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The hypercar wars are heating up as Hennessey has unveiled the Venom F5.

Designed to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, the Venom GT successor is named after F5 tornados which have wind speeds of up to 318 mph (512 km/h). That wasn’t an arbitrary decision as it hints at the car’s targeted top speed of more than 311 mph (500 km/h).

In order to hit that impressive number, the car has been equipped with a specially developed 6.6-liter V8 engine known as the Fury. It’s hand-built and features a cast iron block, aluminum cylinder heads and a dry sump lubrication system. The engine has also been equipped with two turbochargers which enable it to be the “most powerful production road car engine ever made.”

Also Read: Hennessey Previews The Upcoming Venom F5

In terms of raw numbers, the engine develops 1,817 hp (1,355 kW / 1,842 PS) and 1,193 lb-ft (1,617 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. This enables the car to rocket from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds and 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in under five seconds.

Sticking with the performance theme, the Venom F5 has a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque which only weighs 190 lbs (86 kg). This helps the car to tip the scales at 2,998 lbs (1,360 kg) and allows for a power-to-weight ratio “well in excess of any road car on sale today.”

While the top speed is eye-catching, Hennessey said the F5 was designed to be an all-around performer that blends “high levels of driver engagement” with “outright performance to create a motoring experience unlike any other.”

As a result, the car has been benchmarked against some of the best driving cars in the world including the McLaren 600LT and Porsche Cayman GT4. While it remains to be seen how the car is to drive, the model is equipped with five different modes known as Sport, Track, Drag, Wet and F5. The first four are pretty self-explanatory, while F5 is the only mode that will “unlock the maximum available power.”

Given that the car is designed to hit speeds in excess of 311 mph (500 km/h), it comes as little surprise that aerodynamics played an important role in the model’s development. As a result, the F5 has a streamlined shape with a prominent front splitter, a ventilated hood and large side scoops. The model also sports a flat underbody and a McLaren-esque rear end with a ventilated fascia, a large diffuser and four Cerakoted exhaust tips.

Other notable highlights include carbon fiber body panels, butterfly doors and 19- / 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Hennessey also noted the Venom F5 is “100% bespoke” and is only marginally larger than the Venom GT.

The sporty styling continues in the cabin as there’s a driver focused cockpit which is awash with leather and carbon fiber. Drivers sit behind a carbon fiber steering wheel and find themselves looking at a 7-inch digital instrument cluster.

In the middle is a minimalist center stack, which is topped by a 9-inch Alpine infotainment system. It features GPS navigation as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Elsewhere, there are carbon fiber bucket seats and a minimalist gear selector. The model also sports machined aluminum pedals and American flag accents on the door pulls.

Production will be limited to 24 units and pricing starts at $2.1 million – excluding taxes and shipping. The first deliveries are slated to begin next year and the company has big plans for 2021.

In particular, Hennessey will conduct an independently verified top speed test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. There the company will use a 3.2 mile (5.2 km) long runway, originally designed for the space shuttle, to test the performance of the Venom F5.

The company wants to avoid the mess that SSC created for themselves by having “Racelogic / VBOX engineers … on site to install, test and calibrate the speed testing equipment in the F5 to ensure absolute accuracy and transparency.” The event will also be attended by “independent witnesses, media guests and F5 customers,” while GPS data and uninterrupted video footage will made available following the test.

 

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今年9月,Subaru總代理台灣意美汽車曾預告即將導入2021年式XV與Forester,並公布車型編成與預售價,不過當時並未透露2021年式XV的真正模樣,直到今日 (12/16)發布上市新聞稿才確認是比照日規版本進行小改款。

同樣於今年9月發表的小改款XV,外觀差異在於原廠將前保桿下擾流翼面積擴大,以向上拉升的保桿造型搭配向下收窄的水箱護罩,再搭配造型更為動感的18吋雙色切削輪圈,同時新增搶眼的「繽砂黃」新車色供消費者選擇。不過日規版本中等級最高的Advance車型,前保桿及側裙處還會加入霧銀色下護板與L型飾板,國內導入的車型則是維持標準霧黑塗裝。

全新設計的水箱護罩18吋雙色切削輪圈

在配備部分,2021年式XV針對2.0i-S與2.0i-S EyeSight兩款車型新增兩組駕駛座記憶功能、速控上鎖、可於排入R檔時同步作動的倒車後視鏡連動系統,另外還新增車前影像輔助系統,駕駛者可透過設置於方向盤右側的啟動按鈕進行操作,在多功能資訊幕查看顯示畫面,顯示車輛前方盲點區域,讓駕駛者掌握車輛周圍的環境狀況。

新增兩組駕駛座記憶功能新增倒車後視鏡連動系統新增車前影像輔助系統

此外,為了加強操控性能,原廠也強調小改款XV特別針對懸吊系統重新調校,包括修改圈簧係數和阻尼設定,藉此提供更清晰的路感回饋和更加直覺的操控感受,結合SI-DRIVE雙模式動力控制系統,還可提供運動 (Sport)及智慧 (Intelligent)兩種駕駛模式,讓駕駛者依照不同路況和需求自由切換,遇到非鋪裝路面時則可透過X-Mode雙模式附HDC陡坡緩降控制系統來加強越野及脫困能力。

至於同步上市的2021年式Forester,雖然車型縮減到兩款 (2.0i-L EyeSight、2.0i-S-EyeSight),但兩款車型均標配首度導入的Driver Monitoring System智能駕駛警示系統,可提供專注力警示、疲勞駕駛偵測警示及個人化智慧臉部辨識三大功能,降低駕駛因為疲憊或精神狀態不佳導致意外發生的可能性。

-      專注力警示:當警示系統偵測到駕駛視線或頭部方向離開設定範圍,而非專注於前方時,系統將以警示聲響及儀表板顯示提醒。若EyeSight偵測到前方有車時,將會加快偵測速度,提高駕駛充裕的應對時間,來集中專注力。

-      疲勞駕駛偵測警示:當偵測到駕駛閉眼頻率超過系統的設定,將判別為疲勞駕駛:

・若為輕度疲勞,將透過儀表板提醒駕駛。

・若為重度疲勞,將發出警告聲及在多功能行車資訊顯示螢幕上增加警示。

-      個人化智慧臉部辨識:將於駕駛上車後進行辨識,確認駕駛身份後,會自動調整駕駛者偏好及記憶前次設定之座椅位置/後照鏡角度/空調溫度/多功能行車資訊顯示螢幕上顯示的畫面。此系統最多可記憶五組不同的駕駛者,提升每位駕駛個人化設定的便利性。

不過無論是2021年式XV或Forester,上市後的建議售價仍跟預售價相同,其中XV 2.0i-S車型為105.8萬元、XV 2.0i-S EyeSight為109.8萬元、Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight車型為112.8萬元、Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight車型為122.8萬元,預計本月19日 (六)起就會進駐Subaru全台展示中心。

 圖片來源:台灣意美汽車

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sQuba是一台由瑞士公司Rinspeed開發的首款水陸兩棲概念車,是以Lotus Elise的底盤為基礎打造,花費近30年設計和製造,該車在2008年時於日內瓦車展上亮相。

▲▲▲ 由瑞士公司Rinspeed開發的首款水陸兩棲概念車sQuba(圖片來源/Rinspeed,以下同)

Rinspeed的創始人兼首席執行官Frank M. Rinderknecht表示,最初會打造這台車是因為受1977年James Bond電影《The Spy Who Loved Me》啟發,不過與電影不同的是,sQuba具有開放式駕駛艙,因為車頂會增加車的重量。

▲受電影啟發而打造出來的水陸兩棲車,不過擔心車頂過重而以敞篷方式現身。

此外Rinspeed也強調,世界上確實存在兩棲汽車,但是sQuba最特別的地方是可以毫不費力地從陸地到水域,能漂浮在水面並且像潛艇一樣進入海底,駕駛艙是開放式的,在水裡的時候可以透過車後螺旋槳和噴水器進行控制,外部吊艙則透過推水讓車子前進,所以只要不在意把自己弄濕或是頭髮毀了,其實就可以輕鬆駛入最近的湖泊裡

 ▲可以開在路上、漂浮在水面,還能潛到水裡。

▲透過車後螺旋槳和噴水器控制車的移動。

外觀保留Lotus Elise的外觀,不過內部則重新設計,為的是讓車輛在浸入水中時不會受到破壞,也特別選用特殊材質使內裝得以快速變乾。不僅如此,由於安全起見需要告訴駕駛潛水信息,所以儀表板也重新調整成含有潛水速度、深度和水容量的樣式,同時因為座艙是敞開的,所以在駕駛員和乘客座椅後面配有一對氧氣筒、面罩和調節器,而sQuba就像原本的Elise一樣,只有兩個座位。

在動力上,sQuba配備3台電動機,1台用於陸地行駛,另外2台則是在水中使用。在陸地上可以最高120 km/h的速度行駛,並且具備自動駕駛功能;在水面上,以大約6 kph的速度前進,潛水時則以3 kph的速度進行,可接受的最大深度為10米。

▲內有3台發電機,1台在陸地使用、另外2台則是在水中使用。

目前,世界上只有一台sQuba。Rinderknecht表示有許多汽車製造商向他提出量產的建議,不過這輛車的製造成本約150萬美元(約新台幣4,221萬元),雖然他希望未來可以讓生產成本低於勞斯萊斯,但是他也說擴大生產其實是不可能的,因為安全性不夠加上他也知道可以潛水的跑車其實不能吸引太多人,頂多只是富人的玩具而已,所以至今仍沒有生產的計畫。

▲基於價格、安全性、實用性和吸引力的考量,目前尚無生產計畫。

 

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