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Audi view of an electric future

Audi e-Tron SUV
Audi believes there is a ‘sweet spot’ for EV distance.
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Siegfried Pint, the head of Audi powertrains has been talking to Autocar about the way in which the German firm plans for an electric future. He told the UK motoring magazine, “There will be a limit for range development. I don’t think it makes sense to implement a 600-mile range. There will be a customer and technical driven sweet spot in future.”

The issue he is referring to is the fact that the majority of existing EVs don’t have a massive driving range, and even the best ones only do about 300 miles/ 482 kilometres on a single full charge. Pint was saying that in time engineers will find a ‘sweet spot’ in terms of driving range, and that this was unlikely to be much further than it is already. In his view 600 miles/ 965 km just doesn’t make sense.

Why not, you may ask. Because such an extended driving range would mean the electric vehicles needed much bigger batteries and this may not prove cost-effective for the manufacturers or the customer. But, Pint is confident the industry and customers will arrive at a distance figure that feels comfortable.

This will be influenced by the development of a network of fast chargers. Currently, there is a lack of these and because of the long distances between charging points, consumers tend to think that that EVs should be able to run for longer distances. With a major network of chargers that could juice a battery up in around 15 minutes, incredibly long ranges suddenly wouldn’t be necessary. It’s a kind of chicken and egg situation.

Audi’s first electric car, the e-tron SUV, provides a 249 miles/480 km range, a figure that’s seemingly in keeping with the first electric vehicles. What tomorrow’s limit for range development may be remains unclear. It could possibly go past 300 miles or even past 400 miles to make the electric car equivalent to a traditional car with a full tank of fuel. Ultimately, it is the consumer that will decide what they want.

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Koenigsegg Jesko hits the road at 482 kmh

Koenigsegg Jesko
The fastest car on the road!
Image: Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg, the Swedish supercar manufacturer, has unveiled the Jesko, a 300mph/482 kmh model that is suiatbelf ro driving on the road. As the Mail Online says, this comes at the same time as Volvo, the better-known Swedish car brand, made an announcement that it is putting a 112 mph/ 180 mph limit on the top speed of all its models from 2020.

But that won’t worry Koenigsegg, which with the Jesko has managed to beat Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren to take the title of the manufacturer that has produced the fastest road hypercar to date. The Swedish firm claimed the milestone achievement with the release of its eighteenth model, officially unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

With 1,578 bhp, the Jesko, which is named after owner Christian von Koenigsegg’s father, uses a five-litre twin-turbo V8 engine to achieve speeds that road drivers could only dream of before. But, it does need some help to get to that top speed. The full 1,578bhp of power is only available when the hypercar has E85 ethanol racing fuel pumped into the 5,000cc motor.

The Jesko is also extremely lightweight, although not in terms of power obviously. The bodywork is a carbon fibre monocoque to keep the wight down, while the V8 engine tips the scales at just 189kg, making it the world’s lightest V-mounted eight cylinder ever. Furthermore, power from the motor is directed to the wheels using a nine-speed ‘Light Speed Transmission’ with three clutches in total, and this weighs just 90kg. Koenigsegg says this advanced gearbox is as smart as it is light and can even learn the driver’s style and select the optimal gear for a corner based on the driver’s previous behaviour.

Joachim Nordwall, design director at the Swedish brand said, “We adopted a ‘shrinkwrap’ approach to skinning this car, using crisp angles and lines to eliminate empty spaces and make the design as effective as possible,” adding, “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved with this car. It’s new, but it’s also classic Koenigsegg.”

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Bugatti hypercar stuns Geneva 2019

Bugatti Voiture Noire
The Bugatti Voiture Noire shows just how luxurious the marque is.
Image: Andrew Hoyle/Road Show

Bugatti unveiled a one-off hypercar at Geneva Motor Show this week. The model is a homage to the Type 57SC Atlantic, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year. Bugatti only built four of these coupes between 1936 and 1938 and they remain the crown jewels of Bugatti production cars.

The La Voiture Noire, French for “The Black Car,” the one-off creation is based on the Bugatti Chiron platform and honours one specific Type 57SC Atlantic; the one that Jean Bugatti drove and that went missing around the onset of Would War II.

The magnificent La Voiture Noire hypercar model has already been sold for $12.4 million, making it one of the most expensive luxury cars in the history of car making. It seems like a lot of money, but if a classic car collector wanted to buy a Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic at today’s prices, it would be valued at around $100 million.

The Bugatti hypercar share a number of detailas with the Atlantic. Both cars feature a dorsal line, and both cars also feature a row of six exhaust tips. Also, the taillight strip on the La Voiture Noire imitates the character line that joins the rear fenders of the Type 57SC Atlantic.

According to Bugatti, the elegance of the design was achieved through minimalism and refinement, which is in keeping with Bugatti’s French heritage and its French identity. Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann said in Geneva, “La Voiture Noire is a far more than a modern interpretation of Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic; it is a feast of aesthetics.”

And, according to the motoring press who attended the unveiling at Geneva International Motor Show 2019, Bugatti hasn’t released any performance figures. However, as we know the Voiture Noire features the Chiron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W-q6 engine that is capable of delivering 1,480 horsepower, it follows that this is a truly powerful motor.

Bugatti has also announced that it is returning to coach-built cars. This is the practice of installing bespoke bodies on top of an existing chassis. The Bugatti Divo, which like the Voiture Noire is also based on the Chiron, is an example of the manufacturer’s strategy and we look forward to seeing what they produce next.

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UK Car of the Year 2019

Uk Car of the Year 2019
Jaguar I-PAce wins UK Car of the Year 2019.
Image: Jaguar

Around 12 cars were up for the gong for UK Car of the Year 2019. The panel of judges, all motoring experts who were asked to drive the cars for a year, voted the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace as the Car of the Year 2019.

The cars cars entered in the competition were tested on a number of parameters, “with the zero-emissions SUV getting the nod over other esteemed British cars, including the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Continental GT.” Newer cars hoping to be named Car of the Year 2019 included the “Alpine A110 sports car, the Volvo XC40 SUV and Suzuki’s bargain Jimny 4X4.”

John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards, said the Jaguar I-Pace was a worthy winner of the 2019 prize, as it was at the head of the contenders for practical, usable and great looking electric vehicles. In his speech while presenting the award, he said, “As manufacturers take electric vehicles more seriously, Jaguar is leading the pack with I-Pace, which offers fantastic range and performance as well as a stylish and spacious interior for driver and passengers.” He added, “The UK Car of the Year Awards judges are always keen to recognise innovation and that is certainly the case in 2019.”

The I-Pace can accelerate from a standing start to 62mph/ 100 kmh in 4.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 124mph/ 200 kmh. More importantly for potential customers, it’s also has a claimed range of up to 292 miles/ 470 km on a single charge, and can be charged to 80 per cent battery capacity in 40 minutes from a 100kW DC charger.

Jonny Smith, one of the judges, who also appears on Channel 5 show Fifth Gear, said: “Few traditional manufacturers can match the I-Pace for ground-up groundbreaking design and tech. It’s a wonderful combo of unique design, spirited driving behaviour and useful EV range/rapid charge capability.”

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover MD, said on collecting the UK Car of the Year 2019 award: “This latest major award for I-Pace is something we can all be extremely proud of. This car was conceived, designed and engineered in Britain, so to have a selection of the nation’s leading automotive journalists vote it as the overall UK Car of the Year against some stiff competition is a special moment for us.”

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan won the prize for the Luxury Car section and the Bentley Continental GT won the Best Coupé award.

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The Lewis Hamilton dream Mercedes AMG

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton wants to build an LH Edition of the new Mercedes-AMG hypercar.
Image: Robb Report

Lewis Hamilton is an avid car collector as well as a leading Formula 1 driver. Currently he drives for Mercedes AMG, and recently he told Top Gear that his dream is to create a very special edition of Mercedes-AMG’s incoming hypercar (known as Project One). Utlimately, what Lewis Hamilton wants is a Mercedes AMG special ‘LH Edition’.

The customised car would naturally have the F! engine, Hamilton has in his racing car. He told Top Gear, ““I’ve not driven it yet, but I’ve developed the engine. I’m pretty proud of that. I’ve won the championship in that engine. The driveability, the power output and where the power comes in… all those kinds of things are what I helped steer. Getting that car is going to be awesome.”

The five times world champion then talked about his ambition: “I want to do a special LH Edition. I’ve already spoken to them about it, and they’re considering it. It doesn’t make sense not to do it, considering we’ve won the world championship,” he told Top Gear. He added, ““Ferrari always have a ‘world championship’ sticker on their cars, and we should be proud of our heritage and it should be a part of that car.”

And what tweaks might Lewis Hamilton make to his special edition Mercedes AMG? “I’d probably change the exhaust system, make it a bit louder. I’d naturally want to push Andy Cowell (head of Merc-AMG’s F1 powertrains) to give it a little bit more power,” he said. Given that the Project One model already has in excess of 1,000bhp from its 1.6-litre turbo hybrid V6, it is hard to imagine how powerful the LH Edition would be.

He also revealed that he’d make some exterior changes: “I’d probably change a few of the surfaces,” Hamilton said, “and add a little bit to the bodykit.” Although he also admitted,

“I don’t know how much room they’d give me to do all of this, but I’d definitely do it.”

He also suggested that he would like to work on customising the car with any buyer, which would be a treat for any fans of F1 and Lewis Hamilton. He told Top Gear, ““I could custom design each one, with whoever ends up buying the car. That’d be a cool job.”

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