Mitsubishi i-MiEV Prototype to Enter 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Prototype to Enter 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Motorsports
01 Mar 2012
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Mitsubishi Motors announced that it will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an all-electric prototype based on the i-MiEV model.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV Prototype will be driven by Hiroshi Masuoka, someone who participated in the Dakar Rally 21 time and who won it consecutively in 2002 and 2003 in a Pajero and Pajero Evolution model respectively.

European Honda CR-V Prototype Revealed

European Honda CR-V Prototype Revealed

Concept Cars
24 Feb 2012
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Honda has revealed images with the European version Honda CR-V which they still call a prototype even though that is exactly the same way we’ll see this new SUV on the streets after it hits the market in Autumn 2012.

Honda’s European CR-V does not look much different from the US version, with the only differences we spotted so far being at the front where we see the slightly modified bumper with a redesigned lower grille and new fog light surrounds.

2013 Acura RDX Prototype

2013 Acura RDX Prototype

Concept Cars
09 Jan 2012
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The third vehicle unveiled by Acura at the 2012 North American Auto Show today is the 2013 RDX prototype.

The car showcased in Detroit is a preview for the company’s second generation five-passenger crossover SUV which is scheduled to enter the market this Spring.

The 2013 Acura RDX will be fitted with a 3.5-litre V6 rated at 273 HP as standard, so this means it will pack 33 more horses than the model it replaces. This new version will also make use of a 6-speed automatic gearbox and a lighter all-wheel-drive system, while its anticipated economy figures are 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype

2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype

Motorsports
16 Nov 2011
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GM has published photos with their new 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype which was unveiled at the Daytona International Speedway circuit today in Florida.

This new prototype will have its racing debut on January 26-29, 2012 at the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24 at Daytona, and unfortunately right now there are no technical features we can discuss due to the fact that GM decided to keep things secret a little longer.

Renault unveils 850 HP Prototype, Dacia Duster No Limit

Renault unveils 850 HP Prototype, Dacia Duster No Limit

Motorsports
26 May 2011
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Renault has officially unveiled their contender for this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb : the purpose-built 850hp prototype, Dacia Duster ‘No Limit’. Three-time Trophee Andros champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut will drive this one-ff vehicle on June 26 in Colorado, USA, and according to the French automaker, his target is to go for the win.

Developed by Tork Engineering and and Sodemo, in collaboration with Renault Sport Technologies, the Dacia Duster No Limit is in compliance with Pikes Peak’s Unlimited class regulations, which basically say there is no upper limit for size or power output, not minimum weight, no transmission or aerodynamics restrictions and the car can use any type of tyres.

Ford Focus ST Prototype Testing

Ford Focus ST Prototype Testing

Future Cars
11 May 2011
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The Blue Oval has released a trio of photos which show a prototype version of the new Ford Focus ST being tested for performance and driving dynamics.

Scheduled to enter the market in 2012 as a global performance car, the Ford Focus ST will extract power from a 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine producing 250 PS (246 HP) which will also be responsible for impressively low fuel consumption figures.

Video: Pagani Huayra PT4 Prototype

Video: Pagani Huayra PT4 Prototype

Videos
22 Mar 2011
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One of the latest videos that appeared on YouTube, featuring the new Pagani Huayra was shot by Marchettino who spotted the winged supercar at an event called ‘Motori e Sapori’ in a small Italian town.

Even those is seems identical with the car seen in Geneva at the begining of March, Marchettino claims this is actually the prototype version of the Pagani Huayra called the PT4 which will serve as a test mule for upcoming special editions.

This new video captures all of the details of the Pagani Huayra, both inside and out, and it might help in changing perception for those who still miss the Zonda.

Porsche Boxster E

Porsche Boxster E

New Cars
15 Feb 2011
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The German automaker has discreetly introduced the Porsche Boxster E, an electric prototype which will begin testing in mid 2011, in order to accumulate data as far as practicality and electric infrastructure.

The Porsche Boxster E uses two electric motors which develop a combined 180 kW plus a 29 kWh battery, and in terms of performance, the car is comparable with the Boxter S.

Volkswagen XL1 Concept

Volkswagen XL1 Concept

Concept Cars
25 Jan 2011
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The German automaker has just revealed photos and details with the Volkswagen XL1 which is a concept that is going to be unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show tomorrow.

The Volkswagen XL1 Concept is part of the automaker’s 1-litre car strategy, and under its futuristic looking, aerodynamic body, the powertrain is composed from a plug-in hybrid system which includes a two cylinder TDI engine rated at 48 PS (35 kW), an electric motor developing an additional 27 PS (20 kW) and a lithium-ion battery.

Audi A1 quattro testing

Audi A1 quattro testing

New Cars
11 Jan 2011
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Audi is preparing to add a quattro version to their A1 lineup, and at this point they are testing a prototype all-wheel-drive A1 on the show covered roads of Montreal, Canada.

The Audi A1 quattro will features pretty much the same technology as the one used in the A3 and TT models, meaning it will have an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch located in front of the rear axle for an optimized distribution of weight. The package of plates inside it rotate in an oil bath.

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