Sauber Motorsports F1 has plenty of expectations heading into the 2013 Formula One season. Relative to its more heavily funded competitors, the team’s only objective is to probably score more constructor points this season than they did a year ago, a feat made impressive with their sixth place finish - 16 points away from the disappointing Mercedes F1 team.
With their new ride, the C32, the team is looking to make an impression with a radically redesigned F1 race car that looks to accomplish their objectives for the year. The most noticeable of the changes are the partially stepped nose, the narrow side pods and a redesigned rear end.
The nose, in particular, offers a different take from some teams that have taken to using a stepped nose with others opting to use a vanity panel. The redesigned side pods and the pull-rod suspension also suggests that Sauber wanted to make the C32 as light as possible. The radiator placement, the Coanda exhaust design and the outlet placements are all different from the C32’s predecessor, the C31.
What’s the same is the chassis, which is still made from a carbon-fiber monocoque. Meanwhile, the front and rear suspension was co-created by Sachs Race Engineering and Penske. The car’s six-piston calipers, carbon pads and discs all come by way of Brembo.
With its technological partner, Ferrari, continuing to supply the engine - in this case, a 2.4-liter eight-cylinder engine - and the KERS system, the improved C32 has expectations to be better than its predecessor, and in return, allow the team the chance to scoop up more points than the 126 points they scored last season.
Russian automaker Marussia hasn’t had the kind of success it initially expected when they made the jump to Formula One racing.
The team hopes to change all that with the introduction of their 2013 F1 racer, the MR02.
Representing a comprehensive evolution of the 2012 car, the MR02 received a host of new changes that has put the onus on the team to be more competitive than they’ve ever been in the racing series. The chassis, for one, carries a number of elements that are new, allowing the car to handle the rigors of hardcore racing to the fullest. That in itself is a victory for the MR02, considering its predecessor had a hard time just staying on the track last season.
The biggest change to the MR02, though, is the addition of the KERS system, which is making its debut on a Marussia race car. With the installation of the KERS system, team engineers had to work double and triple time to integrate the system while also reducing the overall weight of the carbon chassis and redesigning the body to accommodate new signatures to the car. The new side pod design and the more aggressive Coanda-style exhaust are also key improvements for the MR02, all of which we’re made while under pressure to still meet mandatory FIA crash tests.
As for its engine, the MR02 will still be powered by Cosworth’s CA2013K engine and mated to a modified seven-speed Xtrac longitudinally mounted aluminum transmission. Marussia’s partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies is also a boon for the MR02, with the latter providing tools - a wind tunnel and simulator being two of them - that Marussia can make good use of to continue development of the MR02.
It’s not the most powerful setup in the grid by any stretch of the imagination, but for a team like Marussia that hasn’t been around Formula One all that long, all the modifications given to the MR02 will go a long way to making them a lot more competitive in the grid.
GAC Group was the only Chinese automaker present at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , yet they did present a pretty unique concept that caught the attention of a lot of people.
The concept is called the E-JET, a hybrid sedan prototype whose design characteristics remind us of another just-introduced vehicle at Detroit (Is this the Chinese cousin of the CLA Class ?). The E-JET measures 4,570 x 1,790 x 1,490 mm (179.9 x 70.4 x 58.6 inches) with a 2,620 mm (103.1-inch) wheelbase. Not too bad for what looks like a compact sedan.
As a range-extending hybrid, the E-JET is powered by a 1.0-liter, four-cylinder gas engine that produces 60 horsepower and 60 pound-feet of torque. It also has a permanent-magnet motor that produces a peak output of 127 horsepower and a permanent-magnet generator produces 40 horsepower. On top of all that, a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery can power the E-JET in electric mode for up to 62 miles.
Put all of its powertrain capabilities together and you have a car that boasts of a total range of 373 miles with a fuel consumption of 1.9 l/100 km (123.8 mpg U.S. or 148.6 mpg UK), a 0 to 31 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 99 mph.
We’re not entirely sure if GAC has any intention of building a production model for the E-JET. But we do have to give it to them; this is one interesting concept.
We know how the partnerships between automaker and timepiece manufacturers usually go. Mostly, it’s the latter that comes out with a product bearing the former’s image, likeness, technology, or a combination of any of these elements.
Swedish watch brand Arlanch, though, is taking a slightly different approach. They’re looking into building a supercar concept, dubbed the Green Supercar Concept.
With the help of former McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens, the Swedish watch brand is in the early stages of designing this green supercar concept. After already earning a reputation as a company that pays careful attention to being environmentally friendly, Arlanch is trying to venture in the automotive world with a vehicle that, based on these sketches, certainly looks the part of a supercar.
Details are still scarce at this point, but looking at the sketches you can make out a few details about the car, including its mid-engine layout, a large capsule-like roof, and a rear that looks like it has a large exhaust system. Slit-like headlights can also be seen, giving it that kind of supercar look that’ll gain notice immediately.
Rest assured; we’ll have updates about this new green supercar concept when more information becomes available.
A few days after Saleen announced its plans to build a modern-day 351 Mustang , another aftermarket company — Galpin Auto Sports — took to the LA Auto Show to announce its own supercar project: the Galpin Ford GTR1.
Now here we are, nearly a year later, and Galpin is all set to launch the GTR1 at the on the Concept Lawn at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
With just under a year to fully develop and test the GTR1, Galpin took to task and creat4ed quite the monster that makes use of a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that puts down well overt 1,000 horsepower and abuses rubber by way of more than 700 pound-feet of torque.
Sure this Ford GT-inspired supercar sure does look ignorant on paper, but can it really hang with the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari LaFerrari?
Find out if it can and so much more about this new supercar after the jump.
Despite its name, this supercar has nothing to do with the famous Italian tuner, Abarth . In fact, the Milan Abarth was built and designed by Carlo Abarth, a well-known Austrian citizen. The car made its first appearance at a small event in Monaco and will be making its world debut in February 2013.
The new supercar’s power will range from 600 to 1,100 horsepower and it will weigh only 900 kg (1,984 pounds). This monstrous power-to-weight ratio will allow the Milan Abarth to deliver incredible performance numbers — first details suggest a 0-to-60 mph time of less than 3 seconds.
The road-going Milan Abarth will be limited to only seven units, and another seven SS units, which we assume are not approved for road use, will also be offered. Price will start from €300,000 - around $389,000 at the current exchange rates.
Update 12/17/12: A new teaser video (above) of the Milan Abarth has been released by the automaker. The video shows off its sexy exterior and even allows us to have a listen at its beastly exhaust note.
Hit the jump for a short video of the new Milan Abarth.
Courb is a relatively new car manufacturer which presented its first concept, the C-ZE, in 2009. The C-ZEN is a French acronym for “C’est Zero Emission Nocive,” which means no harmful emissions. Back then, the company didn’t say if it had plans to develop a production version, but after only two years, it made the announcement that its C-ZE received a few updates and is ready to be launched in showrooms.
The production version of the compact electric vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and is powered by a 15kW electric motor, paired with a pack of Valence lithium-iron-magnesium-phosphate (LiFeMgPO4) battery packs.
With its compact dimensions and the ultra efficient drivetrain, the Courb C-ZE was developed to appeal to young buyers who are searching for a small city car for daily or occasional transportation.
The Courb C-ZE will be launched on the market soon with a starting price of 25,000 euros. Besides its compact speedster, the company is also working on an electric utility pickup which will be offered at 18,000 euros.
Hit the jump for more information on the Courb C-ZE.
CT&T is an electric car manufacturer based in Korea. The company is mostly known for its electric golf cars and multipurpose utility vehicles, but in 2008 it also launched its first passenger city car, named the e-Zone.
The CT&T e-Zone runs solely on electric power and is built using a rigid aluminum frame combined with a lightweight fiber glass body. The vehicle features a four-wheel independent McPherson suspension system and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes as well as electromagnetic regenerative braking.
The Korean city car is put in motion by a 72-volt AC motor which can be paired with flooded electrolyte lead-acid or lithium-polymer batteries. Because its maximum power is rated at only 25 mph, the CT&T e-Zone was put in the category of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV).
The company said that its NEV has been successfully crash tested to 30 mph and meets U.S. FMVSS301 as well as European safety standards.
Hit the jump for more information on the CT&T e-City.
T3 Motion made a name for itself making two wheeled mobility devices for security personnel. The company wants to expand its lineup and started work on its first passenger car. Fortunately, it’s not another boring electric city car aimed at housewives. By the contrary, it’s at the opposite side of the spectrum and was designed as a sporty three wheeler which blurs the line between cars and motorcycles.
The T3 Motion R3 prototype was revealed in 2011 and is powered by an AC induction motor fed by a pack of lithium polymer batteries which offer a reasonable range of 100 miles.
The new T3 Motion R3 is marketed as a sport vehicle and has the capacity to transport two people. To protect its occupants against bad weather, the R3 was fitted with a manually removable cloth top.
For the moment, T3 Motion didn’t reveal when the R3 will be launched on the market, but they said that it will be priced between $25.000-$35.000.
Hit the jump for more information on the T3 Motion R3.
Electric vehicles are slowing showing that they can be a serious threat to the conventionally powered cars, as they are getting closer to the same performance levels offered by their rivals. Not long ago “electric car” was synonymous with “unexciting car,” but things are starting to change. We know that the electric motors still have a long way to go before they will be as popular as the combustion engines, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Tesla and Fisker have already taken that step, now it’s time for Brusa to take that first step as well.
You may know a thing or two about the electric sports cars developed by the first two manufacturers, we doubt that you’ve heard many people talk about Brusa’s Spyder. And that is a pity, as it has all it needs to compete with success against any Fisker or Tesla.
Launched in 2009, the Brusa Spyder, uses the Rudolph Spyder’s body — a little-known German roadster inspired by the legendary Porsche 550 Spyder. Under its curvy skin you’ll find a pair of 95 kW (127-horsepower) Hybrid-Synchron electric motors which offer a total output of 254 horsepower and 2,200 Nm (1,622 pound-feet) of torque to the rear wheels.
Hit the jump for more information on the Brusa Spyder.