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Automobili Lamborghini Intros the Aventador SVJ Roadster

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The Aventador SVJ Roadster made its world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The open-top version of the coupé, the Aventador SVJ Roadster upholds the exceptional ‎performance, handling and aerodynamic superiority of the SVJ, with its unique roadster design granting ‎exclusive open-air exhilaration to both driver and passenger.‎

‎“The Aventador SVJ Roadster inherits all the power, performance and ground-breaking aerodynamic ‎technologies of the coupé, but with its own iconic presence and prowess,” says Chairman and Chief Executive ‎Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali. “It is as fundamentally exciting to drive as the Aventador ‎SVJ but with an added exclusivity: the option of the open air. With the same extraordinary performance roof on ‎or off, the Aventador SVJ Roadster incorporates the dynamism of the coupé with the unique spirit of a ‎Lamborghini roadster.”‎

‎ The SVJ Roadster sports the ‘Super Veloce’ for superfast and ‘Jota’ suffixes, signifying the car’s performance and ‎track prowess: its coupé stablemate took the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record lap-time and the ‎roadster is no less a futuristic, driver’s car. Benchmark performance comes from the most powerful series ‎production V12-engined car produced to date by Lamborghini, outputting 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 ‎rpm. The SVJ Roadster delivers 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.05 kg/hp. The ‎SVJ accelerates from standing to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.8 seconds. A top speed of ‎more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 31 meters. ‎

The roadster roof, constructed from high pressure RTM carbon fibre, is removable via quick-release levers in the ‎cabin, and securely stored under the front hood. Weighing less than 6 kg each part, the roadster adds only 50 kg ‎to the SVJ coupé’s weight of 1,525 kg. ‎

The production of the Aventador SVJ Roadster will be limited to 800 units only. The car shown in Geneva in the new matt colour ‎bronzo zenas (bronze) features a special Ad Personam livery in bianco phanes (white). The livery emphasises the ‎sharp lines of the front and rear bumpers and further enriches the specifically redesigned engine bonnet.‎

A roadster in coupé clothing ‎
The SVJ Roadster sports the Aventador SVJ’s design purity, inspired by super-fast, super-athletic, aeronautical ‎references such as space ships and jet fighters as well as race motorbikes. The Roadster’s lines, with roof on or ‎off, clearly identify its aerodynamic design and superiority, delivered by the latest 2.0 version of ALA: ‎Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, Lamborghini’s patented active aerodynamics system. ‎

The ALA system actively varies aero load to achieve high downforce or low drag, depending on dynamic ‎conditions using electronically-actuated motors positioned in the front splitter and the rear wing. Using ‎Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva 2.0 (LDVA 2.0), dedicated algorithms supported by an improved inertial ‎sensor platform govern all the car’s electronic systems in real time, activating the ALA system flaps in less than ‎‎500 milliseconds to ensure the best aerodynamic set-up of the car in every driving condition. When ALA is off, the ‎active flaps are closed and the rear wing, produced entirely in carbon fibre, acts as a traditional fixed wing, ‎generating maximum downforce for high speed cornering and full brake conditions. When ALA switches to ‘on’ ‎the flaps are opened, reducing air pressure on the front spoiler and directing air flow via an inner channel and ‎through the specially-shaped vortex generators on the underside of the car. Flaps in the central pylon also open ‎to stall the rear wing, all drastically reducing drag and optimising conditions for maximum acceleration and top ‎speed. ‎

The aero vectoring system on the SVJ Roadster facilitates high speed cornering. The LDVA 2.0 instructs ALA to be ‎switched on in either the right or left side of the wing depending on the direction of the turn. Increased ‎downforce and traction on the inner wheel counteracts the load transfer in rolling conditions, optimising the ‎chassis’ momentum and requiring a reduced steering angle, improving the car’s overall dynamic stability. ‎

Large side air intakes and front side fins increase airflow, aid cooling and reduce drag. Airflow over the roof is ‎uninterrupted whether roof is on or off, and the overall result is an improvement by 40% of the total downforce ‎compared to the Aventador SV Roadster version. ‎

The V12 SVJ-enhanced powerplant, with titanium intake valve, new-shape intake runner and length, and ‎modified intake cylinder head duct for higher flow coefficient, is visible through the lightweight carbon fibre rear ‎engine bonnet, removable via quick release clips. The high-mounted lightweight naked exhaust produces the ‎most emotive sound from the SVJ Roadster’s engine, adding to the experience of the roadster’s occupants. ‎

The Aventador SVJ Roadster’s rear-wheel steering provides exceptional high-speed stability and cornering agility ‎while reducing braking distances and providing the feedback demanded in high-performance environments on ‎both road and track. Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) is calibrated to provide both steering precision and ‎natural feedback and the seven-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) gearbox is optimised for the SVJ ‎Roadster’s power and torque.‎

The Aventador SVJ Roadster’s four-wheel drive system and ESC, specifically calibrated, ensure the best handling ‎and driver experience in all grip conditions, also extreme ones, and ABS has been specifically tuned for the ‎improved grip provided by dedicated tires and ALA system. ‎

The Magneto Rheological Suspension (LMS) is calibrated for maximum body and wheel control with a focus on ‎performance on road and track, with anti-roll bar stiffness improved by 50% compared to the Aventador SV ‎Roadster. Both systems cooperate in compensating pitch and roll movement, maximising the downforce ‎generated by the underfloor. Even with the roadster’s roof off, stiffness is not compromised. ‎

The Aventador SVJ Roadster sports super-light ‘Nireo’ aluminium rims, fitted with specially designed Pirelli P Zero ‎Corsa tires or with optional street-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres. ‎

Exclusive open-air experience ‎
The Aventador SVJ Roadster provides an exclusive, fun-to drive experience, especially with the roof off, on road ‎or track. The three driving modes STRADA, SPORT and CORSA are complemented by the EGO option, allowing the ‎driver to fully customise the preferences for car set-up and they have been optimised to work together with ALA ‎‎2.0 active aerodynamics. ‎

The SVJ Roadster’s occupants are assured a comfortable experience with the roof off, the driver can ‎electronically open the rear window, which functions as a windshield when closed and when open, amplifies the ‎unique sound of the naturally aspirated V12 engine. ‎

The cockpit features Kombi graphics on the TFT digital dashboard display as well as showing live status of the ALA ‎functions. The Navigation System and Infotainment System including AppleCarPlay as an option free of charge, ‎allowing the cockpit’s occupants to manage voice activated communications and entertainment from personal ‎Apple devices. ‎

The specification of the Aventador SVJ is virtually limitless through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customisation ‎program, and the car on display in Geneva shows only one of almost 350 colours available. In the interior every ‎single leather and Alcantara part can be specified upon customer demand. The program is offered through every ‎authorised Lamborghini dealer and it is also possible for customers to access a very exclusive area in the ‎Lamborghini factory to create a unique car. ‎

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The Elite Cars Launches Zenvo Aurora in the Region

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The Elite Cars, the authorized distributor of Danish-brand Zenvo Automotive across the MENA region, launched the Zenvo Aurora on February 21, 2024. Inspired by the majestic Aurora Borealis, the newest model comes in two distinct and purposeful derivatives, the Agil and Tur, and will be limited to just 50 pieces of each model. Notably, nearly 50% of the highly-anticipated models have already been booked for pre-production.

Mahmoud Imran, Sales and Operations Manager at The Elite Cars and Chairman of the Board and Chief Commercial Officer of Zenvo, Jens Sverdrup, introduced the eagerly awaited hypercar. The grand reveal was orchestrated by a synchronised light performance that emulated the graceful and impactful movements of the Aurora Borealis. Renowned for crafting artisan hypercars, Zenvo stands out with the Aurora as its lightest and most innovative model to date, starting at Euros 2.590 million (approximately AED 11-12 million). It features the most powerful V12 engine ever fitted to a road car. At the heart, a 6.6-litre quad-turbocharged V12 engine paired with lightweight electric motors produces 1850 hp for the Tur and 1450 hp for the Agil.

Designed by in-house chief designer, Christian Brandt, both derivatives bring Danish artistry and ingenuity to the hypercar market for the first time, inspired by the famous ‘form follows function’ design language. Utilising Formula 1 technologies and processes, the Aurora is designed with driving pleasure in mind, achieving the 0-100km/h sprint in as little as 2.3 seconds, and to a top speed of 450 km/h. With both two- and four-wheel-drive drivetrains, it can travel up to 35 km on pure electric power.

Both models feature a lightweight chassis design, cleanly channelling the airflow through the structure to aid downforce and stability. The aerodynamically aggressive Aurora Agil features a stripped-out cabin and rear-wheel drive system as standard, tipping the scales at 1,300kg, with a clear focus on track driving. The more classically styled Aurora Tur offers elevated luxury and is a permanent four-wheel-drive, with two additional electric motors on the front wheels providing 200 bph each, enhancing speed and stability for road driving.

“We are filled with immense pride as we officially unveil the limited-edition Zenvo Aurora in the UAE as the authorised distributor for the brand across the region. This partnership between The Elite Cars and Zenvo is a natural synergy, as we both share a deep passion for automotive excellence, a commitment to exceeding expectations and a dedication to providing clientele with the greatest in luxury and performance,” said Tamer Abu Khalaf,  Co-Founder at The Elite Cars. “With the UAE as a global hub of luxury, the Zenvo Aurora represents the pinnacle of artisanal craftsmanship for automotive enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, offering an unparalleled ownership experience.”

“We are thrilled to be unveiling the Zenvo Aurora for the first time in the UAE market with our partners The Elite Cars,” explains the Chairman of the Board and Chief Commercial Officer of Zenvo, Jens Sverdrup. “The new model is best described as an equilibrium of extremes. We just wanted to build an uncompromised driver’s car, which delivered on every level, but without any one aspect negatively impacting another. The outcome has given us two models, which complement each other, deliver true driving pleasure and, almost as a byproduct, offer incredible performance.”

Zenvo Aurora will be hand-built at the Zenvo headquarters in Præstø, Denmark, with first deliveries expected in 2026.

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HONOR Says its Eye-Tracking Features Can Move a Car

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HONOR has introduced an AI-powered eye-tracking feature that can move a car without a driver inside. This experiment, demonstrated by an automotive engineer, uses the eye-tracking feature of the HONOR Magic6 Pro to control a car based on the user’s eye movement.

A video by Autocar, available on YouTube, showcases this innovative technology. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is equipped with four commands that can be activated by eye gaze, allowing the car to start the engine, turn it off, and move forward or backwards. After focusing on a specific button for 2-3 seconds, the corresponding command is activated, and the car responds accordingly.

HONOR says that this demonstration is a testament to the company’s belief that AI can transform the way humans interact with devices in the future. HONOR has announced that its MWC Launch Event will be on February 25th. HONOR will also host an AI Panel with industry partners such as Qualcomm to unveil more discoveries about the future of AI. This event will take place on February 26th at 17:00 (CET) at MWC 2024. Find out more at this link: https://www.hihonor.com/ae-en/events/honor-mwc/

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Polestar 3 Launches in the UAE

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Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company, the official distributor of Polestar in the UAE, have announced the official launch of Polestar 3. Polestar 3 is also the brand’s first vehicle planned to be produced on two continents – marking a milestone in green mobility in the UAE and adding a luxury high-performance electric alternative to the most popular car segment in the country – SUVs.

Featuring a unique design language inspired by Polestar Precept and Scandinavian minimalism, Polestar 3 is a fully electric 5-seat luxury SUV with a power range of up to 380 kW and 910 Nm of torque. Marking Polestar’s entry into the thriving electric SUV market, Polestar 3 introduces a new aerodynamic profile with a focus on retaining SUV characteristics and features subtle yet effective aerodynamic optimisations – such as a front aero wing integrated into the bonnet, an aero wing integrated into the rear spoiler, and rear aero blades.

In the UAE, Polestar 3 prototypes were tested last year with temperatures reaching up to 50°C, aimed to fine-tune the vehicle’s climate system as a part of extreme weather tests to ensure optimal performance. The launch of Polestar 3 in the UAE is also in line with the official distributor of Polestar in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company’s pioneering role in developing a new sustainable mobility ecosystem that contributes to the country’s firm commitment to net-zero by 2050.

Hasan Nergiz, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company, said, “Polestar 3 is one of the most anticipated electric vehicles worldwide, and of course, we are thrilled to bring this car into the region. For us, this is the car that will unlock the UAE market for Polestar, as it redefines what SUVs can do in terms of performance in the electric age while enabling zero carbon emissions. It is also a strong manifestation of our commitment to continue spearheading the sustainable mobility transition of the country, and delivering the best of performance, luxury and sustainability, all at the same time. The introduction of Polestar 3 is perfectly timed, as Al-Futtaim continue to drive investments in shaping an end-to-end electric mobility ecosystem across the UAE, including our charging stations and the region’s first IMI-certified e-mobility training centre launched by us last year.”

Polestar 3 is available at launch with a dual-motor configuration with a power bias towards the rear and an optional Performance Pack for increased power and torque. It boasts a 111 kWh battery pack with a driving range of up to 610km WLTP*. Polestar 3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities in the future.

Polestar 3 is equipped with central computing using the NVIDIA DRIVE core computer and carries next-generation advanced active and passive safety technology from Volvo Cars as part of its DNA. This includes the latest innovation – interior radar sensors that can detect sub-millimetre movements in the interior of the car, to help protect against accidentally leaving children or pets inside. This is also linked to the climate control system to avoid heat stroke or hypothermia. Further collaborations with industry-leading safety technology partners like Zenseact, Luminar and Smart Eye, provide Polestar 3 with cutting-edge ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technology that integrates seamlessly thanks to the centralised computing power.

The infotainment system is powered by a next-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, providing an immersive in-vehicle experience. The infotainment interface is powered by Android Automotive OS and features Google built-in, an evolution of the ground-breaking system first introduced in Polestar 2. Materials used inside Polestar 3 have been selected for their sustainability credentials while raising premium aesthetics and luxury tactility. These include bio-attributed MicroTech, animal welfare-certified leather from Bridge of Weir, and fully traceable wool upholsteries.

Standard equipment includes air suspension, a panoramic glass roof, all-LED lighting, retractable door handles, and 21-inch alloy wheels. Optional packs, such as the Pilot Pack with LiDAR from Luminar and the Performance Pack, offer additional capabilities and performance enhancements. A significant aspect of the Polestar brand in the UAE is the powerful aftersales support network dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles developed by Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company. Recognising that the maintenance of green mobility vehicles needs a new kind of expertise, the company offers dedicated training on e-mobility technologies at their IMI-certified training academy.

The Polestar 3 Long-range Dual motor is now available for order, with a starting price of AED 360,000. 

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