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ROGER DUBUIS – New frosty white excalibur spider huracán has hearts racing

ROGER DUBUIS – New frosty white excalibur spider huracán has hearts racing

ADRENALINE MEETS INNOVATION 

Hearts race hard and fast at the sight of the RD630 calibre elevated by CCF, a high-technology material inspired by other ground-breaking industries. Roger Dubuis saw the ingenuity of aerospace’s use of CCF in the production of space rockets and from there went on to develop its own CCF material after months of research and development.

Representing the Maison’s technical prowess and desire to charter new ground, the independent Manufacture found that combining resin with resistant ceramic fibres could produce an entirely new and exceptionally light material twenty per cent lighter than carbon and with a distinctive white marble-effect.

Not only does this lightness make it exceptionally comfortable to wear on the wrist, it also takes design to its epic extremes. Used to create its white case and as embellishment within the movement itself, the new Excalibur Spider Huracán is a veritable feat of innovation and adrenaline in a single timepiece.

POWERED BY RAGING MECHANICS 

The new Excalibur Spider Huracán is the latest creation to emerge from Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini Squadra Corse, a partnership defined by radical performance and razor-sharp aesthetics. Reflecting the DNA of the Italian supercar combined with the horological excellence of the Maison, the CCF-white Excalibur Spider Huracán is built like an engine.

Powered by an automatic RD630 calibre, the 45-mm diameter Excalibur Spider Huracán channels the same exhilarating blend of performance and lightness as its motoring namesake. Taking strong visual cues from which the Lamborghini Huracán is based, the timepiece is imbued with signature racing design codes. With a honeycomb motif made famous by the supercar, the hexagonal dashboard of the Lamborghini Huracán is reflected in the timepiece, the same epicentre paralleled in the shape of the calibre. What’s more, twin barrels and a 12° tilted balance wheel represent the movement signature associated with Lamborghini Squadra Corse. When viewed from the back, the semi-skeletonised movement reveals the 360° oscillating rim weight that reproduces the like-for-like speed effect of a Huracán wheel rim, while emulating the design of the wheel rim too. A crown inspired by the supercar’s racing nuts is paired with an upper calibre strut-bar design bridge reminiscent of those found on the Lamborghini Huracán V10 engine itself. A cryptical date feature enhances its playful allure, while a Quick Release System on the buckle and strap ensures the watch is easily interchangeable. Limited to just 88 pieces, this is no ordinary timepiece. This is a timepiece for those who dare to seek out their next rush.

GLOW BIG OR GLOW HOME  

Imbued with a further technical feat, the Excalibur Spider Huracán glows by night as the Maison’s obsession with light and luminescence shines through with both the upper flange and hands filled with Super-Luminova™. In a shining example that shows Roger Dubuis goes where others do not dare, Super-Luminova™ is also applied to the timepiece’s tilted surfaces, deposited on the strut-bars thanks to an innovative process first used in a Roger Dubuis world-premiere last year. Likewise, a vulcanization process known as SuperBiwiNova® melts Super-Luminova™ directly inside of the watches’ white rubber inlay strap to create a show-stopping finish. A glowing timepiece that plays by no one else’s rules but Roger Dubuis’ own, there’s no telling what could be achieved with the CCF-white and luminescent Excalibur Spider Huracán on the wrist.

#NoRulesOurGame 

 

Roger Dubuis is not owner of the trademark Super Luminova™

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Goodwood Revival 17 – 19 September 2021

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IWC AND AIRSPEEDER ANNOUNCE ENGINEERING AND TIMEKEEPING PARTNERSHIP

IWC AND AIRSPEEDER ANNOUNCE ENGINEERING AND TIMEKEEPING PARTNERSHIP

Schaffhausen, – IWC Schaffhausen joins forces with Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying car racing series, in a new engineering and timekeeping partnership. Combining the passion both companies share for technological progress, human endeavour and sustainability, they will work together in pioneering this new form of motorsport to fast track a new era of clean-air mobility.

The Airspeeder racing series is the brainchild of founder Matt Pearson, who also runs Alauda, the world’s first performance electric flying car manufacturer. Taking inspiration from the role sport has traditionally played in advancing the cause of technology, Pearson’s visionary idea is to create a new kind of motorsport to accelerate the advanced air mobility revolution and transform passenger, logistical and even medical transportation.

The planned global race series will eventually see a full grid of eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) craft, manufactured by Alauda, managed by individual teams and operated by elite pilots, compete at heights of up to 40m off the ground and at top speeds of 200km/h. The air races will take place on electronically-created tracks and be streamed globally, minimising the environmental impact of more complex logistics and infrastructure.

“It’s fantastic to play a part in bringing Matt’s bold vision to life. The Airspeeder team are true pioneers of aviation and they are bringing together two things that are really close to IWC’s heart. From making some of the planet’s best pilots’ watches for the last eighty years to the cut and thrust of modern automotive design and racing, we have always equipped and inspired those who dare to dream. We are proud to collaborate on an endeavour that will make such a progressive impact on society,”

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

From its technical base in South Australia, the Airspeeder project has brought together some of the brightest minds in aviation, motor racing and performance automotive engineering from across the world. Charged with envisioning a better future, the diverse team of engineers, specialists and pilots are encouraged to think innovatively to push the boundaries of technical excellence, a philosophy which IWC also shares. The new partnership reflects this common purpose and will establish a knowledge exchange to prompt technological progress within the engineering departments of both organisations. Learn more about the partnership

“Time and again, IWC has enabled dreams and nurtured innovation. Like us, they see beyond the known horizon towards something different, bolder and more inventive. This commitment to progress is something we also value, and we are delighted that the entire team at Schaffhausen believes in our vision. Whether the result is a beautifully designed watch or a revolutionary flying car, we all rely on human and technical endeavour to make truly impactful change through giant technical leaps. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together,” added Airspeeder founder Matt Pearson.

Airspeeder developed its first small-scale prototype performance eVTOL in 2017 and has continued to finesse the design ever since through computer modelling and simulation, as well as extensive testing. The newest vehicle, the Mk3, is the world’s first fully functional electric flying racing car. With an overall aesthetic reminiscent of classic 1950s sportscars combined with racing drones, the speeders feature an octocopter layout, airfoil-profiled rotor arms, cuttingedge carbon-fibre composites and the latest EV battery technology. New advances in safety are delivered through a suite of technologies and engineering elements never before seen on an eVTOL craft. These innovations include LiDAR and Radar collision avoidance systems that create a ‘virtual force field’ around the craft to ensure close but ultimately safe racing. Designed for maximum performance and aerial agility, they move through the air with precision and pace. An entire grid of these remotely piloted Mk3s is currently being built by Airspeeder, ahead of this year’s competitive pilotless events. The Mk4 is expected to launch in 2022, before the inaugural crewed season gets underway.

AIRSPEEDER

Airspeeder is the world’s first racing series for electric flying cars. Our mission will accelerate eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) advanced aviation technology through intense sporting competition. This mobility revolution, underpinned by future tech, will transform urban air mobility (UAM), global logistics and even medical applications with a clean-air electric vehicle (EV) solution. Our racing multicopters are developed at our advanced aerospace engineering hub in Adelaide, South Australia by engineers drawn from elite motorsports, automotive, aviation and even FPV drone, electric plane, electric vehicle and passenger drone backgrounds. Airspeeder’s vision will deliver the most exciting and future-focused motorsport on the planet. Following an inaugural unmanned season, elite pilots will take to the skies to race prop-to-prop while navigating electronically governed racetracks in the skies above some of the most visually arresting scenery in the world.

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

In 1868, the American watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones travelled from Boston to Switzerland and founded the ‘International Watch Company’ in Schaffhausen. His visionary dream was to combine advanced American manufacturing methods with the craftsmanship of Swiss watchmakers to make the best pocket watches of his time. In doing so, he not only laid the foundation for IWC’s unique engineering approach but also established the centralised production of mechanical watches in Switzerland.

Over its 150 year history, IWC Schaffhausen has developed a reputation for creating functional complications, especially chronographs and calendars, which are ingenious, robust, and easy for customers to use. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC today specialises in highly engineered technical watch cases manufactured from advanced materials, such as titanium aluminide and Ceratanium®. Preferring the principle of “form follows function” over decoration, the Swiss watch manufacturer’s timeless creations embody their owners’ dreams and ambitions as they journey through life.

IWC sources materials responsibly and takes action to minimise its impact on the environment, creating intrinsically sustainable timepieces that are built to last for generations. The company prides itself in training its own future watchmakers and engineers, as well as offering an excellent working environment for all employees. IWC also partners with organisations that work globally to support children and young people.

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McLaren Customer Racing takes track performance to a new level with the 720S GT3X

McLaren Customer Racing takes track performance to a new level with the 720S GT3X

  • 720S GT3X developed by McLaren Customer Racing for track use only, without restriction of motorsport regulations
  • Based on 720S GT3 race car, but not homologated for racing
  • Hand-built, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 develops up to 750PS

McLaren Customer Racing has confirmed that an unrestricted version of its 720S GT3 race car, the 720S GT3X, is available to order through the McLaren Motorsport Retailer Network. Designed and developed in-house by the motorsport arm of McLaren Automotive, the GT3X is for track use only but is not homologated for any racing class or championship. Without the need to comply with competition regulations, increased levels of power and performance have allowed McLaren Customer Racing to further exploit the chassis and aerodynamic characteristics of its latest-specification, race-winning 720S GT3 to optimise circuit driving enjoyment.

Pioneering in the field of lightweight and safety in motorsport, McLaren introduced the first all-carbon fibre chassis to Formula 1 in 1981 with the McLaren MP4/1. Since then, carbon fibre has been at the core of every McLaren and the 720S GT3X features the MonoCage II chassis that provides a strong, light and safe environment for its occupants.

Performance comes from a hand-built 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine, optimised to combine features from the 720S road car and the 720S GT3 race car.  Coupled to a six-speed sequential motorsport transmission, a unique version of the M840T engine features a blueprinted cylinder head, strengthened pistons, ‘Diamond Like Carbon’ (DLC) coating and a lightweight performance exhaust system. The track-focused components and systems deliver the same 720PS (710bhp) as the road car, with a further 30PS (30bhp) boost function available to the driver through a steering wheel-mounted ‘push-to-pass’ button.

The lightweight 720S GT3X tips the scales at just 1,210kg (2,668lbs) and displays the extreme weight-saving efforts that have been taken into consideration to remove all non-essential or luxury items where possible, leaving the driver with just what they need to extract the best performance. Each of these measures combine to give the 720S GT3X a power-to-weight ratio of 620PS*-per-tonne.

The development programme has seen a focus on pure engineering, innovative aerodynamics and efficient design, with thousands of track kilometres covered across Europe and the Middle East. Freed from sporting regulations, the 720S GT3X is a performance-optimised version of the already-bespoke GT3 race car, with the bodywork’s flowing lines developed using ‘Computational Fluid Dynamics’ (CFD) and Formula 1 wind tunnel technology. The aerodynamically sculpted shape is hand-finished in metallic MSO Carbon Black paint. A refined pinstripe in heritage McLaren Orange – a nod to the historic race-winning McLaren Formula 1 cars of the 1960s – accentuates the lower edges of the ground-hugging body shape and the outer rim of the gloss black centre-locking wheel rims, while an ‘X’ graphic stretches across the upper canopy.

The stripped-out cabin features extensive use of lightweight carbon fibre and is designed around outright track performance and functionality. A carbon fibre and Kevlar FIA-approved race seat hugs the driver, while the pedal box and steering wheel adjust to ensure the perfect driving position. The ergonomically-designed race steering wheel is fitted with all key functions via intuitive rotary switches and buttons meaning everything is at the driver’s fingertips. Thrill-seeking friends can also experience the speeds and exhilaration of being on a track as the interior of the 720S GT3X has been designed to accommodate a fully safety-compliant race seat on the passenger side of the cabin, complete with six-point race harness. Modifications over the race car include a revised design to the roll-cage to accommodate a passenger without compromising on safety and enhanced crash structures around the occupant safety cell.

In addition to delivering a new type of performance on the track, the 720S GT3X delivers a new level of ownership experience. As part of the purchase and ownership package, McLaren Automotive can provide dedicated technical track support for each owner. This programme is carried out by the customer support engineers from the in-house McLaren Customer Racing division – the team that has designed and developed the model alongside the 720S GT3 global customer race program.

Due to GT3 balance of performance requirements, the 720S GT3 car has to run with a considerably reduced power output than the road-going 720S Spider and Coupe variants. The brief for the GT3X project was to unleash the full potential of the 720S GT3 car using a massively increased power output to fully exploit the aerodynamics and chassis dynamics of the car. Additionally, the car is now able to carry passengers for the first time, thanks to the re-design of a new bespoke roll-cage and passenger seat installation. Brake cooling has also been improved to cope with the additional demands of increased speed and the mass of a passenger.

The 720S GT3X now offers a unique opportunity to experience a fully-fledged GT3 car. The lap time is significantly reduced from the GT3 benchmark through both the huge standard power increase and the additional 30bhp from the push-to-pass button. The end result is a car that offers a truly unique experience.”
Ian Morgan, Director, McLaren Customer Racing

The 720S GT3X is available to order now from the 11 official McLaren Motorsport Retailers worldwide: McLaren Glasgow, McLaren Zurich, McLaren Frankfurt, McLaren Beverly Hills, McLaren Houston, McLaren Newport Beach, McLaren Philadelphia, McLaren San Francisco, McLaren Toronto, McLaren Auckland and McLaren Melbourne. Each retailer can also offer technical and servicing support for the track-only model.

Rob Bell, McLaren Factory Driver, demonstrates the capabilities of the McLaren 720S GT3X on the Portimao Circuit,

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McLaren Automotive has enjoyed significant success with its range of pioneering sports and supercars since the start of production in 2011. Alongside its road-focused models, the company has been winning races with motorsport derivatives of key models since 2012. Based on the highly-accomplished 720S road car, the 720S GT3 debuted in 2019 with private race teams competing at the highest level – and proved immediately successful. In fact, in its first race, the 720S GT3 took pole position and went on to score its first ever race win against a field of world-class opposition, proving that McLaren had designed and developed another race-winner.

About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company’s product portfolio of GT, supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 85 retailers in 40 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.

Then in 1993  it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car – the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™. In 2016, it announced a new hybrid hyper-GT would be engineering, confirming this next Ultimate Series car as the Speedtail in 2018.

2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider, the new GT and the track-only McLaren Senna GTR. It also unveiled the 620R and McLaren Elva before launching the 765LT the following year.

Most recently, the company unveiled its all-new high-performance hybrid supercar, the McLaren Artura.

The Artura is the first McLaren to benefit from the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). The MCLA is designed, developed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region of England using world-first process and will spearhead the brand’s electrified future.

McLaren Automotive also chooses to partner with like-minded world-leading companies and organisations who push the boundaries in their respective fields. These include AkzoNobel, Ashurst, Dell Technologies, Gulf, Pirelli,  Richard Mille and Tumi.

McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and technology and comprises three businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied.

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Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV | The Ultimate All-Electric Gaming Endurance Racer

LLEGA EL JAGUAR VISION GRAN TURISMO SV:
EL MEJOR BÓLIDO TOTALMENTE ELÉCTRICO PARA CARRERAS VIRTUALES DE RESISTENCIA

  • Vision Gran Turismo SV: Un bólido totalmente eléctrico para carreras virtuales de resistencia que ha diseñado Jaguar y desarrollado Jaguar SV para los juegos Gran Turismo.
  • Emocionante evolución: Se basa en el Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé actual para ofrecer niveles extremos de rendimiento, tracción y estabilidad a gran velocidad.
  • Modelo idéntico en el mundo real: Jaguar Design ha fabricado un modelo a escala completa para mostrar la interpretación más innovadora de un bólido totalmente eléctrico de Jaguar.
  • Ingeniería virtual: El Vision Gran Turismo SV se ha desarrollado íntegramente para el mundo virtual con aerodinámica optimizada y probada gracias a las herramientas de simulación más avanzadas.
  • Tecnología de Jaguar para la Fórmula E: Los cuatro motores eléctricos que ha diseñado Jaguar Racing generan 1.903 CV (1.400 kW) para pasar de 0 a 60 mph en tan solo 1,65 segundos y alcanzar una velocidad máxima de 255 mph.
  • Homenaje al legado automovilístico de Jaguar: El Jaguar Vision GT SV combina emblemáticas referencias de diseño de los modelos C-Type, D-Type, XJR-9 y del vanguardista XJR-14 con innovadora tecnología futurista para crear el bólido de Jaguar definitivo para los jugadores.
  • Diseñado para Gran Turismo: El Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV se incluirá en la edición de 2021 del juego Gran Turismo.

Madrid, 16 de diciembre de 2020: Una velocidad máxima de 410 Km/h, un diseño aerodinámico ajustado al milímetro y una tecnología de motor para ganar carreras definen el Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV, el último bólido virtual totalmente eléctrico desarrollado para el juego Gran Turismo y trasladado al mundo real como modelo a escala completa.

El Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé, presentado en octubre de 2019, fue el primer deportivo totalmente eléctrico de Jaguar creado para la célebre saga Gran Turismo. Ha logrado un éxito rotundo al seducir a los jugadores con su innovador exterior inspirado en los modelos clásicos, su interior diseñado pensando en el conductor y sus excelentes niveles de conducción y maniobrabilidad.

Para los equipos de Jaguar Design, SV y Jaguar Racing, el Vision GT Coupé solo ha sido el punto de partida para el desarrollo del Vision GT SV. Han aprovechado la oportunidad para volver a evaluar cada detalle que pueda mejorarse mientras redefinían el concepto de bólido eléctrico de Jaguar para carreras de resistencia.

En este proceso ha sido clave el análisis en profundidad de los comentarios de los jugadores en foros y vídeos online. Estas “pruebas en el mundo virtual” se combinaron con numerosas horas “al volante” para que los equipos de diseño e ingeniería pudieran determinar con exactitud la forma de optimizar el Vision GT SV hasta convertirlo en el bólido eléctrico de carreras de resistencia perfecto.

Julian Thomson, Design Director de Jaguar, declaró: “Los vehículos de Jaguar para competición y carretera comparten el mismo ADN, desde el D-Type y el XKSS hasta el I-PACE y el I-TYPE. Por tanto, cuando los miembros del equipo del Vision GT Coupé recibieron el encargo de diseñar el mejor bólido eléctrico para carreras virtuales de resistencia en Gran Turismo, trabajaron con ingenieros de SV y Jaguar Racing para crear algo muy especial.

“El Vision GT SV es un vehículo sorprendente y llamativo que sirve de ejemplo de todo lo que puede conseguirse si se eliminan los límites tradicionales que gobiernan el diseño de coches en el mundo real. Al darle vida en un modelo real a escala completa, hemos podido mostrar la versión más extrema de un bólido de Jaguar que se inspira en el pasado, pero no tiene miedo al futuro”.

Diseñado para ser el bólido definitivo para carreras virtuales de resistencia, el Jaguar Vision GT SV rinde homenaje a su ilustre linaje no solo con referencias de estilo y apariencia, sino también con colores distintivos de competición que evocan hitos como los debuts en Le Mans del C-Type y el D-Type en 1951 y 1954 respectivamente.

Desarrollado por expertos ingenieros:

La estructura de carrocería compuesta, que resulta muy ligera y aerodinámica, ahora alberga cuatro motores eléctricos que han diseñado los equipos de Jaguar Racing y SV (el Coupé contaba solo con tres). Al combinarse, generan una potencia de 1.903 CV (1.400 kW) y 3.360 Nm de par instantáneo con las ventajas de tracción y dinámica de la tracción total inteligente y el reparto de par. Es capaz de pasar de 0 a 60 mph en tan solo 1,65 segundos y alcanza una velocidad máxima de 255 mph.

El equipo de ingenieros de SV recibió el encargo de aprovechar la potencia del Gran Turismo SV para ofrecer a los jugadores una experiencia de conducción aún más emocionante en la competición.

Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director de Jaguar SV, declaró: “Nos encomendaron la misión de llevar a un nivel superior todo lo que hace tan especial al Jaguar Vision GT Coupé: su rendimiento, maniobrabilidad y sonido.

“El equipo lo ha conseguido con creces, ya que ha desarrollado un vehículo eléctrico virtual que puede alcanzar el éxito en las extremas competiciones de resistencia de 24 horas. Además, el trabajo que realizaron para el mundo virtual se transformó en realidad con la producción de un impresionante modelo a escala completa que entusiasmará a los jugadores como anticipo de lo que verán en la nueva edición de Gran Turismo”.

La elegante silueta del Vision GT Coupé sigue distinguiéndose claramente en el GT SV, incluidas las aletas curvas inspiradas en el C-Type y el D-Type. La batalla continúa siendo de 2.721 mm a pesar de la incorporación de un motor adicional que impulsa el eje delantero.

El nuevo modelo mide 5.540 mm de extremo a extremo, por lo que es 861 mm más largo para mejorar al máximo la aerodinámica. Novedades como el splitter frontal y el alerón trasero desplegable consiguen incrementar el agarre para mejorar la estabilidad a gran velocidad y aumentar la tracción para tomar las curvas más rápido en el GT SV.

Normalmente es complicado aumentar el agarre y minimizar la resistencia al mismo tiempo, así que el equipo de SV trabajó mano a mano con los diseñadores de Jaguar para desarrollar una completa gama de características que se combinan para optimizar la dinámica, la estabilidad, el rendimiento y la eficiencia.

Además de un splitter más largo y eficaz que genera agarre sobre el eje delantero, las aperturas del faldón delantero canalizan el aire por la zona externa de las ruedas delanteras para reducir las turbulencias y ayudar a que el aire fluya limpiamente hacia la parte trasera del vehículo. El aire que discurre por los pasos de rueda también fluye suavemente hacia atrás gracias a las rejillas de salida de las aletas.

La definida parte inferior está totalmente cerrada, incorpora un elemento detrás del eje delantero para reforzar la estabilidad a gran velocidad y acelera el flujo de aire para reducir su presión y así disminuir la elevación antes de que salga por atrás al producirse el efecto venturi.

La característica aerodinámica más eficaz del GT SV es su alerón trasero desplegable, que se inspira en los bólidos de carreras de resistencia del insigne linaje de Jaguar, donde se incluye el XJR-14. La sección principal fija del alerón, que se ha desarrollado cuidadosamente desde el prototipo hasta llegar al diseño final pasando por numerosas iteraciones, envuelve la zona superior y los laterales de la parte trasera del vehículo con tanta delicadeza que parece fundirse en ella.

El alerón se ha diseñado como un elemento esencial de la definida carrocería, que también puede presumir del rendimiento aerodinámico que requieren las carreras de resistencia: las dos secciones móviles se elevan automáticamente con rapidez para ofrecer un agarre superior cuando sea necesario y vuelven a bajar a su posición nominal para minimizar la resistencia.

Gracias a todo ello, el GT SV tiene una resistencia aerodinámica bastante baja para ser un coche de carreras (0,398 Cd) y genera 483 kg de agarre a 200 mph.

Michael O’Regan, Aerodynamics Senior Engineer de Jaguar SV, comentó: “Todas las características aerodinámicas se han optimizado al milímetro con un vanguardista análisis de dinámica de fluidos computacionales; lo hacemos exactamente igual que en proyectos del mundo real, como los bólidos de Fórmula E Jaguar I-TYPE.

“Estoy especialmente orgulloso de que hayamos convertido el GT SV en un bólido eléctrico verosímil con un rendimiento a la altura de los coches de carreras de resistencia actuales, además de lograrlo en un corto espacio de tiempo”.

Rendimiento electrizante:

Los ingenieros de Jaguar Racing han sido los encargados de desarrollar el extraordinario sistema de propulsión eléctrico de cuatro motores del GT SV. También diseñaron el sistema del primer Jaguar Vision GT aprovechando sus conocimientos y experiencia con el Jaguar I-TYPE durante seis temporadas consecutivas.

El trabajo se repartió en dos fases principales: se incorporó un segundo motor de 407 CV (300 kW) en el eje delantero para lograr el aumento necesario de potencia y par. Después, el sistema de gestión térmica se optimizó para soportar mayores cargas y garantizar que las grandes velocidades constantes y la aceleración extrema se mantengan durante toda la carrera de resistencia.

El sistema de propulsión del GT SV incluye un motor para cada rueda, que generan una potencia combinada de 1.903 CV (1.400 kW) y 3.360 Nm de par. Cada motor tiene su propia transmisión de una única velocidad, que se han diseñado para ofrecer la resistencia y solidez que requieren los altos valores de par, niveles mínimos de masa y fricción que optimizan la eficiencia y una velocidad máxima de 255 mph.

Además de tracción total eléctrica, la configuración de un motor por rueda permite un control infinito de la distribución de par lateral y longitudinal para un cambio gradual en el reparto de par, lo que mejora la tracción, la agilidad y el control.

La potencia procede de una vanguardista batería de iones de litio que se instala en la parte inferior de la estructura de carrocería ligera y rígida del GT SV para conseguir niveles bajos para el centro de gravedad y balanceo, así como una distribución de peso casi perfecta.

James Barclay, Team Director de Jaguar Racing, declaró: “Al trabajar al mismo tiempo en el desarrollo del Jaguar I-TYPE de la Fórmula E y el Vision Gran Turismo SV, los ingenieros de Jaguar Racing tuvieron una oportunidad sin precedentes de aplicar sus conocimientos a dos increíbles bólidos eléctricos: nuestro vehículo de Fórmula E más avanzado hasta la fecha y un vehículo de carreras virtuales de resistencia.

“Ambos se han diseñado y desarrollado con vanguardistas herramientas de simulación para llevar al límite el motor totalmente eléctrico y la tecnología de software. Estamos deseando verlos competir en la séptima temporada de la Fórmula E y en la nueva edición de Gran Turismo”.

El sistema de gestión térmica se optimiza con un circuito adicional de nitrógeno líquido que ofrece una mayor capacidad para que la batería genere la máxima potencia durante más tiempo dentro de su intervalo ideal de temperatura. La refrigeración con nitrógeno también está conectada al botón de propulsión del habitáculo para garantizar que la batería esté siempre por debajo del límite de temperatura incluso en las condiciones más exigentes.

La experiencia de conducción virtual definitiva:

El sonido único del motor, fundamental para la experiencia de conducción instintiva del Jaguar Vision GT Coupé, alcanza cotas aún mejores en la versión GT SV. Gracias al aumento de potencia y par que supone pasar de tres a cuatro motores eléctricos, el GT SV produce un sonido aún más imponente y distintivo, como un auténtico Jaguar del futuro. Mientras va subiendo al punto culminante del máximo de 40.000 rpm, demuestra que lleva el ADN genuino del automovilismo y hace las delicias de los conductores como ningún otro modelo.

La experiencia se completa con un interior diseñado para la competición. Las superficies puras y amplias del habitáculo envuelven al conductor y permiten que los instrumentos y los meditados controles estén en el lugar perfecto. Cada uno de los elementos se ha diseñado artesanalmente con destreza y precisión utilizando materiales ligeros y vanguardistas, como los nuevos tejidos TYPEFIBRE que revisten los dos esculturales asientos compuestos. TYPEFIBRE es un innovador sistema de materiales de alto rendimiento que ha desarrollado Jaguar para ofrecer una alternativa más ligera a la piel con niveles extraordinarios de comodidad y durabilidad. Jaguar Racing probará los tejidos TYPEFIBRE en el I-TYPE 5 a lo largo de la séptima temporada del campeonato mundial ABB FIA Fórmula E.

Acerca de Jaguar

El legado de Jaguar de diseño elegante e impresionante rendimiento lleva más de 80 años entusiasmando y deleitando al mundo. La familia actual de vehículos Jaguar de talla mundial cuenta con las berlinas XE, XF y XJ, que han obtenido numerosos galardones; el impactante deportivo F-TYPE; el SUV de alto rendimiento F-PACE (el Jaguar que más rápidamente se ha vendido en la historia de la marca), el SUV compacto de alto rendimiento E-PACE y ahora con el I-PACE, un SUV de rendimiento completamente eléctrico que ha obtenido el galardón de World Car of the Year 2019 y que coloca a Jaguar a la vanguardia de la revolución de los vehículos eléctricos.

Acerca de Jaguar SV

Special Vehicle Operations es un equipo especializado de diseñadores, ingenieros y técnicos de Jaguar SV dedicado a aumentar el rendimiento y la sensación de confort de los vehículos de la marca. La gama actual del Jaguar SV incluye el F-PACE SVR y el XE SV Project 8.

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1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

You may not know it, but Ferrari powered a powerful Hydroplane back in the 1950s. It was built for one thing: breaking the World Speed Record on the water. Achille Castoldi, a racing champion, proposed such a boat to the one and only Enzo Ferrari who agreed to help him in the endeavor.

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

DESIGN

Arno XI was built to shatter the speed record in the 800-kg class. Achille Castoldi had been setting records on the water since 1940. To achieve the speed record, he commissioned Cantieri Timossi to build a 3-point hydroplane from hardwood, covered in a mahogany veneer. When Enzo heard he had painted the upper body in Ferrari Red, the Scuderia F1 team was sent to lend their expertise. This culminated in a world record in the flying kilometer: 150.49 mph, which still stands to this day.

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat


POWER

Initially, Castoldi had planned to use a Ferrari engine, so he purchased a 4.5L V12. It was identical to the 385 horsepower “Lampredi” engine used in the Ferrari 375. Once Enzo realized he was going for the record, he sent his Chief Engineer along with a race-prepped Grand Prix engine. Stefano Meazza and a few of the Scuderia team members realized they needed more power. Using lessons learned on the track, they nearly doubled the compression ratio to handle methanol. A hotter spark was needed, so the distributors and coils were replaced by twin magnetos. Each cylinder had twin spark plugs to ensure a clean burn. It wasn’t enough, so two giant superchargers were driven by the crankshaft. Each one had its own Weber 4-Barell modified to dump meth into the engine with an air/fuel ratio of 5:1. What started at 385 horsepower made between 550 and 600 in race tune.

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat


HISTORY

Once he broke the record, Castoldi built another boat for a different class. However, the engine exploded and he retired from racing. The Arno XI was sold to Nando dell’Orto, an engineer who revised the aerodynamics for better stability. After adding a few pounds, he came in 2nd place for the 900 kg class in 1965. It has since been seen occasionally at boat shows doing parade laps, and it led a peaceful retirement. But because it is the only boat to ever have been powered by Scuderia Ferrari, it is being completely restored by Ferrari Classiche.


Now, this Ferrari is for sale and looking for a new owner. It comes with a well-documented history file that includes hundreds of period photographs and handwritten notes from Ferrari’s engineers. The boat is currently being certified at Ferrari Classiche, and a copy of the U.I.M. record certification that attests to Achille Castoldi’s 1953 speed record is included as well. It is the ultimate Ferrari for the ultimate Ferrari collector.   

• Achille Castoldi’s famed Ferrari V-12 Timossi 800 kg class racing hydroplane • Reset the world speed record in its class on 15 October 1953, at 241.708 km/h • Beautifully and painstakingly restored; engine confirmed original by Ferrari S.p.A. • Accompanied by an extensive historical file, including a copy of the U.I.M. record certificate no. 329 and Nando Dell’Orto’s original racing logbook • Unique, instantly recognisable, achingly beautiful and immensely historic

The ‘three-point’ hydroplane, devised in America during the late 1930s by Adolph and Arno Apel of New Jersey’s Ventnor Boat Works, truly revolutionised speedboat design. Elegantly simple, the Apel design divided the ‘step’ portion of the hull into two pontoon-like surfaces, or sponsons, with each on opposite sides of the boat. The boat’s propeller acted as the ‘third point’ in the equation. The tunnel between the sponsons trapped air to generate aerodynamic lift, with only the sponsons and propeller in direct contact with the water whilst the boat was at speed.

Italy’s premier speedboat racer was Achille Castoldi, a cousin of M.C. 72 designer Mario Castoldi and a highly talented driver and engineer in his own right. Beginning in 1940 with his original ‘Arno’, a 400 kg-class boat with a Picciotti-built hull and Alfa Romeo Type 158 power, Castoldi reset the world speed record at 130.517 km/h (81.10 mph). Subsequent boats in the ‘Arno’ series followed, with most powered by Alfa Romeo and at least one Maserati-powered example, and he primarily competed in circuit-type hydroplane racing. After 1951, Castoldi ended his relationship with Alfa Romeo and changed his focus to world speed-record competition, now seeking a new engine supplier for an attempt on the 800 kg class world speed record.

Castoldi’s record preparations began in 1952, when he travelled to Maranello with his two close friends, famed racing champions Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi, to order a Formula 1 specification V-12 engine from Ferrari. The blessing of Il Commendatore, Enzo Ferrari, was virtually assured since Castoldi had earlier managed to save a number of Alfetta 158 race cars during the war, keeping them hidden from the occupying German forces at his factory in Abbiategrasso, near Milan.

The Aurelio Lampredi-designed Tipo 375 V-12 engine, the same unit that powered Ferrari’s Grand Prix racing cars during 1951 and achieved Ferrari’s first ever World Championship Grand Prix win with Froilan Gonzalez in 1951 and helped Ascari to earn Ferrari the World Championship in 1952, was selected to power Castoldi’s new boat. It developed some 385 bhp with 12:1 compression and a dual-magneto ignition system, driving a twin-blade propeller via a gearbox at up to 10,000 propeller revolutions.

Castoldi’s boat, dubbed ‘Arno XI’, was built to a three-point hydroplane design by Timossi Azzano’s Cantieri Timossi boatyard located on Lake Como. A beautiful example of form and function in equal parts, the hydroplane featured a solid wood-framed structure skinned by marine-grade plywood with a mahogany veneer, a strong separate metal subframe chassis to cope with the enormous power and the engine cover and cockpit exterior appropriately finished in Rosso Corsa.

Once completed, ‘Arno XI’ was shaken down at the Campione d’Italia races in January 1953, with Castoldi reaching an unofficial top speed of 124 mph, prior to attempting an officially sanctioned two-way run. Castoldi’s main competitor, Mario Verga, who received the full factory support of Alfa Romeo, went on to set a new 800 kg class speed record of 202.26 km/h (125.68 mph) with his Alfa Romeo 159-powered boat, ‘Laura’. Adding emphasis, Verga reset the record just two weeks later with a two-way top speed of 226.50 km/h (140.74). Undaunted, Castoldi had the 4.5-litre Tipo 375 F1 V-12 engine rebuilt and highly modified, with official Ferrari support, including Stefano Meazza, Scuderia Ferrari’s chief race engineer who oversaw the engine preparations for Castoldi. This time, the already highly powerful Ferrari V-12 racing engine was tuned to operate on methanol, now allowing much higher engine compression, in conjunction with twin superchargers and twin four-choke carburettors, with power output now exceeding 600 bhp, representing a power increase of some 200 bhp over the original specification!

Once upgraded and readied for competition, Castoldi made his record attempt at Lake Iseo on the morning of 15 October 1953, with Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi in attendance, clearly demonstrating Ferrari’s support of the project. Now, Castoldi finally achieved his objective, with ‘Arno XI’, by breaking the speed record in the 800 kg class with a two-way average speed in the flying kilometre of 241.708 km/h (150.19 mph). Later that day, Castoldi followed up with a new record in the 24 nautical mile event by achieving an average speed of 164.70 km/h (102.34 mph).

The year following these triumphs, Achille Castoldi survived a frightful engine failure in an aircraft engine-powered, 1,700 kg Cantieri Timossi-built hydroplane. The death of his racing nemesis, Mario Verga, soon followed in an unrelated hydroplane accident, and Castoldi retired from competition. His victorious ‘Arno XI’ was placed into storage for a few years prior to acquisition in 1958 by engineer and gentleman-driver Nando Dell’Orto, who ran it in the circuit championships, where it was pitted, amongst others, against the powerful Maserati 450S V-8 driven raceboats.

Under Dell’Orto, the silhouette of ‘Arno XI’ was continually updated by the Milan-based Carrozzeria Boneschi with a very original and more aggressive engine fairing with a “shark nose” intake and a large vertical stabilising fin at the rear. As revised, ‘Arno XI’ achieved several fastest-lap records and three titles, including the European Championship in 1963. Nando Dell’Orto retired from competition in 1968, leaving ‘Arno XI’ in the huge warehouse of his paper-manufacturing plant located in the Milanese suburbs. It is here that this famous racing hydroplane was located and saved from oblivion. A painstaking restoration of this historic, record-setting hydroplane was commissioned by the new owner in the early 1990s. Photos of the boat before and during restoration are available for review in the history file

. The glorious V-12 engine was returned to Maranello, where it revived fond memories for several mechanics who had first worked on it in 1953. Engine work included the rebuilding of the two overhead camshafts and replacement of all the valves, whilst the manufacturer’s workshop reconditioned the dual four-choke carburettors. Not one vital mechanical part escaped scrutiny and appropriate treatment, including the twin superchargers that made this unique Ferrari 375 F1 engine capable of, in fact, producing up to 700 bhp during a bench test after its rebuild. However, it should also be noted that it was converted, at this time, to run on 100 Octane unleaded fuel rather than methanol to improve reliability and usability.

As for the hull, the Bisoli boatyard, located in Sirmione on Lake Garda, checked and restored the entire structure. Laminated panels were specially ordered from Canada for the construction of a new deck, a must for racers that are put under severe strain, as it contributes greatly to the rigidity of the hull. Particular care was taken in the restoration of the steering system, propeller shaft and the razor-sharp twin-blade propeller, whose speed can exceed more than 10,000 rpm. Nando Dell’Orto had exchanged the steering wheel in 1958, but thankfully, he retained the old Bugatti four-spoke steering wheel used by Achille Castoldi during his world-record attempts, and this is the same one that is mounted on the boat today.

Once carefully restored and impressively presented in its period and now in its most highly developed form under the ownership of Nando Dell’Orto, ‘Arno XI’ has returned to the water for spirited runs since 2004, and it has received honours from the Galleria Ferrari, having been welcomed by Piero Ferrari, who warmly congratulated the craft’s present owner for the thoroughness, authenticity and high quality of the restoration of this unique, record-setting Ferrari V-12-powered hydroplane racer, an effort truly commensurate with the stature of this legendary craft. The hard work has included years of extensive historical research to collect a truly rich body of documentation and photographs accompanying the sale of ‘Arno XI’, including technical worksheets from Ferrari’s Maranello engine shop, dated September 1953. Notably, Ferrari Classiche has recently confirmed with RM Auctions that the Tipo 375 F1 V-12 engine, number G.P. 52/1, currently installed in ‘Arno XI’, is indeed original, and a declaration confirming this fact accompanies the sale of this record-setting hydroplane

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ASTON MARTIN REVELA EL PRIMER SIMULADOR DE CARRERAS: EL AMR-C01

Septiembre de 2020, Gaydon: Aston Martin ha presentado el AMR-C01 Racing Simulator, el simulador doméstico de lujo definitivo para los conductores que quieren competir en el mundo virtual o real y el primero de su tipo ofrecido por la marca británica.

ASTON MARTIN REVELA EL PRIMER SIMULADOR DE CARRERAS: EL AMR-C01

  • Aston Martin se asocia con Curv Racing Simulators para crear el simulador de carreras AMR-C01, que ofrece lo último en experiencias de lujo en deportes electrónicos.
  • Con un monocasco de fibra de carbono, AMR-C01 proporciona una experiencia de conducción totalmente inmersiva para el usuario doméstico
  • Las primeras entregas del simulador de edición limitada comenzarán en el cuarto trimestre de 2020
  • Curv está dirigido por el piloto de Aston Martin y especialista en simuladores, Darren Turner

AMR-C01 es el primer producto que nace de una nueva asociación entre Aston Martin y la empresa británica de tecnología Curv Racing Simulators.

Diseñado por Aston Martin y diseñado por Curv, el AMR-C01 tiene un monocasco de fibra de carbono liviano y utiliza la última tecnología para brindar una experiencia de conducción completamente inmersiva para el usuario doméstico. La posición del asiento refleja la del Aston Martin Valkyrie, agregando una sensación de hipercoche futurista al simulador. Ensamblado a mano por Curv Racing Simulators, utilizando componentes de la más alta calidad y el último software Assetto Corsa, AMR-C01 está listo para transportar a sus usuarios al emocionante mundo de las carreras virtuales.

El AMR-C01 será una adición elegante a cualquier sala de juegos de lujo. El aspecto del simulador es único, gracias al trabajo del equipo de diseño de Aston Martin con sede en la sede de la empresa en Gaydon. Confeccionado en fibra de carbono, la parte delantera de la carrocería del simulador tiene la forma de invocar la característica parrilla de Aston Martin Racing. AMR-C01 tiene una apariencia poderosa pero al mismo tiempo mantiene el nivel de refinamiento y calidad de superficie y acabado que los clientes esperan de cualquier Aston Martin. El monocasco de fibra de carbono proporciona una estructura rígida, cuyo diseño también se suma al aspecto deportivo del simulador.

Marek Reichman, director creativo de Aston Martin, dijo: “Este fue un desafío para el equipo de diseño ya que, aunque el simulador no es un automóvil, está inspirado en nuestros autos de carreras. Tenía que irradiar la misma elegancia, con las mismas líneas dinámicas y el mismo equilibrio de proporciones que cualquier Aston Martin con un linaje de carreras. Puedo imaginar el AMR-C01 en la más hermosa de las residencias como una obra de arte escultórica por derecho propio “.


Las carreras de deportes electrónicos han disfrutado de un crecimiento exponencial cuando los calendarios de carreras del mundo se suspendieron en 2020 y continúan prosperando ahora que se reanudaron las carreras de la vida real. El AMR-C01 es la elección perfecta para aquellos que disfrutan del mundo virtual de los deportes electrónicos competitivos y también para los conductores de carreras dedicados que quieren perfeccionar sus habilidades antes de su próxima carrera.

Curv Racing Simulators está dirigido por el piloto oficial de Aston Martin, Darren Turner, un especialista en simuladores con más de 20 años de experiencia en simulación de Fórmula 1 de vanguardia.

Turner dijo: “El AMR-C01 tiene que ver con el amor por las carreras. Hemos creado un simulador doméstico con una inmersión increíble que ofrece a los usuarios la oportunidad de pasar un buen rato compitiendo en el mundo virtual, desde la comodidad de su propia casa. Nuestro objetivo era crear un simulador que proporcionara tanto disfrute de la realidad virtual como de las carreras reales. Los coches de carreras son muy divertidos y es genial ver que con el crecimiento de las carreras de deportes electrónicos, ahora se están involucrando más personas.

“Modelamos la posición del conductor en el Aston Martin Valkyrie para que los usuarios del AMR-C01 puedan obtener la experiencia completa del hipercoche. Estoy muy orgulloso de lo que hemos podido lograr, con el diseño y la ingeniería creando lo que creo que es el simulador de hogar más hermoso disponible “.

Limitado a solo 150 ejemplares, el libro de pedidos del Aston Martin AMR-C01 de fabricación británica ya está abierto. El simulador viene con un PVP base de £ 57,500 más impuestos. Las primeras entregas están programadas para el cuarto trimestre de 2020. Para obtener más información, visite:www.curvrs.com