BMW M의 고성능 컴팩트 해치백 모델 M135i xDrive입니다. 최고출력 306마력, 최대토크 45.9kg·m을 발휘하는 M 트윈파워 터보 4기통 가솔린 엔진이 탑재되며, 액추에이터 휠 슬립 제한 장치(ARB, Actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation)가 기본 적용돼 다양한 주행 환경에서 빠르고 민첩하게 휠 슬립을 제어해 언더스티어 현상을 최소화한다.
또한, M 스포츠 서스펜션, M 스포츠 스티어링 시스템도 함께 적용돼 한층 정교하면서도 안정적인 코너링이 가능하다.
이외에도 스톱 앤 고 기능이 포함된 액티브 크루즈 컨트롤, 손동작만으로 차량을 제어하는 BMW 제스처 컨트롤 등이 탑재돼 안전하고 편리한 주행을 지원한다.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) held the world premiere of the all-new GR Corolla in Long Beach, California, USA, on March 31 (local time), on the eve of the opening round of the Formula Drift*1season. The GR Corolla is scheduled for launch in Japan in the second half of 2022.
Through such achievements as the TE25 Corolla earning Toyota Motor Corporation's (Toyota's) first WRC victory*2in 1973, followed by the Corolla Levin's win in the 1,000 Lakes Rally*3in 1975, the Corolla laid the foundation for TGR's concept of "making ever-better motorsports-bred cars" and is a model loved by many for its driving performance. The GR Corolla sprang to life based on the strong desire of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, a.k.a. Morizo, to "bring back a Corolla that captivates our customers".
In response to that desire, the development of the GR Corolla carried forth the torch of making ever-better motorsports-bred cars, which focuses on honing cars to win races and making them commercially available. In concrete terms, the vehicle was comprehensively reforged in the extreme environment of racing by participating in the Super Taikyu Series using a hydrogen engine-equipped Corolla*4to also refine a hydrogen engine, which comprises new technologies, with Toyota Master Driver Morizo, himself, taking stints behind the wheel. Furthermore, to ensure that the vehicle could be driven with confidence and enjoyment in a variety of situations, prototypes were put through their paces not only on racing circuits but also on highly demanding dirt roads and snow-covered roads. Driving was done beyond the breaking point for comprehensive honing by drivers who each have unique perspectives, including Morizo, racing driver Hiroaki Ishiura, All Japan Rally Championship winner Norihiko Katsuta, and in-house evaluators.
The GR Corolla boasts a strengthened version of the 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine found in the GR Yaris, resulting in a maximum output of 224 kW (304 PS). Optimizing the GR-FOUR 4WD system, which is also featured on the GR Yaris, to match the specifications of the GR Corolla was among various initiatives undertaken to create a car that can be safely and securely controlled even when pushing it to its limits.
While adopting the basic body framework of the Toyota Corolla Sport to enable it to inherit the high-speed stability of a long wheelbase, the GR Corolla employs a 60 mm wider track up front and an 85 mm wider track in the rear to command a high level of cornering performance. The result: sporty driving at will with peace of mind. And to complete the package, the GR Corolla retains a five-door, five-passenger layout for both exceptional usability in daily life and driving pleasure.
Since its birth in 1966, the Corolla has evolved throughout its generations into a variety of sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and SUVs to meet the changing lifestyles of Toyota customers over time. With the GR Corolla joining the lineup as a sports car packed tight with driving performance and functionality ready to be embraced by many customers, the Corolla series will keep on continuing to evolve.
Main features of the GR Corolla
A motorsports-bred design refined into functional beauty
While the basic body framework of the Corolla Sport has been adopted, 20 mm wider front fenders and 30 mm wider rear fenders produce a broader stance that foreshadows a spirited driving experience.
The triple exhausts of a muffler created to further increase the output of the 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine emphasize the unique, powerful, and sporty rear.
Honing the vehicle's cooling and aerodynamic performance on all kinds of roads, including racing circuits, dirt roads, and snow-covered roads, resulted in the inclusion of a front-bumper air intake and front-fender and hood-bulge air outlets.
A short-stroke shift lever positioned for natural operation by simply lowering the arm from the steering wheel enables quick gear changes.
A hand-operated parking brake has been used to allow better vehicle control even when pushing the car to its limits, such as when drifting.
The Full TFT Meter, which was developed exclusively for GR models, has been newly adopted. Inspired by race cars and reflecting insight from professional drivers, the new display improves visibility during sporty driving.
An evolved version of the GR Yaris 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine
Engine exhaust efficiency was improved to achieve even higher output from the same compact, lightweight, high-power unit that propels the GR Yaris. A valve-equipped triple-exhaust muffler reduces both exhaust pressure and noise. In sum, the engine provides overwhelming acceleration and a more-pleasant extension of RPMs.
A wide track and long wheelbase for excellent driving stability and control
The basic body framework of the Toyota Corolla Sport has been adopted, and, while retaining the excellent driving stability provided by a long wheelbase, high-speed cornering performance has been improved by widening the track by 60 mm up front and by 85 mm in the rear. Stability and control during sporty driving have been greatly enhanced, allowing confidence and enjoyment while driving as one pleases, even when pushing the car to its limits.
A selectable-mode GR-FOUR 4WD system and a high-rigidity body
The featured GR-FOUR 4WD system uses an electronic multi-plate clutch to provide variable front and rear driving force, like in the GR Yaris. This time, however, the system's "4WD" mode, which controls driving force distribution, and its "Drive" mode, which controls accelerator response, steering, and others, have been separated to enable selection according to driver preference and the driving environment. Furthermore, the use of pillow-ball bushings and the optimization of the springs, shock absorbers, and wheel alignment combine to fully transmit the GR-FOUR's optimal distribution of driving force to the road surface. This has resulted in overwhelming cornering performance.
Body rigidity has been strengthened to achieve driving performance that agilely responds to driver operation. In addition to the high-rigidity basic framework made possible through production at the GR Factory at Toyota's Motomachi Plant, braces have been added between the rear wheel wells, to the under-floor tunnel, and under the floor in front of the fuel tank to improve handling stability. Also, like in the case of the GR Yaris, the roof panel is made of CFRP*5molded by the SMC*6process, which offers a high degree of freedom of shape and contributes not only to increased rigidity but also to weight reduction.
Opposed caliper disk brakes provide stable braking force and controllability, enabling confident and enjoyable driving, even on racing circuits.
Advanced safety and security even for a sports car
The latest active safety package, Toyota Safety Sense, comes standard, allowing the combination of safety and security in daily driving and the driving pleasure of a sports car.
Main specifications of the all-newGR Corolla(development target values for the North American market)
Length[mm] Width[mm] Height[mm] Wheelbase[mm] TrackFront[mm]Rear[mm] Seating capacity Vehicle weight[kg] Engine Type Bore x stroke[mm] Total displacement[liters] Compression ratio Maximum output[kW(PS)/rpm] Maximum torque[N･m (kgf･m)/rpm] Transmission Driveline Gear ratio1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / Reverse Reduction ratio1-4 / 5, 6, Reverse DifferentialsFrontRear SuspensionFrontRear BrakesFrontRear Wheels Tires (front/rear) Fuel tank capacity[liters]
1,480 mm including antenna;the roof height is 1,455 mm
A production-car-based drift series held in various locations around the United States. In the 2022 series, TGR will compete with four cars in total: the GR Corolla (one unit), GR86 (two units), and GR Supra (one unit).
The Press On Regardless rally held in the United States
The current Rally Finland
Toward realizing motorsports that are carbon-neutral and sustainable, the vehicle is aimed at honing, through motorsports, hydrogen engine technologies, which represent a new power source option. Participation using a hydrogen engine-equipped Corolla in the Super Taikyu Series started in 2021 with Round 3 under the banner of ROOKIE Racing.
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic
Sheet molding compound
Torsen is a registered trademark of JTEKT Corporation.
골프보다 더 초대 골프 GTI를 닮은 모델입니다. 폭스바겐 엔트리 모델인 폴로 기반의 고성능 버전, 폴로 GTI 신형 사진 원본으로 정리해 올립니다.
폭스바겐 모듈러 플랫폼인 MQB를 개선해 새옹했고 폭스바겐 처음으로 IQ. DRIVE로 부르는 반자동 주행 시스템도 도입했습니다. 이는 0-200km/h 속도 범위에서 작동합니다.
엔진은 비공식이며, 2.0 TSI로 204마력 정도 낼 것으로 기대됩니다. 변속기는 DSG이고요.
Wolfsburg – In April, Volkswagen presented the latest evolutionary stage of the sixth generation of Polo. Now comes its sportiest version: the new Polo GTI. The bearer of the legendary acronym spearheads the Polo segment in terms of performance, technology and sportiness. The powerful TSI engine and sports chassis, tailored specifically to the Polo GTI, transform the best-selling compact car into a dynamic, four-door sports car, which also allows semi-automated driving as an option for the first time in a Polo GTI. A host of the latest generation of assistance systems guarantee even greater comfort and safety for all passengers.
In the automobile world, there are three letters that have had a magic sound to them for approaching five decades now: GTI. Since the original GTI in 1976, Volkswagen has ensured that this code is synonymous with outstanding driving pleasure in the compact segment. The Polo has borne the acronym GTI since 1998 – the third model to do so, after the Golf and the Scirocco. The latest generation seamlessly continues the illustrious GTI tradition and sets new benchmarks for compact cars. The technical basis for this is provided by Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB). Across all the model lines, MQB stands for technological progress, high body rigidity, an exemplary low weight, and very good crash properties.
IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist, used for the first time in a Polo GTI, enables semi-automated driving. The system can take over the steering, braking and accelerating of the new Polo GTI from 0 km/h to the control limit of Travel Assist (210 km/h). For longitudinal guidance, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist calls upon familiar systems like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Latitudinal guidance is supported by Lane Assist, which comes as standard. The driver can activate the system via the Travel Assist button in the redesigned, multifunctional, leather sports steering wheel. The driver’s hands must remain on the steering wheel whilst using this system, meaning the driver is always responsible for the car.
Many new infotainment systems (the latest generation of MIB3.1), which are connected to various services online, ensure state-of-the-art connectivity in the new Polo GTI. An Online Connectivity Unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM makes it possible to use online services from We Connect (prepared for a limited time) and We Connect Plus (prepared for free use in Europe for one or three years). Features like natural voice control, access to streaming services and a cloud-based personalisation using “Volkswagen ID” enhance the latest MIB3.1 system, depending on the equipment line. The integration of such apps as App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ is now wireless. As in the Polo, instruments and the infotainment system are arranged on a visual axis, ensuring they can be viewed and operated easily in any driving situation. The Digital Cockpit Pro impresses with a higher pixel density, an improved contrast ratio and intense colours, as well as it sheer size – the screen measures 10.25 inches or 26 centimetres diagonally.
Sportiness coupled with efficiency and moderate consumption The heart of a GTI is always its engine. Like all its predecessors, the new Polo GTI is also front-wheel drive. The turbo-charged, direct petrol injector changes gear via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG), which comes as standard. Among the highlights of the turbo engine in the new Polo GTI, which is installed transversely at the front of the car, are such features as a dual injection system with combined direct and intake-manifold fuel injection, an engine control unit with four core processors, and an electronic valve-lift system on the inlet side. Despite the high output, the engine is impressively efficient with moderate fuel consumption levels. This is aided by the low weight of the new Polo GTI when empty.
As you would expect from a genuine Volkswagen GTI, the new Polo GTI also comes with a sports chassis, tailored specially to the car, as standard. It lowers the chassis by 15 millimetres and guarantees the typical GTI synthesis of driving dynamics, safe neutrality and a high degree of driving comfort.
The new Polo GTI now comes as standard with the new IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights and an illuminated radiator grille bar as a distinctive enhancement to the daytime running light. This sees the sporty new Polo form a stylistic bridge to Volkswagen’s fully-electric ID. models and the new generation of successful models like the Golf, Arteon and Tiguan, which also come with this striking LED light strip, which is typical of new Volkswagens, as an option or depending on the equipment line.
The most striking visual change to the rear of the new Polo GTI is the newly-designed LED rear lights with animated brake light and integrated dynamic indicators, which indicate a change in direction with flowing light movements. The new, GTI-specific bumper gives the compact sports car an even more commanding and broader visual presence on the roads. The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), which is integrated in the side of the bumper and controlled via the main headlights, has been redesigned and now gives an even more concise lighting effect. In combination with the IQ.Light –
LED matrix headlights, it provides a very homogenous illumination of the road and surroundings. The striking red GTI logo on the radiator grille, the honeycomb-shaped ventilation grilles, and the continuous red trim strip above the LED daytime running light strip remain the characteristic GTI insignia at the sharper front of the car. To the right and left, it flows into the IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights with red winglets.
The new Polo GTI is available in five colours: Deep Black Pearl Effect, Smoke Grey Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Pure White Uni, and Reef Blue Metallic. The latter three chassis colours can be combined with a contrasting black roof as an option (Roof Pack). The car comes with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. The Polo GTI can also be ordered with optional 18-inch alloys.
On the interior, black, red, grey and chrome are the dominant colours.
The roof pillars and roof liner are always retained in the Titanium Black trim colour, which is typical of the GTI. Red contrast stitching is also always a typical characteristic of a GTI. It adorns the multifunctional, leather sports steering wheel, which comes as standard, the gear lever trim and the seat surfaces. The optional beats sound system, with 300 watts and six speakers, make for a captivating accoustic experience. The amplifier is located under the floor in the variable cargo area to save space. The luggage capacity of the new Polo GTI is 351 litres.
폭스바겐이 현지 시각으로 지난 4일, 신형 골프 R(The new Golf R)을 전세계 최초 공개했다. 골프 R은 브랜드 역사를 통틀어 가장 성공적인 모델인 골프 라인업 중 가장 강력한 모델이다. 유럽에서는 이미 320마력(235kW)의 신형 골프 R 사전계약이 지난 5일부터 시작됐다.
골프 R은 상시 사륜구동, 독보적인 역동성, 독창적인 디자인과 최신기술 탑재 등 해당 세그먼트에서 항상 새로운 기준점을 제시해오며 ‘골프 클래스’를 만들어낸 상징적인 모델이다. 이 같은 전통은 신형 골프 R에서도 이어진다.
신형 골프 R에는 폭스바겐 최초로 R-퍼포먼스 토크 벡터링(R-Performance Torque Vectoring) 시스템이 결합된 새로운 사륜구동 시스템이 탑재될 예정으로, 영민하게 연결된 이 시스템을 통해 새로운 차원의 역동적인 드라이빙을 가능하게 한다.
8세대 신형 골프를 기반으로 탄생한 이번 신형 골프 R은 스포츠카로서 골프의 큰 잠재력을 한층 더 부각시켰다. 컴팩트 클래스의 아이콘이자 전 세계적으로 이미 3,500만대 이상 판매된 골프는 이번 신형 R 버전 모델 추가로 90마력(66kW)부터 최대 320마력까지의 출력 범위를 갖추게 되었으며, 파워트레인 역시 가솔린(TSI), 혁신적 트윈 도징 시스템이 적용된 디젤 (TDI), 천연가스(TGI), 48V 마일드 하이브리드 시스템 (eTSI), 플러그인 하이브리드 모델 등 다양한 선택이 가능하다.
신형 골프 R은 현재까지 출시된 골프 파생 모델 중 가장 강력한 퍼포먼스를 자랑하는 모델이다. 주행 기술에 있어서도 현재까지 골프 브랜드로 출시된 제품 중 가장 뛰어난 기술력을 탑재하고 있다. 골프 R로서는 다섯 번째 버전인 이번 신형 골프 R은 단 4.7초 만에 100km/h까지 가속하며 최고 속도는 전자적으로 제한된 상태에서 250 km/h에 이른다.
R-퍼포먼스(R-Performance) 패키지를 옵션으로 선택할 경우 최고 속도를270km/h로 높일 수 있다. 420Nm(환산: 42.8kg/m)에 이르는 강력한 최대 토크, 최첨단 구동 기어, 동급 최고 수준의 사륜구동 시스템 등 최신 기술들이 더해져 동급 모델에서 경험하지 못했던 새로운 수준의 드라이빙 성능을 제공한다.
골프R에는 새로운 사륜구동 시스템이 첨단 러닝 기어와 결합되어 탑재되 오너들에게 극강의 민첩성과 드라이빙 즐거움을 제공한다. R 퍼포먼스 토크 벡터링이 적용된 사륜구동 시스템은 주행 환경과 설정에 따라 4개의 구동 휠에 가변적으로 엔진 출력을 분배하는 제어 센터의 역할을 한다. 단순히 후륜에 출력을 배분하는 것이 아니라, 양쪽 후륜에 각각 최적화된 구동력을 전달하여 코너링 시 차량의 민첩성을 크게 높일 수 있다.
세계 최초로 탑재되는 VDM(Vehicle Dynamics Manager)는 전자식 차동 제한장치(XDS) 및 어댑티브 섀시 컨트롤 (DCC)과 같은 다른 기어 시스템과 연결된다. 서로 다른 시스템들의 긴밀한 통합 덕분에, 새로운 골프 R은 최적의 구동력과 최고의 정밀도로 운전자가 진행하고자 하는 방향으로 정확히 제어되는 정교한 핸들링을 제공한다.
한편, 신형 골프 R은 독일 뉘르부르크링 노르트슐라이페에서 최종 튜닝 과정을 거쳐 R-퍼포먼스 패키지와 결합할 경우 "스페셜"로 알려진 뉘르부르크링 서킷 전용 드라이빙 모드를 적용할 수 있다. 새로운 사륜구동 시스템을 포함, 모든 핵심 구동 매개변수가 전설적인 레이스 트랙에 최적으로 세팅 되어 있으며 이에 따른 내부 테스트 드라이브 기록은 7단 DSG 변속기를 기본으로 장착한 골프 R의 경우 이전 모델보다 뉘르부르크링 노르트슐라이페 랩당 최대 19초(07:51분) 더 빠르다.
기존에는 수동변속기만 있어서 한정된 수요에 만족해야 했지만 이번 자동변속기 도입으로 저변을 더 확대할 수 있을 것으로 기대합니다.
단순히 변속기만 바꾼 것이 아니라, DCT를 잘 아우를 수 있는 요소까지 업데이트해 넣어 상품성이 나아졌습니다.
고성능 N의 우수한 주행성능과 짜릿한 주행 감성에 신규 변속기 적용으로 새로운 차원의 운전의 재미까지 더한 현대차 벨로스터 N이 새롭게 태어났다.
현대자동차가 국내 첫 고성능 브랜드 모델인 벨로스터 N에 8단 습식 더블 클러치 변속기(N 8-Speed Wet Double-Clutch Transmission, N DCT) 사양을 추가하고 기존 수동변속기 모델의 상품성을 개선한 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’을 출시한다고 21일 밝혔다.
특히 이번에 추가된 N DCT 사양은 다양한 특화 기능을 통해 현대차의 고성능 N이 추구하는 브랜드 철학인 ‘운전의 재미(Fun to Drive)’와 △코너링 악동(Corner Rascal, 곡선로 주행능력) △일상의 스포츠카(Everyday Sports Car) △레이스 트랙 주행능력(Race Track Capability)이라는 3대 고성능 DNA(핵심 요소)를 새로운 차원으로 구현해 냈다.
더블 클러치 변속기는 수동변속기를 기본으로 클러치를 추가하고 전기식 클러치 작동 장치(액츄에이터, Actuator)를 적용해 운전자의 클러치 조작 없이 변속을 자동화함으로써 자동변속기의 편리함과 수동변속기의 효율 및 직결감 향상에 따른 역동적인 주행감을 모두 확보할 수 있어 스포츠 주행을 지향하는 차종에 적극적으로 탑재되고 있다.
이번 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’에 추가된 8단 습식 더블 클러치 변속기는 기존 건식 더블 클러치 변속기와 달리 클러치의 작동 과정에 오일을 사용해 윤활 성능과 냉각성능을 크게 높여 높은 토크를 발휘하는 엔진에 대응이 가능하도록 한 것이 가장 큰 특징이다.
‘2020 벨로스터 N’은 이와 같은 특장점을 갖춘 N DCT를 추가 적용함으로써 최고 출력 275마력(ps), 최대토크 36.0kgf·m를 발휘하는 N 전용 고성능 가솔린 2.0 터보 엔진의 폭발적인 성능을 최대한 이끌어냈다. 정지상태에서 100km/h에 도달하는 시간은 수동변속기 사양 대비 0.5초 단축된 5.6초에 불과하다(당사 연구소 측정 결과, 런치 컨트롤 사용 조건).
더불어 8단으로 다단화를 통해 연비를 개선하고 보다 부드럽고 빠른 변속이 가능하도록 해 높은 성능과 함께 부드러운 주행 감각, 효율성까지 모두 갖췄다.
또 N DCT 적용 모델에는 기존 수동변속기 모델에 적용되고 있던 각종 고성능 기술에 N DCT만의 특화 기능을 더해 마치 레이싱 게임과 같은 경험을 제공함으로써 ‘운전의 재미’라는 고성능 N의 철학을 더욱 강화했다.
대표적인 N DCT 특화 기능으로 △변속 시 가속감을 강화한 ‘N 파워 쉬프트(N Power Shift, NPS)’ △트랙 주행이나 와인딩 같은 역동적인 주행 상황에 최적화된 변속 패턴을 자동으로 구현해 최고 성능을 내도록 하는 ‘N 트랙 센스 쉬프트(N Track Sense Shift, NTS)’ △’오버부스트(Overboost)’ 기능을 포함해 일정 시간 동안 엔진과 변속기의 최대 성능을 끌어올려 일시적으로 극한의 주행을 가능하게 하는 ‘N 그린 쉬프트(N Grin Shift, NGS)’ 등을 탑재했다.
이외에도 기존 벨로스터 N에 적용하고 있던 △주행 중 변속기 단을 낮추는 경우 순간적으로 엔진 회전수를 조정해 변속을 부드럽게 하고 빠른 재가속이 가능하도록 한 레브 매칭(Revolution Matching) 기능 △정지 상태에서 출발 시 엔진 토크 및 휠 스핀 최적 제어로 최대의 가속 성능을 제공하는 런치 컨트롤(Launch Control) 등을 N DCT에 맞춰 최적화했고 △주행 모드별 변속 패턴 차별화 △수동변속기와 흡사하게 조작 가능한 DCT 특화 수동모드 △상황에 따라 다양하게 연출되는 배기음 강화 등 다양한 특화 기능을 담았다.
N DCT를 추가한 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’은 각종 주행 관련 기능을 운전자의 취향이나 선택에 따라 인포테인먼트(Infotainment) 장치를 통해 설정할 수 있도록 한 ‘N 그린 컨트롤 시스템(N Grin Control System)’을 개선 적용한 것도 특징이다.
그리고 각종 기능이 작동하는 순간 또는 작동 조건이 갖춰지지 않은 경우 이를 운전석 계기판(클러스터)을 통해 알려줌으로써 운전자가 즉각적으로 인지하고 제어할 수 있도록 해 마치 자동차와 일체화된 것 같은 느낌을 경험할 수 있게 한다.
‘2020 벨로스터 N’은 무선 업데이트를 지원하는 최신 8인치 내비게이션을 포함한 신규 인포테인먼트 장치를 기본 적용한 것은 물론 지능형 안전 기술(현대 스마트 센스)을 선택사양으로 추가해 상품성을 높였다.
특히 △전방 충돌방지 보조(FCA) △운전자 주의 경고(DAW) △차로 유지 보조(LFA) △차로 이탈방지 보조(LKA) △하이빔 보조(HBA) △후측방 충돌 경고(BCW) △후방 교차 충돌 경고(RCCW) 등 동급 최고 수준의 지능형 안전 기술을 선택할 수 있도록 해 고성능 N의 브랜드 철학 3대 핵심 요소 중 하나인 ‘일상의 스포츠카’로서 높은 안전성과 편의성을 확보한 가운데 벨로스터 N의 폭발적인 주행성능을 누릴 수 있도록 했다.
더불어 정통 스포츠카에 적용되는 머리 지지 부위(헤드레스트) 일체형 스포츠 버켓 시트인 ‘N 라이트 스포츠 버켓 시트(N Light Sports Bucket Seats, 약칭 ‘N 라이트 시트’)’를 선택사양으로 추가, ‘레이스 트랙 주행능력’을 갖춘 벨로스터 N의 역동적인 주행 감성을 더욱 높일 수 있도록 했다.
N 라이트 시트는 앉는 부위에 고급 합성소재인 ‘알칸타라’를 적용해 고급감과 밀착력을 높였으며 허리 측면 지지 부위(사이드 볼스터)와 허벅지 측면 부위의 높이를 높여 급격한 곡선 주행 시에도 운전자의 몸을 안정적인 자세로 주행에 몰입할 수 있도록 했다.
이에 더해 시트의 무게도 기존 일반 시트 대비 두께를 줄이고 무게를 약 1.1kg을 감량했으며, 시트의 중앙 상단 부분에 새겨진 N 로고는 차량 탑승 시 점등(룸 램프와 연동)되는 기능을 갖춰 색다른 즐거움을 선사한다.
‘2020 벨로스터 N’의 가격은 무선 업데이트가 지원되는 8인치 블루링크 내비게이션 포함한 신규 인포테인먼트 장치 및 고객 선호도가 높은 멀티미디어 패키지(8인치 디스플레이 오디오, JBL 프리미엄 사운드 시스템, 하이패스) 기본화로 2944만원부터 시작한다(개별소비세 1.5% 기준).
N DCT 패키지는 △N 전용 8단 습식 DCT △패들 쉬프트(Paddle Shift)와 △DCT 전용 변속 프로그램을 포함해 250만원으로 책정됐으며, N DCT 특화 고성능 기능의 활용을 극대화하기 위해 △엔진 출력 강화(250→275마력) △고성능 ‘피렐리(Pirelli)’ 타이어&19인치 알로이 휠 △전자식 차동제한장치(E-LSD, Electronic-Limited Slip Differential)인 ‘N 코너 카빙 디퍼렌셜’ △N 전용 고성능 브레이크(N로고 캘리퍼 포함) △능동 가변 배기 시스템 등으로 구성된 퍼포먼스 패키지(200만원)와 함께 선택해야 한다(단 선택사양 가격은 모두 개별소비세 5% 기준, 개별소비세 인하에 따른 실구매 가격은 선택사양 구성 및 최대 인하 한도에 따라 달라짐).
현대차는 ‘2020 벨로스터 N’을 출시하면서 더 많은 고객들이 고성능 N의 감성을 누릴 수 있도록 다양한 판촉 이벤트도 진행한다.
먼저 기존 벨로스터 N 수동변속기 모델을 보유한 고객의 추천으로 N DCT 패키지 적용 모델을 구매할 경우 추천인에게는 20만원 상당의 N 전용 커스터마이징 브랜드 ‘N 퍼포먼스(N Performance)’ 파츠몰 쿠폰, 신차 구매 고객에는 20만원 할인 혜택을 제공한다.
또 4월 24일까지 N DCT 패키지 적용 모델을 구매한 고객 선착순 1000명을 대상으로 추첨을 통해 △N 라이트 시트(5명) △알칸타라 인테리어 패키지(10명) △현대모터스튜디오 고양 상설 전시 관람권 2매(100명)를 제공하며, 4월 30일까지 N DCT 패키지 적용 모델 계약 고객 중 30명을 추첨해 현대차가 운영하는 드라이빙 아카데미 ‘벨로스터 N 클래스’에 참가할 수 있는 혜택을 제공한다(단 6월 30일까지 출고 시 혜택 적용, 상세 내용은 현대차 홈페이지 참고).
현대차는 벨로스터 N은 현대차의 고성능 철학을 전달하는 동시에 보다 많은 고객에게 운전의 재미를 선사하기 위해 탄생한 자동차라며 성능과 편의성을 모두 만족시키는 N DCT 적용으로 더 많은 고객이 또 다른 운전의 재미를 체험할 수 있을 것으로 기대한다고 밝혔다.
앞바퀴굴림 해치백 중에서 가장 스포티한 모델로 꼽히는 2019 르노 메간 R.S. 트로피-R(Renault MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R) 고화질 사진들입니다.
기존 트로피 모델에서 한발 더 나아간네요.
지난 4월 5일 독일 뉘르부르크링 노르트슐라이페 20.6km의 트랙을 7분 40초 10의 기록으로 돌아 이 부문 세계 정상이 올랐죠. 500대 한정판입니다.
타이틀을 빼앗긴 혼다 시빅 타입 R의 반격이 궁금해집니다.
Patrice RATTI, Renault Sport Cars General Manager:
“New Mégane R.S. Trophy-R completes the Mégane R.S. range with a more extreme version. It is very similar to a racing car, but is certified for the public highway. We know there are customers looking for this type of car, and not every driver should be put behind the wheel of such a car. For the engineers it’s an opportunity to concentrate their know-how to produce the fastest car possible. The Nürburgring record is a demonstration of that performance. “
AT A GLANCE
Dramatic reduction in weight, with 130kg saved over standard Megane R.S. Trophy
Fastest ever front-wheel drive production car lap of the Nurburgring at 7 mins 40.1 seconds
More negative camber for the front axle and standard Ohlins adjustable dampers all round
Renault Sport developed Bridgestone S007 tyres optimised for fast road and track use
Aerodynamic improvements with underbody fairing and carbon rear diffuser
Powerful 300PS turbocharged 1.8-litre engine mated to six-speed manual gearbox
Torsen limited slip differential for ultimate traction and control
Optional carbon ceramic front brakes and carbon wheels - a first in this sector
Larger Brembo four piston front brake calipers as standard
Standard carbon composite bonnet with NACA duct
Lightweight titanium Akrapovič exhaust exclusive to Trophy-R
Sabelt composite front seats with optional six-point racing harness
Six-speed manual only as gearbox is lighter than the dual-clutch EDC
Limited to just 500 examples, with 30 right-hand drive models coming to the UK
Prices will be announced, and ordering will be open in August with UK deliveries expecting to begin in October
Loïc FEUVRAY, Trophy-R Renault Sport Cars program manager:“New Mégane R.S. Trophy-R will interest expert customers looking for pure performance with no compromises - ready to treat themselves to something exceptional. Only 500 cars will be made, 30 of which will be fitted with the optional Carbon-Ceramic pack offering features that are ground-breaking in this segment. The high level of performance is also in the management of this project. From the beginning the product specifications are centred on clear objectives, a minimal “racing” team, agile management where decisions are taken immediately to eliminate any barriers preventing technical deployment. In the end the objectives are reached, the schedule is respected, and the result is an exceptional and profitable product.”
Over the last 15 years, the Mégane-based Renault Sport versions have set the hot hatch standard for ultimate performance and driving thrills. In that time the most radical versions of the MÉGANE R.S. have successively beaten the front-wheel drive production car lap record for the hugely challenging Nürburgring, a circuit that’s recognised around the world as the ultimate proving ground for a car’s performance.
The New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R is no exception, setting a new record of 7 minutes 40.1 seconds around the tortuous track famously known as the ‘Green Hell’. Yet unlike competitors that simply focus on delivering ever higher power outputs, the engineers at Renault Sport have concentrated on three distinct performance pillars: weight reduction, the maximisation of aerodynamic efficiency and more radical suspension systems. This approach is a Renault Sport trademark, an approach that priorities speed through the corners rather than outright performance in a straight line.
Featuring an impressive weight reduction of 130kg, a totally redesigned suspension set-up and modified aerodynamics the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R is the most extreme Renault Sport model yet. It also boasts some innovations that are normally the preserve of high end supercars, such as the optional carbon ceramic brakes and carbon fibre wheels. And in its pursuit of undiluted driving pleasure it removes items such as the rear seats, while the composite Sabelt seats can be ordered with six-point racing harnesses - this is a car that puts the driver front and centre.
Identified by its unique mother-of-pearl paint finish and red highlights (front blade, side stripes, double lateral diamonds graphics and the spokes of the Fuji-Light wheels), its TROPHY-R monograms, its carbon components in the bonnet and rear diffuse and its "shark fin" aerial. Inside, the racing atmosphere is underlined by the Alcantara® racing seats, a material that also adorns the racing steering wheel and handbrake lever. A numbered plaque on the door sill emphasizes the exclusiveness of this limited production model.
Of course, New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R is also a car developed using Renault Sport’s extensive motorsport expertise. As a result, the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R is a hot hatch ready for the racetrack. With greater traction, speed through corners and braking endurance, it is capable of bringing intense pleasure to expert drivers that want to make the most of its incredible potential. Such is the level of the MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R that it can easily compete with models that feature four-wheel drive and well in excess of 300 bhp.
This exceptional car will be made available as a limited series of just 500 numbered vehicles globally.
THE THREE PERFORMANCE PILLARS: WEIGHT-SAVING, SUSPENSION AND AERODYNAMICS
Thierry RÉVEILLÉ, technical synthesis engineer Mégane R.S. Trophy-R Renault Sport Cars:“Weight reduction plays a major role in increasing the performance of New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R. In addition to offering a better mass/power ratio, the virtuous circle of weight reduction delivers better agility and performance. Light is right! “
The New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R benefits from a truly remarkable weight reduction of 130kg, when configured with its lightest equipment and compared to the standard Trophy version without options. As a result it tips the scales at just 1,306 kg, representing a power to weight ratio of 230 PS/per ton compared to 209 PS/per ton for the Trophy, despite both sharing the same impressive 300 PS turbocharged 1.8-litre engine. As a result, the 0-62mph sprint now takes just 5.4 seconds - a full three-tenths faster than the Trophy.
This incredible reduction in mass is achieved in a number of ways, each one designed with the expressed intention of squeezing more performance from an already potent package. For instance, the exterior and mechanicals of the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R benefit from the following enhancements:
Carbon composite bonnet: at 8kg this panel is half the weight of the standard car’s steel item. Carbon fibre is used for the distinctive NACA air intake and the bonnet lining, while the rest of the louvered panel is fibreglass. As a further touch, New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R uses the lighter opaque and hollow Renault grille badge usually reserved for models equipped with adaptive cruise control.
Entirely carbon rear diffuser: not only lighter than the standard unit it helps generate extra aerodynamic downforce.
Wheels: the design of the Fuji Light 19’’ alloy wheel (optional on the Trophy) creates a weight saving of 2kg per corner, while the optional Carbon Revolution carbon wheel slices a further 2kg per wheel and is a world first in this sector.
Akrapovičtitanium exhaust: not only does this contribute to a weight saving of over 6kg, it also delivers a more authentic Developed to meet road and track noise regulations it has also been designed to integrate perfectly with the aerodynamics of the rear diffuser, plus it continues a Akrapovič’s working relationship with Renault Sport that goes back to the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy.
Bespoke lighter rear axle: this unit brings a significant 32kg saving over the Trophy, which is largely down to the decision not to use 4CONTROL steering for New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R. With the improved front axle and lighter weight, the required improvements in agility could be gained with a non-directional rear axle, while the need for the standard car’s high speed stability was not something that was demanded by expert drivers.
Optional air intake to replace the R.S. Vision driving lamps: available as an option, this extra unit fits into the nearside lower trim panel normally occupied by the R.S. Vision driving lamps. Using an accessory pipe it feeds directly into the engine air intake. In combination with an identical looking but blanked off insert on the offside this option results in a 2kg saving in weight and slightly reduced overhanging mass, subtly reducing the polar moment of inertia for improved agility.
High performance DESS lead battery: standard fit is a Dual Energy Storage System (DESS) battery that delivers increased performance for its size, while an optional lithium DESS battery offers a 4.5kg weight saving and is available from the online store as an accessory (R.S.com).
The inside of the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R hasn’t escaped the engineers’ forensic pursuit of weight-saving. Almost the entire interior has been reworked in an effort to minimise mass and increase performance, with the following changes:
Sabelt composite monocoque racing seats: Finished in grippy and hard-wearing Alcantara® these figure-hugging one-piece seats offer a weight saving of approximately 7kg per seat. Both seats can be set at three different heights using the lightweight subframe, while a Sabelt six-point harness is available as an accessory. Specific Renault Sport trim colours mean they integrate seamlessly with the rest of the cabin.
Removal of rear seats: By ditching the rear bench an impressive 3 kg has been stripped from the kerbweight. On cars with the optional carbon fibre wheels there are four separate storage bags, straps, netting and a cradle for the wheels. These can be accessed using the rear doors, which remain operational, and the tailgate. Furthermore, there is a thinner boot floor that saves 1.3kg and is marked with an R logo.
Thinner glazing, sealed rear door windows and deletion of rear wiper: the front and rear side windows get thinner and lighter glazing, saving 1kg, while the rear doors get fixed glass panes, which allows the removal of the electric window mechanisms and motors. In a similar vein, the rear wiper, its motor and wiring loom have been deleted, resulting in a 3kg saving.
7.0-inch infotainment screen: the obsessive pursuit of weight reduction is highlighted by the use of the smaller 7.0-inch infotainment system, which saves 250g compared to the standard Trophy’s 8.7-inch screen. However, the reversing camera is carried over, helping to avoid any risk of damaging the carbon diffuser when manoeuvring!
Laurent HURGON, Renault Sport test driver:“This new version is a demanding car for expert drivers who love to fine tune, and are seeking performance above all else. Every driver can make adjustments to their vehicle, learning to master the car, adjusting the shock absorbers and attitude to fine-tune handling to meet their requirements for driving into, through and out of bends. “
With the same engine power as the standard Trophy, the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R has been developed to deliver its increased performance through the corners. Not only has the axle geometry been revised to increase speed through the bends and traction on the exit, there are also many options for fine-tuning adjustments by the driver, essentially making the new New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R a true racing car for the road. In their pursuit of maximum suspension performance on road and track Renault Sport’s engineers have undertaken the following changes:
Revised front suspension: the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R benefits from a heavily revised suspension with its own geometry. Just like a racing car, the front axle keeps its independent pivot and has the negative camber increased by 1° compared to that of the Mégane R.S. Trophy, taking the figure to -2.05° in total. As a result the tyre contact patch is maintained during high cornering loads, allowing higher speeds through bends and better traction on the exits.
Torsen® limited slip differential: carried over from the Trophy is the limited slip differential that improves traction both in a straight line and out of corners, allowing drivers to use more of the engine’s power for a faster exit speed.
Lightened H rear axle: the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R features a bespoke rear axle, which saves 32kg. Crucially, the new set-up does not use the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering, the resulting weight-saving being much more appreciated by expert drivers than the fractional loss in high-speed stability.
Öhlins dampers: engineered in collaboration with Swedish suspension specialists Ohlins, these dual flow dampers make a major contribution to the dynamic efficiency of the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R. At both the front and rear these units can be adjusted for body height (lowering the ride by up to 16mm) and compression/rebound, while further tuning is offered by the adjustable bump stops.
Rear strut brace: by removing the rear seats it has been possible to add a strut brace that improves the torsional rigidity of the bodyshell.
Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres: Developed specifically for Renault Sport, the Potenza S007 is standard on the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R (and optional on the Trophy). Delivering remarkable response in terms of steering and optimum grip for extreme driving, the tyres are the first to get a specific R.S. marking on the wall. This is a high performance tyre that can be used every day yet is capable of enabling a record-breaking run on the Nordschleife.
Standard Brembo brakes: braking efficiency is naturally improved by the weight reduction measures on the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R, yet tthe dual material 355 mm front brake discs from Mégane R.S. Trophy are combined with new Brembo four piston callipers that feature larger 42mm pistons (the Trophy’s have a 40mm diameter).
Carbon ceramic brake upgrade: the optional carbon ceramic discs feature an even larger 390mm diameter to virtually take up all the available space behind the 19’’ wheel. These are clamped by a Gold finished Brembo four piston (44mm top and 42mm bottom) callipers embossed with the Renault Sport logo. Due to the increased braking performance revised ABS and ESP calibrations were necessary, ensuring consistent pedal pressure and bite during extreme driving. This gives New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R the ultimate braking performance and unbeatable endurance, even during extended track work. In addition, the disc’s carbon-ceramic material considerably lengthens operational
Multi-Sense: as on the Trophy, the Multi-Sense set-up allows drivers to tailor the steering, throttle and ambient lighting to suit the situation and mood.
François-Xavier DELAGE, Mégane R.S. Trophy-R Renault Sport Cars head engineer:“Considerable work was conducted on aerodynamics, for the same purposes as weight reduction and suspension: to increase grip by improving the overall aerodynamics and front/rear aerodynamic balance, in particular due to the resulting weight reduction in the rear part of the car. While the specific underbodies smooth the airflow upstream, the diffuser with its enlarged section downstream generates double the downforce than on Mégane R.S. Trophy with very limited deterioration of drag (+ 1.5%). These specific technical elements to enhance performance enabled the designers to produce an expressive resolutely “racing” design.“
As with the rest of the car, the aerodynamic performance of the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R was put under the microscope. Any design choices made were done so with the sole aim of optimising performance. As a result, engineers were able to deliver greater front and rear downforce while limiting aerodynamic drag. All changes made were verified both using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) and results gained in the wind tunnel.
At the front the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R benefits from a new bonnet with NACA intake, which combines with a similar vent under the engine to improve the air flow by seven percent and optimise cooling of the engine compartment during extreme hard driving. When at a standstill the new lateral louvres set into the bonnet work in combination with the NACA duct to provide a natural escape for engine heat build-up.
The bottom blade under the front bumper has been also been redesigned to provide better aerodynamic balance between the front and rear, while the new fairings under the front bumper and under the floor smooth air flow to optimise supply to the rear diffuser.
This entirely carbon fibre rear diffuser is equipped with thinner, F1-type curved blades that feature an even larger effective surface area in the central section in particular. Furthermore, the twin exit Akrapovič titanium exhaust features tailpipes that are cut to follow the profile of the diffuser, helping to minimise any disruption in the central airstream. By maximising the airflow in this way engineers have delivered increased downforce compared to the Mégane R.S. Trophy. achieve this same objective,
A further enhancement is the optional dynamic air intake that replaces the R.S. Vision driving lamps, normally set low in the front bumper, which helps lower air intake temperatures. Available as an accessory is a ducting pipe that extends this intake straight into the engine air filter unit.
On top of all this, new brake scoops double the air flow to the front discs, further improving braking endurance in severe conditions.
ENGINE, GEARBOX AND LIMITED PRODUCTION
Damienne DENIS, head of the Renault Sport Cars marketing department: “With New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R, we are targeting our most radical customers, for whom performance is the number one purchase criterion, well ahead of all the others. They know our history and our capacity to push back the limits, and they expect us once more to produce an extreme car with no concessions to performance. We owe it to ourselves to bring them the best of our know-how, and to offer them the options and accessories they need to push their Trophy-R experience as far as possible.”
ENGINE AND GEARBOX
Given the high specific power rating already achieved by the the Mégane R.S. Trophy’s MR18 engine (with 300 PS it delivers an extremely impressive 167 PS per litre), Renault Sport concluded that it had more than enough performance for the lighter and even more focused New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R.
To recap, however, the 1.8-litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder unit develops 300 PS at 6,000 rpm and delivers a muscular of 400 Nm of torque. Its turbocharger makes use of a technology originating directly from Formula 1, the ceramic ball bearing coating both reducing response time and easily coping with the heat and stresses of spinning at up to 200,000rpm.
Underlining the unit’s robustness is the fact that it was chosen by Renault Sport Racing as the basis for the engine used in the latest generation of Formula Renault single seat racer used in the demanding Formula Renault Eurocup championship.
Renault Sport engineers chose the six-speed manual gearbox for the New Mégane R.S. TROPHY-Ras it is lighter than the dual clutch EDC transmission, plus it is more in keeping with the car’s focus on expert drivers.
In combination with the significant weight-savings the new engine delivers impressive performance:
Max speed: 163mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 5.4 seconds
Acceleration 31-75mph in 3rd gear: 2.9 seconds
Standing kilometre: 24.5 seconds
Furthermore, the engine is equipped with a petrol particle filter and meets the Euro 6d temp standards.
LIMITED PRODUCTION RUN OF 500 UNITS
Like its predecessors the Mégane R.S. R26.R and Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R is set to be a rare and exclusive car. It appeals to the most demanding type of Renault Sport customers, who seeks the most sophisticated and engaging handling, and is motivated above all by performance.
As a result, the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R will be launched as a limited series of 500 numbered vehicles globally, with France, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Japan being the main markets.
Of the 500 examples globally, 30 will be ultra exclusive versions that feature the following options:
Four additional carbon wheels: delivered in their own individual covers and secured by a dedicated Sabelt net to a special subframe behind the front seats, these lightweight wheels are in addition to the standard Fuji Light rims.
Carbon-Ceramic pack: this combines front brakes with carbon-ceramic discs combined with the dynamic air intake replacing the R.S. Vision headlights.
The remaining 470 examples can be specified with a range of options aimed at further improving the already extreme performance of the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R:
Adjustable rear bumpstop and short suspension spring
DESS Lithium battery
Six-point Sabelt harness
Intake air duct for the dynamic air intake
Dynamic air intake.
BUILDING NEW MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R
Given the relatively small production numbers involved Renault Sport has worked closely with Palencia factory, which assembles the standard Mégane models. As a result, even the bespoke front axle complete with optional carbon ceramic brakes can be fitted on the full production line. In addition there is a team of 15 people working in the TECH workshop at the end of the line. Capable of setting up a tailored production system to fit parts that cannot be accommodated on the assembly line, these individuals attach items such as the bonnet, diffuser and carbon wheels. These are tasks where the human hand brings utmost care and precision to create the exceptional finished object: the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R, which is finished at a rate of 15 examples per day.
BEATING THE NURBURGRING LAP RECORD
François-Xavier DELAGE, head engineer for New MÉGANE R. S. TROPHY-R: “One of the characteristics of the organisation implemented on this TROPHY-R project is to set up an extremely small team of about ten people, as in F1, continuously seeking to improve performance and working to an extremely tight schedule. Team spirit, the human factor, the proximity between engineers and the driver have been fundamental structuring values: the record bears witness to this! “
On 5 April 2019 the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R set a new all-time record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, completing the tortuous 12.8 mile lap in 7 minutes 40.1 seconds. This represents a remarkable performance on what is the most demanding circuit in the world for both for cars and drivers.
Yet this success is part of decade long story of Mégane R.S. and the ‘Ring, which reflects the passion and desire for a challenge that motivates all parts of Renault Sport team. This story began in 2008 when Renault secured the very first record in the production car category, and it has continued right up to 2019. In all, four “radical” Mégane R.S. cars have secured records in the production car category on the Nürburgring (Nordschleife):
2008: Mégane R.S. R26.R in 8 minutes 17 seconds.
2011: Mégane R.S. Trophy in 8 minutes 07.97 seconds.
2014: Mégane III R.S. Trophy-R in 7 minutes 54.36 seconds.
2019: The New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R in 7 minutes 40.1 seconds
N.B.: The Nordschleife: a new official run. Up until 2019, most of the records were set on the 20.600 km run. Stopwatch started at the end of the T13 zone, and stopped at the start/finish line. Starting in 2019, the official run according to the Nürburgring is the complete lap of 20.832 km: stopwatch started and stopped on the start/finish line (beginning of T13). In this context, the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R time is recorded in the “compact cars” category (production vehicles without any modifications).
To achieve such a record today with a production car is a truly astounding achievement. To succeed it was necessary to introduce flexible and talented ‘commando style’ teamwork to keep within the short development time. This required methods similar to those used in the Renault Sport motorsport sector and experience gained by the Formula 1 team.
THE DRIVER: LAURENT HURGON
At the wheel for the successful record attempt was Laurent Hurgon, the official test driver for the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R. Having already broken the record on two previous occasions for Renault, he knows each metre of the circuit like the back of his hand. He is passionate about what he does, contributing in this ultimate version of the Mégane with the same dedicated attention to detail as he would for a racing car. After each test session there was a debriefing session, just as in motorsport, when adjustments would be made and new solutions found. Each change moving the project closer to ultimate performance.
Q&A WITH LAURENT HURGON
Can you tell us about the record-breaking lap?
Laurent Hurgon: ‘Conditions were not ideal, because the weather was cold and damp, but we found the right launch window for take-off. The Nordschleife is an extremely difficult track. It has lots of very fast sections, combined with several very different types of bends. Although I know the circuit very well, it still requires total concentration. But the car was ready, the whole team was behind me, and I was highly motivated to go for a record-breaking time.’
How do you approach a car like New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R?
L.H.: ‘It’s a car that has to be seen like a competition car. In the same way as a test session, you have to drive a few laps to adjust the car to the racetrack, to the damp weather, your driving style and your preferences. It is vital to start by getting the tyres up to the right temperature, and to try out some load transfers to feel how the car reacts. Customers will be able to adjust the driveability and attitude of the car, the shock absorbers and the tyre pressures, in the same way as on a racing car.’
What does it feel like to drive the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R?
L.H.: ‘The front axle plays an important role, the more you push it the more effective it is, thanks to its negative cambering. It enables you to drive round bends at speeds that are completely off the map in this segment. That means you have to set the rear axle properly to control oversteer. The steering is precise as a scalpel, with its very direct reduction ratio. The brakes are ultra-powerful: carbon brings consistency and bite, so you can brake later and manage gradual braking more effectively. Although the aerodynamics push the car down onto the track, you still have be ultra-precise in your driving. It’s a demanding car that needs you to be humble if you want to learn to control it, but which will be exciting for customers, because there will always be room for improvement!’
A few final words?
L.H.: ‘I feel incredibly lucky to be able to contribute to developing such a car: demanding, limitless, delivering the best performance ever from a Renault production car. It’s both exciting and extremely rewarding. For the team, the common objective was unusually intense, especially as the company was keeping an eye on all our technical decisions. This is everything I love about Renault Sport, and this car is the crystallisation of this spirit and experience!’
미니가 JCW(존 쿠퍼 웍스) GP를 2020년부터 시리즈 모델로 출시하기로 결정했습니다. 아울러 27일(프레스)부터 열리는 2018 LA 오토쇼에 미니 존 쿠퍼 웍스 나이드 에디션(MINI John Cooper Works Knights Edition)을 공개한다고 밝혔네요.
JCW GP는 지난해 프랑크푸르트 모터쇼에서 컨셉으로 등장한 바 있는 고성능 미니이자 몬테 카를로 랠리 우승 50주년을 기념하는 모델이기도 합니다.
당시의 디자인 요소를 반영해 기본형과 차별화한다는 전략인데 이걸 양산 모델에도 그대로 유지할 모양입니다. 미니 팬들에겐 반가운 소식이네요.
The BMW Group has chosen IAA Cars 2017 in Frankfurt to present the modern racing essence of a MINI – in the form of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept. Inspired by the carmaker’s legendary triumphs in the Monte Carlo Rally exactly 50 years ago, this design study embodies undiluted dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun – on both the race track and the road. The concept car picks up the baton from the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP and 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit. Produced in strictly limited numbers (2,000 examples worldwide for each), these two models explored the outer limits of their performance capability at the time.
“The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition,” says Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad. “This is driving fun in its purest form.”
The design – compact proportions and sporting agility.
Significantly wider than the current MINI, the design study exudes dynamism and power. Large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler create a confident appearance. The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre optimises the car’s power-to-weight ratio whilst evenly balanced weight distribution ensures MINI’s signature go-kart handling.
“If you know about MINI, you’ll be aware of the brand’s long and successful history in motor sport,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept brings together the full suite of defining MINI design features and showcases them at their sportiest and most exciting. What we’re looking at here is maximum performance, maximum MINI.”
The front end.
Large air intakes and precisely moulded air deflectors dominate the front end, which cuts a low-to-the-road figure. Crisply cut add-on elements frame the smooth MINI silhouette and highlight the track focus of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept when viewed head-on. The space between the main body of the front end and the air deflectors further strengthens the car’s presence. The exterior is finished in Black Jack Anthracite paint – which shimmers between grey and black– and the accent colour is Curbside Red metallic (a matt red shade). Curbside Red metallic provides a fresh take on the classic John Cooper Works red and visually accentuates the optimised geometry of the performance and add-on parts.
At the centre of the front end, distinctive MINI design cues such as the elliptical headlights and hexagonal radiator grille sharpen the car’s identity. Elements such as the powerdome, including the prominent air scoop in the bonnet, hexagonal honeycomb radiator grille and air intakes in the front apron intensify the car’s sporty appearance. Further colour accents in Highspeed Orange enhance the visual impact of the headlights and air intake.
The lower edge of the large front apron reach down close to the road, while the car’s wide track and prominently flared wheel arches promise top-level handling and high cornering speeds. Another technical highlight is the front apron’s all-carbon-fibre construction, which reduces the car’s weight. The carbon matting is now directly visible and presented with a high-gloss paint finish with a red hexagon graphic.
In keeping with MINI design language, the narrowing windows and rising shoulderline creates a wedge shape from the side and gives the car the appearance of powering forward even before it turns a wheel. Lower down, voluminous surfaces fuse into a muscular body and endow the flanks with agility and dynamism. The car number 0059 references the year the classic Mini was born: 1959.
Carbon-fibre side skirts provide the body with its lowest edge. 19-inch Racetrack lightweight wheels in a classic multi-spoke design underline the design study’s performance aspirations. Contrasts in Curbside Red metallic - together with the Highspeed Orange on the inside of the rims – and the GP logo bring extra verve to the wheel design. Elsewhere, Curbside Red metallic and Highspeed Orange provide highlights to the exterior mirror bases and door handles respectively.
The rear end.
Surfaces on the rear are bordered by precisely formed air-channelling elements and the positioning of the LED rear lights on the outside underscores the car’s dynamic focus. Sophisticated touches, such as the half-Union Jack on each side, represent a nod to the concept car’s British origins, while also providing a sporty, technical flourish. The prominent roof spoiler is a visual statement of intent and slots cleanly into the geometry of the side elements.
Like the front end and flanks, the lower section of the car has a precise and dynamic design. Carbon-fibre air vents and air deflectors are in optimum positions, and the two rain lights at the outer edges at the rear improve visibility in wet races. The distinctive central twin tailpipes low down at the rear embody the John Cooper Works DNA to eye-catching effect.
The interior – stripped down and with track-inspired elements.
The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is pared back to its core elements with its roll cage joined on board by little more than a pair of low-mounted bucket seats with five-point belts and a cleanly-designed instrument panel. Gearshift is by paddles on the steering wheel.
All the elements of the interior are focused directly on the driver. The display and control concept with digital instrument cluster and Head-Up Display places relevant information directly in the driver’s eye-line, allowing absolute focus on the road to be maintained. Interaction between driver and car is otherwise digital, including touch-control adjustment of suspension settings in MINI’s familiar central instrument. It is left to the large emergency cut-off button and the traditional MINI toggle switches with start/stop button to provide a bridge between the digital and analogue worlds.
A rear seat bench, headliner and conventional door trim panels are conspicuous by their absence, sacrificed in the interests of minimising weight. Instead, the surfaces between the elements of the roll cage and the rear compartment are trimmed in lightweight panels with textured details and a hexagonal pattern. This creates a transition between the unadorned rear and more design-rich front cabin. The doors are opened using recessed grips with fabric straps, leaving the driver and passenger to climb out through the roll cage in typical racing car style.
The interior combines its pared-back sporting forms with eye-catching elements and bold colour accents. The result is a face-off between the less familiar aesthetic of a racing-car bodyshell and the exclusivity of high-quality production-car appointments. Against the backdrop of the white basic space, black, patinated smooth leather on the head restraints and bolsters provides a neat contrast with the back-and-white knitted textile in the central section of the seats. A new 3D knitting technique provides a classy and modern feel, while red accents make a visual statement. The aluminium roll cage stands apart clearly from the black 3D-printed parts in the doors and instrument panel, and a lightly-structured trim element with hexagonal graphic reinforces the sporty, modern look. Curbside Red metallic adds a colour accent to selected functional components and Highspeed Orange acts as a complementary colour on the belt straps, inscriptions and the stitching of the steering wheel and seats.
With 3D printing and 3D knitting techniques, MINI is bringing technologies to the interior of the concept car which will enable both tool-free production and simple personalisation in the future.
MINI + high performance + race-track feeling = John Cooper Works.
The character of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is defined by a motorsport heritage which stretches back over more than five decades. Indeed, the classic Mini was transformed by legendary sports car designer John Cooper into a byword for driving fun on the road and an extraordinarily successful competitor on the racetrack and rally scene. A motorsport career which began exactly 50 years ago included three overall victories in the Monte Carlo Rally. Today, the John Cooper Works name is synonymous with products and models where quality is rooted in established motorsport know-how and an association with the British premium small car which dates back to 1959.
신형 A클래스에 AMG 소스를 뿌린 핫해치죠. 엔트리이긴 해도 심장은 동급의 어떤 모델보다 화끈합니다.
AMG가 튜닝한 2.0리터 4기통 터보로 최고출력 306마력을 냅니다. 여기에 AMG 스피드시프트 DCT 7G 듀얼 클러치 변속기와 4매틱 네바퀴굴림을 접목했죠. 0-100km/h 가속을 4.7초에 끝내고 최고속은 250km/h에서 제한됩니다.
출시를 기념해 내놓는 에디션 1엔 좀 더 적극적인 에어로파츠가 붙어요. 앞뒤 범퍼의 검은 색 핀이 노란 보디와 좋은 대조를 이루네요.
The new A 35 4MATIC expands the AMG model range by an attractive entry-level model. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine generates an output of 225 kW (306 hp) and produces a peak torque of 400 Nm. An acceleration time of 4.7 seconds for 0-100 km/h and the top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited) meet the customers' requests for high driving dynamics in the compact segment. The standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive varies the torque distribution anywhere from pure front-wheel drive to a 50:50 ratio and thereby combines best possible traction with tremendous driving fun. Five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes enable a wide spread in the vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic.
An eye-catcher inside and out
The exterior with flics on the air intakes of the front apron, AMG-specific radiator grille, front splitter and trim elements in silver chrome embodies the characteristic AMG design. The optionally available 19-inch wheels and the AMG side sill panelling reinforce the typical AMG look. In the interior of the A 35, the new MBUX multimedia system combines an intuitive operating structure with sporty design. Especially the 'Supersport' style with central round rev counter and indicator bars with 3D effect produces a decidedly emotionally appealing visualisation of the driving information on the Widescreen Display. A new feature is the distinct AMG centre console with Touchpad and additional switches for operating functions such ESP, manual transmission mode and adaptive adjustable damping.
Attractive packages as optional equipment
The optional AMG Aerodynamics Package developed in the wind tunnel improves handling at high speeds. The front apron with larger front splitter and additional high-gloss flics as well as the fixed AMG rear aerofoil increase the downforce. The lateral spoilers around the visual air outlets of the rear apron and the diffuser blade also have a high-gloss black finish.
Likewise optionally available is the AMG Night Package. It underscores the expressive vehicle character with striking black design elements, an effect further boosted by the heat-insulating dark tinted windows aft of the B-pillar.
Edition 1 – for even more individuality
The Edition 1 provides additional exclusivity and dynamics already at the market launch: Inside and out, it compels with choice details and is limited to 18 months. The equipment features include the AMG Aerodynamics Package and the AMG Night Package. The denim blue paint finish and the "tech gold" accents on the side mirror housings and the lower sections of the doors produce an especially exclusive look. The 19-inch Livorno wheels with high-sheen finish feature a wheel cover with centre-lock look and also sport that same "tech gold" hue. The AMG Performance seats upholstered with black/grey ARTICO/DINAMICA featuring blue accents and medium-grey contrasting topstitching as well as the AMG Performance steering wheel emphasise the sportiness in the interior. The Edition 1 also comes with heated seats and ambient lighting as standard. Aluminium trim elements and an 'Edition' badge on the steering wheel add visual highlights in the interior.
Technical data at a glance
Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC
2.0-litre I4 with exhaust turbocharger
225 kW (306 hp) at 5800-6100 rpm
400 Nm at 3000-4000 rpm
AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive
AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission
Combined fuel consumption
7.4-7.3 l/100 km*
CO2 emissions, combined
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
* The stated (provisional) figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. * electronically limited
 The stated (provisional) figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures.
 All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Recommended Retail Prices for Germany including 19% VAT.