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Burger Dots (01/19)

January 19, 2012 by Matt

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  • Left Lane reports on new details released concerning the upcoming McLaren F1 successor, tentatively named the P12. It won’t be the quantum leap its forebear was, using a only a breathed-upon version of the 3.8l twin-turbo V8 employed by the lesser MP4-12C instead of a bespoke V12, but it will have some tricks up its sleeve, including a KERS “booster” system, similar to the one optional on F1 cars, that could augment the engine’s output considerably in limited bursts. Should be interesting.
  • Meanwhile, Bosch is burning the midnight oil in their effort to get gasoline engines to emulate diesels. The promise of a 30% increase in efficiency is driving their development work on the homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) concept, in which a spark-less engine ignites the gasoline fuel-air mixture using heat from compression alone. Will it be the wave of the future? Doubtful, but Bosch’s research could spawn other, more incremental improvements in efficiency.
  • What’s it like to live surrounded by a coterie of expensive supercars? A wealthy Evo reader gives some insight. It turns out that in spite of its utter ugliness, the Ferrari F50 is actually a great drive, and a handbuilt Mosler track weapon can be as reliable as a Camry.
  • Just the facts, ma’am. Ever found yourself completely bewildered by circuit maps of the legendary 12.8-mile Nürburgring, in all its glorious intricacy? I have. Fortunately, a cheat sheet of sorts has been put together, distilling the track’s myriad twists and turns into a nice summary of the numbers and potential tricky areas.

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