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26 times 0–200: Porsche Taycan staying power is tested

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Numerous hot laps around a circuit seem to be a breeze for the first fully electric sports car from Zuffenhausen.

In an initial test, a pre-series version of the 440 kW (600 PS) all-wheel drive car accelerated from 0–200 km/h 26 times in succession. The Sprint Challenge was held at an airfield in Lahr in southern Baden. Average acceleration times documented on the “Fully Charged” YouTube channel were just under ten seconds. The difference between the fastest and the slowest attempts was just 0.8 seconds. The test runs were carried out in both directions on the airport’s taxiway. The entire strip, about 2.3 kilometres long, was used during the tests. The outside temperature was 28 degrees Celsius.

2019 porsche taycan conducts tests at lahr airfield
Full Electric Porsche Taycan conducts tests at Lahr Airfield. Credit: Porsche

The Taycan is the first all-electric sports car from Porsche.

A full range of technical innovations in the Taycan guarantees breathtaking acceleration figures, traction power typical of a sports car and a superior, permanently-available power output.

  • The two powerful electric motors at the front and rear axles are the so-called permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM). They feature a rotor with high-grade permanent magnets that generate a natural magnetic field. As a result, the rotor moves in sync with the magnetic rotating field of the stator, hence the name PSM. A pulse inverter specifies the frequency of the rotating field in the stator, therefore determining rotor speed. The design, function and excellent thermal behaviour of permanently excited synchronous motors allow them to deliver the high performance typical of Porsche.
  • A special feature of the Taycan’s electric motors is the so-called hairpin winding, in which the solenoid coils of the stator consist of rectangular rather than round wires. The wires are bent, and before they are inserted into the stator’s laminated core their shape looks like a hairpin – hence the name “hairpin”. The open ends are welded together using a laser beam. Hairpin technology makes it possible to pack wires in a more condensed way and therefore integrate more copper into the stator. This increases power output and torque at the same level of volume. Another important advantage for a high-performance car like the Taycan is that a hairpin stator can be cooled considerably more efficiently.
  • The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 voltsrather than the normal 400 volts for electric cars. Among other things, this delivers continuous high power and charging capacities to enable both fast driving and fast loading,  while also reducing the weight of the high-voltage cabling.
  • In combination with the drive train concept (PSM and 800-volt technology), thermal management ensures a high reproducibility for when power is demanded. The cooling system is tailored to the needs of the individual vehicle and enables the performance, which is typical of a sports car, to be achieved multiple times in succession when required. Porsche has achieved a wide spread between performance and range. In winter, intelligent thermal management also enables efficient and demand-oriented heating functions.
2019 porsche taycan conducts tests at lahr airfield
Full Electric Porsche Taycan conducts tests at Lahr Airfield. Credit: Porsche

The Taycan has a top speed of over 250 km/h. It accelerates from 0–100 km/h in significantly less than 3.5 seconds and its lithium-ion battery has a gross capacity of around 90 kWh. The Taycan will be presented in September and launched onto the market at the end of the year.

The test track: Lahr airport

Opened in 1913 and intended as a Zeppelin airfield, Lahr was used after the Second World War as a military airfield, initially by French troops and from 1967 by Canadian NATO troops. ADAC Südbaden (a regional division of a German automotive association) has been using the facility for motorsports events ever since the latter withdrew in 1994. The Regio-Ring, as it is known, held Formula and touring car races between 1996 and 1998, sometimes drawing crowds of over 30,000 spectators.

Today the airport is situated directly off the A5 motorway from Karlsruhe to Basel and used for business and freight flights, as well as by the automotive industry for test drives and measuring runs.

Full Electric Porsche Taycan conducts tests at Lahr Airfield.
Full Electric Porsche Taycan conducts tests at Lahr Airfield. Credit: Porsche

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The new Bugatti ‘Centodieci’ Sold out before its release

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Only 10 Bugatti Centodieci cars to be made and all are sold before today’s official release.

Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View
The New Bugatti Centodieci. Credit Bugatti

The newest Bugatti, the Centodieci, was officially revealed today, Aug 16th, at the Quail in Pebble Beach – Monterey Car Week 2019. Centodieci means 110 in Italian and the name has been selected for two reasons. Firstly the external styling of the Centodieci is inspired by, and pays hommage to, the early 1990’s Bugatti EB110 Super Sports car while the underlying chassis of the Centodieci is based on the Bugatti Chiron . The second reason for the name is that this year also marks the 110 year anniversary of Bugatti’s foundation and Bugatti wanted to produce a car that marked the milestone in history.

1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport front view
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport front view for comparison.
Bugatti Centodieci flanked by the blue EB110 Super Sport and red Chiron
Bugatti Centodieci flanked by the blue EB110 Super Sport and red Chiron Credit: Bugatti

Driving Force

The Bugatti Centodieci is capped at 10 units worldwide with each starting at approximately EUR 8 million + VAT, however, at the cars launch Bugatti advised that all 10 cars are already sold out. The car’s Chiron underpinnings mean it has an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that pumps out an impressive 1600 hp, allowing it to reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in approximately 2.4 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds continuing through to an electronically limited 380 km/h top speed. Careful planning and weight reduction enabled the Centodieci to achieve a sensational power to weight ratio of just 1.13 kilograms per horsepower.

Bugatti Centodieci rear view with tailights
Bugatti Centodieci rear view with tailights. Credit: Bugatti
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport Rear
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport rear for comparison.

Centodieci Design

There are many areas in which the new special edition Bugatti Centodieci echoes the former super sports car of the 1990s. Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti noted in regards to the styling “The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time”. Even sportier and more extreme than the Bugatti Chiron and Divo hyper sports cars, yet elegant and timeless like the La Voiture Noire, it is a one of a kind Bugatti for the enthusiast.

Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View Outside
Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View. Credit: Bugatti

The flat, horseshoe shaped radiator at the front reveals its depth only from the side view, with the newly developed, deep seated front spoiler and the three section air intakes providing a perfect match. The front of the Centodieci drops very low. The iconic Bugatti horseshoe has been reduced accordingly, while the Bugatti logo Macaron sits on the hood, which is interrupted at the center by a black element. “This allowed us to rekindle memories of EB110,” says Achim Anscheidt. The optimised front section with the extended front splitter and the airflow through the hood further improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Bugatti Centodieci Front View
Bugatti Centodieci Front View. Credit: Bugatti

“We incorporated the wedge-shaped design in the development process but we took it in a new direction,” says the designer. Instead of copying the classic Italian wedge in which the muscle runs from the rear to the front wheel, suggesting a dynamic leap forward, Bugatti strikes out on a new path in the Centodieci. The otherwise dominant Bugatti line, the C line on the B pillar, gives way to a new design Significantly smaller than the Chiron, five round air inserts positioned in the form of a diamond ensure sufficient air intake for the 16-cylinder engine.

“In this way, Bugatti has brought forward the visually leaping wedge of the EB110 SS into a new millennium.”

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Bugatti Centodieci Right Side View Inside
Bugatti Centodieci Side View. Credit: Bugatti

The 10 new Bugatti Centodiecis will be handcrafted in Molsheim, France and will be delivered to customers in two years.

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Japanese CEO buys 6 supercars in 1 month: the first and the last

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Japan’s first Devel Sixteen and W motors last 5 Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions go to one man.

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The Devel Sixteen. Credit: Devel Motors
W Motors Fenyr Supersport
W Motors Fenyr Supersport. Credit: W Motors Dubai

July was a busy month for Tetsumi Shinchi, Chairman and CEO of one of Japan’s most illustrious businesses, Shibaura Group Holdings Inc. Tetsumi is an avid supercar collector and during July 19-21 this year Mr Shinchi showcased his supercar collection comprising 30 of the rarest cars in the world at his private ‘Mega Supercar Motor Show’ in Fukuoka, Japan.

 Mr Tetsumi Shinchi's 2019 Mega Supercar Motor Show in Fukuoka, Japan
Mr Tetsumi Shinchi’s 2019 Mega Supercar Motor Show in Fukuoka, Japan. Credit: W Motors

As busy as Tetsumi may have been planning and coordinating his giant show’s last minute details, he still found time to buy 6 more supercars from two separate manufacturers. All 6 new cars will make their debut at Tetsumi Shinchi’s Mega Supercar Motor Show in 2021.

During the show Tetsumi proudly announced he had just purchased Japan’s first 3000HP Devel Sixteen produced by U.A.E based Devel Motors.

Devel Motors Majid AlAttar with Tetsumi Shinchi and Family in front of the Devel Sixteen
Devel Motors’ Majid AlAttar with Mr Tetsumi Shinchi and Family in front of the Devel Sixteen. Credit: Devel Motors

During the same show W Motors S.A.L., the first manufacturer of high-performance luxury sports cars in the Middle East, announced that all 10 of its ultra-exclusive Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions had been sold and that the last five remaining models were whipped up by Tetsumi.

Tetsumi Shinchi and Family at W Motors Dubai
Tetsumi Shinchi and Family at W Motors Dubai. Credit: W Motors Dubai

“The first time in history that we will be able to admire five specially commissioned Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions at the same time, in the same place, owned by the same owner!”

“I am thrilled that the last Launch Editions have found their new home amongst the best hypercars in the world, with a collector who truly appreciates them. Mr. Shinchi’s 2021 exhibition will be the first time in history that we will be able to admire five specially commissioned Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions at the same time, in the same place, owned by the same owner!” said W motor’s Founder and CEO, Ralph R. Debbas.

Tetsumi Shinchi and Family looking at the Fenyr Supersport Launch Edition
Tetsumi Shinchi and Family looking at the Fenyr Supersport Launch Edition. Credit: W Motors Dubai

W Motors also established a strategic alliance with sister-company ICONIQ Motors based in China in 2016 with the goal of developing an all-new design identity to address the industry’s present day sustainable and forward thinking needs.

The first hypercar created by W Motors was the iconic Lykan HyperSport, which catapulted the company to international stardom when it took center stage as hero car in Universal Studios’ Furious 7. The all-new Fenyr SuperSport is the latest model to be launched by the company, a limited edition with a production run of only 110 cars including 10 Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions.

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The street art Aventador S protected by blockchain tech

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19 year old artist uses a Lamborghini as his blank canvas.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front right view
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey. Credit: Lamborghini

First artist to collaborate with Lamborghini

Lamborghini just unveiled an Aventador S at Monterey Car Week, California, that was used as a blank canvas by Skyler Grey, a 19 year old American artist. Skyler Grey has been called the “Fresh Prince of Street Art” and named in the 2017 Forbes “30 under 30” list of the most influential artists worldwide. He is now also the first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini.

Skyler Grey first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini
Skyler Grey first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini. Credit: @skylergreystreetart

Skyler used the main techniques of street art – airbrushes, spray guns, rollers and stencils to personalize the car body in his typical pop style in orange and yellow and painted the cars body in the newly opened Lamborghini Paint Shop. He also painted stylized bulls running along the side of the Aventador S, depicted emerging from the air intakes in a race and from the iconic Campbell’s soup can, as a reference to Warhol’s “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans”. The Nero Ade (black) leather interior has contrasting orange stitching and is personalized on the rear panel with an embroidered image of a cartoon bull stitched by Lamborghini’s upholstery specialists.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey right side
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey right side. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey left side
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey left side. Credit: Lamborghini

Certified via blockchain

According to Lamborghini “The Aventador S by Skyler Grey has already been purchased by an art collector and will be the first Lamborghini to be certified via innovative blockchain technology. The car is part of the pilot project “Lamborghini Sicura”, launched in collaboration with Salesforce and aimed at protecting the car as a work of art. It involves a process of authenticity certification, which makes use of blockchain technology to guarantee data security and incorruptibility. The purpose of the protection system is to prevent counterfeiting, to trace and certify all the information related to the model and at the same time foster an increase in value for all the stakeholders.”

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey-paintbrush
Lamborghini Aventador S Street Art technique by Skyler Grey. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail 2
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail. Credit: Lamborghini

On display 15-18 August 2019

The Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey is on display from August 15-18, 2019 at The Lamborghini Lounge Monterey, a Lamborghini ocean-view villa in an exclusive position situated at the famous 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front. Credit: Lamborghini

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