Honda Driving Support System
Company will begin testing the system next month
Honda has announced plans to begin testing their Driving Support System in Utsunomiya City, Japan.
Designed to reduce accidents and improve fuel efficiency, the Driving Support System uses traffic signal information to provide notifications to the driver.
When approaching an intersection, the system will display the recommended speed the driver needs to travel to get a green light. If the driver can’t get a green light, the display will notify them to let off the accelerator. Once the car has stopped at a red light, the display will count down the time remaining until the light turns green.
Honda will begin testing the system in April and the company hopes to determine how well the system improves fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions. Researchers will also study the effects of the system on traffic flow and traffic safety.
1995 Audi TT concept
Exhibit runs from April 2nd to May 11th
Audi is celebrating the unveiling of the third-generation TT by hosting a “State of the ArTT” exhibit at the company’s museum.
Set to run from April 2nd to May 11th, the exhibit will highlight significant cars and milestones in the TT’s history.
The story starts back in 1959 when NSU introduced the Quickly TT which was a “moped designed for young sports enthusiasts.” Six years later, the company introduced the Prinz 1000 TT which was a compact car built in Neckarsulm, Germany.
Nearly three decades later, Audi introduced the TT concept at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was soon followed by a TT Roadster concept at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. The concepts were well received so Audi launched the TT Coupe in 1998 and the TT Roadster in 1999.
Corvette Stingray pushed to 1000bhp by Hennessey. As well as the full monty, Hennessey Performance Engineering have every stage in between. They kick off with a HPE600 version which is good for 600bhp and includes a TVS2300 supercharger system, a HPE air induction system and an optimized ECU. Moving up a level is the HPE700 (giving you 700bhp) which provides additional CNC ported cylinder heads and a custom camshaft. The HPE800 then helps the twin-turbo engine along with forged aluminium pistons, a forged steel crankshaft and a custom camshaft. Additional components such as high-flow cylinder heads, an intercooler, a stainless sports exhaust system, a high-performance fuel system are also provided, together with a tweak of the ECU. The HPE1000 sits at the top of the pile with its stunning CarbonAero exterior package which includes a front splitter, re-designed side skirts and a rear spoiler. Carbon ceramic brakes, an adjustable suspension and monoblock alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres are also on offer..
Rolls Royce Ghost Series II
Would have to live up to the company’s standards
Bentley recently teased their new crossover so it comes as little surprise that Rolls-Royce has provided strong hints that they are considering a competitor.
In an interview with Top Gear, BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer said “There are long-term independent studies that say half the world car market – 50 percent of everything – will be crossovers and SUVs. So it’s our responsibility to look into it.” He went on to say the company is “seriously analyzing” a crossover.
While the model is still being debated, Schwarzenbauer said “We have to know it would still be a true Rolls-Royce. If we’re not convinced it is, then I will not ask the board for permission to go forward with it.” However, he noted BMW and Porsche faced similar questions when considering the X5 and Cayenne. Both those models went into production and have been highly successful.
2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy photo [21st Feb, 2014] / S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Company wants to make sure the standard model is safe first
Porsche CEO Matthias Müller has revealed the launch of the 911 GT3 RS could be delayed as a result of the fire related recall of the standard model.
Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport, Müller said the planned summer launch could be pushed back to a later date. Nothing has been set in stone but the executive wants to make sure the “motor [is] no longer a problem.”
As we have previously reported, Porsche will be replacing the engines on all 2014 911 GT3s as a result of two high-profile fires. The company says the engines can be damaged by loose screws on the connecting rod which can cause a leak and result in a fire.
Should have a 250 km range
The Denza EV production version has been caught on camera ahead of an official reveal set for next month’s Auto China in Beijing.
It was back in May 2012 when Daimler and BYD established a new brand called “Denza” specifically designed for the Chinese market. Now, the duo is just about ready to introduce the first production model based on a concept exhibited last year. The Denza EV looks quite interesting but not necessarily in a good way as it has a rather odd shape with a rear end which kind of reminds us of the classic Renault 16.
The Denza’s electric motor is allegedly rated at 117 bhp (87 kW) and should enable the vehicle to hit a limited top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). Official specs are not available at this point but it is believed the Denza EV will have a range of around 155 miles (250 km). The electric vehicle will be offered with fast chargers which promise to significantly reduce the charging time necessary to fill up the battery pack.
Expect full details on April 20 during the press day of Auto China 2014 organized in Beijing.
Those crazy Qataris
Qatar has one of the biggest supercar scenes in the world with literally hundreds of wealthy owners. Their annual meetings are attended by many exotic rides.
The 2014 European Supercar Gathering was held on March 13 featuring some fantastic vehicles. We spotted some Ferrari 458s and McLaren 12Cs along with a Lamborghini Murcielago SV, a matte yellow Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722, a Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series and a Techart Porsche 911 in a good YouTube video by dlightswitch.