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Ferrari and Altair Making Next-Gen Supercar

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Ferrari LaFerrari on race track

The smothering hot LaFerrari is still fresh on the scene, but Ferrari is already working on its successor, having teamed up with Altair ProductDesign to develop a next-generation supercar platform.

Designers and engineers from both Altair and Ferrari worked closely together to develop the architecture, which will serve as the “basis of several new flagship vehicle derivatives.”

It will be 15 percent lighter than the chassis currently used by Ferrari models (the LaFerrari weighs around 3,495 lbs) and is expected to improve crashworthiness and NVH by about 20 percent.

Maximilian Szwaj, Ferrari’s Director of Innovation and BIW Development, stated:

“It was important for Altair to supply both CAD and CAE expertise to facilitate tight integration particularly when packaging ideas and manufacturing process are so fluid. The speed of the optimization processes deployed were able to control the weight whilst achieving the demanding structural targets as new packaging changes were introduced. For Ferrari, the Next Generation platform is a significant engineering achievement and a symbol of our successful collaboration with Altair.”

With Ferrari launching a new flagship model every 10 years or so, a LaFerrari successor could arrive sometime the early 2020s. How do you think it will turn out?

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Ferrari 488 Pista Kicks 488 GTB Up A Notch To Take On McLaren 720S

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Ferrari 488 Pista supercar

Ferrari applied lessons learned from competing in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship when creating the Ferrari 488 Pista, the hotter, track-focused version of the 488 GTB.

Pista is the Italian word for “track,” a fitting name for a car tasked with taking away the performance crown from the McLaren 720S. Power is provided by a 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 711 horsepower and 568 lb-ft. of torque, 50 more horsepower and 7 more lb-ft. than the 488 GTB can muster. It is also 198 pounds (90 kg) lighter, tipping the scale at just 2,822 pounds (1280 kg) dry.

The engine is the most powerful V8 in the history of Ferrari, allowing the 488 Pista to go from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in as little as 2.85 seconds and from 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in just 7.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of over 211 mph (340 km/h). That makes it 0.2 seconds quicker than the McLaren 720S to 62 mph.

To improve traction, Ferrari’s engineers managed to increase the downforce by 20 percent with a host of aerodynamic upgrades, including an F1-inspired S-duct, modified front air intakes, and a new rear diffuser, and a rear blown spoiler.

The Pista is available with Ferrari’s latest and greatest driving technologies such as Side-Slip Angle Control 6, E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE). FDE automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers as part of a Trick software that helps drivers make the most of the mid-engine supercar’s performance regardless of skill level.

Sales of the Ferrari 488 Pista kick off shortly after its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. Do you now have a new dream car?

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Five Of The Weirdest Cars Of All Time – Cool And Nutty

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1955 Messerschmitt KR175

It’s merely every automotive aficionados’ dream to know every detail about almost every automobile in existence, yet the vast majority of them cannot name even a handful of the weirdest cars to grace this planet and why they’re considered some of the most unusual contraptions ever made by any mainstream automaker. It’s very peculiar, don’t you think?

We’re here for you: With assistance from Tony of , we have put together five of the weirdest cars of all time — quite literally!

5.BMW Isetta

Despite maintaining a fantastic reputation for combining sheer opulence with effortless performance in practically every single model – apart from the Isetta, of course – and especially if you hadn’t seen the Isetta before, it’s fair to say that BMW has disappointed fans with this micro, and albeit somewhat uncanny automobile. For those who were expecting the Isetta to look similar to that of an extraterrestrial spacecraft, you’ll find yourself feeling a little bit disappointed that it looks similar to the classic Fiat 500 — or perhaps not!

BMW gave the Isetta a top speed of only 53 mph, which is hardly surprising given that this oddity of a car was produced in the early 1950s.

citroen cv2

4. Citroen 2CV

As a ‘Tin Snail’ first produced in the late 1940s, the quite fortunately holds a place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time! Now, the 2CV is as basic as a car can be — it has seats that look similar to garden deckchairs, and you even have to provide your own radio too! — but that doesn’t minus the fact that Citroen has literally built an empty shell of a car without thinking much of the interior layout, possibly explaining why it’s so inexpensive even by today’s inflation-adjusted currency rates.

More to the point though, you’re probably looking at the 2CV and wondering why the bonnet is so oversized — it almost makes it look like something used in an old-fashioned, black and white themed television show, doesn’t it? But in fact, under its oversized bonnet is a little air-cooled 375cc two-cylinder petrol engine that offers a top speed of 45 mph and a total of 50,000 miles — rather impressive for an older car!

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

3. 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

If you were to look at the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero today, you’d probably just assume that something uncanny left it here before returning to their normal life.Bbut in actual fact, this slick sports car is just another peculiar-looking car that every automotive aficionado is eager to talk about!

Here we have it, in its rarest form, the Lancia HF Zero and its custom-built chassis with the Fulvia HF suspension at the rear to complement its racing car features extremely well. This spectacular and mind-blowing performance machine has enough strange sex appeal to earn third place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time!

2. 2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

Although a relatively modern design that was unveiled in 2001, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Concept is considered to be one of the weirdest cars of all time! Just by looking at the structure, it’s clear that BMW wanted to go full-out bonkers when designing this uncanny car, deciding to go for more of a bizarre and creased-looking look that doesn’t really sit well with everyone.

Being a sports car concept, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Model was designed solely for the purpose of satisfying those sports-orientated individuals who enjoy experimenting with unusual and absurd looking cars from renowned automobile brands.

1970 Ferrari 512 S Modulo

1. 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo

If not for its conventional sports car interior structure and comfortable seats, the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo would utterly look like some sort of extraterrestrial spacecraft, wouldn’t it? But watching it racing towards the finish line on solid ground just makes it one of the world’s weirdest cars of all time, even though it’s actually quite normal to some people.

Of course, if you were to sit behind the wheel of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo, or even in the passenger seat, you’ll probably feel as though you’re about to ascend into the outer space! Rest assured that ascending into space is quite unlikely for anything with a steering wheel and a little engine– or anything that looks as though it should be on a race track heading towards the finish line! So, when you find yourself somewhat confused and can’t seem to name one of the world’s most peculiar cars, just think of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo — the by a wide margin.

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Tesla Model S Wins ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’

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Tesla Model S P100D

Each year, Motor Trend holds a ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’ featuring some of the fastest, most exciting sports cars, supercars and hypercars ever made. And this year, not a single one of them won.

The high-octane race part of the magazine’s “best driver’s car” competition and features the finalists doing a simultaneous quarter mile race against each other on an airstrip — the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, this time around.

As you would imagine, the list of contenders is what every car enthusiast’s dream is made of. See for yourself:

  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • McLaren 570GT
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Mercedes-AMG GT R
  • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
  • Porsche 718 Cayman S
  • Lexus LC 500
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
  • Aston Martin DB11
  • Nissan GT-R NISMO

The Mazda MX-5 RF, despite being in contention for the “best driver’s car” title, is grossly underpowered and was forced to watch from the sidelines, wishing the track was a little twistier. To make things interesting, Motor Trend decided to replace the Mazda that wished-it-could with the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous, a car we’ve all wanted to see frolic with the likes a Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche in terms of pure speed.

And — you guessed it — the relatively unassuming, electric-powered Model S, the heaviest car on the track, beat them all! In fact, it would have crushed the race if not for the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 Turbo S being hot on its heels. It’s quite something to see…

Guess which car came in last?

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