News – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Mon, 10 May 2021 12:05:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.12 BMW is official partner of Art Basel in Hong Kong 2021 https://tiresandparts.net/news/bmw-is-official-partner-of-art-basel-in-hong-kong-2021/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/bmw-is-official-partner-of-art-basel-in-hong-kong-2021/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 12:05:42 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35265 104 leading galleries from 23 countries and territories will present a unique overview of the diverse art scenes across Asia and beyond during this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 19 to May 23. Running parallel to the physical show is “Art Basel […]

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104 leading galleries from 23 countries and territories will present a unique overview of the diverse art scenes across Asia and beyond during this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 19 to May 23. Running parallel to the physical show is “Art Basel Live: Hong Kong”, a digital platform of the fair. As official partner of the show, BMW will host a virtual partner room showcasing works and documentation of previous BMW Art Journey winners and will again provide the VIP shuttle service. Furthermore, last year’s BMW Art Journey by Leelee Chan will be displayed at the BMW Wanchai Showroom and the BMW Art Journey shortlist 2021 will be announced.

BMW Wanchai Showroom exhibition

During Art Basel in Hong Kong, the BMW Wanchai Showroom will host an exhibition of Leelee Chan’s BMW Art Journey from May 19 to 23, 2021. Additionally, on the occasion of 50 years of Cultural Engagement of the BMW Group, visitors can experience elements of the BMW Art Car Collection and the 50th anniversary. To visit the exhibition, please register here.

The BMW Art Journey is an initiative founded by Art Basel and BMW in 2015, to support emerging to mid-career artists. Latest awardee Leelee Chan (represented by Capsule Shanghai) will document her BMW Art Journey project “Tokens from Time”, tracing material culture from the past, present and future. The artist interprets “tokens” as material objects and their respective historical development which represent the key qualities and feelings of living in societies across different historical and cultural contexts. Inspired by the various materials Leelee Chan worked with on her BMW Art Journey, she created a sculpture which will be on display at the BMW Wanchai Showroom together with images and films documenting her journey.

For the first part of her BMW Art Journey, Leelee Chan visited Italy, Switzerland and Germany in autumn last year. During her time in Italy, the artist focused her research on artisan workshops and learning more about the practice of ancient craftsmanship techniques. Therefore, she attended workshops run by local artisans to gain deeper insights into the artistic manipulation of marble, took part in a class at the Mosaic Art School and visited some of the world’s oldest and largest early Christian and Roman mosaics. Additionally, Chan studied the processing of copper with the heirs of ancient family-run workshops, a path that led her to a 1000 years old bell foundry. While travelling across Switzerland and Germany, Chan shifted her focus to the possibilities of future materials and the direct exchange with leading scientists and experts in the field of material science. As part of her journey, Leelee Chan also visited BMW’s headquarters and research centers in Munich as first BMW Art Journey awardee. There, she was able to exchange ideas with experts from the fields of textiles, glass, recycling and design. Chan rounded up her research with a video conference and exchange with the microbiologist Prof. Han Wösten from the field of “Fungal Biology” at the University of Utrecht. Through the

artist’s numerous talks and visits to laboratories, she gained a deeper understanding of how engineered materials can play a part of a more sustainable future.

Leelee Chan plans to travel further to Mexico later this year to study the symbolic value and meaning of crystals in Maya culture and explore the traditional and artistic manipulation of silver. The further course of her journey strongly depends on the development of the pandemic and will be monitored closely and can be adapted to respect the latest rules and regulations.

BMW Art Journey 2021 Shortlist Selection

An international jury of experts will again select a shortlist of three artists who will be invited to submit their proposals for a journey. Since 2020, the circle of eligible artists has broadened and includes not only emerging and mid-career artists from the Discoveries sector, but also artists represented by galleries founded no more than ten years ago. Members of the jury are Claire Hsu, Executive Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Matthias Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Philip Tinari, Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Samson Young, artist and winner of the first BMW Art Journey. In recognition of the exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic, the jury will conduct its selection process online. Artists and their galleries are invited to submit digital applications, including a short video by the artists explaining their work and process.

The shortlist of the BMW Art Journey 2021 will be announced at the BMW Wanchai Showroom on May 20, 2021, at 7.00 PM. Due to limited capacity, entry by invitation only.

For further information and press material about the BMW Art Journey artists and their projects, please also visit the press section: www.bmw-art-journey.com/press

BMW is a global partner of Art Basel and has supported Art Basel’s three shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong as a long-term partner.

50 Years BMW Group Cultural Engagement

Red. Yellow. Blue. Everything started with three large-scale paintings by Gerhard Richter that BMW commissioned from the artist in 1971. Today, BMW is commit- ted to cultural engagement around the world and takes its social responsibility seri- ously as a corporate citizen. Over a hundred long-term cultural initiatives of the BMW Group in the fields of modern and contemporary art, classical music, jazz and sound as well as in architecture and design have been well established throughout the decades.

BMW Luxury Class Wanchai Showroom

G/F, Everbright Centre
108 Gloucester Road, Wanchai

Due to the restrictions regarding Covid-19, the capacity is limited, and pre- registration is recommended.

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Podium and points for jaguar racing at thrilling Monaco e-prix https://tiresandparts.net/news/podium-and-points-for-jaguar-racing-at-thrilling-monaco-e-prix/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/podium-and-points-for-jaguar-racing-at-thrilling-monaco-e-prix/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 11:18:53 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35262 Mitch Evans secured his third podium yesterday for Jaguar Racing this season after a thrilling race on the iconic streets on Monaco. Jaguar Racing have closed the gap in the Teams’ World Championship and are firmly in the hunt in second place, only two points behind Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. It was a double points […]

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Mitch Evans secured his third podium yesterday for Jaguar Racing this season after a thrilling race on the iconic streets on Monaco. Jaguar Racing have closed the gap in the Teams’ World Championship and are firmly in the hunt in second place, only two points behind Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. It was a double points finish for Jaguar with a seventh place for team mate Sam Bird.

Kiwi, Mitch Evans, started the race in third after a strong qualifying performance – making it through to Super Pole from group one. Evans had a busy drive behind the wheel of his Jaguar I-TYPE 5, tussling with the leaders before making a momentous overtake on Antonio Felix Da Costa into Beau Rivage to move into first position, with 15 minutes to go. On the final lap Mitch had to defend heavily from Da Costa who had fractionally more energy and was able snatch the lead into the chicane.

Briton, Sam Bird, started the race in sixteenth after a tough qualifying session in the Monagasque principality. In the first lap of the race, Bird slipped past four cars on the inside of the Fairmont hairpin to get up into twelfth. Bird continued to show his pace by carving his way through the pack, using ATTACK MODE and FanBoost strategically and making decisive overtakes to finish in seventh.

Mitch Evans leaves his ‘home’ race in third in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship, eight points behind the current leader, Robin Frijns. Teammate Sam Bird is fifth, only 11 points behind Frijns.

James Barclay, Team Director Jaguar Racing, said: “It’s the end of a very exciting day of racing here in Monaco. Overall a very positive day for Jaguar Racing and a great result to finish on the podium with Mitch in third. We unfortunately just lost out on first place after leading the race for so long. We had to go really bold with the strategy to try and get Mitch back up into the lead after losing a position to Jean Eric Vergne. We really thought we could hold on but it was fantastic racing to watch and we’re really proud that Mitch could come home with a podium for the team. Sam did a phenomenal job too, coming all way the way through from sixteenth on the grid. Overall a great double points finish for the team, we’re really looking forward to the next race and building on the momentum we’ve got back here in Monaco.”

Sam Bird, #10 Jaguar Racing driver, said: “We’ve had fantastic pace today. We dominated both Free Practice sessions and although my qualifying session was frustrating, I showed pace again in the race. As far as recovery drives go this was great – to come through the field from sixteenth to seventh, in Monaco, is pretty cool. It was tough out there but overall I’m really happy with the points and looking forward to racing again in Mexico.”

Mitch Evans, #20 Jaguar Racing driver, said: “I got myself into a great position today – leading in Monaco is amazing but that came at a cost with energy I used to get there. I was really hoping to ride it out until the end but it just wasn’t meant to be today. It’s still great points for the team, we can take the positives from today and we can move forward and get ready for Mexico. We know we’re really competitive and we proved that again here in Monaco.”

Rounds eight and nine of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship take place on the Mexican track of Puebla on Saturday 19 June and Sunday 20 June 2021.

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ACMA Automechanika New Delhi makes a successful virtual debut with more than 1,200 auto component products on display https://tiresandparts.net/news/acma-automechanika-new-delhi-makes-a-successful-virtual-debut-with-more-than-1200-auto-component-products-on-display/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/acma-automechanika-new-delhi-makes-a-successful-virtual-debut-with-more-than-1200-auto-component-products-on-display/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 11:00:03 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35259 Garnering the presence of both domestic and international visitors on its platform, the ‘first-ever’ virtual edition of ACMA Automechanika successfully concluded after two days of proactive networking, sourcing and knowledge sessions. Held from 22 – 23 April 2021, the virtual fair showcased a variety of automotive components and aftermarket products from 81 exhibitors on board, […]

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Garnering the presence of both domestic and international visitors on its platform, the ‘first-ever’ virtual edition of ACMA Automechanika successfully concluded after two days of proactive networking, sourcing and knowledge sessions.

Held from 22 – 23 April 2021, the virtual fair showcased a variety of automotive components and aftermarket products from 81 exhibitors on board, including top brands like: Schaeffler India, eBay, ITW, Ajit Industries, Benara Udyog, Elofic, Steel Impex, KK Lighting, Industrias Del Recambio, Farad Italy, Indo-MIM Pvt Ltd, and Esteem Auto Pvt Ltd.

The digital platform garnered the presence of industry visitors from all corners of India, including major cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Srinagar. Moreover, the event also attracted visitors from 49 countries across the globe, including: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Germany, UAE, UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Russia.

The maiden virtual edition of ACMA Automechanika was inaugurated by the organisers, Messe Frankfurt India and ACMA (Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India), who shared: “2020 was one of the most challenge-ridden years for us all. But it is time now to shift gears and focus on development and continuity of business. This objective is at the core of Automechanika’s vision as the leading trade fair brand for this sector. I hope all the attendees benefit from the interesting discussions and virtual connections during these two days which we will soon transform into face-to- face encounters at the physical tradeshow of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi in 2023,” Mr Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd.

Also addressing the industry and the attendees tuned-in live, Mr Deepak Jain, President, ACMA, in his address commended the resilience and potential of the Indian aftermarket industry: “The Aftermarket in India is probably the most vibrant and fastest growing segment of our industry. In 2019-20, it stood at USD 9.8 billion, with a CAGR of 12 percent while the overall turnover of the auto component industry stood at USD 50 billion with a CAGR of 8 percent.”

“It is interesting to note that last year, which was probably the most challenging year for us due to the out-break of the pandemic, all segments of the industry, be it supplies to OEMs, or exports or the imports, suffered badly, however, the aftermarket remained robust. This reflects the undying spirit of the aftermarket as also its strong potential. That apart, our exports stood at USD 14.5 billion in 2019-20 and 20% of this are directed to the aftermarket,” Mr Jain elaborated.

Even amid the lockdowns, the aftermarket industry continued to remain one of the key business drivers on the back of rising demand for personal mobility, second-hand vehicle sales and car repairs.

Having visited ACMA Automechanika’s virtual platform for the very first time, Mr Ashish Sethiya, Director, Sethiya Motors, summarised his experience: “As a first-time visitor of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi my experience at the online edition had been good. I met several exhibitors at the fair today like Mahle, Vishnu Karma, Maya Auto Cop & others. I would definitely say that this exhibition is beneficial for businesses in the automotive sector.”

Over the two day of the virtual fair, a total of 1,233 products were put on display including seven product demonstrations which provided buyers with a wide variety of options to choose from. The virtual product demonstration feature particularly enabled the visitors to gain detailed knowledge on the latest automotive components displayed at the fair.

Some of the key highlights displayed on the virtual platform include:

  • FEAD Belt Tensioners from INA by Schaeffler India that minimises belt fluttering, slippages, noise, friction and heating & improves power transfer from crankshaft to accessories.
  • Seamless Retail E-commerce Export with eBay: Indian auto component manufacturers can list their products on eBay’s global marketplace, exposing them to a channel of more than a million international buyers.
  • Makino CCA (Centrifugal Clutch Assembly) by Makino Automotive: An easy-to-install clutch system designed to minimise vibration with proper balancing, eliminates the risk of having loose part assembly.
  • Septone Foam Wash by ITW Chemin: Cleans off dirt and grime from vehicles, enhances the gloss of painted surface by more than 20%, is environment-friendly and adapts to different water conditions.
  • Metal Injection Moulding parts (MIM) by Indo-MIM Pvt Ltd for versatile purposes such as designing, tooling, materials as well as a wide range of finishing and assembly operations.
  • Valve tappets by Shri Ram International: Strong mechanical lifters for trucks, cars and agricultural engines with precisely engineered dimensions.

Apart from showcasing a wide catalogue of products, the two-day virtual fair also featured a series of live knowledge covering crucial industry topics led by distinguished knowledge partners.

Live knowledge sessions on contemporary industry topics

Commencing the virtual knowledge sessions after the inauguration, industry’s leading experts engaged in discussion over ‘Building a Robust and Sustainable Indian aftermarket industry’ led by Autocar Professional. As one of the speakers at the session, Mr Ramachandra Puttanna, Vice President, ZF WABCO, shared: “The aftermarket business has started to grow in the smaller cities as well which is a very healthy sign. Backend support from GOI and a good arrangement in terms of supply chain management will propel this growth even faster.”

 

‘Aftermarket Business Drivers & Exports’

An insightful knowledge session led by Mr Nabeel Khan, Editor, ET Auto actively discussed the imminent challenges and opportunities in the aftermarket segment, especially in lines of international exports, sector policies and growth drivers.

During the discussion, Mr Arvind Kapur, Chairman & MD, Rico Auto Industries, suggested various ways to promote local exports: “There is definitely a lot of opportunity in terms of exports. Looking at the next 10-15 years, power train components should be a major area of focus along with safety components.”

“It is crucial for Indian manufacturers to take a certain amount of risk and explore production of new components that apply to the foreign automobiles, as this will gauge the interest of many international importers,” he further shared.

‘Bringing out the potential by upskilling the aftermarket’

The next live session was conducted by Motor India to highlight the importance of educating and upskilling local players based on the latest automotive technology and trends.

“There’s a real hunger in the market to get more knowledge to service the new generation vehicles and technologies. The aftermarket ecosystem has to come together to build a robust platform for workshops to use, to generate more business for the automotive aftermarket,” Mr Debasish Satpathy, VP–Automotive Aftermarket, Schaeffler India advised during the discussion.

‘Innovative Business Models powered by Digitisation’

Concluding the series of live sessions, Frost & Sullivan led the discussion on next-gen digital business models that can aid the growth of automotive aftermarket industry worldwide.

According to a report shared by Mr Kaushik Madhavan, Vice President, Frost & Sullivan: ‘“Global ecommerce is expected to exceed USD 78 billion in 2026. In the automotive aftermarket segment particularly, tires, lubricants and performance parts may offer the most growth potential in near future with expectation of increased bundled purchases.”

The report further revealed that increased customer exposure to digital channels across different lifestyle aspects will push aftermarket stakeholders to aggressively invest in digitisation beyond parts retail and even workshop services in the coming period.

As one of the major exhibitors and the principal partner for the virtual edition, Mr Debashish Satpathy, VP – Automotive Aftermarket, Schaeffler India, shared: “We had over 1500 people visiting our space with many meetings conducted online. The virtual fair was also well complimented with great panel discussions on very relevant topics which culminated into a great learning experience for us and our customers. Not only us, but also our industry is looking forward for the physical event of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi in 2023.”

After a successful venture into its first virtual edition, ACMA Automechanika aims to return to its physical trade fair format from 9 – 12 February 2023 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, in order to bring back the vigour of face-to-face networking experience.

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Nissan e.dams races in thrilling Formula E Monaco E-Prix https://tiresandparts.net/news/nissan-e-dams-races-in-thrilling-formula-e-monaco-e-prix/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/nissan-e-dams-races-in-thrilling-formula-e-monaco-e-prix/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 10:41:14 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35256 The Nissan e.dams team raced hard and fast in a thrilling ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Monaco E-Prix today on the world-famous Monte Carlo street circuit. Round seven of the 2020-21 all-electric racing series, the fourth running of a Formula E event here and the first race to take place on the familiar full […]

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The Nissan e.dams team raced hard and fast in a thrilling ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Monaco E-Prix today on the world-famous Monte Carlo street circuit.

Round seven of the 2020-21 all-electric racing series, the fourth running of a Formula E event here and the first race to take place on the familiar full circuit, brilliantly entertained the socially distanced fans in the grandstands.

Team driver Oliver Rowland showed the improved performance and efficiency of the new Nissan Gen2 Formula E powertrain by putting his race car into the Super Pole qualifying showdown. He would start the race from P6. His teammate Sebastien Buemi had his group qualifying session interrupted by a red flag and would ultimately qualify P13.

In an intense and exciting 45-minute +1 lap race in sunny, high-grip conditions, both Rowland and Buemi battled back and forth for position with the cars around them in what was one of Formula E’s most entertaining races. Rowland eventually crossed the line in P6, with Buemi in P11. The team scored eight championship points.

Nissan races in Formula E to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify all-new Nissan vehicle offerings by the early 2030s in key markets. Nissan aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers.

“We were expecting a little bit more from the Monaco race,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsports director. “However, Oliver scored some good points for the team and we improved our position in the teams championship, which is very positive. Unfortunately Seb finished out of the points. We now have five weeks until the next race to come up with a solid plan for the second half of the season, and we are already looking forward to going racing in Mexico again.”

Racing for the first time with Nissan e.dams and used in the new Nissan Gen2 powertrain was partner Shell’s bespoke all-electric race car E-Fluid. The Shell E-Fluid is tested and refined in collaboration with Nissan’s powertrain R&D team to analyze and showcase the benefits that specifically designed EV transmission fluids can have within a Formula E powertrain, to deliver maximum performance and efficiency.

In the days leading up to the race, Nissan displayed its all-electric road cars to the public at the EVER Monaco sustainable mobility event. On show were several models of the pioneering Nissan LEAF, as well as the all-new Nissan Ariya crossover.

“Great to race here at one of the world’s most iconic street circuits, but definitely not where we want to be in terms of points scored,” said Olivier Driot, co-team principal of Nissan e.dams. “We will now refocus and double our efforts in the weeks before heading to the new track in Puebla, Mexico.”

The championship heads to Mexico next for rounds eight and nine on June 19 and 20.

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Bosch announces the launch of the KTS 250 in the UAE https://tiresandparts.net/news/bosch-announces-the-launch-of-the-kts-250-in-the-uae/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/bosch-announces-the-launch-of-the-kts-250-in-the-uae/#respond Sun, 09 May 2021 10:00:27 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35249 Bosch today announced the availability of its most advanced ECU multifunctional tester – Bosch KTS 250 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new function of the compact Bosch KTS 250 diagnostic tester allows automotive businesses and experts to read out any mileage data stored at the vehicle’s different control units. Comparing this data with […]

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Bosch today announced the availability of its most advanced ECU multifunctional tester – Bosch KTS 250 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new function of the compact Bosch KTS 250 diagnostic tester allows automotive businesses and experts to read out any mileage data stored at the vehicle’s different control units. Comparing this data with the mileage shown on the odometer, they can easily determine whether the odometer mileage is plausible or if it differs from the other values. This can have a significant influence on the vehicle’s current value in cases of used vehicle valuations, leasing return or even for expert reports concerning the vehicle value. It allows insurance companies to include this test into their damage assessment or even to ensure compliance with the contractually agreed annual mileage.

 

Mileage stored at different control units

In most cases, a vehicle’s mileage is not only stored at the odometer on the instrument cluster at the vehicle’s dashboard, but also at a large variety of different electronic control units the vehicle is equipped with. Even the seat memory or the park assist control unit can store information on the vehicle mileage. Throughout the last years, modern vehicles have been equipped with a continuously growing number of control units. As a result, the actual mileage of today’s vehicles is often stored at different sources simultaneously.

 

Once the Bosch KTS 250 diagnostic tester has been connected to the vehicle by means of the OBD cable, it allows reading out the actual values of the control units and the fault memory. The new KTS 250 mileage readout function creates a list of the individual mileage values stored at the different control units. Afterwards, wireless network connection can be used to print the diagnostic protocol sending it to the workshop network printer or to send it by e-mail – as an attachment and right from KTS 250.

 

Comprehensive ECU diagnosis via Esitronic diagnostic software

Bosch developed the compact KTS 250 ECU diagnostic tester for mobile applications. Its intuitive and Android-based user interface stands out for being very user-friendly. Equipped with Bosch Esitronic diagnostic software, KTS 250 allows quick ECU diagnosis on almost any type of passenger car on the market. Once the automatic vehicle identification via vehicle identification number (VIN) has been completed, the user is provided with an overview of all control units installed at the vehicle. The tester is equipped with an integrated lithium-ion battery providing the power required for its mobile application. During diagnosis, KTS 250 is supplied with energy the vehicle tested provides via OBD connector.

Adding the new mileage readout function, Bosch further expanded the scope of application of KTS 250 testers. They are now equally suitable for insurance companies and experts using them for damage assessment or vehicle value reports as for leasing companies receiving vehicle returns or car dealers and workshops accepting used vehicles as a trade-in.

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Italian open-air sportsman Maserati GranCabrio on large Deville rims https://tiresandparts.net/news/italian-open-air-sportsman-maserati-grancabrio-on-large-deville-rims/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/italian-open-air-sportsman-maserati-grancabrio-on-large-deville-rims/#respond Sat, 08 May 2021 05:19:55 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35246 In the realm of sports cars and luxury Gran Turismos, the models from Maserati certainly occupy an exceptional position. For many years, the GranTurismo, which was discontinued at the end of 2019, and the open offshoot GranCabrio were one of the most exquisite and extraordinary ways to drive a fantastically beautiful two-door model with full […]

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In the realm of sports cars and luxury Gran Turismos, the models from Maserati certainly occupy an exceptional position. For many years, the GranTurismo, which was discontinued at the end of 2019, and the open offshoot GranCabrio were one of the most exquisite and extraordinary ways to drive a fantastically beautiful two-door model with full V8 power, which is equally good at smooth cruising and dynamic pace. This copy of the open version of the Italian has now been placed on high-quality rims from Cor.Speed Sports Wheels.

The Swiss specialists from Aerotechnik Fahrzeugteile, who, together with JMS Fahrzeugteile from Walddorfhäslach, are primarily responsible for the production, marketing and sales of Cor.Speed Sports Wheels, equipped the GranCabrio with Deville alloy wheels. The wheels, which have a masculine and powerful design, are used here in the XXL sizes 9.5×22 inches on the front and 10.5×22 inches on the rear axle – a custom-made product for which there is no approval in Germany for this combination so that it is only suitable for export. The mounted tires measure 255/30ZR22 and 295/25ZR22.

In order to perfectly round off the visual refinement of the southern eight-cylinder sports car, it was lowered slightly by around 25 millimeters, which now makes it sit even more full and dynamic on the asphalt.

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YOKOHAMA tire equipped machine wins class at off-road endurance race in Mexico https://tiresandparts.net/news/yokohama-tire-equipped-machine-wins-class-at-off-road-endurance-race-in-mexico/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/yokohama-tire-equipped-machine-wins-class-at-off-road-endurance-race-in-mexico/#respond Sat, 08 May 2021 05:06:28 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35243 The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is pleased to announce that a machine running on its off-road racing tires achieved victory in the Pro UTV NA* class of the 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, an off-road race held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico during April 14–18. *Normally Aspirated UTVs The SCORE San Felipe 250 kicked […]

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The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is pleased to announce that a machine running on its off-road racing tires achieved victory in the Pro UTV NA* class of the 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, an off-road race held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico during April 14–18.
*Normally Aspirated UTVs

The SCORE San Felipe 250 kicked off the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship, which culminates with the Baja 1000, widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest off-road races. The SCORE San Felipe 250 was run over a more than 280-mile (450km) desert course laden with sharp stones, bumps and crevices.

Kristen Matlock was the winner in the Pro UTV NA class. This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 included eight machines running on Yokohama Rubber supplied tires, including its GEOLANDAR tires for SUVs and pickup trucks. Six of those machines successfully completed the race. The YOKOHAMA tires supported the competing drivers by demonstrating their strong durability and excellent maneuverability over rugged terrain.

The consumer tire business in Yokohama Rubber’s new three-year (2021–2023) medium-term management plan, Yokohama Transformation 2023 (YX2023), aims to maximize the sales ratios of high-value-added YOKOHAMA tires, namely the global flagship ADVAN brand, the GEOLANDAR brand of tires for SUVs and pickup trucks, and various winter tires. YX2023 positions participation in motorsports activities as crucial to the company’s effort to develop new tire technologies that will further strengthen the ADVAN and GEOLANDAR brands. Yokohama Rubber therefore is again participating in a wide variety of motorsports events in Japan and around the globe, from top-category to grassroots events.

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812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A: Two Interpretations of Ferrari’s Racing Soul https://tiresandparts.net/news/812-competizione-and-812-competizione-a-two-interpretations-of-ferraris-racing-soul/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/812-competizione-and-812-competizione-a-two-interpretations-of-ferraris-racing-soul/#respond Thu, 06 May 2021 10:13:35 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35240 The 812 Competizione, the new limited-edition special series car derived from the 812 Superfast, was presented today to media, clients and fans all over the world. In the course of the event, which was broadcast live on Ferrari’s social media channels, the wraps were also whipped off the 812 Competizione A, a spectacular Targa-top version, […]

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The 812 Competizione, the new limited-edition special series car derived from the 812 Superfast, was presented today to media, clients and fans all over the world. In the course of the event, which was broadcast live on Ferrari’s social media channels, the wraps were also whipped off the 812 Competizione A, a spectacular Targa-top version, again a limited-series and an homage to the Prancing Horse’s glorious open-top tradition.

The presentation took place in a very special venue, the recently-opened GT Sporting Activities Department located alongside the Fiorano track, further strengthening the inextricable link between Maranello’s road-going sports cars and the peerless racing DNA developed as a result of over seven decades of success on the world’s circuits.

The launch began with the 812 Competizione completing several laps of the circuit to give viewers a full appreciation of the car’s forms in this dynamic and high performance context in addition, of course, to hear the unmistakeable sound of Ferrari’s iconic naturally-aspirated V12. After the hot laps Enrico Galliera, Ferrari’s Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer, officially presented the car and then unveiled the 812 Competizione A.

This duo of cars is dedicated to a very exclusive group of collectors and enthusiasts of the most noble of Ferrari traditions, which focuses on uncompromising maximum performance. The innovative technological concepts applied to the engine, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics have raised the bar to new heights.

Once behind the wheel of the 812 Competizione and the 812 Competizione A, the driver becomes one with the car, regardless of whether it is on road or track. The car guarantees instantaneous responsiveness to commands and absolute control even in the most complex of manoeuvres. Maximum fun behind the wheel and driving exhilaration are ensured at all speeds, thanks in great part to the new independent, four-wheel steering, which delivers exceptional agility and precision in cornering.

POWERTRAIN

The 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A sport the most exhilarating V12 on the automotive scene and is derived from the multi-award-winning engine powering the 812 Superfast. The result is a naturally-aspirated 830 cv engine that pairs impressive power with electrifying delivery and the inimitable soundtrack that Ferrari V12 purists know well. To boost the output of the engine, which has the same 6.5-litre displacement as the 812 Superfast’s V12, several areas have been significantly re-engineered to achieve a new record red line while optimising the fluid-dynamics of the intake system and combustion, and reducing internal friction.

Maximum revs are now 9,500 rpm which, together with a rising crescendo of torque delivery, unleashes a feeling of progressive and boundless power and acceleration. A result delivered by the meticulous redesign of key engine components such as the con-rods, pistons, crankshaft and distribution. The titanium con-rods are 40% lighter than steel versions whilst delivering the same mechanical resistance; the piston pins, on the other hand, have been given a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating to reduce the coefficient of friction to the benefit of performance, fuel consumption and wear. These modifications are combined with a rebalanced crankshaft, which is also 3 percent lighter than the previous version.

The most significant improvements, however, are to the distribution and the cylinder heads, which have both been completely redesigned. The cam (which now features DLC coating) now actions the valve stems via DLC-coated steel sliding finger followers, which are derived from Ferrari’s F1 experience and were developed specifically for this engine to provide a higher lift profile.

To ensure that the engine breathes correctly across the entire rev range, the intake system was redesigned: both manifold and plenum are now more compact to reduce the overall length of the tracts, thus delivering more power at high revs, while the torque curve is optimised at all engine speeds by a system of variable geometry inlet tracts. This enables the length of the intake tract assembly to be continuously modified, adapting it to the firing order to maximise the dynamic charge in the cylinder. The result is an engine that revs with tremendous speed all the way to the cut off with no drop off towards the red line.

To reduce friction and mechanical losses, thereby improving the engine’s overall efficiency, the engineers developed a new variable-displacement oil pump that continuously adjusts oil pressure across the engine’s entire operating range. Another important point to underscore is the adoption of a less viscous oil (Shell Helix 5W40) than used on previous V12s and the improvement in the flow rate throughout the entire oil scavenge line.

The direct fuel injection management strategy has been further developed to keep abreast with increasingly stringent emissions regulations. The calibration of the timing and amount of fuel injected, as well as an increase in injection pressure, have reduced emissions and the generation of particulate, especially when the engine is cold.

The ignition system is constantly monitored by the ECU which has an ion-sensing system that measures ionising currents to control ignition timing: it has a single and a multi-spark function to the benefit of smooth, flexible torque delivery. The ECU also controls combustion in the chamber to ensure that the engine is always working at peak thermodynamic efficiency, something also achieved in part by a sophisticated strategy that recognises the octane rating of the fuel being used.

To maintain the traditional incredibly high standard of engine sound to which Ferrari V12 owners are accustomed, whilst simultaneously introducing a GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) to the exhaust system that ensures compliance with the very latest emissions regulations, the engineers added a new exhaust tailpipe. This unusual and innovative design solution reinstates the medium-high frequency sound muffled by the use of the GPF.

In order to deliver excellent acoustics, performance and aesthetics, the exhaust tailpipes are visible to underscore their function and the car’s track-inspired character without impinging on the signature elegance of all Ferraris. Work was also carried out on the intake tract to which a second pair of resonators were add to enhance specific frequencies and the engine’s more noble combustion order harmonics, creating the perfect melding of the sound from the exhaust and from the intake system.

Both the 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A are equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, pushing the performance of the latter to new extremes and delivering a new gearshift feeling for the V12. Calibration of the control strategies has reduced shift times by a further 5 percent. Although it retains the same gear ratios as the 812 Superfast, the new car’s changes are even more sporty, thanks to the extra 500 rpm in maximum revs allowed by the new V12.

Hand-in-hand with the performance boost comes further fine-tuning of the cars’ respect of emissions norms with an evolution of the HELE system, which enables an on-the-move Start&Stop function, and

a series of emissions-reducing engine maps, which maintain the signature Ferrari V12 sound even at low speeds. When the HELE is deactivated, performance driving-oriented maps return with lightning fast gear-shifting for maximum response.

The cooling system has also been adapted to cope with the additional heat generated by the new engine’s extra 30 cv, resulting in the introduction for the very first time on a Ferrari V12 of a single front air intake that maximises the amount air of cooling air channelled towards the radiators. The entire coolant circuit has also been improved, increasing cooling efficiency by 10 percent compared to the 812 Superfast. In addition, the single air intake has been further optimised to improve the fluid dynamics of the engine intake manifold, thereby minimising charge losses along the tract.

Lastly, the engine oil tank was redesigned to cope with the extra flow (up by 30 percent) and to cope with the car’s greater lateral and longitudinal acceleration. Thanks to the optimisation of the interior chambers and volumes, the new tank saves over one kilo of oil compared to the 812 Superfast, making the 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A the cars that require the least oil in the current V12 range. In the final analysis, this also contributes to the overall reduction in the car’s kerb weight.

AERODYNAMICS

The increase in both the 812 Competizione’s engine output and maximum revs have resulted in a consequent increase in the heat to be dissipated. To meet these new demands, the efficiency of the cooling flow management has been improved without increasing the dimensions and weight of the radiating masses.

While on the 812 Superfast, the engine air intakes are set either side of the large central grille, the 812 Competizione adopts an integrated solution with a single air duct. This allowed the intake for the engine radiators to be extended sideways as far as the chassis allowed as well as reducing not just weight, but also losses to the intake plenum and thus the combustion chamber, which in turn, improved the overall performance.

The evacuation of the hot air coming off the radiator was improved by exploiting both the vents on the bonnet either side of the central ‘blade’, and the louvers in the wings. These areas are particularly efficient in terms of cooling and so allowed the designers to optimise and reduce the apertures on the underbody, all to the benefit of the efficiency of the front aero.

All of this translates into 10 percent more efficient cooling of the engine fluids than in the 812 Superfast. The shape of the engine vents either side of the bonnet’s blade is designed to guarantee correct management of the flows even when the 812 Competizione A is being driven in the open

configuration: the hot air flow lines are deviated away from the cockpit and are channelled along the flanks until they eventually merge with the car’s wake.

The fact that the car is faster into corners demanded an improvement in braking power. Brake cooling is fundamental to avoiding compromising on either downforce generation at the front of the car or on the weight of the brakes themselves. Compared to the 812 Superfast, the brake cooling concept was completely redesigned around the new front “Aero” calliper which debuted on the SF90 Stradale and which has an air intake integrated into its casting.

Ventilation of the callipers and the pads is achieved by channelling the cool air captured by the generous opening on the side of the bumper towards the integrated air intake which then distributes the air flow inside the component. Naturally, the solution is only as good as the route the flow follows to get to the calliper area at the rear of the wheel assembly: for this reason the front suspension was optimised around the hub and the layout of pipes and ancillaries in that area. Thanks to these modifications, the temperature of the brake oil has seen a significant reduction: compared to the brakes on the 812 Superfast, operating temperatures have been reduced by around 30° C, thus guaranteeing consistent braking and equally consistent pedal feel even under prolonged track use. The removal of the 812 Superfast’s turning vanes and specific duct shaved a further 1.8 kg off the car’s weight, thus compensating for the additional weight of the “Aero” calliper.

Two carbon-fibre side air intakes for the brakes flank the main grille, which feeds cooling air to the engine and cockpit. These intakes are square in section and are split between brake cooling and a double air curtain duct. Thanks to the latter, the charged flow that strikes the side of the bumper is channelled and used to reduce the turbulence generated by the outer part of the tyre tread, thereby improving the front downforce generated by the outside edge of the bumpers.

Externally the front air intakes are hugged by the scooped side area of the bumper, which extends forwards along its lower edge, defining the shape of the splitter. Two apertures in the wheelarch, one at the top and one at the rear, reduce pressure and enable the underbody to work even more efficiently. The turbulence is channelled and evacuated by the vent rear of the bonnet’s blade, and by that on the wing.

Optimising thermal flows was a fundamental part of developing the 812 Competizione’s front underbody. In fact, the louvres on the bonnet and vents on the front wing meant the size of the vents in the front underbody designed to dissipate hot air coming off the radiators, could be reduced. This translated into a smaller area of the underbody being affected by apertures that would negatively impact downforce generation. The end result was a higher level of downforce at the front and a more energised flow striking the rear of the car.

The modifications made to the braking system also enabled the engineers to redesign the front underbody to extend it into the wheelarch well. The new layout, which freed up space around the lower front wishbone, made it possible to extend the surface area that could be used to generate downforce. It also allowed the insertion of a new S-shaped side vortex generator crafted specifically in the wind tunnel to improve the lateral expansion of the vortex generated and ensure it works in synergy with the front diffuser. The geometry of the latter was also optimised and can now generate even more downforce than the 812 Superfast as well as improving cooling of the calliper. Taken together these solutions hail a significant improvement in performance: optimising the air vents contributes to a 30 percent increase in overall front downforce while the new side vortex generator adds a further 40 percent.

Like on the 812 Superfast, the front diffuser is equipped with a passive mobile aero system which opens over 250 km/h. When the panel rotates it completely stalls the diffuser allowing the car to reach its maximum speed.

The 812 Competizione’s distinctive tail-end treatment incorporates a number of innovative engineering solutions regarding the exhaust layout, diffuser geometry, spoiler volume, patented rear screen and the bumper design. The rear diffuser extends right across the full width of the car to guarantee maximum horizontal expansion of the underbody’s aerodynamic flows and hails a distinct break with the solution seen on the 812 Superfast.

The silencers and tailpipes have been completely re-engineered: from a classic set up of two circular tailpipes each side of the bumper there is now a single exhaust pipe with an unprecedented vertical rectangular form. This had two positive impacts: it maximised the volume dedicated to the rear diffuser’s expansion and opened up the possibility of introducing a solution typical of F1 cars from the 2010s to a road car – dynamic interaction between the exhaust gases and the diffuser’s field. In this configuration, the hot flow of gas from the exhaust pipes interacts with the prominent curved exterior fences on the diffuser, generating extra vorticity at the trailing edge of the fences, which energises the “cold” flow from the diffuser thereby guaranteeing additional downforce. Overall, the rear diffuser development produced an increase in downforce that equates to 25 percent of the total increase compared to the 812 Superfast. This jumps to 35 percent if the contribution of the exhausts blowing into the wake is also taken into account. The rear underbody, on the other hand, is responsible for a 10 percent increase in rear downforce.

The aerodynamic development of the diffuser forms allowed the areas of the car dedicated to downforce generation to be extended transversely. The spoiler is now not only higher than on the 812 Superfast, but extends across almost the entire width of the car, working in perfect aerodynamic synergy with the diffuser to guarantee maximum downforce possible over the rear axle. The redesign of the rear wings also benefits aerodynamic performance: the volume has been scooped out rear of the crest to create an aerodynamic channel in the flank to the outside edge of the spoiler which is thus struck by a highly energised flow.

But what really captures the attention is the rear screen which, for the first time on a production car, is completely closed and thus allowed the engineers to explore some unprecedented aerodynamic solutions. It has been equipped with three pairs of profiled elements which protrude from its surface and act as vortex generators. From the LaFerrari onwards, vortex generators of this type have been used on production cars to maximise downforce generated by the flat underbody. However, this solution was applied to the rear screen on the 812 Competizione to distort the flow and thus redistribute the rear axle’s pressure field.

These vortex generators further enhance the work of the rear spoiler-diffuser system, creating areas of strong pressure gradients in the flow immediately above the rear screen and generating vortexes on the transverse plane. Thanks to this solution, part of the flow is deflected towards the sides of the spoiler which boosts downforce generation, benefiting the efficiency of the diffuser. The patented vortex generators alone guarantee 10 percent of the total increase in rear downforce compared to the 812 Superfast.

The three horizontal slots on the side of the rear bumper just behind the rear wheel are another visually striking novelty. In addition to recalling the F12tdf, they also hide a system of three aerodynamic flicks. Due to the low-pressure area created by the car’s wake, part of the flow downstream of the rear wheel naturally tends to be drawn towards the centre of the car. However, with this new solution, it enters the bumper through the three horizontal slots and is then deflected upwards by the internal flicks, contributing to rear downforce.

In the 812 Competizione A, to compensate for the impact of the removal of the vortex generators, a bridge element has been introduced between the flying buttresses. Thanks to meticulous optimisation, the flow is deflected effectively and efficiently towards the rear spoiler, essentially restoring the downforce to the same level as the 812 Competizione. The presence of the bridge allowed the increase in physiological drag for a Targa type car to be reduced: aerodynamically, the bridge behaves like a wing so the pressure on the upper surface creates a positive pressure field which increases the speed of the flow downstream of the rear screen and reduces drag.

Occupant comfort in the open configuration is ensured by the introduction of a flap integrated into the windscreen header rail which deflects the energised, incident flow upwards avoiding that it disturbs the interior. This extends the bubble that covers the entire length of the cockpit, thereby also avoiding irritating excess pressure in the area behind the occupants’ heads.

Two aerodynamic apertures have been created between the two buttresses to manage the flow entering over the side windows and to force it to follow a specific route, a fundamental factor in reducing both pressure inside the cabin and the instability of the flow itself. The result of this strategy is twofold because, aside from improving comfort, it also increases aerodynamic efficiency by making the flow stable even when the top is open.

VEHICLE DYNAMICS

The guidelines in the development of the812 Competizione performance strategy were to boost overall performance levels, improve driving pleasure in lateral dynamics and a specific focus on the handling characteristics of a special version.

The 812 Competizione debuts many innovative components and contents, which have ensured it delivers on its vehicle dynamics performance targets. Specifically, these include the first use of independent four-wheel steering, the evolution of the Side Slip Control (SSC) system to version 7.0, and the development of the dedicated new Michelin Cup2R tyres.

The independent rear-wheel steering features a new electronic management system that enables the right and left actuators to be actioned individually rather than synchronised. This evolution yields a significant boost in performance in relation to the control of the position demanded of the individual actuators, and quicker response times.

This system emphasises the front axle’s response to steering wheel commands, maintaining the feeling of grip from the rear axle, which responds promptly to front inputs, and also manages the car’s lateral dynamics response more efficiently as a function of the actuation frequency of the steering wheel angle.

The new solution has resulted in the evolution of the SSC system which brings together all of the control systems developed in-house and uses a shared dynamic control language to integrate the actions of all of the systems to improve efficiency. The Side Slip Control 7.0 spans the electronic differential (E-Diff 3.0), traction control (F1-Trac), SCM-Frs magnetorheological suspension control, brake pressure control when driving on the limit (FDE) available in Race and CT-Off Manettino settings,

and the Virtual Short Wheelbase 3.0 which integrates the electric front steering with the electronically controlled independent rear-wheel steering.

Particular attention was also paid to making the car as light as possible, which resulted in 38 kg being slashed off its overall weight compared to the 812 Superfast. The areas primarily involved were the powertrain, running gear and bodyshell. Carbon-fibre was used extensively on the exterior, especially on the front bumpers, rear bumpers, rear spoiler and air intakes.

The powertrain contributions to weight reduction came from the use of titanium con-rods coupled with a lighter crankshaft and a 12V lithium-ion battery. Great attention was also paid to the design of the cockpit with the extensive use of carbon-fibre trim, lightweight technical fabrics and a reduction in sound-proofing. There are also dedicated sporty, lightweight forged aluminium rims and titanium studs.

All-carbon-fibre rims are also being made available for the very first time on a Ferrari V12 and offer a total weight reduction of 3.7 kg compared to the lightweight forged 812 Superfast wheels. The inside of the channel and of the spokes is coated in a layer of white aerospace-derived paint that reflects and dissipates heat produced by the car’s extremely efficient braking system, guaranteeing consistent performance over time even under hard use on the track.

STYLING

EXTERIOR

The 812 Competizione has a personality all of its own that sets it very clearly apart from the 812 Superfast in terms of its proportions and formal balance. The engineering modifications adopted allowed the Ferrari Styling Centre to give the car a whole new connotation, by choosing styling themes that further enhance its architectural design, sculptural forms and sporty vocation.

One of the 812 Competizione’s many striking features is its bonnet, which has a transverse groove in which the carbon-fibre blade sits. This proved an original way of disguising the air vents for the engine bay, whilst also increasing their surface area. From a design perspective, the choice of this transverse element rather than the louvres seen on some previous Ferrari sports cars, means that the bonnet looks cleaner and more sculptural. This theme also acts as a three-dimensional interpretation of the concept of livery, recalling the signature stripe across the bonnet that characterises certain historic racing Ferraris.

The modified front-end aerodynamics allowed the designers to endow the car with a more aggressive character befitting its limited-edition special status. The car’s nose shows off all of its imposing power with a very wide front grille flanked by the two distinctive and prominent side brake intakes. The carbon-fibre splitter underscores the car’s broad, squat stance, hinting at its impressive road-holding.

The most noticeable aspect of the 812 Competizione’s aesthetic is the replacement of the rear screen by an all-aluminium surface. The vortex generators on the upper surface that boost the car’s aerodynamic efficiency simultaneously create a backbone effect that underscores the car’s sculptural forms. Together with the carbon-fibre blade that traverses the bonnet, this motif changes the overall perception of the car’s volume: the car seems more compact than the 812 Superfast, accentuating its powerful, fastback look. Not having a rear screen also creates a textural continuity between roof and spoiler, providing owners with the opportunity to personalise the car even more with a whole new single continuous graphic livery that runs unbroken its entire length.

Even the rear spoiler now looks more imposing. It is higher but the specific design treatment used also makes the tail look very wide, almost horizontal, giving the rear greater stance. The extremities of this aerodynamic appendage intersect with the line of the rear wings, highlighting their muscular appearance and referencing iconic cars like the Ferrari 330 P3/P4. The bodywork rear of the crests is fluted and this accentuates the three-dimensionality and distinctiveness of the car’s flanks and their forms.

The taillight clusters lend the car a more aggressive and suggestive look. They fit seamlessly into a slit just below the spoiler and contribute to creating the horizontal feel to the rear. The rear bumper is particularly sculptural and characterised by a scoop at wheel height that incorporates two imposing air vents. Three aerodynamic slots have been created along the outer bumper surface rear of the wheels, creating an instantly recognisable styling feature that recalls the shape of the vortex generators on the rear screen.

COCKPIT

In terms of its interior architecture, the 812 Competizione has remained faithful to the 812 Superfast, retaining the same general parameters and main dash and door panel interfaces, including the latter’s signature “diapason” motif. The door panel itself has been lightened overall both formally and in terms of actual weight to underscore the sportiness of the cockpit.

The door panel pocket juts out from the main structure almost as if it were a floating element. This creates a sense of lightness and formal and textural continuity with the rest of the cabin. Only a small appendage that connects to the door handle remains as an armrest, but creates a dynamic muscle on the panel.

Right in the central area of the cockpit is a link between Ferrari’s past and future, the iconic gear-gate theme here given a modern twist. This is the first time it has appeared on a V12 car and is very much mirrors the spirit of the 812 Competizione and the marque’s tradition.

812 Competizione A

The 812 Competizione A provided the Ferrari Styling Centre with the opportunity to use the modifications required for the rear of the car to create a truly unforgettable architecture. The flying buttress concept, which has long been a much-loved part of Ferrari tradition, harmonises effortlessly with the arrow theme of the front created by the blade and lends a sense of forward thrust to the car’s body, but also gives it a completely different connotation to the coupé.

The car’s centre of gravity appears lower, particularly when seen from the side, not only because of the roof and wraparound windscreen that flows into the side windows, but also because the flying buttresses at the rear are lower than in the 812 Competizione. With the Targa top stowed, the roll bars partly jut out above the rest of the bodywork but because they are carbon-fibre, they become secondary visual elements and so do not compromise the broader, more squat stance created by the flying buttresses. This amplifies the visual lowering of the side view.

In the closed configuration, the roll bars connect perfectly with the roof structure forming a seamless unit. The targa top is made from carbon-fibre to create a sense of aesthetic continuity with the roll-bars. In the open-top configuration, it is stowed in a compartment with the same design shape as the targa itself. Being able to stow the top at any time means the car can be enjoyed to the full, whatever the weather.

7 YEARS MAINTENANCE

Ferrari’s unparalleled quality standards and increasing focus on client service underpin the extended seven-year maintenance programme offered with the 812 Competizione and the 812 Competizione A. Available across the entire range, it covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life. This scheduled maintenance programme is an exclusive service that allows clients the certainty that their car is being kept at peak performance and safety over the years. This very special service is also available to owners of pre-owned Ferraris.

 

Regular maintenance (at intervals of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions), original spares and meticulous checks by staff trained directly at the Ferrari Training Centre in Maranello using the most modern diagnostic tools are just some of the advantages of the Genuine Maintenance Programme. The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships on the Official Dealership Network.

The Genuine Maintenance programme further extends the range of after-sales services offered by Ferrari to satisfy clients wishing to preserve the performance and excellence that are the signatures of all cars built in Maranello.

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The BRABUS wolf in sheep’s clothing: With the new BRABUS 800 supercar based on the Mercedes E 63 S 4MATIC+ of the 2021 model year, the Bottrop-based refinement specialist once again offers high performance in its purest form. And it does so in the discreet outfit of a Mercedes E-Class sedan, which is further enhanced visually and in terms of driving dynamics with custom naked-carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components and 21-inch hi-tech forged wheels. Alternatively, the BRABUS can also upgrade the wagon to this level.
At the heart of the new supercar is the 4.0-liter eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine, which the BRABUS powerplant engineers have boosted to a peak output of 588 kW / 800 hp (788 bhp) and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the four-door car to sling itself to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.0 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 300 km/h (186 mph).
A high-performance exhaust system with electronic sound management is just as much a part of the BRABUS product range (BRABUS-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone +49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax +49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) as is a lowering module.
Further individual customer requests can be fulfilled in every detail with an exclusive BRABUS fine leather interior.

The turbocharged four-liter, eight-cylinder engine of the current Mercedes E 63 S 4MATIC+ produces 450 kW / 612 hp (603 bhp) ex-factory. With the expertise gained in more than 40 years of engine tuning, the powerplant engineers from Bottrop developed a particularly powerful performance upgrade for the Mercedes E 63 S 4MATIC+. Unlike most other providers, it is not only TÜV-tested but of course also comes with the 3-year or 100,000-km/62,000-mile BRABUS Tuning Warranty (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013).

To live up to the BRABUS 800 type designation, specially configured high-performance turbochargers were developed, which feature a larger compressor unit as well as a modified core assembly with reinforced axial bearings. They produce a maximum boost pressure of 1.6 bar.

In addition, the plug-and-play BRABUS PowerXtra module is connected to the electronic engine management system. This auxiliary control unit introduces special mapping for injection, ignition and boost pressure control. To supply the engine with sufficient breathing air, special carbon air intakes were developed and integrated into the radiator grille on the left and right. The two vertical red signature stripes are finished in exactly the same color as the characteristic BRABUS engine cover.

The BRABUS B40S-800 performance kit was developed and tested in elaborate test series using the state-of-the-art test bench technology and road tests. The result is not only outstanding power delivery, but also impeccable durability, which is the hallmark of every engine from the Bottrop Manufaktur.

After the conversion, the engine produces an additional 138.4 kW / 188 hp (186 bhp) and an extra 150 Nm (111 lb-ft) of torque. With a massive 588 kW / 800 hp (788 bhp) at 6,600 rpm and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque at a low 3,600 rpm, the BRABUS 800 is one of the most powerful sedans and station wagons in the world.

The driving performance is correspondingly outstanding. The combination of BRABUS high-performance engine, nine-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted either automatically or manually via the ergonomic BRABUS RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel, and 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive accelerates the sedan from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.0 seconds, while the wagon needs a tenth of a second more. The top speed is electronically limited to 300 km/h (186 mph) on both body styles.

Drivers who wish to deactivate the standard automatic stop-start system permanently can order the BRABUS Start-Stop Memory system. It permanently disables the automatic shut-off function at the touch of a button. The system identifies the most recent status and stores this setting until it is manually re-enabled.

Of course, BRABUS can also give the owner of any E 63 S 4MATIC+ an acoustic treat. The stainless-steel BRABUS high-performance exhaust system with four stainless steel/carbon tailpipes optimizes power delivery by reducing exhaust backpressure. What is more: the integrated exhaust flaps can vary the exhaust note. The driver can thus select the discreet, emphatically quiet “Coming home” mode. In the open “Sport” position, the V8 produces an extra powerful sound.

The sporty appearance can be dynamically enhanced with sporty, elegantly styled BRABUS naked-carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components, which can be ordered with either high-gloss or matte coating. Together with the BRABUS air intakes on the left and right in the radiator grille, the front spoiler lip gives the supercar sedan or wagon an even more striking face. At high speeds, the aerodynamic-enhancement component reduces front-axle lift and thus optimizes handling stability.

The BRABUS rear spoiler on the trunk lid of the sedan was shaped to generate downforce on the rear axle for an optimal aerodynamic balance. There is also a carbon diffuser insert for the rear fascia of both body styles, which perfectly frames the four tailpipes of the BRABUS sports exhaust and completes the sporty design package.

The exclusive BRABUS look naturally also includes custom alloy wheels, which are offered for all E 63 S models in various dimensions up to 21 inches in diameter. The vehicle pictured here features BRABUS Monoblock “PLATINUM EDITION” Z forged wheels, which have not only been painted in vehicle color but have been pinstriped in the same contrasting color to match the red signature stripes in the radiator grille. The rims in a filigree ten-spoke design are manufactured using a hi-tech forging process and combine low weight with maximum strength. The front axle features size 9Jx21 wheels with 255/30 ZR 21 tires. The 10.5Jx21 rims at the rear are mounted with 295/25 ZR 21 tires. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA supply the optimal high-performance tires for this combination.

This not only enhances the BRABUS 800’s looks, but also makes its handling even more agile with this wheel/tire combination. An effect that optionally further optimized with the BRABUS Sports Unit for the standard air suspension. It provides a ride-height lowering by ten or twenty millimeters (0.4 or 0.8 in) depending on the selection of the available Comfort, Sport or Sport+ modes.

Another BRABUS specialty is exclusive interior refinement, which is of course also available for the new Mercedes E 63 S 4MATIC+. Stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo that changes color in line with the interior’s ambient lighting welcome the occupants. Sporty cockpit features such as BRABUS aluminum door pins and pedals are part of the product range as well.

BRABUS can fulfill further individual requests of the vehicle owner in the company-own upholstery shop, which creates extravagant BRABUS fine leather interiors from the finest leather and Alcantara. The variety of colors and upholstery designs is practically limitless. In addition, there are precious wood or genuine carbon inlays, which can also be tailor-made in a wide variety of colors and finishes.

The BRABUS 800 can be ordered as a sedan or wagon. Alternatively, BRABUS will convert any current Mercedes E 63 S 4MATIC+ to this specification at the customer’s request, either completely or in stages.

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class:
BRABUS 800 based on the E 63 S 4MATIC+: city 15.7 l/100 km, highway 9.3 l/100 km, combined: 11.6 l/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 267 g/km, efficiency class G.

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The BMW M4 meets the BMW M4 GT3. Video highlights the common ground between the BMW M4 Competition and the BMW M4 GT3 racing car. https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-bmw-m4-meets-the-bmw-m4-gt3-video-highlights-the-common-ground-between-the-bmw-m4-competition-and-the-bmw-m4-gt3-racing-car/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-bmw-m4-meets-the-bmw-m4-gt3-video-highlights-the-common-ground-between-the-bmw-m4-competition-and-the-bmw-m4-gt3-racing-car/#respond Thu, 06 May 2021 09:05:51 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35234 From series production to the race track – and back: In a new video, BMW M GmbH offers insights into the development of the new BMW M4 GT3 racing car and identifies some fascinating similarities between the new flagship model in the BMW M Motorsport line-up and the BMW M4 Competition production model (fuel consumption […]

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From series production to the race track – and back: In a new video, BMW M GmbH offers insights into the development of the new BMW M4 GT3 racing car and identifies some fascinating similarities between the new flagship model in the BMW M Motorsport line-up and the BMW M4 Competition production model (fuel consumption combined: 10.2 – 9.9 l/100 km [27.7 – 28.5 mpg imp] in the WLTP cycle, 10.2 l/100 km [27.7 mpg imp] in NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 233 – 227 g/km in WLTP, 234 g/km in NEDC). Designers and engineers from BMW’s production car development programme and BMW M Motorsport present interesting details about the two cars, with the BMW M4 Design Talk featuring Anne Forschner, Exterior Designer BMW M4 Competition, and Michael Scully, BMW Group Designworks Global Automotive Director, getting the ball rolling.

The video starts with Forschner and Scully talking about the most striking design feature of the two cars: the BMW kidney grille. “All BMW M cars have a polarising effect, which means they do not automatically appeal to everyone. Their impact on people is both physical and emotional,” says Forschner. “The kidney grill retains the production car’s perimeter geometry, while their interior surfaces have been opened-up and celebrate the care and feeding of the race engine’s enhanced cooling requirements for the M4 GT3.” explains Scully. The BMW M4 GT3 – which is currently in its final year of development – has been designed to help BMW M Motorsport teams compete for race victories and titles around the world from 2022. Scully continues: ”The M4 GT3’s added front corner lights reference the production car’s air curtain location and give identity and visual structure to an aerodynamically critical portion of the race car. Their boomerang shape mimics the natural shadow of the production car’s front facia surfaces, and supplements high speed night time visibility during endurance races.”

Viewed from the side, it is clear that the racing car implements the same constellation of design elements as the production car to define the bodyside: with one “continuity loop” created from the upper greenhouse/A pillar, front fender detail, and upward-sweeping lower bodyside feature.

The roof, with its two longitudinal fins, and the heavily raked rear window are also identical in form on both the BMW M4 Competition and BMW M4 GT3. These elements enable an ideal flow of air to the racing car’s rear wing.

The greatest differences between the two cars can perhaps be found at the rear. “The tail of the BMW M4 GT3 is familiar in some areas, but in others it looks very different,” says Anne Forschner. “The racing car is 75 millimetres wider on each side, but we have carried over the rear lights from the production car and the rear contour of the boot lid is also the same,” adds Michael Scully.

Forschner points out how the many likenesses between the duo, which already give the standard model a very sporty appearance and provide an excellent basis for the race version, clearly reflect how the two cars were developed: “From the road to the race track and from the race track back to the road.” Meanwhile, Scully is fulsome in his praise of his colleagues from series production. “The BMW M4 Competition production model represents a wonderful basis on which to make a racing car. It has iconic elements and geometry geared to delivering high performance and efficiency.”

A second video in a few weeks’ time will focus on the shared heart of the two cars. In it, Marcus Engelke, Project Manager Drivetrain BMW M4, and Ulrich Schulz, Head of Drivetrain Design at BMW Motorsport, will talk about the six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which was conceived from the outset for both road cars and track machines.

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