2025 Bugatti Aerolithe Concept Microturbine 220 mph 0-62 mph 2,7 s £900,000 Design by Douglas Hogg
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2025 Bugatti Aerolithe Concept Microturbine Electric Hybrid 450 hp 220 mph 0-62 mph 2,7 s £900,000 Design by Douglas Hogg:
(from Douglas Hogg) 2025 Bugatti Aerolithe Concept By Douglas Hogg, Coventry University Graduate, now a designer at Ford Motor Company
The 2025 Bugatti Aerolithe -- The vanguard of a new wave of intelligent Luxury.
'Super luxury' Grand Tourer for 2025, inspired by Ettore Bugatti's principles of automotive design, the original Aerolithe, and the theme 'aerodynamic elegance'.
Key themes; Extravagant Graceful Sporting
The new 2025 Bugatti Aerolithe concept represents a return to the brand values and holistic attitude of Ettore Bugatti that made Bugatti cars so great -- simplicity, beauty and intelligence. The new Aerolithe takes theme and style inspiration from the lightweight original and re imagines it as a futuristic and exclusive GT car for 15 years in the future - the vanguard of a new wave of intelligent luxury.
The typical buyer of a new Bugatti is the man who has it all. He statistically already owns 8+ cars, A boat and/ or a private jet. He can afford to choose to buy the very best in everything and the Aerolithe was designed to be the best grand tourer money can buy.
The dramatic styling is an exercise in pure surfacing. It references the original with its elegant proportions and split windows, whilst carving out a new design direction for Bugatti utilising clean, unbroken surfacing and advanced aerodynamics. The main bodywork is completely smooth, uncluttered by external mirrors, door handles and clunky spoilers. The lines are inspired by organic forms, science fiction and the original 193 Aerolithe. Up front, the signature Bugatti 'Horseshoe' grill in is a direct ram air intake to the turbine engine, whilst the headlights apertures in the front double up as cooling ducts to cool the brakes. At the rear, the boot lid features two jet fighter inspired pop up air brakes to stabilise the car under braking, whilst the rear lights also double up as cooling ducts. Advanced technology integrated so harmoniously into the clean bodyshell that you would never know it was there.
Underbody aerodynamics are a key feature of the Aerolithe and allow it to have such clean styling. Two air channels run the full length of the underbody of the car directing air from the front, around the almond shaped cabin, back to the massive double diffuser at the rear. This generates enough downforce to keep the car firmly glued to the road at speed without the need for any visible rear spoiler.
The Aerospace inspired split canopy doors of the Aerolithe concept are a stand out feature designed primarily to allow easy access to the cabin, but also to generate street theatre when the car pulls up. Each side opens independently of the other, and splits into a top and bottom half. The bottom half of each door tucks under the sill, whilst the top half swings up and forwards taking with it a massive swathe of bodywork and the whole dashboard. The steering column can then raise into the space left by the door, giving an enormous aperture to allow users of all shapes and sizes to easily get in and out.
The polished aluminium centre spine is a key styling and construction feature. It references the riveted central seam line of the original and develops it into a key structural component running throughout the interior and exterior. Beneath the sensuous carbon fibre bodywork is a highly efficient and dynamic mechanical package. The Aerolithe features titanium, magnesium and composite materials throughout to keep the weight down to around 1400kg. The passenger safety cell is bullet proof, with Aluminium Oxynitride windows. Driving a one million pound car you never can be too careful.
Propulsion is provided by an advanced Microturbine battery hybrid drivetrain. Microturbines are an emerging technology that will see great use in the automotive industry in the coming years. They are compact, lightweight and highly efficient. They can run on almost anything that burns --petrol, diesel, kerosene, alcohol, even perfume. In the Aerolithe the Microturbine functions only as a generator with no mechanical link to the wheels. Its only function is to generate electricity to charge the batteries on the move. In general terms, the Aerolithe is an electric car. The Microturbine engine is a range extender for the batteries, giving a theoretical range of up to 800 miles on one tank of fuel with minimal harmful emissions.
2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 Convertible 6.2 V8 Kompressor 580 cv 76,9 mkgf
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A versão mais potente do Chevrolet Camaro, a ZL-1, em breve poderá ser associada ao prazer de rodar a céu aberto. O ZL-1 Convertible, a ser apresentado em novembro no Salão de Los Angeles, chega com o mesmo motor já oferecido no cupê: um V8 de 6,2 litros com compressor, potência de 580 cv e torque de 76,9 m.kgf, mais potente que o de carros esporte mais caros como Porsche 911 turbo e Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG. Foram mantidos recursos como variação de carga dos amortecedores, por meio de sistema magnético, e controle de estabilidade com função de assistente para arrancada rápida. A capota é de lona, como nos Camaros de motorização inferior.
QUICK LOOK: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Carbon at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/Camaro/2012/zl1-coupe/ The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Carbon is the most powerful pony car in General Motors stable, with a 580 HP version of the Corvette ZR1's 6.2 Liter supercharged V8, this Camaro gets a unique gray paint scheme dressed up with a wide assortment of bare carbon fiber accents at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Driving Scenes Camaro ZL1: Most Powerful Chevrolet Convertible Ever
"The Camaro ZL1 convertible will be one of the most powerful and most capable, convertibles available at any price," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top -- or hit the gas."
Like the coupe, the Camaro ZL1 convertible features a supercharged 6.2L "LSA" engine, SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm). That's enough to exceed the output of 2+2 convertibles of many performance icons, including:
■2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante -- 470 hp / 443 lb.-ft.
■2012 Mercedes SL63 AMG -- 518 hp / 465 lb.-ft.
■2011 Porsche 911 turbo S -- 530 hp / 516 lb.-ft.
■2011 Ford Shelby GT500 -- 550 hp / 510 lb.-ft.
The Camaro ZL1 convertible's power is complemented by advanced powertrain and chassis technologies designed to deliver exceptional performance on the road or track. In fact, it's the same balance of acceleration, handling and ride quality that enabled a Camaro ZL1 coupe recently to lap the Nürburgring's Nordschleife course in 7:41.27 minutes.
From Day One, the architecture for the fifth-generation Camaro was designed to accommodate a convertible model, which gives the ZL1 convertible coupe-like driving dynamics. Four strategic reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure to quell the cowl and steering wheel shake common in convertibles. They include:
■A tower-to-tower brace under the hood
■A transmission support reinforcement brace
■Underbody tunnel brace
■Front "X" brace and stiffer cradle as well as rear underbody "V" braces.
Additional structural reinforcements in the ZL1 convertible are designed to improve noise and vibration characteristics, while also reducing unwanted ride and body motions. They include a hydroformed tube in the A-pillars, an inner reinforcement bracket in the windshield header, a reinforced front hinge pillar and reinforcements inside the rockers.
The suspension of the ZL1 convertible uses the third-generation of Magnetic Ride. New, twin-wire/dual-coil dampers at all four corners enable faster response, with damping levels now adjusted up to 1,000 times per second -- about one adjustment per inch of vehicle travel at 60 mph -- making the system exceptionally responsive to changing driving and road conditions.
The Camaro ZL1 convertible will also offer Performance Traction Management as standard equipment, which is exclusive to General Motors. First introduced on the Corvette ZR1, it is an advanced system that integrates magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control, to enhance both launch-acceleration performance and corning.
The result is a convertible designed to preserve nearly all the acceleration, road-holding and performance capabilities of the Camaro ZL1 coupe, which goes on sale in early 2012.
Ford Shelby GT500 vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1! - Head 2 Head Episode 11
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Angus MacKenzie brings you the ultimate modern musclecar showdown -- 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 vs 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. It's an epic 3-round bout, with canyon carving up and down Mulholland Highway, hot laps at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with pro driver Randy Pobst, and a classic quarter-mile drag race finale. It's a winner-take-all battle for ultimate musclecar supremacy!
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe on the Track
2012 Camaro ZL1 Features Technically Advanced 6.2L Supercharged V-8
CHICAGO -- The all-new, 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is powered by the LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that produces an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 550 lb.-ft. of torque (745 Nm).
The LSA is the most powerful engine ever offered in a Camaro, eclipsing even the original ZL1 engine from 1969 that inspired the name of the new, maximum-performance model. Built on GM's legendary small-block V-8 architecture, it features an intercooled Supercharger system, premium heat-resistant aluminum cylinder heads and other details designed to ensure its exceptional performance is delivered with smoothness and refinement.
"The LSA is the ultimate engine for the ultimate Camaro," said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for small-block engines. "It has a broad power band that matches the Camaro ZL1's performance capabilities at every notch on the tachometer."
Components and design elements that contribute to the LSA's performance include:
■Balanced, lightweight reciprocating assembly
■High-strength hypereutectic pistons
■Sixth-generation Eaton Supercharger with four-lobe rotors
■Center-feed fuel system
■Piston oil squirters.
A Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission is matched with the LSA. It uses a 240-mm dual-mass flywheel matched with a 240-mm twin-disc clutch system to provide excellent shift smoothness.
Compared to the Cadillac application, the LSA used in the Camaro features the following unique components and details:
■Black Intercooler housing with unique heat exchanger and plumbing to accommodate the Camaro engine compartment
■Cast stainless steel Exhaust manifolds for enhanced thermal management
■Camaro-specific oil pan
■Revised accessory drive with unique alternator and air conditioning compressor
■Idler pulley in place of the conventional power steering pump pulley, because of the use of electric power steering
■Special engine cover in red.
Supercharged power delivery
The LSA engine's sixth-generation Eaton Supercharger, with high-helix, four-lobe rotors, enables a broad range of power through the rpm band, giving the engine great low-end torque and excellent horsepower at higher rpm.
"The design of the Supercharger's rotating internal components extends its effective range, giving the engine a wide, flat power band that is usable at all rpm levels," said Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer. "Whether at low speeds or on the highway, the feeling of power is instant, strong and sustained."
Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components support the engine's high-rpm, supercharged performance. The parts are housed in an aluminum cylinder block that features nodular iron, six-bolt main caps. Cast iron cylinder liners -- measuring 4.06 inches (103.25 mm) in bore diameter -- are inserted in the aluminum block and they are finish-bored and honed with a deck plate installed. The deck plate simulates the pressure and minute dimensional variances applied to the block when the cylinder heads are installed, ensuring a higher degree of accuracy that promotes maximum cylinder head sealing, piston ring fit and overall engine performance.
Nestled inside the LSA's deep-skirted cylinder block is a forged steel crankshaft that delivers a 3.62-inch (92 mm) stroke. It features an eight-bolt flange -- the outer face of the crankshaft on which the flywheel is mounted -- that provides enhanced clamping strength. Other non-supercharged GM 6.2L engines have a six-bolt flange. A torsional damper mounted to the front of the crankshaft features a keyway and friction washer, which is designed to support the engine's high loads.
Connected to the crankshaft is a set of lightweight powder-metal connecting rods and hypereutectic pistons, which, when combined with the cylinder heads, delivers a 9.1:1 compression ratio. The alloy of the pistons was selected for its strength and heat resistance properties, while the cast design provides inherent quieting advantages over other piston materials, such as forged aluminum.
High-flow cylinder heads based on GM's proven L92 design channel incoming air into the combustion chambers. They are made with a premium A356T6 alloy that offers excellent heat resistance, particularly in the bridge area of the cylinder head, between the intake and Exhaust valves. Additionally, each head is manufactured with a roto-casting method.
Also known as spin casting, the roto-casting process involves pouring the molten alloy into a rotating mold, for a more even distribution of the material that virtually eliminates porosity -- air bubbles or pockets trapped in the casting -- for a stronger finished product.
2012 Camaro ZL1 As Fast As Porsche or Lamborghini? Afraid So.
All of the naysayers out there that think American cars are junk, think again. This stock Camaro ZL1 turned times at the Nordschleife last week that were right there with Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari, all for 60,000 USD. Even Jeremy Clarkson has a Corvette ZR1, after he laughed at...then drove it.
The 700 HP Hennessey Camaro ZL1 -- TUNED
Tuned goes to Sealy, TX to test Hennessey's take on the already potent Camaro ZL1, one of the loudest cars we've ever had the privilege of driving. We discuss what it's like to drive a paddle-shifted muscle car and race Hennessey's daily driver CTS-V "Hammer Wagon" down their private drag strip.