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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.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Porsche LMP1 to use four-cylinder hybrid powertrain

Porsche has concluded the 2013 development program of its new LMP1 racecar and released the first snippets of information related to the type of powertrain the OEM has developed for its new Le Mans prototype.
While not going as far as revealing metrics such as size and power, Porsche says the unit consists of a four-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection and two energy recuperation systems. The recovered energy is stored in a battery until retrieved by the driver, while an electric motor then provides additional drive to the front axle. World Endurance Championship (WEC) rules limit the amount of fuel as well as the electrical energy, available to the driver per lap.
Having completed the year’s final series of test laps at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimão, Portugal, testing will resume in early 2014, following which Porsche will field two LMP1 prototype race cars in the WEC starting April 2014, with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the highlight of the season.
Wolfgang Hatz, member of the executive board for research and development at Porsche, said: “We always knew it wasn’t going to be easy to return to top endurance racing after 16 years. Hence, our efforts in developing a competitive Porsche LMP1 racecar are immense. Up to this point, our engineers in Weissach, the drivers, and the entire team have performed impressively. We are finding new approaches in the development, implementation and application of leading edge efficiency technologies. This also leads to further improvements of the entire hybrid technology in our production cars.”


12 December 2013


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