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Saturday, May 25, 2019

After 1 year in space, how's the Tesla Roadster now?

As we all know, that a year ago SpaceX first launched Falcon Heavy rockets into space. The launch of the rocket was a success, especially when the Falcon Heavy also brought the latest projects of SpaceX, Starship and Super Heavy with the contents of Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster on those journey.
The Tesla Roadster which tipped to be the fastest electric car ever made. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EeWtcj)
The luxury car also carries a Starman mannequin that sits behind the wheel and flies through space. How's the Tesla Roadster now? As quoted from BGR, on Friday, Feb 2, 2019, the whereisroadster page reveals where and the latest news from those Tesla Roadster.
The Tesla Roadster which is equipped with an astronaut mannequin named Starman while on a Falcon Heavy rocket into space (6/2). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q1qUXZ)
Looking at the statistics of the page, the Tesla Roadster position is currently 226 million miles from Earth and 163 million miles from Mars. In fact, there are reports of the Tesla Roadster speed on those space journey, ie 5,149 miles per hour.

Of course, for a car in general those speed number is very fast and won't slow down anytime soon. In total the distance traveled by the Tesla Roadster has gone as far as 473.3 million miles. It was also mentioned, it took around 557 days for the Tesla Roadster car to go around the Sun once.
The steering wheel of the Tesla Roadster which is equipped with astronaut mannequins while on a Falcon Heavy rocket (6/2). The rocket was successfully launched on Wednesday (7/2) morning or Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. Florida, United States.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q1qUXZ)
This car is also projected to continue to travel through space for a very long time. As reported by LiveScience, scientists believe, this Roadster will return to Earth later or maybe enter Venus. But reportedly, it took millions of years for the car to come back again or instead switch to another planet.
It should be noted, when the Tesla Roadster car finished its journey later, of course the shape is not as good as when it leaving the Earth. Yes, this Tesla Roadster might look good while left the Earth, but given the hard and unpredictable conditions of the outer space it predicted could make the car break or even Starman mannequins also damaged.

The question now is actually whether the purpose of those Roadster was included in the space trip? Now, We don't want to speculate on this, and we will let you answer it by yourself. Peace and Out. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LIVESCIENCE]
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

BMW being prepared their latest hybrid supercar

BMW not to be outdone by other automotive manufacturers, and it looks like they're interested in producing a proper supercar to rival the Porsche 911 Turbo, McLaren 570S and even Lamborghini SC18. As reported by Carscoops, this newest BMW supercar is the top type of their M division.
Rendering images of the latest BMW car, (by Mahyar Mehdikhani on Behance). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2VqV9IW)
And the new supercar is believed to be displayed in 2023, when Ferrari, Lamborghini and other supercar car makers will launch their latest supercar electric model. Its presence is also a substitute for their existing i8 series today. And reported that if the supercar which no have name yet was in the top of list of the BMW's M division.

"If you are an engineer, once in your life you would want to make a super-sports car. I think partial electrification will allow that," said BMW board member responsible for product development, Klaus Frohlich.

"If we have an electric drive unit that is very compact and very strong, then the carbon fiber chassis, for example, i8's and has a high-performance engine, then you can combine it into a real performance package," he added later.
Rendering images of the latest BMW car, (by Mahyar Mehdikhani on Behance). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2VqV9IW)
It's too early to talk about the power produced, but this newest BMW supercar is expected to have a power of around 700 hp. This can be easily places it above the M8 which is equipped with 600 hp. This also makes it more expensive than the existing flagship GT and i8 series.

"M will also be an electric car in the future, but we will also work hard on the partial electric sector in this M car," said Klaus Frohlich.

"This is because they not only need acceleration in a straight line. They have to drive corners and race tracks, so heavy weight is still a problem and these electric vehicles still have serious problems regarding power coverage." he said as the closing.

In conclusion, BMW is now preparing to launch a sports model with a hybrid/plug-in engine and light construction is the first step for BMW's M division to use an electric engine and presenting high-performance cars without emissions is their main focus. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS]
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Celebrating an iconic legend

History notes, that the Porsche 917 became the most successful Porsche race car ever made, while fighting in the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race. This year, the car celebrates its 50 years anniversary. As a form of celebration, Porsche AG. do a special restoration to their legendary car called the Porsche 917 Concept.
Porsche 917 Concept was built as a part of the "Colors of Speed ​​- 50 years of the 917" exhibition. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2VYp7Za)
As a reminder, the Porsche 917 first debuted at the 1969 Geneva Motor Show and introduced as a racing car. In the late 60's, Porsche AG produced tens of units of Porsche 917 to compete in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race event. As a result, Porsche dominated in that era.
1969 Porsche 917 K Long Tail coupé / 917-001 Chassis known as one of the most successful Porsche race car ever made in the late 60s Le Mans 24 Hours. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JHC7LZ)
Noted these racing cars won 19 gold medals in those most brutal racing event. And one of the rivals from Porsche 917 in its heyday was the Ford GT40 Mk.I which also had some success on the same race event.

Today, the German auto manufacturer has been restored a Porsche 917 with chassis number 001 for the concept, which visually has more fresh, modern looks and similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar. And the livery used is a combination of red and white (or 'Salzburg design'), which reminds us of when these legendary car winning the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race in 1970-1971.
One of 1969 Porsche 917 K-Gulf is raced in the group 5 of 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WJqEiT)
In addition to remembering the glorious history of the German automotive manufacturer, it turns out the reappearance of the Porsche 917 Concept is an indication of the presence of the latest hypercar from Porsche. Yes, the Porsche 917 Concept is actually a car used by Porsche for study when they plan to return to the LMP1 class in Le Mans 24 Hours, which finally happened in 2014.

Porsche didn't say exactly when their 917 Concept was built, but we could say the car was the foundation for the birth of the 919 Hybrid. As quoted of Autocar, Chief Design Porsche, Michael Mauer said, "As a designer who believes that the next hypercar must lead to the future, I'm not so sure. There is always an option to see history, but sometimes you can also take the option to make some history."
This 1:1 model of Porsche 917 Concept was created in modelling clay for the return of Porsche to the LMP1 elite class of endurance racing, and the objective of further overall wins in Le Mans associated with this. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WHvJrS)
And according to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, Porsche hasn't decided what type of powertrain to use on these concept car. A hybrid or electric car seems to be a possibility on the table now.

"If we want the next hypercar to use electricity, then we have to wait, because the battery performance is not in accordance with what we need to meet our performance targets. But it was not decided that the car would be fully electric. There are opportunities with hybrids too. We will make a decision when the time is right."
Steve McQueen, who played a racing driver called Michael Delaney in the 1971 film 'Le Mans,' poses with Porsche 917 in the pit lane. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2w4mZAh)
Not only exhibited through photos, the Porsche 917 Concept made in a 1:1 model and will also be exhibited to the public as part of the "Colors of Speed ​​- 50 years of the 917" exhibition at the Porsche Museum. The exhibition will take place on May 14, 2019 to September 15, 2019, featuring 14 Porsche models, including ten models from the Porsche 917.
One of the iconic performances of the Porsche 917 in the past was when it appeared as a star in the movie titled "Le Mans" which also starred by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen in 1971. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NEWSROOM PORSCHE | AUTOCAR]
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

McLaren GT made specially for comfort and speed

McLaren Automotive recently launched the newest, very unique supercar named All-new McLaren GT, and it is a grand tourer supercar that made for those who searching for supercar performance at the highest levels of comfort for long-distance journeys. No wonder, the Woking-based auto company also said that it's the most comfortable and spacious supercar ever made by them.
All-new McLaren GT said to be the most comfortable and spacious supercar ever made by the Woking-based auto company. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QhoHrH)
This car also has a very light weight, no wonder if speedy and easier to drive. The light weight of these All-new McLaren GT is obtained from the quality of the material used. Yes, by relying on the framework of carbon fiber and aluminum body, made the power-to-weight ratio is getting better. Made the car lighter, faster, and more responsive than any other model in this niche segment.
Right side view of All-new McLaren GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QhoHrH)
While the overall weight of the vehicle is only 1.5 tons which is said to be only a difference of 130 kilograms from its competitors. It's not excessive if the British auto company says that this car offers a 'true supercar' performance. Although lightweight, but it does not sacrifice driving comfort.
Interior and dashboard view of All-new McLaren GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QhoHrH)
The All-new McLaren GT holds a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that can burst the power up to 620 hp and 630 Nm of peak torque. Those engine power through drove its all-wheels through the 7-speed SSG transmission system. And by relying on Launch Control, this car can accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 3 seconds.
Rear three quarter of All-new McLaren GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QhoHrH)
Interestingly, this car has a spacious luggage space up to 570 liters. On the back is said to be able to carry a large golf bag. To support comfort while driving, there's the electric heater system has been installed on the seat.
While its infotainment system, the All-new McLaren GT is said to be the most sophisticated at the moment. In its cabin, there're 12 speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system with carbon fiber coating sub-woofers and Kevlar's mid-range speaker units, which further enhances the sporty aura of the car.
All-new McLaren GT is marketed at a price of $210,000 (MSRP) or approx Rp.3.040 billion. And repotedly, these new GT is already available from McLaren dealers around the world with customer deliveries scheduled to begin towards the end of this year. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MCLAREN | MOTOR1]
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Aventador SVJ Roadster looks more sexy while no roof

Lamborghini utilizes the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to introduce the all-new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster. A roofless model of Lamborghini supercar, which is only available in limited numbers ie 800 units, is sold mid-year with a price tag that is certainly not cheap. On the United States market, the Aventador SVJ Roadster is set to start at $573,996 (or appox. Rp.8.2 billion).
All-new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster has been launched at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2HcScXr)
Behind the hood is a 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine. Yes, even without a turbo, this car is capable of producing the highest power of 769 PS at 8,500 rpm and torsional moment reaches 720 Nm at 6,750 rpm. The overall power is sent to all wheels through a single clutch 7-speed automatic transmission system.

Instead of applying an electric folding roof, the Aventador SVJ Roadster prefers to use the removable hard top manually. Lamborghini also made it from RTM high pressure carbon fiber material. Its weight is only 6 kg, so the owner is easy to lift it. The component can be stored in the front trunk.
Right side view of All-new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. (Picture from: https://cnet.co/2YiT2sv)
Interestingly, the Italian raging bull logoed auto manufacturer set the rear window down, without the need to remove the roof. Certainly the owner can hear the roar of its V12 engine more clearly.

"Driving the Aventador SVJ is basically as interesting, but with additional exclusivity in the form of an open roof option. With the same performance when the roof is closed or open, the Aventador SVJ Roadster combines coupe dynamics with the unique spirit of the Lamborghini roadster," said Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali as quoted of Motor1.
Interior and dashboard view of All-new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2HcScXr)
The Lamborghini claimed their SVJ Roadster structure is strengthened, making it more rigid and safer to drive. This is to compensate for the open roof model that will affect vehicle performance. Thanks to the reinforcement, the weight increased by 50 kg compared to the coupe model.

Even so, the car can still able to accelarate from 0 to 100 kph in 2.9 seconds and penetrate 200 kph from the stop position for 8.8 seconds. The maximum speed you can reach is 350 kph, wow!
Rear side view of All-new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WvkeUm)
To support its performance, the Aventador SVJ Roadster is given the latest version of the active aerodynamic system, Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). This feature uses water dams and flaps on intakes and other elements. The point is to increase top speed, maximize downforce, help braking and control when maneuvering at corners.
The braking system entrusts carbon ceramics with a diameter of 400 mm and 6 piston calipers for the front wheels. While behind it is smaller, 380 mm with four piston calipers. Still on its leg sector, the rims differ in size by 20 inches installed in front and 21 inches behind with a lighweight alloy profile. The four are wrapped by Pirelli P Zero Corsa 255/30 ZR20 and 355/25 ZR21 tires. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOSU SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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