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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 15:03

Introducing the Lightforce LED Range

A full and diverse range of LED products are now available from Lightforce, the Australian designers who revolutionised driving light expectations!

The Lightforce range has expanded to include not only the LED180 but also the impressive LED215 and the compact and convenient ROK40 utility light.

Already on the shelves of many stores, the LED180 has been a hot seller around the country with positive reviews and feedback coming in daily. The LED215 and the ROK40 are set to follow suit, with the LED215 now ready to hit stores and the ROK40 available for pre-orders.

Using the latest technology, the Lightforce LED range has been engineered to the high standard that users have come to expect from Lightforce products, including the industry leading three year warranty.

The LED180 is available in both spot and combination beams with tough pressure cast aluminium construction, two pack DuPont® automotive coating, rugged impact resistant hard coated polycarbonate lens for durability and a water proof rating to IP68 standard. In addition to this, the LED215 light which is designed specifically for larger vehicles and truck drivers. Built to the same tough standard as the LED180, the LED215 is also available in both the spot and combination beam patterns.

Rounding off the LED range is the compact yet powerful 2 inch ROK40 work light, prefect for a range of applications including heavy equipment usage, mining, marine, off road vehicles and ATV to name a few. Each light within this range features an impressive 50,000+ hour LED life span to ensure that Lightforce LED will never let you down.

Honda Australia has introduced a limited edition CR-V ‘Plus+’, available on both two- and four-wheel drive variants with automatic transmissions and metallic paint.

“The CR-V is consistently our top-selling model,” said Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins. “And for a limited time, the CR-V is available with extra features representing great value for money.”

Based on the existing VTi in both two- and four-wheel drive, the limited edition CR-V ‘Plus+’ receives:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Metallic paint (flat paint not available)
  • Exclusive badging

The CR-V ‘Plus+’ starts at a Manufacturer’s List Price of $30,790 and is on sale nationally in Honda Dealerships now.

  • Independent test achieves longest journey on single tank of hydrogen
  • ix35 Fuel Cell travels from Oslo to Malmö – a distance of 700 kilometres
  • World’s first mass-produced fuel cell car continues to demonstrate the future of sustainable mobility

11 July 2014 - Hyundai Motor’s ix35 Fuel Cell has driven a record distance for a hydrogen-powered production car on a single tank, covering 700 kilometres across three countries. The economy drive was conducted by independent Norwegian non-profit eco-pioneers Marius Bornstein and Arnt G. Hartvig.

The ix35 Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-production fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), was driven between Oslo (Norway) and Malmö (Sweden) via Gothenburg (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The journey took 10 hours to complete, at an average speed of 76 km/h, taking in city and highway driving.

The pioneering vehicle was in production-standard specification, and exceeded its stated range of 594 kilometres, with the trip computer still indicating nearly 10 kilometres of range available at the journey’s conclusion.

Marius Bornstein, said: “We had planned to finish in Copenhagen, but realised there was enough hydrogen left in the tank for a longer drive. When we arrived at the filling station in Malmö we still had a few kilometres of range remaining. To achieve this distance on just one tank of hydrogen shows the potential of this technology and the ability of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. I believe this is a world record.”

In April 2012, the two drivers travelled from Oslo to Monaco in an ix35 Fuel Cell, a distance of 2,260 kilometres, demonstrating the usability of fuel cell cars and the growing refuelling infrastructure.

Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “The distance travelled by the ix35 Fuel Cell demonstrates the viability and real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology – it’s an electric vehicle with long-distance range. Hyundai is the first automaker to mass-produce fuel cell vehicles, and we continue to promote the growth of Europe’s hydrogen refuelling network.”

As part of the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) initiative, recently established to grow Europe’s refuelling infrastructure, a hydrogen station was opened in Malmö in June 2014. As part of HyFIVE, 110 fuel-cell vehicles from five manufacturers will be delivered to customers across Europe, including 75 from Hyundai.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the latest model from a development programme that began in 1998, and continues at the company’s dedicated fuel cell research centre at its Eco Technology Research Institute in Korea. In January 2013 the company became the world’s first automaker to begin mass production of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered vehicles, underlining its position as a world-leader in the development of fuel cell technology.

  • Refreshed Territory SUV styling delivers purposeful look with packaging and space customers have come to expect from the award-winning SUV
  • Territory leads Ford’s lineup of smart, efficient utility vehicles that recently was bolstered by the addition of the Ford Kuga compact SUV and EcoSport sub-compact SUV
  • Falcon G6E continues powerful and refined look already seen in the XR8 with signature trapezoidal grille, chiseled headlights with daytime running lamps.

MELBOURNE, 28 Jul., 2014 – The freshened Territory will arrive later this year with a more modern look with the space and functionality that helped it spur Australia’s SUV craze that continues today.

As SUV sales have increased, Ford has bolstered its utility vehicle lineup with the addition of the globally acclaimed Ford Kuga compact and EcoSport sub-compact SUVs.

Ford released images of Territory and new Falcon G6E to reveal exterior designs that bring both into harmony with the rest of the Ford product portfolio in Australia.

The Melbourne-based Ford design team has taken the Territory to new levels with a bold grille and headlight execution that point to Ford’s global SUV styling.

The multi-award winning SUV features a distinctive, refined front-end treatment that combines a purposeful new look with the packaging, functionality and space that customers have come to expect from the Ford Territory.

Utility leader

As one of the country’s most popular SUVs, Mr. Nima Nourian, Exterior Design Manager said the new Territory had a lot to live up to.

“Our customers appreciate the functionality, seven-seat capability and fuel efficiency of the turbo-diesel but we also wanted to deliver a new level of visual appeal with the 2014 Territory,” he said.

“For 2014 the Territory gains a more robust, yet refined design and you won’t mistake it for anything else but a Territory,” he said. “Visually the surfacing is more architectural and achieves a very cohesive and sophisticated look.”

Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the Ford Territory set the benchmark for family-friendly SUVs when it was launched. “The new-look Territory is set to carry this on,” he said. “Our customers love the comfort, space and fuel efficiency and now the refreshed design will provide another compelling reason to buy.”

The customer base for the Ford Territory is huge. More than 155,000 Territory SUVs have been sold since the nameplate launched in 2004 and this SUV remains a favourite with Australian families.

“It consistently ranks as one of the best-sellers in its class and importantly for our customers, is the only Australian designed and engineered SUV,” Graziano said.

The 2014 Falcon and Territory program was made possible with a $34 million Federal Government co-investment, as well as co-investment provided by the Victorian Government.  “We greatly appreciate the assistance of the Australian and Victorian Governments towards the development of the 2014 Ford Falcon.”

Ford Territory customers will be able to choose from the proven six-cylinder petrol engine as well as the popular V6 TDCi engine, which currently accounts for more than half of all Territory sales.

To the end of June 2014, Ford has sold more than 155,000 Territorys, excluding exports. The peak sales year for Territory was 2005 when 23,454 were sold. Ford currently exports Territorys to New Zealand and has in the past exported to Thailand and South Africa.

Distinctive Falcon

The Falcon G6E provides a powerful and refined look that befits the prestige Falcon model, already seen in the sporty XR series. The Falcon G6E also carries a globally identifiable ‘Face’ of Ford, with the new trapezoidal grille that features detailed chrome surrounds, chiseled head lamps and discreet bright work.

The Exterior Design Manager for the 2014 Falcon, Nima Nourian, said the design brief for the G6E was to give customers a premium look, by implementing the Ford trapezoidal grille with strong technical graphics in the head lamps.

“The G6E provides a new level of design detailing. Even casually glancing at the G6E you can see it’s a premium vehicle,” Nourian said. “There’s some fine craftsmanship in the bright-work and the way the front and rear design treatments mesh with the jewelry on the car. It’s very well executed, even down to the front fender vent.”

Product onslaught
Pricing, features and specifications of the new Falcon and Territory range will be revealed closer to launch. The Falcon range and ute, and Ford Territory go on sale later this year.

The arrival of the 2014 Falcon and Territory spearheads a massive product onslaught in 2015 with the arrival of the refreshed Focus lineup, Focus ST update, all-new Mondeo, Mustang EcoBoost and V8 and the eagerly anticipated Ford Everest SUV.

By 2017 Ford in Australia will have refreshed, or completely updated, its entire lineup.

“We’ve only just started,” Graziano said. “With the arrival of the 2014 Falcon and Territory, we’re ramping up to enhance our product portfolio and provide a comprehensive range of vehicles that our customers value and desire. Among the vehicles arriving next year are the iconic Ford Mustang, all-new Mondeo and Everest SUV.”

  • Ahead of its official reveal, Land Rover uncovers innovative camouflaged Discovery Sport
  • New compact SUV remains true to Discovery family with option of a third row of rear seats
  • Latest camouflage wrap gives clearest view yet of vehicle’s design
  • Prototype vehicles leave Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant to embark on final testing stages

Whitley, UK, 30th July 2014: Land Rover has dropped the biggest hint yet towards the design of Discovery Sport, with the debut of a new camouflage wrap confirming that the new compact SUV will be available with 5+2 seating.

As if ‘peeling back’ the outer layer of the vehicle, the camouflage reveals that the Discovery Sport will in fact have the option of two seats in the third row, enhancing its versatility and appeal as a compact, family SUV.

Prototype cars sporting the new camouflage design left Halewood, UK, where the Discovery Sport will be manufactured, to embark on final testing and development activity across several continents.

“As you would expect from a Discovery, the versatile Discovery Sport will feature optional 5+2 seating, offering spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs,” said Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover.

Discovery Sport will go on sale alongside the existing Discovery in 2015.

Whitley, UK, 30 July 2014 – The Range Rover Sport SVR has lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds, making it the fastest production SUV around the Nürburgring. The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver testing a standard production example of the potent new performance flagship.

The new SVR, which made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June returned to the Nürburgring this month to continue an exhaustive testing schedule. The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by an updated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 404kW – a 29kW increase over the existing V8 Supercharged derivative.

The handling characteristics of the SVR have been honed on the demanding Nürburgring Nordschleife because the undulating circuit’s challenging layout represents the ultimate test for high performance vehicles.

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, said: “The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners. We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities.”

Development of the Range Rover Sport SVR has been carried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, with the aim of producing the most performance-focused Range Rover Sport ever. This has been achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort.  The Range Rover Sport SVR features a twin-speed transfer case to provide a choice of high and low gear ratios and the same 850mm wading depth as other models in the Range Rover Sport line-up.

The Range Rover Sport SVR will arrive in Land Rover showrooms in 2015.

Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Range Rover Sport SVR

  • The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest, most powerful and most dynamically focused Land Rover ever produced.
  • On sale in Australia from Quarter 2 2015.

The first Land Rover to wear the new high-performance SVR badge, the Range Rover Sport SVR is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 260km/h.

The SVR’s range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been developed to produce 405kW and 680Nm – substantial 30kW and 55Nm increases – while it’s advanced ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement the astonishing performance, whatever the weather.

In initial tests, Land Rover’s most dynamic SUV has lapped Germany’s legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in 8 minutes 14 seconds, one of the fastest times ever recorded by a standard production SUV.

The new SVR unleashes the full potential of the Range Rover Sport’s lightweight and robust all-aluminium architecture, while retaining the refinement, luxury and off-road capability for which Range Rover is world-renowned.

In two world firsts for Range Rover, an electrically controlled two-stage active exhaust provides a racecar-inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs without adversely affecting refinement during steady-state driving.

Meanwhile, unique 22-inch alloy wheels with performance-optimised 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres* complement the driver-focused chassis. As standard, new 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/45 R21 all-season tyres offer unparalleled all-terrain capability.

Exterior design enhancements ensure the SVR makes a striking visual impact, while simultaneously boosting cooling and aerodynamic efficiencies. A bespoke interior featuring unique sports seats provides further visual differentiation and ensures occupants are held securely in place during spirited driving.

Speaking ahead of its global premiere, John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Rover’s Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design. Its exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.

“A thorough range of revisions specially developed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations combine to make this premium derivative even more distinctive both inside and out, as well as taking its dynamic capabilities to the next level without impacting on comfort, refinement or all-terrain versatility. The Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”

The Range Rover Sport SVR builds on the success of the new Range Rover Sport, with its all-aluminium monocoque – a world first in the segment – which reduces weight by 39% compared with its predecessor and provides the ideal strong, stiff and lightweight structure on which to create the Range Rover Sport SVR.

The Range Rover Sport SVR has been created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team and will be built alongside existing models and sold through the Land Rover dealer network.

Range Rover Sport SVR – designed, engineered and built in Britain – amplifies the engineering integrity, robustness and attention to detail that are Land Rover hallmarks.

The Range Rover Sport was introduced in 2005, with over 500,000 examples built to date.

Section 1 - THE MOST POWERFUL LAND ROVER EVER

At the Range Rover Sport SVR’s heart lies an evolution of the all-aluminium 5000cc supercharged V8 engine with its cast-iron cylinder liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps providing a combination of strength, performance and refinement.

The engineers at Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations have carefully optimised the Bosch management system and retuned the supercharger’s electronic bypass valve to increase maximum boost pressure during high-performance driving, while retaining the V8 engine’s exceptional flexibility for off-road versatility and effortless on-road acceleration.

Power and torque increase by a substantial 30kW and 55Nm to 405kW and 680Nm, giving the SVR a 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 260km/h where conditions allow. A Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 8 minutes 14 seconds further underlines its capability.

The Range Rover Sport SVR’s unique design enhancements also contribute: larger air intakes in the front bumper increase airflow to the two charge air coolers. This reduces the temperature of pressurised air generated by the supercharger before it enters the engine, maintaining excellent performance even in extreme conditions.

A solid platform provided by the aluminium monocoque, along with uprated suspension and firmer bushings, has allowed Land Rover engineers to further increase the incredibly potent engine’s responses. Once the driver lifts off the throttle, for instance, the air-charge is reduced far more quickly than in existing Range Rover Sport derivatives, leading to an instant response for greater driver engagement. In Dynamic mode, these characteristics are intensified thanks to sharper throttle response and more incisive gearshift logic. In addition, the fuel supply is no longer cut on the overrun, creating a characterful crackle through the exhaust.

The SVR’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions are unaffected by the extra performance and remain identical to the V8 Supercharged derivative at 12.8 L/100km and 325g/km. This is due to the engine’s advanced and highly efficient design characteristics, which include: class-leading levels of low internal friction; high-pressure direct injection with a centrally mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided injection system; dual independent variable camshaft timing (VCT).

Section 2 - EVEN FASTER GEARSHIFTS AND DYNAMICALLY FOCUSED DRIVELINE

The Range Rover Sport SVR’s smooth and responsive 8-speed ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission has been optimised for additional performance. Along with optional 22-inch Continental SportContact 5 tyres, revised chassis settings and a sure-footed four-wheel-drive system, the transmission receives additional torque in its lower gears to achieve a thrilling 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds.

Equipped with eight closely stacked ratios, the transmission’s shift times have been reduced by up to 50% thanks to extremely rapid and precise fuel cut-offs during upshifts. This leads to shorter, more visceral and audibly crisper shifts while utilising engine inertia for a sense of acceleration throughout the gearchange. It also creates a more immediate connection to the vehicle, and ensures the engine is constantly within its powerband.

The transmission’s adaptive shift strategy monitors acceleration and brake inputs, lateral cornering forces, kickdown requests and even the severity of gradients, before choosing one of 25 pre-determined programmes to seamlessly adapt to driver behaviour and road conditions. Sportier driving triggers more aggressive gearshifts and defers upshifts until higher revs, for instance.

To ensure the Range Rover Sport SVR doesn’t suffer any loss of stability, the throttle is automatically blipped during high-speed downshifts, smoothing the transition between ratios. This function also allows the transmission to perform a series of rapid downshifts under hard braking with maximum refinement and control.

Corner Recognition maintains one gear through a bend to ensure outstanding stability while also ensuring an appropriately keen response once the bend straightens and the driver can accelerate.

Similarly, the transmission recognises a series of overtaking manoeuvres and maintains a lower gear to ensure instant acceleration for maximum safety and exhilaration.

Despite this performance focus, there is no impact on the Range Rover Sport’s class-leading refinement: the ZF 8-speed transmission’s torque converter ensures ultimate refinement in first gear, but is bypassed by a locking clutch from second gear. This creates a direct link between the transmission and the driven wheels, and a more urgent sense of engagement for the driver.

The transmission is controlled via either steering wheel-mounted paddleshift controls, or the gear lever. Drivers can default to full automatic mode, make occasional manual interventions, or push the gear lever to the left to gain manual control. In manual mode, gearchanges are made via the paddleshift controls, or by pushing the gear lever forwards for downshifts and pulling back for upshifts, echoing the shift logic of racing cars.

In Dynamic mode, the shift strategy is further intensified: the transmission will not upshift at the redline and only downshift to prevent engine stalling.

The Range Rover Sport SVR has been engineered to deliver the incredible breadth of capability for which Land Rover is famous. The SVR is fitted with permanent four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, with a low-range option for demanding terrain, and a 50/50 percent torque split front-to-rear.

Optimum traction is maintained with the aid of an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the centre differential, which distributes torque between the front and rear axles – up to 100 percent can be channeled to either axle in extreme conditions. Sophisticated electronic traction-control systems further contribute to the trademark Land Rover capability.

The transfer case offers selectable low- and high-range, using a two-speed fully synchronised ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to change between the two at up to 60km/h for exceptional flexibility. High-range provides a direct drive ratio of 1:1, while the low-range ratio is 2.93:1, providing an extremely low crawl speed.

To further optimise traction and stability the SVR’s Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential has been recalibrated. The differential now locks earlier and to an increased extent, satisfying performance-minded drivers and ensuring torque is transferred to the rear wheel with most traction, increasing agility.

Torque Vectoring by Braking is also uniquely recalibrated. It uses the car’s brake system to imitate the effect of a torque-vectoring differential, constantly balancing the distribution of engine torque between the four wheels during cornering, for improved grip and steering, and reduced understeer.

The system monitors the vehicle 100 times per second via the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) module.  As the car accelerates through a corner, the system uses yaw sensors to detect the beginning of understeer.  Imperceptible levels of braking are then used to correct the vehicle attitude, while engine torque is transferred to the outside wheels, which have more grip, thus maintaining traction and steering control.

Section 3 - LEADING-EDGE DESIGN

The bold exterior design and luxurious interior of Land Rover’s premium sports SUV have been enhanced for the Range Rover Sport SVR with an extensive range of dynamic improvements.

Designed exclusively by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the Range Rover Sport SVR makes a strong visual statement, courtesy of a wide range of enhancements. These include a new front bumper with muscular trapezoidal air intakes, dark Range Rover script on the clamshell bonnet, which also features revised bonnet vents, and a new grille in a dark finish that contrasts with the headlights’ striking LED signature graphics. At the side of the vehicle, an all-new aluminium fender panel incorporates a distinctive new design of fender vent, while unique side mouldings add further muscularity. At the rear, prominent Range Rover Sport SVR badging and a pronounced high-level spoiler with an eye-catching centrally mounted brake light signal the vehicle’s sporting intent. The unique rear bumper features a gloss black diffuser, which incorporates the SVR’s unique quad exhaust pipes, instantly differentiating this high-performance derivative.

New wheel arch extensions contain the optional 22-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, creating a muscular, broad-shouldered stance to complement the extra performance and handling capability.

Many of the design revisions enhance the SVR’s high-performance capability. The larger air intakes in the front bumper create additional airflow for the charge air coolers that channel air to the powerful 405kW supercharged engine.

The new rear spoiler reduces lift, and has been carefully balanced with the new front bumper.  Beneath the front bumper a new NVH comb is fitted, which reduces wind noise to ensure maximum occupant refinement and further improves aerodynamic efficiency.  It also reduces front-end lift to ensure the front tyres retain high levels of grip during enthusiastic driving. The deeper front bumper’s more aggressive lower section can also be removed for extreme off-roading.

Additional brake cooling has also been introduced for the six-piston Brembo brake set-up, ensuring optimal stopping power.

A choice of seven colour palettes is available, including the striking Estoril Blue, exclusive to the Range Rover Sport SVR.

A Santorini Black contrast roof is available as standard equipment and combines with body-colour side mouldings to emphasise the SVR’s squat, muscular stance.

Meanwhile, exterior trim detailed in High Gloss Black and Stealth Pack headlights with black casings round-off the design enhancements, creating a premium impression and a visually imposing road presence.

Inside, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations has strikingly differentiated the SVR from other derivatives, thanks to distinctive leather sports seats more typically found in high-performance cars. These comfortable seats offer additional lateral support during spirited driving.

Full 16-way electric adjustment is offered and the vehicle’s Sports Command Driving Position and generous rear legroom are unaffected.

The sporting theme continues with the rear seats, which have been completely redesigned to echo the performance-oriented front seats. The result is an eye-catching four-seat aesthetic, with space for an occasional fifth passenger. The new rear seats recline for maximum comfort and offer full 60/40 folding capability and up to 1761 litres of load space.

The seats are finished in luxurious Windsor leather with ribbed, quilted centres, Ebony Black top stitching, eye-catching reflective piping, and all feature the Range Rover Sport SVR logo. Four striking interior colourways are available: Ebony Black; Ebony Black and Cirrus White; Ebony Black and Pimento Red; Ebony Black and Tan.

As standard, the vehicle is supplied with turned aluminium interior trim details, but owners can specify carbon fibre trim for the door panels, centre console, dashboard and steering-wheel bezel.

“The Range Rover Sport SVR is the ultimate in premium performance,” said Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern. “Crafted by Land Rover’s ‘Special Vehicle Operations’, its performance-focused design revisions clearly differentiate the most powerful Land Rover ever produced from existing derivatives with its ground-hugging, assertive stance and additional road presence. This striking evolution retains the trademark DNA for which the Range Rover Sport is so widely acclaimed.”

Section 4 – EXHILARATING SOUND TRACK

In a first for Land Rover, the Range Rover Sport SVR is equipped with a two-stage active exhaust featuring electronically controlled valves. The system optimises sound quality, performance and aesthetics.

The new exhaust features larger diameter underfloor pipes – up from 55mm in the Supercharged V8 to 60mm – for enhanced flow characteristics. This is just one of the measures used to help the highly tuned V8 powerplant achieve its staggering 405kW output. Quad exhaust pipes protruding from a redesigned rear bumper visually differentiate the top-of-the-range premium SUV from other Range Rover Sport derivatives.

A new racecar-like soundtrack audibly distinguishes the Range Rover Sport SVR, with a purposeful, modulated pulsing at lighter throttle openings combined with a higher-frequency, increasingly urgent staccato sound as peak performance is unleashed.

Crucially, the electronically controlled active valves largely eliminate exhaust flow noise, creating pure engine sound through to peak engine revs. This is not possible with passive valves.

At lower revs, the electronically controlled valves close off two tailpipes for maximum refinement. As engine speed and load increases – typically around 3000rpm – the valves open, allowing greater flow through all four exhaust pipes and increasing the volume and quality of the acoustics without introducing an abrupt change of character. A symposer further enriches sound quality, filtering desirable induction noise into the cabin.

Together with bespoke engine tuning that cuts the air charge far more quickly when the driver lifts off the throttle, the new exhaust also creates a pronounced crackle on the overrun for an even more vivid driving experience.

The driver can select a quiet mode, whatever the engine speed.

The new active exhaust system has been designed to ensure the Range Rover Sport SVR’s outstanding off-road performance is unaffected should owners decide to exploit its 850mm wading capability.

Section 5 – SECURE HANDLING THAT EXCITES

The Range Rover Sport has been praised for its high levels of comfort and extremely agile handling. The SVR takes that capability to the next level courtesy of extensive development on British B-roads, derestricted autobahns and the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The result is a chassis that provides tighter body control, higher cornering velocities and an increased sense of connection to the road. Indeed, peak cornering g-force has increased from 1.1g in the V8 Supercharged to 1.3g, a pronounced improvement easily detected by performance-minded drivers. Yet the Range Rover Sport SVR retains exceptional levels of on-road comfort and class-leading off-road capability.

“Our goal was not to reinvent the Range Rover Sport, but to build on its core capabilities and create a premium performance SUV that’s even more compelling to drive,” said Land Rover’s Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross. “I believe we’ve achieved that target. The Range Rover Sport SVR has class-leading off-road attributes, high levels of occupant comfort and, crucially, takes the existing model’s dynamic competence to an entirely new dimension. Whatever the weather, the performance is truly exhilarating.”

• Enhanced suspension and steering

Land Rover engineers have tuned the Range Rover Sport SVR’s chassis for enhanced agility. Constructed mainly from lightweight aluminium components, the suspension is fully independent and double-isolated, with wide-spaced double wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.

The Range Rover Sport SVR also features cross-linked, four-corner air suspension and Adaptive Dynamics with continuously variable magnetorheological dampers. Adaptive Dynamics monitors vehicle movements at least 500 times a second, adjusting the damping force almost instantaneously in response to changing road-surface conditions and driver inputs.

The air springs feature a modified piston profile to ensure even sportier handling and composure, while the Adaptive Dynamics damper settings have been optimised for an unrivalled combination of increased agility and occupant comfort. In both cases, recalibrated management software complements the changes. Rear suspension subframe bushes, uprated by 20% ensure an appropriately connected response to all driver inputs.

Despite offering the level of performance normally associated with low-slung performance cars, the vehicle’s high levels of comfort and off-road capability have not been sacrificed: the ride quality retains its compliance and the ride height is unaltered, with an adjustable range from 50mm in access mode up to 235mm for off-roading. Wheel travel also remains identical, with a class-leading 260mm of movement at the front and 272mm at the rear. Wading depth continues to be a best-in-class 850mm. Six Terrain Response 2 settings continue to be available: General, Dynamic, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl. Alternatively, the Auto setting intelligently selects the most appropriate mode.

The revised Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) system featuring variable-ratio, speed-sensitive assistance complements the chassis revisions, with added weight for a more immediate and connected feel at high speeds.

Unlike hydraulically assisted power-steering systems, EPAS does not rely on an engine-driven pump, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

• Optional high-performance road tyres*

Two wheel and tyre packages are uniquely available. All vehicles will be specified with Range Rover Sport SVR-specific 21-inch alloys and all-season 275/45 R21 tyres. However, a unique 22-inch alloy wheel* is available.

The stunning new multi-spoke wheels are fitted with road-biased 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres*, allowing owners to make an informed choice based on how the vehicle will be used. The 22-inch wheel option is one inch wider than existing 22-inch Range Rover Sport designs, giving a dramatic, muscular stance.

If the optional 22-inch Continental tyres are specified, wet-weather performance is enhanced, while traction, grip and lateral-cornering are outstanding on dry tarmac to ensure an exhilarating experience.

• Active-Roll Control tuned for flatter, faster cornering

Working in conjunction with the vehicle’s uprated air springs and Active Dynamics continuously variable dampers, the two-channel Active-Roll Control (ARC) has been specially tuned to enhance the Range Rover Sport SVR’s high-performance capability. Indeed, the SVR is so much more competent on tarmac that Land Rover engineers had to completely re-scale existing ARC graphs to take account of its increased cornering ability.

Replacing traditional anti-roll bars, ARC employs actuators powered by a hydraulic pump to keep body roll in check, adapting to body accelerations up to 1000 times a second. Compared with earlier iterations with a single actuator, ARC uses two actuators to respond independently to lateral roll at each axle, providing even greater precision.

When its management software senses vehicle roll, ARC supplies an opposing torque, keeping the body stable and composed for heightened driver enjoyment and control. ARC is crucial in allowing the Range Rover Sport SVR to corner flatter and faster than any other Land Rover in history.

To maintain a natural feeling, the body roll target is no lower than existing Range Rover Sport models, but radically revised settings have been required to maintain this target due to the far greater cornering speeds the SVR is capable of maintaining.

The system has also been tuned to deliver a progressive breakaway at the limit, particularly when the optional 22-inch Continental tyres reach their much higher grip threshold. This ensures the vehicle remains easy to control up to and beyond the tyres’ limits – while cornering at high speed on a racetrack, for instance.

Dynamic mode further reduces body roll for maximum handling capability and driver exhilaration.

While ARC is tuned to behave uniquely for the Range Rover Sport SVR during performance driving, it automatically reverts to the same software map as other Range Rover Sport derivatives once off-road use is detected by sensors monitoring body accelerations, wheel positions and vehicle height. This greatly reduces ‘head-toss’ at speeds up to 40kph and maintains excellent off-road capability.

Section 6 – DEVELOPED AT THE NÜRBURGRING

With 20.8km of challenging twists and turns, high-speed straights, daunting crests and compressions, as well as frequently treacherous weather conditions, the Nordschleife is the ultimate test for any performance car.

Due to the track’s extreme nature, unique demands are placed upon a vehicle's chassis and powertrain. The SVR was subject to exhaustive testing, with prototype vehicles completing nearly 1000 laps around the legendary German circuit.

During testing and development, the SVR recorded a Nordschleife lap time of just 8 minutes 14 seconds, a staggeringly fast time for a production SUV.

Fresh from its punishing test regime in Germany, the production-ready SVR made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, powering up the 1.16-mile course, and enthralling motorsport fans with its racecar-inspired exhaust note and stunning acceleration.

  • Nissan Pathfinder SUV now available with hybrid power
  • 2.5-litre supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine and 15kW torque-assist electric motor
  • 188kW and 330Nm
  • Super-efficient: 8.4-litres per 100km^ (2WD)Three model grades, choice of 2WD or 4WD
  • All-new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid ST 2WD: $42,990* (estimated drive-away price of $47,001**)
  • All-new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid officially on sale in September
  • MELBOURNE, Australia (20 August 2014) – Nissan has confirmed the Australian pricing and model grades for the all-new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which goes on sale in Australia next month.

    Nissan is expanding its popular Pathfinder SUV range with the addition of a high-tech, high-efficiency hybrid powertrain that combines Nissan’s super-responsive QR25DER 2.5-litre supercharged four cylinder petrol engine with a torque-assist 15kW electric motor, resulting in V6 levels of performance with fuel consumption rates akin to a four-cylinder-powered SUV.

    Maximum power output for the all-new Pathfinder Hybrid is 188kW with a peak torque of 330Nm. The Pathfinder Hybrid achieves a torque curve almost identical to the V6-powered version.

    Impressively, combined-cycle fuel consumption (91RON) is 8.4-litres per 100km (2WD) and 8.5-litres per 100km for 4WD variants, approximately 15 per cent^ less than the V6-powered Nissan Pathfinder.

    The Pathfinder Hybrid’s highly efficient petrol-electric powertrain uses an intelligent dual-clutch system. The first clutch operates in conjunction with the supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine while the second clutch manages engagement of the 15kW electric motor. Control of each clutch is determined by the driving mode, resulting in optimal use of the petrol engine and the electric motor for maximum efficiency. Drive is sent to the wheels via Nissan’s next-generation X-TRONIC transmission.

    The Pathfinder Hybrid’s electric torque assist motor functions as a power generator during braking and deceleration, recharging the on-board 144-volt Lithium-ion battery, which is located under the third row of seats at the rear of the vehicle. The battery’s compact size means the Pathfinder Hybrid shares the same rear occupant space and cargo capacity as its V6 counterpart.

    Maximising refinement in the Pathfinder Hybrid are two clever technologies. The first is Electric Active Control Mounts (E-ACM). These support the supercharged four-cylinder petrol and minimise engine vibration when it is detected. The E-ACM engine mounts apply a reverse-phase cancelling force to counter these vibrations, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride.

    The second technology is Active Noise Control (ANC). Microphones located inside the cabin of the Pathfinder Hybrid monitor the presence of undesirable sounds. When detected, they are cancelled with an equal and opposite sound frequency emitted by the vehicle’s audio system.

    Like the V6-powered Nissan Pathfinder, the all-new Pathfinder Hybrid will be available in 2WD (ST model grade) and 4WD (ST-L and Ti), the latter controlled by Nissan’s clever ALL-MODE 4x4-i system which maximises the Pathfinder Hybrid’s ability to handle a variety of terrain types.

    Towing capacity in the Pathfinder Hybrid is 1,650kg (braked trailer.) The Pathfinder V6 has a towing capacity of 2,700kg (braked trailer).

    Three generously equipped model grades will be available in the Pathfinder Hybrid. Each corresponds to its V6 counterpart and includes the same extensive list of standard features that have helped make the Pathfinder so popular since its local release late last year. Along with these, the Pathfinder Hybrid contains a number of specific features, shown in bold text.

    They are summarised together, below.

    Pathfinder Hybrid ST 2WD

    Standard features include:

  • 2.5-litre supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine (QR25DER)
  • 15kW electric torque assist motor
  • 144 volt Lithium-ion battery
  • Regenerative braking system
  • Electric Active Control Mounts (E-ACM)
  • Active Noise Control (ANC)
  • Seven seats as standard
  • EZ Flex seating system (for easy access to the third row of seats)
  • Reversing camera with predictive path technology
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Intelligent key
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED tail lights

     

    Pathfinder Hybrid ST-L 4WD

    The Pathfinder Hybrid ST-L contains all of the features of the ST model grade plus the following:

  • ALL-MODE 4x4-i system
  • Front sunroof (for front-seat occupants) and panoramic glass roof (for second- and third-row occupants)
  • Leather accented seats^^
  • Heated front seats
  • Electronically adjustable driver’s seat including lumbar support
  • Electronic steering wheels adjustment
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Front fog lamps
  • Chrome side mouldings

    Option pack: Pathfinder Hybrid ST-L 4WD

    The Pathfinder Hybrid ST-L is available with an option pack, which contains the following features:

  • Around View™ Monitor (AVM)
  • Satellite navigation
  • Premium BOSE audio system
  • 8-inch colour VGA LCD front display
  • 9Gb music box

    Pathfinder Hybrid Ti 4WD

    The Pathfinder Hybrid Ti contains all of the features of the ST-L model grade plus the following:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • ower tailgate (open and close)
  • Around View™ Monitor (AVM)
  • Satellite navigation
  • Premium BOSE audio system
  • 8-inch colour VGA LCD front display
  • 9Gb music box
  • Dual 7-inch rear screen DVD entertainment system with IR headphones, wired jack and remote control
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Reverse synchronisation mirrors
  • Position memory linked to Intelligent Key (driver’s seat, steering wheel, side mirrors)
    • Ford Asia Pacific gives a sneak peek at the development of a new global SUV that will redefine its segment and play a major role in Ford’s global growth strategy
    • To develop the new vehicle, Ford engineers and designers have listened to consumer feedback at every stage of development, ensuring that the final product meets or exceeds customer expectations
    • Designers look beyond the automotive world for inspiration before sketching and turning their ideas into clay models
    • Advanced computer-aided technology accelerates Ford’s vehicle development process, enabling the global team to engineer, test and review vehicles before a physical car is built
    • Two hundred prototype vehicles complete more than 1 million kilometres of testing in extreme conditions around the world

    Melbourne, Australia, August 21, 2014 – Long before an all-new, world-class Ford SUV hits the roads – or ventures far off them – Ford knows who will be sitting behind the wheel.

    As with any new Ford car or truck, the vehicle development process begins with the customer.

    To meet rising global demand for sports utility vehicles – a segment that grew 13 percent in 2013 and is expected to continue growing rapidly – Ford set out to create a tough, flexible and smart SUV that would meet the needs of consumers in Asia Pacific.

    The result is a new global vehicle that will challenge both competitors and customer expectations, and will help to drive Ford’s global growth strategy.

    The new SUV will build on Ford’s robust heritage and expertise in the segment: As the world’s second-largest utility brand, Ford’s utility sales outperformed the global industry in 2013, rising 35 per cent to more than 1.2 million vehicles.

    Research showed that customers in Asia Pacific were looking for a tough and powerful off-road SUV with the flexibility, features, and comfortable and dynamic on-road feel required for everyday driving.

    They wanted a bold design, a smart interior and plenty of space for family and friends. In addition to high levels of premium comfort for all occupants, these customers also demanded a vehicle that would be aerodynamic and fuel efficient.

    “When we looked at the market, we saw an opportunity to serve a new group of customers with a rugged and refined SUV that’s equally at home both on- and off-road,” said Jim Holland, engineering director, Ford Asia Pacific.

    “We’ve risen to the challenge by making full use of our global One Ford expertise. We’ve created a vehicle that redefines expectations in its segment, builds on our segment leadership and strengthens our global SUV line-up. We expect it to play an important role in our growth strategy as we continue to launch small, medium and large utility vehicles around the world.”

    Listening to the customer
    The journey began as Ford set out to learn as much as it could about these customers, their needs and their aspirations, and established goals and engineering parameters for the vehicle.

    These were the first steps in a development process that has culminated in the most comprehensively researched vehicle Ford has ever created in the Asia-Pacific region.

    “At the very beginning, customers tell us what they want to see in a new vehicle. After that, at every stage of the development process, we make use of customer feedback to ensure we meet their needs,” said Ian Foston, SUV chief program engineer, Ford Asia Pacific. “In a region as diverse as this, different markets will have very specific requirements and expectations, and it’s important that we understand them.”

    Given the growing importance of the Chinese market, potential Chinese customers in the medium SUV segment accounted for more than 50 percent of Ford’s sample size for customer feedback on the new SUV. But reflecting the vehicle’s potential global appeal and the reach of Ford’s global product development system, designers and engineers sought input from every corner of the world.

    Bringing inspiration to life
    With initial research completed, designers began to sketch their visions for what a new global SUV should look like, both inside and out. To create a new vehicle design, Ford designers reach far beyond the automotive industry, looking at areas as varied as architecture, lifestyle imagery and consumer products for inspiration.

    For this vehicle, the design team based at Ford’s Asia Pacific Design Centre in Melbourne held a sense of balance as its goal, combining toughness, capability and robustness with high levels of sophistication and refinement. The Ford Everest Concept, displayed at auto shows in Bangkok and Beijing, provided a strong indication of their final design.

    “We wanted a design that communicated off-road capability, but at the same time moved beyond traditional design cues,” said David Dewitt, SUV exterior design manager, Ford Australia. “We’re saying that you can have a high level of capability, but in something that’s sophisticated and modern. And it was important for us to build on Ford’s design DNA and SUV expertise to create a vehicle that is unmistakably a Ford.”

    Adapting and incorporating customer feedback, the design team began turning two-dimensional sketches into three-dimensional models using industrial clay. An ideal medium for modelling due to its wax content – which makes it soft and pliable when warm – industrial clay is used to bring both a vehicle’s interior and exterior to life. Even when viewed up close, a finished model can be nearly indistinguishable from a production vehicle.

    Virtual problem solving
    As designers perfected their sketches and models, product development engineers worked long hours to ensure the vehicle’s architecture lived up to the requirements of a tough and refined off-road SUV.

    With the help of computer-aided engineering, or CAE, Ford is able to improve design, safety and many aspects of the human-machine interface before a physical vehicle exists. This virtual engineering helps Ford to reduce the time it takes to develop a vehicle and, by simulating components and system interactions in minute detail, can help to avoid costly changes later in development.

    “In the last decade, CAE has developed incredibly quickly as a part of the vehicle engineering process,” said Foston. “Where before we would have to build many hundreds of prototypes as a normal part of vehicle engineering, now we can optimise systems and components virtually. By the time we get to prototype vehicles, we’re much closer to the final product.”

    CAE can also help to overcome the inherent design challenges of a large vehicle. Through extensive virtual analysis of airflows, Ford’s aerodynamics team have worked to give the SUV one of the lowest drag coefficients in its class.

    To maximise safety, the CAE team carefully modelled the SUV’s high-strength passenger cage and ran thousands of virtual crash simulations. These simulations are conducted in such detail that a single crash would take a home computer about 12 months to process. But thanks to one of the world’s largest supercomputer rigs, Ford is able to process each simulation in just two to four hours.

    The company also made extensive use of the Melbourne design studio’s Immersive Virtual Environment – called the Ford immersive Virtual Environment (FiVE) lab – an advanced visualisation facility that it has recently enlarged and upgraded to give designers and engineers more space to walk around larger virtual vehicle models like the SUV.

    Using state-of-the-art technology, the team in Australia was able to virtually review the whole vehicle in real time together with colleagues in the U.S., China and Germany to gain a deeper understanding of how its design appears in real life.

    By virtually viewing a stationary vehicle as a customer would – while entering and exiting, and while seated inside – engineers and designers were able to identify and address design inconsistencies, leading to a more harmonious cabin environment.

    Venturing into the real world
    As advanced as computer simulations are, however, they are still not a complete substitute for real-world testing. While many design details were still being worked out, engineers built early pre-production “mule” vehicles on a smart, tough and capable SUV platform that will underpin the final vehicle.

    With bodies welded together out of different existing production vehicles, these Frankenstein creations may have looked odd, but they performed a crucial role: They provided engineers with their first chance to put vehicle systems through their paces in a range of real-world situations and environments, and to begin to identify and solve issues that may not have appeared in simulations.

    For a new global SUV designed to be rugged off-road and civilised on-road, this phase of the development process involved taking prototypes to extremes.

    Engineers conducted high-altitude testing on New Zealand mountaintops, traversed Death Valley, California and Australia’s Simpson Desert, went drifting on ice-covered lakes in Sweden, visited remote mountain areas in China and faced some of the world’s harshest winter conditions in northern Canada. These trips were augmented by lab-based durability tests that compressed years of hard use into mere days.

    Throughout this period, the design and engineering teams continuously refined their work to respond to the needs of customers. Hand-built prototypes, much closer to a final production vehicle in both design and architecture, helped to fine-tune elements like powertrain and suspension characteristics.

    Over the course of the real-world test and development program, Ford has produced 200 prototypes, which together will complete more than 1 million kilometres of combined testing on public roads and at Ford’s global test facilities before the vehicle enters production.

    “Spending time in different parts of the world is so important to understanding different driving conditions and driving habits,” said Foston. “For example, we found that Chinese drivers come off the clutch more quickly and prefer to shift much earlier than drivers in Australia. In other markets, we discovered the importance of installing a more durable horn.”

    Coming near the end of the development process, real-world testing has helped to bring the new global SUV full circle before it is put into production and delivered to customers.

    “We start with the customer, and always have the customer in mind,” said Foston. “Five years and 4,500 man-years later, we have a vehicle that meets and exceeds that customer’s expectations. It’s very exciting.”

    • See genuine ex-military vehicles on display for the first time at the National 4x4 & Outdoors Show in Melbourne
    • Display vehicles will include Land Rover 4x4s, a Land Rover 6x6 and the go-anywhere, tough-as-nails Unimog off-road truck
    • A custom ‘Pimped Perentie’ will also be unveiled, modified by the Land Rover experts at KLR Automotive

    Australian Frontline Machinery is bringing a sense of ‘misadventure’ to this year’s National 4x4 & Outdoors Show in Melbourne, with a range of genuine ex-military vehicles on display

    Australian Frontline Machinery sells a wide selection of ex-military vehicles, direct from the Australian Defence Force, through open unreserved auctions at GraysOnline.com.

    “We’ve been selling a range of ex-military vehicles including Land Rovers, Unimogs, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and ATVs for over 18 months now, and the interest from the public has been huge,” said Colin Werner, General Manager at Australian Frontline Machinery.

    “Our customers come from all over Australia, but they have one thing in common, a sense of adventure – or as we like to think of it – ‘misadventure’.”

    On display at the Australian Frontline Machinery stand at this year’s National 4x4 & Outdoors Show will be ex-military Land Rover 4x4s and a Land Rover 6x6, as well as the renowned Mercedes-Benz Unimog.  A highlight of the display will be Australian Frontline Machinery’s ‘Pimped Perentie’, which is a showcase for some of the modifications you can make to an ex-military vehicle to create a truly unique and functional adventure machine.

    “Our vehicles are quite different to your usual ‘off the shelf’ 4x4s, trucks and trailers,” Werner added.

    “They’re not new, but they’ve been built to military standards and are designed to handle the most challenging conditions imaginable, so they really turn some heads, both on and off the road. They’re about serious fun, rejecting the sensible option and going out and enjoying a legendary weekend of action and misadventure.

    “Normally only serving members of the Australian Defence Force can get behind the wheel of these vehicles, so we’re excited that our display at this year’s National 4x4 & Outdoors Show will give Victorian 4WD enthusiasts the chance to see the vehicles up close and maybe even get them planning their next misadventure.”

    To see these unique vehicles and find out more information about how you can purchase you own piece of Australia’s military history, stop by and visit the Australian Frontline Machinery  team at Stand 039 and don’t forget to ask for your free Land Rover poster.

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