March 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The Fiat/Chrysler group hasn’t given word on weather it will produce an electric version of the Fiat 500 to market, but now it appears that someone else will.
A new company named Atomik Cars has taken the 500 Abarth and made it not just cleaner but faster too. The new company’s aim is to deliver a zero-emission vehicle that mixes true sportscar performance within a city car vessel.
With output from its AC brushless synchronous electric motors producing power equivalent to that of a 300 horsepower engine, the Atomik reaches 100kph in just 5.6 seconds. It is loaded with new tech including lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, a ceramic heating system to warm occupants and a “Peltier A/C module w/o gas” to cool them. The futuristic vehicle is set for an April debut at the Top Marques Monaco show, but its exclusivity is guaranteed with only around 50 copies being produced.
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June 2nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Bugatti lovers with scores of cash have been waiting a long time for a convertible Bugatti. The last time Bugatti released a roadster was in the company’s golden era before WWII, but after over a half century’s wait, Bugatti has officially returned to the world of open-air motoring.
Bugatti came to the exclusive Pebble Beach car event last year with the Veyron Grand Sport, and auctioned off the first example for a whopping $2.19 million USD. Now the targa-topped Veyron is officially beginning its production run, with global deliveries to commence in July. If you’re one of those people who’s been waiting for the opportunity to own a targa-top Bugatti you’d better act quickly, only 150 examples of the world’s fastest roadster will be made, with the first 50 units going to existing Veyron owners. Asking price is nearly $2 million USD, which ought to make your eyes water even more than pulling 360 kph with the top down.
June 2nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Bespoke supercar creator Bewerp has just introduced its Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS. What’s special about this boutique sportscar? More than just the awful name, it’s also the only four-door, topless supercar in the world.
Unveiled at the Top Marques show in Monaco recently the Roadyacht is based on the C6 Corvette, so Bewerp’s superconvertible is packing a supercharged LS7 V8 putting out 670 hp at 6,200 rpm and 538 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Bewerp hasn’t divulged what materials were used in the build, but the performance specs — 0-100 kph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 330 kph — suggests a liberal portion of aluminum and carbon fibre.
A visual evaluation reveals a very original design(save the Lambo doors) but it’s not pretty and apparently looks decidedly more attractive when the folding hard-top clicks into place. Pricing is set at $340,000 USD and the first production example is currently being build.
April 15th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Engine lifted from a Corvette, brakes from Porsche and assembled in Germany? It can’t be an AC Cobra, but that’s exactly what it is. Amidst the masses of Cobra replicas on the market, the original AC Cars, has just released details on the latest version of its classic sportscar. The upgraded retro-styled sports car is set to make its official debut later this month at the prestigious Top Marques show in Monaco.
An assembly contract with German manufacturer Gullwing GmbH sees the latest Cobra assembled in Heyda, Germany, and it’s fitted with a handy lightweight removable hardtop and no suprises – gullwing doors. The aluminum body over tubular space-frame chassis weighs just 2,260 lbs and is powered by a thumping 6.2-litre V8 sourced from the Corvette, tuned to produce 437 hp in standard GT form or a whopping 647 hp in GTS spec, the extra power coming courtesy of a supercharger. Stopping strength is provided by Porsche-sourced four-piston calipers and vented discs. 0-100km is completed in just 3.3 seconds offering the kind of rear-wheel shredding performance that Cobra enthusiasts crave.
April 9th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
German tuning firm PPI Automotive Design GmbH unveiled it’s original ‘Razor’ Audi R8 at the Essen Motor Show last year but it looks like it wasn’t enough. Now, an even more aggressive version of the car has been revealed along with word that the final production version will be unveiled at the Top Marques in Monaco on April 16.
The newer model builds on the success of the original using knowledge PPI engineers have gathered over the past year from racing, wind tunnel development, and extensive track testing. The highlight of the package is a full focus on improving the power-to-weight ratio of the Audi R8, with engineers simultaneously boosting power while reducing weight.
An essential part of the motor upgrade is the incorporation of a specially engineered supercharger. In addition, a sport air filter system and a high performance exhaust system made of stainless steel have been specially designed to work in conjunction with this new forced-induction system.
The final result is a car with 427kW and 600Nm of torque. At the same time, the R8’s 1,580kg kerb weight has been reduced by more than 250kg, enabling the Razor GTR to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 332km/h.
In addition to the improved speed performance, the car also has a striking widebody appearance with ultra-modern, wind tunnel tested aerodynamics. All new PPI parts, including the new front bumper, diffuser, side skirts, and hood, are made from carbon-fibre.
New wheels all round are extra-wide 19in forged alloys cloaked in 325mm Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres in the rear and 255mm sets up front. Sitting within these is an updated brake package with six-piston calipers all around and 380mm discs up front and 356mm units in the rear. Finishing it all off is a hydraulically adjustable suspension kit developed together with KW Automotive.