Sunday, July 12

Geneva Motorshow: Ferrari V8 & flying car ready to takeoff

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The Ferrari 488 Pista makes the 0-100 km / h in less than 3 seconds, promises Ferrari V8. The PAL-V Liberty flying car has an autonomous 1900 km on the road, 500 km in the air.

Geneva Motor Show: 488 Pista, the most powerful Ferrari V8 in history

The big boss of Fiat-Chrysler and Ferrari, Sergio Marchionne, was on hand at the Geneva Motor Show for the launch of the new red racing car, the Ferrari V8 488 Pista.

A sign of the company’s emphasis on the new model, John Elkann, chairman of the board of directors and representative of the Agnelli family, was also present at the unveiling along with Marchionne.

Ferrari V8 Maximum speed 340 km / h

The Pista succeeds the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale. The new car marks a rise compared to the previous ones: it is driven by a V8 3.9 biturbo raised from 670 to 720 hp, a reduced weight of 90 kg (to 1280 kg), aerodynamic support up 20%, new electronic assistance … and an exhaust sounding a unique sound, adds the Italian manufacturer.

Ferrari promises 0-100 km / h in 2.85 s and 0-200 km / h in 7.6 s, en route to a top speed of 340 km / h. The 720 hp V8 is the most powerful ever produced by Ferrari for a car homologated for public roads.

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Geneva Motor Show: The flying car is trying to take off

Dream often illustrated in cinema, from Mary Poppins to James Bond, the first private flying car is expected to take off next year. At the Geneva Motor Show, a Dutch company presents its business model.

Vehicles capable of driving in the midst of road traffic and extracting them by air have continued to inspire engineers.

Waiting list: two years in traffic

The “Liberty” model of the Dutch Pal-V, the first “rolling-flying” hybrid, is to be delivered to buyers as early as next year. Proof that the idea is serious: an alliance between Airbus, Audi and Italdesign also deals with technology and presents in Geneva its “PopUp Next” concept of autonomous flying vehicle.

At Pal-V, it was a “frustration” that was behind the idea. By plane, “you take off at a place you do not want to leave and you arrive at a place that is not your destination,” says Robert Dingemanse, CEO of the start-up. “The Pal-V is the perfect product for mobility between cities,” he says. Outside the cities, we fly, and in the city, we roll.

The three-wheeled vehicle (two at the rear, one at the front), with a deployable rotor that allows it to fly like a helicopter, is powered by a gasoline engine and has a range of 500 km in flight or 1900 km on road, where its maximum speed is 160 km / h.

He is a victim of his success. The waiting time for the delivery of the gyrocopter is currently two years.

The project of the Airbus trio, Audi, Italdesign, aims for a marketing after 2025.

To take off, “you can use the 10,000 tracks available in Europe, and as you can drive, that’s enough,” said the Dutch entrepreneur, adding that “every German has a small airfield 10 or 20 km from home.”

It takes between 10,000 and 20,000 euros for pilot training and to pay between 300,000 and 500,000 euros for the machine itself, according to Mr. Dingemanse. “It’s the price order of a small helicopter, but it’s easier to use and maintenance is cheaper,” he says.