Sometimes the national government can bring about pleasant changes which are never just anticipated and the Spanish ruling party pushing Seat to produce the IBE all-electric commuter is a thorough example. Seat IBE was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show last week, but, no comments were made on its production future.
Spain is one of the leading nations when it comes to developing renewable energy resources and a lot of expenditure has been done to see green commuters on the road. The nation hopes that 30% of its 2010 energy needs will be met with these renewable sources. As far as the Seat IBE goes, the concept was in Geneva staging a 75-kiloWatt motor capable of producing 200Nm of torque which helped the car pelt to 50Km/h in 3.4 seconds. Given that VW is the parent organization which owns Seat, we are hoping for some real good features on the production ready Seat IBE.
‘Wagden’ for most auto freaks remains an alien term and to avoid confusions, it is the combination of a wagon and a sedan. The best possible example is the BMW 5-Series GT tuned by AC Schnitzer which was taken off the veil at the ongoing Geneva Auto Show.
The AC Schnitzer tuning program gets an added front and rear spoilers along with more aggressive looking side skirts and a ventilated hood. Other noticeable changes include a redesigned rear end, an all new set of wheels and chrome exhaust tips. On the inside, the AC Schnitzer tuned BMW 5-Series GT gets aluminium pedals, an all new cover for the i-Drive controller and pleasing velour footmats. The tuning program also kicks up the performance with a 41HP power boost to the engine.
Aston Martin wanted to make its presence felt at the 80th Geneva Motor Show and accordingly it decided to raid the event with two special editions along with their new customization program. The first special edition model is dubbed the DBS UB-2010 and it marks the completion of 10 years for Dr. Ulrich Bez, the Aston Martin CEO.
Finished in Azurite Black paint, the DBS UB-2010 gets metallic bronze leather finishing along with Cryptic Titan trim and special sill plates marked by the Bez production. The DBS UB-2010 will be limited to 40 units, 20 of which will be Volantes while the other 20 will be Coupes. The second special edition model is the V12 Vantage Carbon Black. The limited edition model features a rare metallic paintjob which required 50-man hours of hand painting, something which is complimented with carbon fiber side strakes, and black diamond turned alloy wheels. Aston Martin is also using the Geneva event to showcase Works Service Tailored – a bespoke styling program.
There are a number of interesting electric vehicles at the Geneva event this year ranging from the EV Tata Nano to the Tag Heuer Tesla Roadster and the latest addition is the Westfield iRacer. Categorically, the Westfield Racer is an EV racer which is designed to compete in the EV Cup which is a one-make race car series launching in 2011.
The iRacer version unveiled in Geneva is closest to the production model and the designer Elliott Hawkins believes that it has electric pulse running through its veins. The body construction material such as aluminum and recyclable plastics keeps the overall car weight down to 600kg. On the inside, the Westfield iRacer is powered Lithium Phosphate battery which produces 109PS with 1,000Nm of torque and this combination helps the car pelt from 0 to 60mph in less than 5 seconds with an overall top seed of 177km/h.
As far as we remember, watchmaker TAG Heuer has never before been associated with an electric sports car company like Tesla. TAG Heuer has been closely associated with top-notch racing teams in the past but it now understands that even the performance seeking drivers need to ride on green wheels, which is why TAG Heuer has joined hands to build a one-off Tesla roadster. Currently on display at the ongoing 80th Geneva Motor Show, this electric roadster will feature a centre console hosting TAG Heuer’s latest concept watch that is to be separately revealed in a star-studded party at Baselworld 2010. Other Heuer influences in the car will include a TAG Heuer Meridiist mobile phone and a one-fifth second Heuer Limited Edition Stopwatch.
Wiesmann GTMF4-S admirers will love the ongoing Geneva Motor Show for two reasons; one that the GTMF4-S will be on display through out the event, and two that Wiesmann has finally announced the pricing of this stunning automobile. At €133,800 which excludes tax and labor costs, the Wiesmann GTMF4-S will be a rare automobile which will turn heads on the streets. The ultra-expensive GTMF4-S is blessed with BMW M3′s 4.0-liter V8 engine that churns 414hp and up to 400Nm of torque. The same engine helps the M3 pelt from 0 to 100km/h in less than 5 seconds while the Wiesmann beast can achieve the feat in 4 seconds with an overall top speed of 300km/h.
The Mercedes-Benz F800 Style broke cover at the ongoing 80th Geneva Motor Show and while a few view it as a research design study which will be an inspiration for future models, there is group of believers that believe it is the 2011 CLS Class.
The F800 Style can use two different powertrains which include a plug-in unit or a fuel cell option. As a fuel-cell powered com muter the F800 motor can get 101kW of energy along with 290Nm of torque although the range wasn’t revealed.
As a plug-in option mated to a V6 engine, F800 manages 403 hp on a combined cycle. The plug-in F800 manages a top speed of 120km/h when only running on the 81kW motor and 249km/h when running on the V6 petrol engine. The F800 manages the 0 to 60mph dash in an impressive 4.7 seconds.
For the ones thinking it to be the next generation CLS, take note that the F800 is seven inches shorter in length which is because of the stubbed rear and a uniquely designed front fascia.
Collecting rare automobiles is always special and here’s another opportunity for those hardcore aficionados who cannot just do without a rare beauty in their garage. The offering comes from Pagani and it is dubbed the Pagani Zonda Tricolore which has specially been created as a tribute to the Italian National Aerobatic Team-Frecce Tricolori. The one-off model marks the 50th anniversary of the Aerobatic Team and Pagani made it to the Geneva event with this rarity. Based on the Pagani Zonda Cinque, the Tricolore differs with a carbon fiber and titanium wired tub and front LEDs which replicate a tailfin of an airplane. The engine too is a Cinque derivative which churns 669hp with 780Nm of torque. The only Tricolore ever manufactured will cost a whopping $1.76 million (US).