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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

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ContiTech opens R&D center in China

ContiTech has opened a new research and development Center in China. The Changshu center will develop innovative products for vehicle mounting and vibration control technology – in close collaboration with customers such as Geely, Great Wall Motor Company, General Motors, Shanghai Volkswagen and Qoros. ContiTech has invested around US$12 million in the R&D center, which will employ 30 engineers by the end of this year.

An order from new automotive manufacturer Qoros was the deciding factor for expansion of the company's research and development competencies in Asia. According to Kai Uwe Frühauf, head of ContiTech's vibration control business unit, in 2010, the supplier won the bid to collaborate with its engine mounts in the development of a central platform for assembly of Qoros’ first production model. “We made a very clear decision to carry out development in the regions where the key global automakers are active: in Europe, North and South America, and now, of course, in Asia as well,” added Frühauf, explaining that this makes it possible not only to offer highly competent support to automakers in developing their global platforms but also to meet customers' local needs quickly and precisely at all key locations.

The new research and development Center is located in Jiangsu Province, only 100 kilometers from Shanghai. The province is home to several automotive manufacturers. In addition to China, Asian markets in Korea, Japan, and India can also be ideally served from the Changshu location.

26 March 2013


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