Archive for April, 2019

Pole starter Valtari Bottas has just won the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix, in front of his team-mate, and Vettel for Ferrari. After starting in pole, and after a well agitated race, the Finn could score his second win and get back to the lead of the overall championship. Not only this, but this is the 4th double for Mercedes F1 team.

Bottas started 1st, 2nd was Hamilton, 3rd Vettel, 4th was Verstappen and a good start for Perez as 5th. After penalties, Raikkonen, Gasly, and Kubica were obliged to start last, and for the first time in his career, Kubica was starting 18th. The race start was rough between the two Mercedes, Hamilton went immediately for the attack on Bottas, who blocked and did not give him the chance. Vettel was a spectator, just behind him there was a fight between Perez and Verstappen who ended in the favor of Perez. Leclerc lost his start, 10th.

After another tough fight, between Perez and Verstappen, and after 6 laps, the dutch man could regain his position. In the 7th lap, Raikkonen started the Pit stop craze, Hulkenberg followed, in the 10th lap, Perez, Stroll and Ricciardo went in. Leclerc, in that part of the race went on the hunt, overtaking one after another the drivers in front of him, and was even 3.0 s faster than Hamilton, which lead to the pit of Bottas in 13th lap and Hamilton a lap later. Right after the pits, Vettel was faster than the two Mercedes, but still a bit slower than his team-mate who was then first and leading the race.

The will to catch the two was there, but Vettel did not have enough pace, Leclerc was loosing it, due to old tyres, and on the 34th lap, he was overtaken by Bottas, and Hamilton, and Vettel. He pitted in the 35th lap. Wanting to do another of his impressive overtakes, Ricciardo misses the turn, and almost caused a crash with Kvyat, the two breathed, it was safe, but Ricciardo went back on the Russian, end of the story, both of them in the pits leaving the race. Another loser, is Gasly, who did an impressive race, but was obliged to leave it after loosing power.

The extra point of the fastest race goes to Leclerc 1m 43s 009, he had rhythm, he had a great pace, but once more, luck wasn’t on the side of Ferrari.

The Swedish Company, offering us many a beautiful and powerful cars, decided that it is not enough to have the Regera in its line of production, but went on with a more powerful, more exciting, more exquisite model. They decided to call it : The Jesko which means for a male name : The brave one or the Soldierly one. What it represents for Koenigsegg is the name of the CEO and founder : Jesko Von Koenigsegg

Bravery comes at the form of the revised V8 5.0l that is the heart of the car, it develops 1280 bhp on regular fuel, but if one wants excitement, and more craze from the car, he can only use E85 biofuel to reach 1600 bhp. It is a continuation to the power achievements realized by its older, no less crazier sister, the Agera RS, and Agera One. The power is transmitted to the four wheels through a, strictly reserved to house Koenigsegg, 9-speed Light Speed Transmission (LST) Gearbox. While at its top speed, announced to be around 300 mph, the car carries 1400 kg of downforce. The maximum torque of 1500 Nm is reached @ 5100 Nm.

To achieve a high speed like that, Koenigsegg Jesko uses active aerodynamics, a double- profile rear wing, that was placed to rear maximum to reach higher control and maximum downforce. In addition to that, it was top mounted, to avoid any disturbance, and shaped like a boomerang, to ensure that the aerodynamic surface is maximized, that being able to attain better results. In the front, the car is fitted with what is thought to be the deepest, and the longest splitter ever used on a Koenigsegg, and uses integrated active flaps underneath.

Combine all this power, and all the aerodynamics new features, with the mind used at Koenigsegg and the result is more than staggering, it catches the hearts and eyes, it is a monster, but wearing a suite, it is ravishing and in the same time dangerous.

 

Hamilton wins the Chinese Grand Prix and enters history as the winner of the F1 1000th Grand Prix. Next to him was his teammate Valtari Bottas, securing a solid one-two for Mercedes. Vettel scores his first podium.

It was a strong weekend for the Mercedes Boys, the third One-Two in a raw. After starting in pole, Bottas lost to his teammate, and ended up second. The ferrari’s in the other hand who seemed the best in the free practice, went just second row in the quali. Verstappen scored the 4th place snitching it from Leclerc.

The Russian Kvyat and The German Hulkenberg scored a DNF. It was a great performance from Albon, who went into the top 10 in the race. Albon had a serious crash in the FP3 session, and was feared not to be able to go to quali.

This was a serious performance from Mercedes, Ferrari need to have their points checked, and to get really ready to the Azerbaidjan Grand Prix

The quali session for the 2019 F1 Chinese Grand Prix ended with a Mercedes F1 team front row lock-up and 2nd row preserved by Ferrari. After them come the two RedBull and right after is the two Renaults and Finally the two Hass’s for the 5 row.

Though dominating the FP1 and FP2, Ferrari had something missing for the quali session, or was it maybe the Mercedes found some pace to secure a one – two start tomorrow. It was clear that the Italian were faster in the straight, they even could win up to 0.7 s in the straight alone, but lose everything in the rest of the circuit.

Sebastian Vettel is under review for overtaking Verstappen in the before last corner while the dutch was in a flying lap, he found up coming from behind and away from the racing line, a hurrying Vettel. This caused the young dutch to remain 5th and not have a better chance to improve.

The difference in pace is still huge that only five people are into the second gap. Mercedes maintained first with Bottas, who had an advantage to his teammate through the weekend, what can they translate that into the race, or will Ferrari have a wake-up Call from what happened in Bahrain?

 

 

Porsche just announced the cool model for the Cayenne line-up, that will come restyled in a coupe design with new features, and impressive power.

We all know the Cayenne, cool, nice looking, one of the best SUV and could be a tough player when it comes to power and speed. Porsche decided it is enough with the rectangular shape of an SUV, and decided to go to an SUV coup design instead.

The looks remind us of mostly the Panamera rear-view, and also, the cousin from another Family, the URUS from Lamborghini. and the Q8 from Audi. They share mostly a similar design, close lines, and all offered from the works of Volkswagen. Like its sister, the Cayenne Coupe benefits of an adaptive rear spoiler. However it should be in the roof rather than on the trunk. To that were added sharper lines to give it the sporty looks we all know for the Cayenne models.

Power wise, the Cayenne will be fitted with two high-performance engines. The first variant can be either a 3.0-liter mono-turbo V6, which generates 335hp and maximum torque of 450 Nm, which allows the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and max a top speed of 271km/h (151mph). The second engine is a bigger, more powerful, and more insane, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which produces a total of 541hp and 770 Nm of torque. It accelerates from start to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 320km/h.

Pricing will start from 75000 $ and beyond. Official sales will be made in 2020.

When you celebrate your birthday, you expect gifts that will be offered to you, at Zagato, the Italian design house for many a beautiful retuned cars, it will be all the way around. In fact, they decided to offer the world two beauties from Aston Martin, the DBS Superleggera based model called The DBS Zagato, sided with it, a beauty from the archives of the Brits, The DB4 Zagato.

Last year, Aston Martin said it will be celebrating the centenary with a gift, the DBZ collection. Now it is only teasing the world with just sketches of what will be produced in 2020 from Aston Martin. It will be only possible to buy the two cars together, and at the cracking price of 6 million £ or if you prefer + 11 million euros.

The DB4 was the most sought, and one of the most beautiful oldies. To comemorate its honour, the production will be in the same factory in Britain, at Newport Pagnell plant. Zagato will be keeping the same details, but it would be a continuation model, futuristic, authentic and with a lot of history. As fas as power is concerned, it will be powered by a straight-six engine sending 380bhp to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox.

On the other hand, The DBS Zagato will be based on the replacement of the Vanquish, with the same challenge, the same powerplant, the 5.2l twin-turbocharged V12 engine producing not less than 712 bhp and coupled to a 8-gears automatic gearbox. The design is futuristic, and has the same touches as the Vanquish Zagato. A slight difference is that the DBS Zagato will be having a fastback design, with the rearshield going in a two bubble way right to the end.

Of course one has be lucky to get his hands on the pair, only 19 will be produced, expected deliveries of the DB4 in this year, the Zagato DBS is confirmed for 2020.