Ferrari has taken the wraps off its new Le Mans Hypercar, the Ferrari 499P.
Unveiled at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali at Imola, the car is to compete next year in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The name “499” refers to the capacity in cubic centimeters of each cylinder, while the “P” stands for “Prototype”.
The Twin-Turbo 3.0-liter V6 shares the120-degree architecture used by the 296 GTB / GT3, though according to Ferrari it’s “not the same engine.” Ferdinando Cannizzo, Lead of Ferrari Attivita Sportive GT sportscar racing department, said the engine is structurally different and the V6 was chosen for being lightweight and compact.
The mid mounted engine makes 680 Hp and paired with a 272 Hp electric motor mounted at the front. The battery is connected to a 900-volt battery and can be charged through regenerative braking. The entire powertrain it connected to a seven-speed sequential gearbox with total power output being limited to 680 Hp.
Both cars, numbers #50 and #51, has done more than 712,000 kilometers of testing and will be fully homologated before the year’s end. The motorsport debut is scheduled to take place in mid-March of 2023, during the inaugural WEC round at the Sebring 1000 Miles.
Honda broke cover of the eleventh-generation Accord on Thursday 10 November 2022.
Much like the new Civic, the latest generation of accord is much more restrained in its design, being almost devoid of chrome.
The front grille is now mesh and smaller, flanked by thinner lights. Proportionally, the new Accord is 2.8-inches longer and a half-inch wider than the outgoing model, and sits on a set of 17-inch wheels with an option to upgrade to 19-inch. The new cabin also takes heavy inspiration from the new Civic, appearing almost identical at a casual glance. A 7-inch infotainment screen comes standard, which can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch. A standard 10.2-inch digital driver display available on all models along with knee and rear-passenger side airbags, the latter being the first for the nameplate.
Powering the car is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid with two-motor electric system making 204 Hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. A naturally aspirated 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is also available, with 192 Hp and a CVT gearbox. The 2023 Accord also has stiffer body supports and upgraded front brace bars for better chassis rigidity.
Honda will offer the Accord in six trim levels, LX, EX sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring. Pricing will be revealed closer to the on-sale date.
A lot of E-Tron 2023 Audi Q8 E-Tron
Audi has pulled the cover off their newest flagship EV, the Q8 E-Tron. Formally known just as the E-Tron, the German company revised the name to better communicate with customers the flagship status of the vehicle. Audi will offer the car in two flavours, the standard model and a rounder Sportback.
In addition to the name change, the Q8 E-Tron spots updated styling with a new front fascia. Sections of the grille are now illuminated and feature a self-sealing system along with electric shutters around the radiator.
Underneath the car, the wheel spoilers have been tweaked, with the ones in front of the standard Q8 E-Tron now larger. The Sportback now has these aero elements both on the front and rear. The SQ8 Sportback only has wheel spoilers at the back. For the standard Q8 E-Tron, the Drag coefficient dropped from 0.28 to 0.27. The Sportback’s figure drops to 0.24 from 0.26. All car rides on air suspension that can be raised up to 76 millimetres. Inside, the dashboard has several high-resolution screens. The driver receives a digital instrument cluster with an optional heads-up display. There are a 10.1-inch diagonal infotainment monitor and an 8.6-inch diagonal HVAC controls on the centre stack. In markets that allow it, the cars will also have rear-facing side cameras instead of mirrors.
Inside, the front occupants look at several high-resolution screens. The driver gets a digital instrument cluster. On the centre stack, there are a 10.1-inch diagonal infotainment monitor and an 8.6-inch diagonal one for the HVAC controls.
A heads-up display is an option. In markets where they are allowed, there are available rear-facing side cameras instead of mirrors, and displays for them are on each side of the cabin.
The cabin also features a panoramic glass roof with blackout sunshades, along with a two-zone automatic climate control that can be upgraded to a four-zone one.
Audi will offer two battery and three powertrain options for the refreshed lineup.
The Q8 50 E-Tron and Sportback will have a motor on each axle making a total of 335 Hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. The 95 kWh battery will provide an estimated 491 kilometres for the standard model and 505 kilometres for the Sportback.
Meanwhile, the Q8 55 E-Tron and Sportback will make 402 Hp and 490 lb-ft. The 104 kWh battery provides 582 kilometres for the standard body or 600 kilometres for the Sportback.
Finally, the SQ8 E-Tron and its Sportback counterpart have three electric motors, one at the front axle and two at the rear. This setup makes 496 hp and 718 lb-ft. The 104 kWh battery provides 194 kilometres for the standard body or 513kilometres for the Sportback.
The 50 reaches 0-100kph in 5.6 seconds, the 55 does in 4.5, with SQ8 dropping it to 4.5.
The top speed is limited to 210 kph for both 50 and 55, though SQ 8 can reach a slightly higher 210kph. The 55 is equipped with a 150 kW from a DC fast charger while the 55 and SQ8 increases this figure to 170 kW.
Prices in Germany will start at €74,400. Deliveries in the US will start in late April, but Audi will disclose prices closer to launch.