Ford Will Ramp Up The Performance

And uncompromising looks of its Focus ST when the next-generation car arrives in 2012. The new ST, badged XR5 here, was revealed at the Paris show a short time ago, coinciding with the first European appearance of the new Focus range. As expected, the new XR5 will use a retuned version of Ford's four-cylinder, turbocharged Ecoboost engine, now producing 184kW. That figure Renaultsport's Megane 250 and lifts it above the 166kW output of the old model, which was powered by a Volvo-derived,...

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HSV's new Enhanced Drive Interface (EDI) is certainly an entertaining piece of kit. The E3 HSVs have inherited a touch screen from the Holden VE Series II Commodore on which you can scroll through additional vehicle information. Developed by motorsport telemetry specialist MOTEC, the system can show the G-forces the car is generating, the slip angles of oversteer or understeer moments, even the manifold pressure of the 6.2-litre V8 engine. So interesting this opportunity proved that some...

Peugeot Has Unveiled A

High-performance EV prototype, which should shortly be confirmed to be one of the fastest battery cars in the world the EXl. The carbon-fibre concept car weighs just under 1000kg with its 30kWh of lithium-ion batteries aboard. It is powered by one electric motor per axle, each supplying l26kW and a constant 240Nm of torque. Late last month at the Linas-Montlhery Autodrome just south of Palis, the EX l put in a number of timed acceleration runs which, if confirmed by the HA, will mate it the...

The Strange Thing About The Latest

Generation of pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars is that they're seen both as a potent threat to our most deeply held automotive principles and as a complete non-event. The threat side of the argument comes from the fact that many people reckon these cars will soon sound the death knell for enjoyable driving. Gone will be the unique experience of popping a crisply biting clutch and feeling your tyres bite the tarmac, flicking through a rifle-bolt gear change and thrilling to the rasp of a...

Skyd Diesel

Mazda Sky Crankshaft

Mazda rates Its twin-turbocharged 2.o-litre diesel as being quicker and more flexible than the Mazda6's current 2.2-litre unit. A 4.2L iookm overall consumption rate is an improvement of almost 30 per cent, and betters VW's 2008 Green Car of the Year, the Jetta TDi, by 14 percent. As with its petrol Sky-G unit, the Sky-D's block is dimensionally contrived so that it can be produced in smaller sizes, which In Europe - the crucible of diesel development and use - means units of 1.4 and 1.6 litres...

Atomic Batteries To Power

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Turbines to speed Jaguar has created a range-extending plug-in hybrid supercar that has a pair of gas turbine devices on board, just like that of the Batcar. Hopefully its future is more considered than Jaguar's previous supercar effort, the XJ220, which was dogged by controversy. The C-X75, a unique engineering concept that was built to celebrate Jaguar's 75 years of being, wowed attendees at the Paris show. The electric supercar is a hybrid with four electric motors, and a lithium-ion battery...