand, it’s obvious that neither the tyres nor the vehicle would withstand these stresses over long periods of time. So we’re quite happy that the enormous physical and mental stresses through this passage keep the drivers from trying to tackle it at full tilt most of the time. This saves the material a little,” concludes the 911 GT3 R project manager, thereby taking a load off the shoulders of his very ambitious drivers. There have been many accidents in this challenging passage. Eau Rouge only works well if all factors come together. Tyre pressure and temperature must be perfect, the track surface dry and clean, and the approach to the dip flawless. “Actually, your first tweak of the steering wheel as you head towards the dip is the decisive moment,” says Vanthoor. “If this isn’t perfect you have to correct it, and that’s anything but easy at 240 km/h with those mighty forces working on the car. Eau Rouge is mercilessly unforgiving. The run-off zones are small; many drivers hit the crash barriers. Still, there’s hardly a better feeling for us drivers than hurtling through this passage at full throttle. You look forward to it every lap – at least as long as everything works out okay,” the Belgian smiles. The famous corner combination at Spa-Francorchamps is like a trophy to be won at the highest possible speed. After two attempts to master the famous passage at full throttle ended in the barriers, an ex-Formula 1 world champion had the words “I survived Eau Rouge” printed on his autograph cards.
Porsche Korea Announces Business Performance and Brand Growth Strate-gies Ahead of the E-Mobility Era
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) held the ‘Mid-Year Press Conference 2020’ at ‘Porsche Studio Cheongdam’ on the 16th and 17th, and presented its successful business performance for the first half of 2020 along with its future brand growth strategies. The ‘Mid-Year Press Conference 2020’ is Porsche Korea's first media event of the year, as events have been cancelled for the last 6 months due to the spread of COVID-19. This conference was held by Porsche Korea to look back on major achievements in the first half of the year and to share major plans and visions for the second half. “Porsche Korea has sold more than 4,200 units in both 2018 and 2019 consecutively, paving the way for Porsche's future product strategy, which focuses on emotional gasoline, powerful hybrid and progressive electric vehicles,” said Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea, and added, “Also, during the first half of 2020, we launched several appealing models such as Porsche’s iconic model and epitome of sports cars, the 8th generation new 911, and the brand's first coupé-type SUV, the Cayenne Coupé, and recorded a meaningful sales performance of 3,433 units as of May in 2020.“ Porsche Korea plans to build a more abundant product portfolio than ever in the se-cond half of the year, starting with the hybrid models of the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupé, followed by the Macan GTS, the 911 Targa, the Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, and the Taycan. In particular, the release of price information and plans for the launch of the Taycan, Porsche's first pure electric sports car, in the second half of the year drew keen me-dia attention. In addition, Porsche Korea emphasized that in pursuit of its long-term goal of ‘Value Generating Growth’, which goes in line with Porsche AG's brand strategy that creates the future of sports cars, it will continue active investments in the Korean market to lead the new E-mobility era. Porsche Korea plans to introduce its entry model, the ‘Taycan 4S’ in the second half of this year, followed by the ‘Taycan Turbo’ and ‘Taycan Turbo S’ in 2021. The first ‘Taycan 4S’ to be released is priced at 145.6 million KRW, while the ‘Taycan Turbo’ is priced at 195.5 million KRW and the ‘Taycan Turbo S’ at 233.6 million KRW. Porsche Korea is also focusing on building the electric vehicle charging infrastructure to set the stage for the successful launch of the Taycan and for the E-mobility era. Starting with E-Mart Seongsu and Yangjae, the company is preparing to install Korea's first 320kW HPCs (High Power Chargers) in 9 Porsche Centres and 10 major locations across the country, as well as AC chargers at 120 destination charging stations nationwide. In addition, Porsche Korea is also working to strengthen its network and services to meet customer’s demand and to provide a unique brand experience through contin-ued investment in Korean market. Its nationwide dealer networks are expanding; the second ‘Porsche Approved Pre-Owned Car Centre’ opened in Yangjae after the showroom in Bundang in the first half of the year, and Porsche Korea is planning to open a showroom and service centre in Changwon and Suwon, as well as a new Porsche training centre in the second half of the year. Above this, Porsche Korea has been taking on social responsibilities through 'Por-sche Do Dream' CSR campaign since 2017. This year, Porsche Korea will be intro-ducing the ‘Porsche Dream Circle’ campaign, which reduces energy costs in low-income areas by installing solar panels and creating forest environments, and also plans to further expand CSR programs interlinked with sustainability values. “Through the launch of the new iconic model Taycan, which connects the brand‘s past and future, the year 2020 will mark as a historical milestone for Porsche Korea, which has gone through stages of ’change’ and ‘investment’ in pursuit of sustainable growth,” said Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea, and emphasized, “We will successfully launch various new cars, including Porsche’s first pure electric sports car, the Taycan, and establish ourselves as a brand that represents the future of sport cars.” Meanwhile, at the event held in the new retail format ‘Porsche Studio Cheongdam’, which marked its first anniversary since its opening, the ‘Daniel Arsham Porsche 911’, was unveiled for the first time in Asia, adding significance to the special event. The ‘Daniel Arsham Porsche 911’ is a reborn 911 in collaboration with Porsche and world-renowned artist Daniel Arsham. The one and only ‘Daniel Arsham Porsche 911’ based on the timeless machine, the 8th generation new 911 Carrera 4S, revolves around Daniel Arsham’s art concept of archaeology and time erosion. Effect of the unique matte finish white paintwork with clear geometric quartz features punctuating the body panels combine to underline the inner strength of a car that has stood the test of time. Porsche Korea is displaying the ‘Daniel Arsham Porsche 911’ at Porsche Studio Cheongdam from June 22nd to July 9th, and will be available for visits under pre-reservations.
Yanmar Demonstrates Autonomous Tractors Using Precision Positioning Technology in Thailand
Yanmar has participated in a field test to demonstrate the use of precision location technology in autonomous agricultural equipment held by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the working group consisting of Thai and Japan organizations. The demonstration in the Sri Racha District of Chonburi, southeast of the capital of Bangkok, served to draw attention to the labor-saving potential of autonomous technologies in agriculture. With the agricultural population expected to fall, even in Thailand, robot agricultural technologies will be required to maintain and raise agricultural productivity. The demonstration event was held with the cooperation of the Thai government to further development of precision positioning technologies. For its part, Yanmar is to conduct testing in Thai fields of its Robot Tractor that went on sale in Japan in October of 2018. Through its participation in the demonstration event, Yanmar hopes to further the development of agricultural technologies in Thailand, while contributing to the realization of a sustainable agriculture through the delivery of labor-saving, highly efficient agricultural machinery and services enabled with advanced IT and communications technologies. - The Demonstration Project In February of 2015, the Thai and Japanese governments made a joint, top-level announcement regarding cooperation in the introduction in Thailand of electronic reference point network using satellite positioning technology. Then in June of 2017, the two governments concluded a memorandum of intent regarding cooperation on the improvement of electronic reference point network. Since then, the Japanese government has established the GNSS Japan Pavilion in the Space Krenovation Park of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), to support development of high precision positioning technologies in various fields of industry. The Thai government also operates various infrastructure such as the National Electronic Data Standards Center. In order to provide the Thai government with technical support in this endeavor, JICA gathers related basic information and carries out surveys, with Yanmar also taking part in demonstrations trials as part of survey activities, towards technology adoption in the agricultural domain.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars opens ‘Rolls-Royce Seoul Cheongdam Boutique’
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars expanded its existing Cheongdam Exhibition Center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and opened ‘Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Seoul Cheongdam Boutique’ on February 20th. Reflecting boutique concept of Rolls-Royce, the ‘Global first’ Cheongdam boutique is a customer-centered multi-cultural exhibition where customers can experience and enjoy the brand value of Rolls-Royce. The Cheongdam boutique is an outcome that reflects the customer-oriented management philosophy of Rolls-Royce, and Rolls-Royce has been constantly analyzing and trying to broaden the boundaries of customers’ possibilities. As a result, Rolls-Royce determined that it needed an emotional environment that would allow customers to immerse themselves in the entire purchasing process and enjoy the fun at the same time. Therefore, through the Cheongdam boutique, Rolls-Royce is expected to take a step closer to becoming a global luxury house beyond the automobile maker. Rolls-Royce's Cheongdam boutique enhanced accessibility and convenience by moving to Cheongdam Dosandaero, where flagship stores of famous fashion brands are concentrated. The most prestigious experts in each area, including luxurious architects, materials specialists and interior designers, participated in completing the best boutique to create a distinctive space that suits the luxurious lifestyle of the top customers. In addition, as well as automobiles, a variety of handicrafts and artifacts will be on display to help customers experience the infinite creative expression that Rolls-Royce offers. ▲ ‘Rolls-Royce Cheongdam Boutique’, which was introduced as the first boutique after moving to Dosandaero ▲ Torsten Müller-Ötvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce “This boutique opening is important not only in Korea but also in Rolls-Royce as a whole, and it also has meanings of Korean market’s importance and that Seoul will lead the global luxury sector. In addition, Korea has achieved a dynamic growth in the luxury car market. About two years ago, the first Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Studio in Asia opened in Korea, and many people could access Rolls-Royce since then. As a result, we had renewed the annual sales record for two years,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce. According to CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvos, for Rolls-Royce last year, the Korean market was one of the fastest growing in the world with annual sales first recorded the three digits. And he introduced that the silver ghost collection, a limited edition of only 35 Rolls-Royce Ghost, shows the pride of Rolls-Royce working for special customers. Moreover, last year was the year when the 8th generation 'Phantom', a flagship model, could be sold throughout the year, and when ‘Cullinan’, the world's first super-luxury all-terrain SUV, was introduced and received the world’s enthusiastic response. Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce is the first luxury automobile manufacturer in Korea to adopt the revised Automobile Management Act, also known as the Korean version of Lemon laws. Rolls-Royce is doing its utmost to make not only the products but also the entire journey that a customer orders and owns best. The Cheongdam boutique is a stepping stone for Rolls-Royce to move beyond automobile manufacturers to becoming a global luxury house. Furthermore, the Cheongdam Boutique is the world's first Rolls-Royce boutique, and the world's existing Rolls-Royce showrooms will be transformed into an attractive, experimental concept that reflects the world of Rolls-Royce as a global luxury house. As Rolls-Royce believed that an emotional environment that would allow customers to immerse themselves in the entire purchasing process and enjoy the fun at the same time is needed, it moved to Cheongdam Dosandaero, where flagship stores of famous fashion brands are concentrated, and successfully enhanced accessibility and convenience. At the same time, the most prestigious experts in each area, including luxurious architects, materials specialists and interior designers, participated in completing the best boutique to create a distinctive space that suits the luxury lifestyle of the top customers. In addition, as well as automobiles, a variety of handicrafts and artifacts will be on display to help customers experience the infinite creative expression that Rolls-Royce offers. ▲ You can see the silver ghost collection, a limited edition of only 35 Rolls-Royce Ghost cars, in Cheongdam Boutique. ▲ As soon as you enter the entrance, you can see Rolls-Royce's flagship 'Phantom' ▲ The Cheongdam boutique is organized as a space where you can not only see automobiles but also enjoy a wide variety of 'luxury'. ▲ The Korean team got a plaque of appreciation for their performance.
Ferrari Portofino Official Launch Event in Korea
Ferrari held the official launch event of Ferrari Portofino on Floating Island in Seocho-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of March 28th, 2018. The event was organized to launch Ferrari's new convertible GT 'Ferrari Portofino' in Korea and to introduce its features. The officials including Dieter Knechtel, Ferrari’s CEO for Far East & Middle-East region, Kwang-cheol Kim, CEO of FMK, which is Ferrari’s official importer, attended the event. “Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible GT ever in the Ferrari line-up that has made breakthrough in all respects such as design and performance over previous models. This model, perfectly matched to sportiness, practicality, comfortable ride and elegance, is sure to attract a lot of attention and love to Korean customers with keen eye.” – said Dieter Knechtel. ▲ The official launch event of 'Ferrari Portofino' was held in Korea. According to the announcement, Ferrari Portofino was named Portofino, one of Italy's premier attractions. Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible GT car in the Ferrari line-up with a maximum output of 600 hp and a reach of 100 km/h in 3.5 second. Also, since it features a retractable hardtop, wide luggage compartment and spacious driver's seat, and 2+ seats, it is suitable for a drive and close trip. Ferrari Portofino is powered by Twin-Turbo V8 engine. With new parts and precise measurements of engine management software, it boasts 40 hp more power than its predecessor, ‘California T’. Here, the new pistons, con-rods, and intake system design are equipped to maximize the efficiency of the eight-cylinder engine. The new one-piece-cast exhaust header reduces power loss, which plays an important role in creating throttle responses without turbo lag, which is a feature of Ferrari. This technology, combined with Variable Boost Management, which adjusts torque delivery to selected gears, enables faster acceleration on all gears and leads to higher fuel efficiency compared to other models. Moreover, Ferrari Portofino is an enhanced model for automotive dynamics with the introduction of new technological alternatives. For the first among Ferrari lineup, it has been adopted a third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3), electronic stability control and F1-Trac, which improves the mechanical grip and control ability of the vehicle in critical situations. In addition, electronic power steering (EPS) was applied for the first among Ferrari GT cars, while E-Diff3 reduced the steering ratio by 7%, so the vehicle’s stability is maintained while reactivity is increased. On top of that, a magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E), enhanced by a dual-coil technology that increases grip on irregular road surfaces while reducing rocking, provides a dynamic sense of speed. ▲ "Ferrari Portofino" is equipped with Ferrari’s Twin-Turbo V8 engine. ▲ Elegance and dynamism are added to the smooth silhouette, making it sporty. ▲ Comfortable ride and practicality are also important features. Meanwhile, the Ferrari Design Center designed a retractable hardtop coupe convertible in a two-box fastback form by emphasizing sportiness by adding elegance and dynamism to the smooth silhouette. Ferrari's Aerodynamics Department and design team worked together to make the curved radiator grille at the front of the car more accentuated by the horizontal full-LED headlamps. They also made air intake, through which the air is drawn through the front wheel arch to reduce drag, located invisible to the inside of the headlight edge. In the case of the rear, the spacing of the taillight was widened. Here, the space for the new lightweight retractable hard top (RHT) is placed on the rear of the bodywork. Another advantage of Ferrari Portofino is its comfortable ride and practicality. This model is equipped with a 10.2-inch touchscreen with an infotainment system, an air conditioning system for passengers' comfortable riding experience during both normal and open-top driving, a new steering wheel, 18-way electronically adjustable front seats that extend the back seats, and a display at a passenger seat. In addition, through a new wind deflector, airflow inside the vehicle is reduced by 30% when driving with an open-top and the noise generated by aerodynamics is significantly reduced, so that the ride comfort and practicality are further enhanced.
Toyota Korea ‘New Sienna’ Photo Session
On March 19, 2018, Toyota Motor Korea hosted a photo session of its minivan 'New Sienna' at the Toyota Gangnam Showroom in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. New Sienna, the latest model of Sienna launched in Korea in November 2011 at first, is a model with upgraded exterior design and safety equipment to the convenience and utility of the existing Sienna model. ▲ New Sienna’s photo session of Toyota Korea was held. The exterior of 'New Sienna' has a large trapezoidal radiator grille under the design concept of 'Bold & Modern' and a lower bumper spoiler of the front end realizing a three-dimensional appearance and a low-centered wide stance. So, it emphasizes ‘Keen Look,’ which is Toyota’s family look, and a more modern appearance. The combination of 301-horsepower V6 3.5-liter engine and the 8-speed automatic transmission of 'New Sienna' achieved powerful and fuel-efficient performance in all driving situations. In particular, since the 4-wheel drive model is equipped with an active torque control system, a stable handling with excellent downward force is achieved through proper allocation of torque to both front and rear wheel. It is also equipped with run-flat tires, which can travel safely at a certain distance even during tire puncture. In addition, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which consists of four safety precautions to reduce the risk of accidents, including Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) was newly applied, and safety performance was further improved by adding a Hill Start Assist Control (HAC). In addition, the best-in-class 8 SRS airbags with the seat cushion airbag of a passenger seat, Blind Spot Monitor system (BSM), and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert system (RCTA) are provided as standard features. Through an application of a new multimedia system, intuitive screen control, USB video file playback, and a mirror cast will be provided. In addition, there are four USB charging ports, allowing multiple users to charge multimedia devices at the same time. ▲ The body looks longer and lower, resulting in a more stable image. ▲ The back of the vehicle has enhanced the stability of driving with various devices along with a sophisticated image. ▲ 301 horsepower V6 3.5L engine is mounted on the vehicle. ▲ The interior enhances user convenience and gives a luxurious feel by applying a satin chrome. ▲ A two-row ottoman seat is applied with a leg supporter. ▲ As a three-row seat is divided into 6:4, various stacking space can be created, and the seat can be easily folded and unfolded with one button.
Lamborghini Day 2018 in Korea unveiling the Urus and Aventador SVJ
Lamborghini Day Seoul took place this Friday at Yeong Bin Gwan in Seoul attended by Federico Foschini, Chief Commercial Officer of Automobili Lamborghini as well as media, customers and VIPs. The event unveils the Urus and debut of Aventador SVJ for the first time in Korea. The Lamborghini Day will be an annual event held by Automobili Lamborghini to share Lamborghini’s amplified visions and values with the media and customers as well in Korea. Lamborghini Urus and Aventador SVJ are expected to enter the Korean market within the first half of 2019. The Lamborghini Urus, the world’s first Super Sports Utility Vehicle (Super SUV), is powerful and luxurious, offering dynamism of a super sports car that can be enjoyed by both the driver and passengers. The Urus provides easy driving in the city, maximum comfort during long journeys, thrilling super sports car dynamics on the road and track, and versatile off-road abilities in a range of environments. The new Aventador SVJ, where SV historically stands for ‘superveloce’ — meaning ‘superfast’ —takes the ‘jota’ suffix, denoting its track and performance superiority. The Aventador SVJ has already claimed its position as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record holder, completing the 20.6 km lap in just 6:44.97 minutes. Its production is limited to 900 units. “We define ourselves as informal luxury, future shapers and designers of experiences. We want to inspire the lifestyle of our customers with best-in-class products and memorable events, where they can experience the intimate and exclusive Lamborghini world,” said Federico Foschini, Chief Commercial Officer at Automobili Lamborghini. “We recognize the growth of the super car segment in Korea. We wish to increase our presence in Korea by offering best-in-class services and products, enhancing customer experience and expanding infrastructure,” said Matteo Ortenzi, Chief Executive Officer at Automobili Lamborghini Asia Pacific. - The Lamborghini Urus: The world’s first Super SUV with Lamborghini DNA packed in every element The Lamborghini Urus creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability. The Urus can either be specified to be as sporty or as elegant, as the owner wishes, or be used as a daily luxury drive. The Urus sports a new front-mounted, 4.0-liter petrol V8 twin-turbo aluminum engine. The choice of a turbo engine, the first in a Lamborghini, delivers 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, fitting the Urus perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high-performance car. It performs maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l, the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp. The Super SUV accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and is the fastest SUV available in the world with a top speed of 305 km/h. Braking is no less impressive — the Urus decelerates from 100 km/h to 0 in 33.7 m. The Urus comes with an automatic eight-speed gearbox and its four-wheel drive system delivers safe, highly-responsive driving dynamics on every road and surface, in all weather. The Urus provides easy driving in the city, maximum comfort during long journeys, thrilling super sports car dynamics on the road and track, and versatile off-road abilities in a range of environments. The Urus is the new benchmark for a Super SUV and a true Lamborghini: it delivers best-in-class lightweight technologies and weight-to-power ratio, with innovation in design and engineering to ensure the best possible driving dynamics as well as overall efficiency. It is undoubtedly a Lamborghini, with all the design features of the Lamborghini super sports car heritage. The Urus comes in outstanding proportions, adopting the two-thirds body, one-third window ratio of Lamborghini super sports cars, and provides excellent balance. The Urus is a Lamborghini with luxurious space for up to five occupants. Its short overhangs communicate its strength, muscularity, dynamically assertive character and commanding road position. - The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ: The pinnacle of Lamborghini V12 super sports cars The Aventador SVJ is an innovative car and represents the absolute pinnacle of Lamborghini’s super sports car product range. With exceptionally fast speed, super-athletic performance and aerodynamic superiority, the Aventador SVJ takes another step into the future, shaping the potential for super sports car development. With its optimized power plant making it the most powerful series production V12-engined car produced to date by Lamborghini, the SVJ features an increase in power to 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 rpm. The SVJ outputs 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, while a dry weight of just 1,525 kg gives the SVJ a weight-to-power ratio of 1.98 kg/hp. The SVJ accelerates from standing to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. A top speed of more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 30 meters. The Aventador SVJ is, however, more than a super sports car achieving the top numbers. The development philosophy of the Aventador SVJ and its very essence in terms of design, aerodynamic technologies and efficiency, weight-to-power as well as performance, is to create a demanding driver’s perfect car. The enhanced powertrain features a new titanium intake valve with a new-shape intake runner and length, with a modified intake cylinder head duct for higher flow coefficient. The new, lightweight exhaust system reduces backpressure as well as producing the most emotive sound. The optimized seven-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) gearbox has been calibrated for the car’s increased performance in terms of both power and torque. Every feature of the Aventador SVJ resonates its aerodynamic prowess: the SVJ is significantly enhanced in appearance compared to the Aventador S and its downforce is improved by 40% on both axles compared to the previous Aventador SV. From the front the car is wider and highlights the inclusion of Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), Lamborghini’s patented active aerodynamics technologies. Lamborghini’s patented ALA system was first seen on the Huracán Performante and has been developed to an enhanced level for the Aventador SVJ, now ALA 2.0, including new optimized air inlets and aero channel designs. The Aventador SVJ is a driver-focused car, developed to maximize the union between driver and car in the most extreme road and track conditions and ensure the most rewarding experience.
New Cayenne now available as a plug-in hybrid
Porsche is expanding its range of hybrids even further: the new Cayenne E-Hybrid combines the best driving dynamics in its class with maximum efficiency. A three-litre V6 engine (250 kW/340 hp) combines with an electric engine (100 kW/136 hp) to generate system power of 340 kW (462 hp). The maximum torque of 700 Nm is already available just above idling speed; the boost strategy matches that of the 918 Spyder supercar. The Cayenne’s plug-in hybrid drive enables acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 5.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 253 kilometres per hour. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid can drive up to a distance of 441) kilometres and speed of 135 kilometres per hour on electricity alone. The average consumption in the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), depending on the set of tyres used, is 3.4 – 3.2 l/100 km of fuel and 20.9 – 20.6 kWh/100 km of electricity. Alongside the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of comfort and assistance systems for the entire Cayenne series with additional options such as the new head-up display, massage seats and 22-inch light metal wheels. 462 horsepower system power with 918 Spyder boost concept The next stage in Porsche’s journey towards e-mobility is the Cayenne E-Hybrid. While the performance of the combustion engine moderately improves on its prede-cessor by five kW (Seven hp) to 250 kW (340 hp), the performance of the electric engine is now over 43 per cent higher at 100 kW (136 hp). Both combine for a total system power of 340 kW (462 hp). The boost strategy derived from the 918 Spyder supercar is a new addition. It ensures that the electric engine can be used in all the standard Sport Chrono Package’s driving modes for an additional performance boost. This means the maximum system torque becomes available as you press the accelerator pedal. Depending on the driving situation and performance requirements, drivers can continue to draw on the boost torque across the entire range of speeds. This leads to a more agile and superior driving experience. The extent of the boost support and battery charging during the journey depend on the driving mode. In the performance-focused Sport and Sport Plus modes, virtually all of the battery's energy can be used for a boost. In Sport mode, the battery is charged just as much as is required for a new boost. In Sport Plus mode, the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. The other modes support maximum driving efficiency. Charging with the Porsche Connect app and Porsche Charging Service Battery capacity has improved significantly in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, along with the distance on electricity and the boost reserves: in comparison to the previous model, capacity increased from 10.8 to 14.1 kWh. This is an increase of around 30 per cent. The fluid-cooled battery, stored beneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, con-sists of eight cell modules with 13 prismatic lithium ion cells each. Within 7.8 hours, the high-voltage battery is charged fully via a 230 volt connection with ten amps. if the optional 7.2 kilowatt on-board charger and a 230 volt connection with 32 amps are used as an alternative to the standard 3.6 kilowatt charger, the battery is ‘filled up’ again after only 2.3 hours. The charging process can be managed and monitored via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and remotely using the Porsche Connect app. The independent climate control, i.e. heating and air conditioning when the ignition is switched off, is available as standard and can also be individually controlled via smartphone. Porsche Connect can also be used to find and filter charging stations and set them as a navigation destination. The new Porsche Charging Service allows cross-provider access to public charging stations – without requiring additional registration with the relevant provider. This is billed directly via the Porsche ID account. New hybrid module and rapid switching Tiptronic S Porsche has redesigned the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s drive train. The hybrid module consists of a highly-integrated combination of electric engine and separating clutch. In contrast to the previous electro-hydraulic system with the spindle actuator, the separating clutch is operated electromechanically, which ensures even faster reaction times. The transmission acquires the new Tiptronic S, newly developed for the entire Cayenne range with eight speeds. The automatic gearbox not only offers even more comfortable and smoother starting but also significantly speeds up switching. Interruption of tractive force during switching processes has also been reduced further. Active hang-on all-wheel drive and 3.5 ton trailer load With Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the Cayenne E-Hybrid has an active hang-on all-wheel drive with an electronically regulated, map-controlled multiplate clutch. With its broad range of torque distribution, the system offers clear benefits in terms of driving dynamics, agility, traction control and offroad capabilities. Thanks to the brand new chassis, Cayenne E-Hybrid offers the same sports car driving dynam-ics as all models of the new Cayenne generation. Porsche Active Suspension Man-agement (PASM) is available as standard. Optional features include the electric Por-sche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system and a trailer connection for loads up to 3.5 tonnes. New options: head-up display and 22-inch light metal wheels With the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of assis-tance systems and optional features for the entire series with a variety of innovations. For the first time, head-up display is available in a Porsche. It projects all the relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of vision in a full-colour display. Other new features now available in the Cayenne are the smart digital copilot Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, massage seats, a heated windscreen, independent heating with remote operation and 22-inch light metal wheels. Market launch and pricing The new Cayenne E-Hybrid is available now in Germany at prices ranging from €89,822 including VAT and country-specific features. It will be launched onto the European market in late May 2018.
Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo: the electric athlete for an active lifestyle
With the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche will be unveiling the concept study of an electrically driven Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV) at the Geneva Motor Show. This car has many talents and is aimed at people who like to spend their free time travelling, playing sport and pursuing other outdoor activities. Thanks to all-wheel drive, every ski slope is easy to reach, while the flexible interior creates space for all kinds of sports equipment and modern load-carrying systems facilitate the transport of surfboards or a Porsche e-bike. The strengths of the four-door four-seater include an emotional design with striking off-road elements as well as an innovative display and operating concept with touchscreen and eye-tracking control. Measuring 4.95 metres in length, the concept vehicle has all-wheel drive and an 800-volt architecture, prepared for connection to the fast charging network. It can also be charged by induction, at a charging station or using the Porsche home energy storage system. The road-ready Mission E Cross Turismo builds on the Mission E study Porsche demonstrated at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) and uses elements that are close to series production. The design: unmistakable Porsche DNA A low-cut bonnet between heavily curved wings: the front of the Mission E Cross Turismo reveals its relationship to the sports car icon Porsche 911 at first glance. Vertical air inlets in the front, known as air curtains, are a distinctive design feature. Another stylistic highlight are the matrix LED headlights. The brand’s typical four-point daytime running lights have evolved into narrow, three-dimensional glass elements. Embedded in four sweeping wings, these also contain an innovative four-point indicator light. At the same time, the vehicle has high-performance full beams with Porsche X-Sight technology. The off-road design elements include robust wheel arch protection and door sills, a striking front spoiler and lower rear and increased ground clearance. The silhouette is defined by a sporty roofline that slopes off to the rear, which Porsche designers refer to as a ‘flyline’. This is reminiscent of the rear of the Panamera Sport Turismo. Equally distinctive for the brand is the dynamic shape of the side windows. The broad wings and three-dimensional side panels with air outlets behind the front wheels reinforce the sporty crossover character of the concept car, which is 1.99 metres wide. Other distinctive features include the eye-catching side door sills with their off-road appearance and 20-inch wheels with 275/40 R 20 tyres. Even from behind, the study can immediately be recognised as a Porsche with its exclusively light grey metallic paintwork. In addition to its sporty design and air-channelling roof spoiler, the continuous light strip is a typical feature. The luminescent white Porsche logo is composed of glass letters embedded in a three-dimensional cover with a circuit board design. During charging, the ‘E’ in the Porsche logo pulsates, and the circuit board is brought to life by pulses of light. This makes the flow of energy impressively visual for the customer. A large panoramic glass roof extending from the windscreen to the boot lid ensures a generous sense of space. Variability: equipped for all mobility needs The Mission E Cross Turismo presents a picture as to what a Turismo model with features of a crossover utility vehicle could look in series production – a car that is equally suitable for travelling, everyday life and adventure, filling the role of a versatile companion both in the city and in the countryside. The crossover model is aimed at people who like to spend their free time playing sport or pursuing other outdoor activities. Passengers stand to benefit from the flexible nature of the four-seater, which measures 1.42 metres in height. For example, the backrest of each individual seat in the rear has a load-through facility. This can be used for skis and other long equipment. The backrests themselves can be folded down. Additionally, the boot features a rail system with adjustable and removable straps. These can be used to secure items quickly and safely. To give the passengers of the Mission E Cross Turismo various mobility options beyond the car, the Porsche e-bike supports its rider with a powerful electric drive when the pedals are turned. It is a mobility offer that does means Porsche customers do not have to go without the design, technology and performance of a Porsche when they are on two wheels in their free time. The interior: visible lightweight structures The interior reinterprets classic Porsche elements, bringing them into the digital age. Take the dashboard, for example, which emphasises the vehicle’s width and is composed of a wing-shaped upper and lower part. The instrument panel is clearly organised horizontally with an extra-wide display for the driver and front passenger. The freestanding instrument cluster is angled towards the driver and includes three circular display graphics with digital content on TFT screens. The centre console between the front seats rises towards the dash panel. In combination with the ambient lighting, the indirect lighting of the centre console creates a unique atmosphere. The interior design features also include visible lightweight structures, which can be found on the instrument panel and other places as well as the sporty seats, reminiscent of those found in racing cars, with illuminated Porsche lettering. The door lining has innovative three-dimensional elements with a textured surface. Anodised edges in Nordic Blue on features such as the air vents and window lift modules create a contrast to the exclusive bicolour concept of the interior with aniline leather in black and light grey. The drive: sporty e-performance thanks to output of over 600 hp Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) allow the Mission E Cross Turismo to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Furthermore, the level of continuous power is unmatched by any other electric vehicle: multiple accelerations are possible in direct succession without loss of performance. Power is guaranteed on any surface thanks to on-demand all-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring, which automatically distributes torque to individual wheels. The chassis: adaptive air suspension for comfort and agility The all-wheel steering contributes to the exemplary agility and stability of the vehicle. Adaptive air suspension increases the ground clearance by up to 50 millimetres. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is also on board, providing active roll stabilisation and preventing side tilt of the vehicle when cornering and reducing lateral rocking of the vehicle on uneven surfaces. The display and operating concept: a unique user experience The innovative display and operating concept is a design highlight of the Mission E Cross Turismo. Intuitive operation and information that is optimally positioned in the field of vision, such as the head-up display, do not distract the driver. Thanks to new connectivity solutions, the vehicle can also be perfectly integrated into a digital lifestyle. The result is a unique user experience. Here are the most important displays and operating options: Driver display with eye-tracking control: The instrument cluster comprises three virtual round instruments that are divided into areas for Porsche Connect, performance, drive, energy and Sport Chrono. Using a camera in the rear-view mirror, the eye-tracking system detects which instrument the driver is looking at. The displays he or she can see are then brought to the foreground, while others are made smaller when the driver looks away. Operations are carried out using smart touch controls on the steering wheel. Passenger display: This screen extends across the full width of the passenger side. Using eye-tracking and touch screen technology, the passenger can operate various apps to control features such as media, navigation and air conditioning as well as contact lists. Centre console touch panel with detailed information menus. Small touch screens: These are placed both in the multifunctional window lift modules (for seat adjustment and comfort functions) as well as in the slatted air vents on the right and left of the dashboard. For example, swiping from left to right can increase the fan speed. The ‘smart cabin’ approach simplifies operation. Vehicle settings, interior climate and ambient lighting are automatically adapted in line with the preferences of the occupants and the driving situation. Even outside the vehicle, the driver can access a wide range of information and make settings: all customisation options can be planned ahead using a tablet, smartphone or smartwatch – from air conditioning to on-board navigation. DestinationsApp: a personal travel companion Porsche Connect already offers more than 20 digital services and apps. In the Mission E Cross Turismo, software called DestinationsApp shows what added value the digital platform could offer in the near future, making it possible to organise a weekend trip and in a few convenient steps on the smartphone. The app inspires users with travel destinations, facilitates quick and easy bookings and takes care of route planning, food and sports equipment. DestinationsApp even allows you to adapt the body of the Mission E Cross Turismo to your chosen route and to select appropriate music, air conditioning settings and ambient lighting. Charging: fast and straightforward The 800-volt architecture of the vehicle ensures that the lithium-ion battery can be charged for a range of around 250 miles (400 kilometres – according to the NEDC) in just over 15 minutes. Charging of the concept vehicle is flexible and can take place on the road or at home. The vehicle is prepared for connection to the fast charging network, which is being created on arterial roads as part of the IONITY joint venture. Additionally, the battery of the Mission E Cross Turismo can be replenished using induction, a charging station or a Porsche home energy storage system. The latter is compatible with solar power generated by domestic photovoltaic systems.
World premiere of the Mission E Cross Turismo
Spark for the future: with the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche will be unveiling the concept study of an electrically driven cross utility vehicle (CUV) at the Geneva Motor Show. The strengths of the four-door Cross Turismo include an emotional design with striking off-road elements as well as an innovative display and operating concept with touchscreen and eye-tracking control. Measuring 4.95 metres in length, the concept vehicle has all-wheel drive and an 800-volt architecture, prepared for connection to the fast charging network. It can also be charged by induction, at a charging station or using the Porsche home energy storage system. Additionally, the debut of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS heralds the arrival of one of the most radical high-performance sports cars today. It produces 383 kW (520 hp) from a four-litre capacity. Mission E Cross Turismo – the electric athlete from Porsche Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) allow the Mission E Cross Turismo to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Furthermore, the level of continuous power is unmatched by any other electric vehicle: multiple accelerations are possible in direct succession without loss of performance. ‘The Mission E Cross Turismo is an expression of how we envision the all-electric future. It combines sportiness and everyday practicality in unique style. Our vehicle will be fast to drive, but also quick to recharge and able to replicate its performance time after time,’ says Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG. The Mission E Cross Turismo, which is already fit for the road, builds on the concept of the Mission E study presented by Porsche at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA). The series-produced car based on this model will celebrate its premiere next year. Close to motor racing: the new 911 GT3 RS with a 520 hp naturally aspirated engine With the 911 GT3 RS, Porsche will also be presenting it's most powerful road-going track sports car with a naturally aspirated engine. The power of 383 kW (520 hp) is generated by a six-cylinder boxer engine with a four-litre capacity and a revving range of up to 9,000 rpm. Just like the heart of the new GT model, the chassis comes directly from the world of motor sport upgraded with rear-axle steering, all geared towards uncompromising precision. The 911 GT3 RS can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h (194 mph). Swiss market: customers continue to prefer sporty models in 2017 The Swiss distribution company of Porsche, based in Rotkreuz, supplied 3,621 vehicles last year. In particular, models with the highest performance engines in individual series were in demand, including the decidedly sporty 911 Carrera 4 GTS as a coupé and convertible as well as the 911 GT3. The most popular Porsche car in Switzerland is the Macan GTS. In the gran turismo segment, Porsche scored highly for its performance-oriented hybrid technology.
New GT3 RS celebrates its world premiere
Porsche revs into its anniversary year with the premiere of the most powerful road-approved high-performance sports car featuring a naturally aspirated engine. At the 88th International Geneva Motor Show (March 6-18, 2018), the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer unveils the new 911 GT3 RS on Tuesday, 6 March, at 9:20 a.m. (CET). It produces 383 kW (520 hp) from a four-litre capacity. The press conference will be held at the Porsche stand in Hall 1. Live coverage in German and English is provided in the Porsche Newsroom: newsroom.porsche.com/geneva2018. The sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen celebrates its 70th anniversary with a raft of activities. The first sports car to bear the Porsche name was registered on June 8, 1948 – the 356 “No.1” Roadster. It was on this day that the Porsche brand was born. In Germany, the celebrations begin with the “70 years of the Porsche sports car” exhibition in Berlin from March 20 through May 31 at the Volkswagen Group Forum “DRIVE”. The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will hold its own anniversary celebrations with a comprehensive special exhibition from June 9. On the same day, Porsche invites sports car fans to its “Sports Car Together Day” at all of the company’s locations around the world. On June 16–17, the sports car manufacturer welcomes employees and enthusiasts to a public celebration in and around the Porsche Museum. The anniversary will also be celebrated at the “Festival of Speed” at Goodwood in the UK (July 12–15) as well as at the “Rennsport Reunion” in California from September 27–30. The jubilee festivities will conclude with the “Porsche Sound Night” on 13 October.