Peugeot 308R HYbrid vs Audi RS3

Here’s a drag race you might not expect…  A prototype Peugeot 308R HYbrid vs the Audi RS3 Sportback.  The test, a simple launch and drag race.

Peugeot 308R HYbrid – 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine and a pair of electric motors (500 hp and 730 Nm)
Audi RS3 Sportback – 2.5 litre turbocharged engine (367 hp and 465 Nm)

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015

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Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Simply too exciting not to have a collection of pictures to flick through and use as a desktop theme 🙂

Posted by on September 15th, 2015

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2015 Audi SQ5 Tdi plus

Power hike of almost 30 PS and 50Nm of extra torque for new Q5 flagship

  • 340 PS and 700 Nm of torque available from the 3.0-litre V6 BiTDI powerplant
  • 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, 155mph top speed
  • The first model in the Q5 range fitted with a sports differential in addition to quattro all-wheel drive for even more surefooted traction
  • Highlights include 21-inch alloy wheels and black gloss styling package
  • Opens for UK ordering later this year

The already formidable Audi SQ5 TDI reinforces its status as a practical SUV delivering genuine sportscar pace this week as it becomes the latest Audi ‘S’ model to undergo the performance-intensifying ‘plus’ treatment. With more power, more torque and more equipment than its ‘standard’ counterpart, which is notable as the first ever diesel-powered Audi S model and remains in the line-up, the new SQ5 TDI plus will be available to order later this year. UK pricing will be also be confirmed at a later date.
The biturbo V6 TDI at the heart of the SQ5 TDI plus produces 340 PS from its three litres of displacement by way of increased injection pressure. This results in 27 PS more power compared to the current SQ5 TDI. Its peak torque is increased by 50 Nm (36.9 lb-ft) to 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft), enabling acceleration from rest to 62 mph in a mere 5.1 seconds; top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph. According to the NEDC combined cycle consumption test, up to 42.8mpg is also potentially achievable with emissions of 174 g CO2/km, which along with the plentiful torque serves as just about the only reminder that this performance flagship prefers diesel.

Like all S models from Audi, the SQ5 TDI plus delivers its power to the road via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. For the first time on a Q5 variant, a sports differential at the rear axle actively distributes the drive power between the wheels.

More immediately noticeable clues to the plus version’s status can be found externally, where its rank is conveyed by gloss black 21-inch cast aluminium Audi Sport wheels in 5-twin-spoke star design and an extended black gloss package taking in the exterior mirror housings, door handles, roof edge spoiler and rear diffuser. A further visual customisation feature on the exterior are two clasps that join the four exhaust tailpipes in pairs.

Inside, diamond stitched fine Nappa leather upholstery further enhances the SQ5 sports seats in the plus version, and the sliding rear bench seat plus also features as standard to increase variability and enlarge the luggage compartment, if necessary.

Posted by on September 4th, 2015

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The new Audi S8 plus – 605PS with a top speed of 189MPH

Quick spec:

  • 4.0 V8 TFSI engine produces 605 PS and up to 700Nm in normal operation – “overboost” function increases to torque to 750Nm, the highest output of any Audi on sale
  • S8 plus has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any premium sports saloon with all-wheel drive at 293 PS per tonne
  • 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds, making the S8 plus the fastest accelerating Audi S model in the range and the fastest S8 ever
  • Electronically limited 155mph top speed can be de-restricted to 189mph
  • Sports exhaust, power door closure, unique 21-inch alloy wheels and carbon fibre front spoiler lip and side flaps form part of standard UK specification
  • Audi ceramic brakes
  • Pricing starts at £97,700 OTR and ordering opens in October

Supercar pace and archetypal Audi A8 luxury converge in the Audi S8 plus, a new evolution of the already formidable S8 performance saloon developed using the combined expertise of Audi and its specialist high performance division quattro GmbH. Ramping up power from the 520PS offered by the ‘standard’ S8 to an intoxicating 605PS, the S8 plus is also capable of producing up to 750Nm of torque on demand – the highest output of any Audi in the current model range. It will open for ordering in October, priced from £97,700 OTR, and first UK deliveries are expected to commence in January 2016.

Encased by the lightweight, predominantly aluminium Audi Space Frame, which in isolation weighs just 231kg, is a modified version of the 4.0 TFSI engine already used to power the current 520PS S8. This sonorous V8 biturbo unit has been extensively modified and gains special engine management control with speed and charge pressure boosting to its modified exhaust valves. The inner geometry of the turbocharger has also been optimised for efficiency.

The overboost function increases the maximum torque from 700Nm (516.3 lb‑ft) to 750Nm (553.2 lb‑ft) when required. As a result, a mere 3.8 seconds is all it takes for the stately super saloon to blast past 62 mph, after which it swiftly pulls towards an electronically limited 155mph top speed. Upon choosing the optional dynamic package, top speed increases to 189mph, and fade-resistant carbon-fibre reinforced ceramic brakes are added, featuring brake calipers finished in anthracite-grey with the Audi ceramic logo.

The power is delivered to the road via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. A sports differential splits the torque between the rear wheels for optimum directional stability. Chassis highlights include the S sports adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering, both of which have been tuned specifically for the S8 plus. UK specification models are fitted with 21‑inch alloy wheels in a unique high-gloss black double-spoke design shod with specially designed size 275/35 tyres. The standard dual-branch sports exhaust system opens out into two oval high-gloss black tailpipes on the left and right. It is modified by quattro GmbH and gives the S8 plus an unmistakable V8 sound.

Carbon fibre is also used on the flaps in the side air inlets and the blade on the front apron. The rear diffuser, Singleframe front grille, air inlets and window trims form part of the black styling package, as do the mirror housings. Distinctive design characteristics of the S8 plus also include darkened tail lights and a rear lip spoiler in body colour. As an option, the mirror housings and rear spoiler can also be specified in carbon fibre.

Subtle S8 logos on the front and rear with V8 T badges on the front wings. A matt-effect paint finish in floret silver is exclusively available on the S8 plus. All of the colours offered on the S8 are also offered for the S8 plus. Matrix LED headlights are standard, complemented by dynamic turn signals front and rear. These state-of-the-art lights use mapping data from the MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch and other sensors to individually dim or illuminate the 25 small, individual LEDs as needed.

Inside, the S sports comfort sport seats with 22-way adjustability and memory function can be exclusively upholstered in black full-leather with contrasting stitching and piping in Arras red as an option, along with the headlining and rear parcel shelf in black Alcantara. A contrasting red thread woven into the upper inlay can also be specified in favour of the carbon atlas inlays fitted as standard. Black piano paint trims the gear selector lever of the tiptronic and the centre console. Characteristic of the interior of the S models are the round instruments with grey dials and white needles and the stainless steel pedals. Don’t forget the power-operated hands-free boot lid, advanced key, 14-speaker BOSE surround system and advanced parking system with top view camera, the plus privacy glass, power door closure and adaptive cruise control with Audi pre-sense front.

Posted by on August 5th, 2015

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Audi R8 V10 Full Carbon Body

If there’s one Audi that you’d choose for a full carbon body, what would it be and what tune would you use?  Well, we think this one is worthy of attention.

Here we have the full carbon bodied mcchip-dkr Audi R8.  The latest creation includes a supercharger, uprated exhaust system and Alcantara interior.

Shopping list as follows:

  • VF Supercharger
  • Forged pistons
  • Motorsport con rods
  • Optimized cylinder head
  • Intercooler
  • Uprated exhaust system
  • Fire extinguisher system
  • R8 GT3 LMS Kit (wider wings, rear spoiler, completely revised bumpers)
  • Alcantra interior
  • Custom Built BBS Motorsport wheels
  • KW coilover suspension
  • Complete carbon fibre body

Posted by on July 18th, 2015

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