The most interesting news on cars in 2011

Combustion of 2 liters per 100 - Engine Ecomotors the Rock

Founded by Peter Hofbauer, former engineer employed at Volkswagen, specializes in producing unique engine with opposed cylinders, in which they work oppositely arranged to each other pistons (OPOCE). OPOCE in each unit has two cylinders, each with two pistons. The advantage of this configuration is the ability to twofold increase in power while reducing weight by 30% compared with the most powerful diesel engines that are currently on the market. It is estimated that a small car with such a body will be satisfied with just over 2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

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Mazda SKYACTIV Technology

Mazda also focuses on internal combustion engines, presenting Skyactive technology, through which the year 2015 all models in the range of the manufacturer are 30% more fuel efficient. The new generation of petrol engines, the manufacturer has applied such high compression ratio, variable valve timing actuator inlet and exhaust valves, and torque increased by 15% at low and medium engine speeds. Diesel units are in turn a low compression ratio, variable exhaust valve lift, dual-stage turbo engine and an active ceramic diesel particulate filter. Added to this are optimized and automated manual transmissions and lightweight body.

Ferrari FF

Much confusion this year caused a new Ferrari FF wheel drive. Under the hood came V12 engine with direct injection engine with 651 hp. This power is achieved at eight thousand. rev. / min. Top speed is 334 km / h and sprint to the hundreds of takes 3.7 seconds. Drive unit 4 × 4 used in this model is much lighter than the classic 4WD. The unit PTU (Power Transfer Unit) is connected directly to the crankshaft. Two separate multi-clutch drive front axles independently of each other, and the torque to the rear axle gearbox distributes the E-Diff. As a result, Ferrari FF 4RM system excels in all conditions, and provides an excellent start on a slippery surface. The price of this unique Ferrari is 295 000 dollars.

Navigation - Audi Connect

Audi connect feature allows the use of interesting services - from the search targets using Google browser by navigating to pictures taken from Google Earth to the WLAN hotspot, through which passengers can freely surf the Internet and send emails. The first car in the world to the request in the factory can be equipped with wireless internet access to the Audi A8. Passengers can also benefit from up to eight devices like laptop, Apple iPad or a netbook connected to the Internet through WLAN module fitted to the car and through UMTS. Another service - Audi online traffic information - just inform the driver to keep the traffic on your route. To use these features need a SIM card with data option.

Electric Motorcycle - Brammo Empulse

Brammo Empulse 10.0 is the fastest electric motorcycle in the market. It reaches 160 km / h and can travel up to 160 kilometers on a single charge. Power source is 57-horsepower electric motor assisted lithium-ion battery 10 kWh. A full charge takes 10 hours (110 volts AC outlet). The manufacturer also offers two less expensive versions of this bike with smaller batteries.

The combination of diesel power at 374 hp - Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

Porsche shows that the performance and efficiency can go hand in hand. The Cayenne S Hybrid run two engines - petrol and electric - to reach a total maximum output of 374 hp and 550 Nm of torque at 1 500 rev. / Min. Acceleration to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds, which puts the hybrid model on a par with the V8 version. Average fuel consumption is maintained at less than nine liters per 100 kilometers.

McLaren MP4-12C

The heart design is a V8 twin turbo 3.8-liter capacity. Motor revs up to 7 700 rev. / Min. and a maximum power of 592 hp. Interestingly, after exceeding this value, the motor turns on, up to 8 500 rev. / Min. Torque is 599 Nm, 479 Nm, but is no longer available after exceeding 2 000 r / min. The sprint to 100 km / h takes about 3 seconds and a top speed exceeding 300 km / h 7-speed transmission works in Normal mode, Sport and Track. The driver can choose between the mode of P and H. The former enhances the sound of the engine, accelerates the reaction gas and the gearbox, the latter is responsible for stiffening the suspension and power steering. McLaren MP4-12C also simplify the production cycle of the vehicle body made from carbon fiber, making price the car is only 229 000 dollars.

Ford Focus

The American Ford Focus is not only one of the most elegant cars on the market, but also represents a new approach to the automotive industry in the United States. The renewed the Ford factory in Detroit on the same production line will be created versions of the Focus with combustion engines and electric, as well as hybrids and plug-in. All this will make the compact Ford in the future will be able to compete with the biggest "green" players in the market.

Four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo

Due to rising fuel prices, manufacturers replace the six-cylinder engines wysilonymi four-cylinder units, which are at comparable performance satisfied with less fuel. Motor BMW, with twin-scroll turbocharger and electronically controlled wtryskiwaczom, produces 245 hp from two liters of displacement. BMW 528i equipped with this engine accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds (automatic: 6.3 seconds) and can travel a maximum speed of 250 km / h Combustion is maintained at a satisfactory level of 6.8 - 7.1 l/100 km.

Buick eAssist

Hybrid cars are expensive compared to their traditional counterparts, and therefore constitute only 3% of total sales of all new cars. Buick rid of this barrier, pricing model with the 2012 LaCrosse e-Assist at the same level as the conventional unit version with the V6. S-Assist System uses a small battery 0.5 kWh, which increases fuel efficiency by 25% when driving out of town. Buick has not applied, or an additional electric motor and gearbox complicated, so that the car costs 29 $ 960.

Note pedestrian on the road - Mercedes Spotlight

Night driving assistance systems using infrared cameras for data collection and detecting pedestrians or other obstacles. Most systems, however, transmit the image from night vision to a set of indicators, which the driver is not focused their attention on the road, and on the small screen in the dashboard. Mercedes developed the Spotlight feature included in the system Night View Assist Plus, which uses a camera to scan road ahead. When detecting a pedestrian circuit runs four beams of light signals and alerts the driver of potential danger. Mercedes claims that the system detects pedestrians by 1.3 seconds faster than the driver.