New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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Devastating Swedish racers

2008-02-29 09:18
As though the Koenigsegg CCX and CCXR were not devastating enough, the psycho Swedes have unleashed two special edition models. How does 0 - 100 km/h in under three seconds sound?

The roadsters, with hardtops that can be stored under the front hood's lid, are bothvery well equipped for supercars.

CCX and CCXR Editions are fitted with an airbag, climate control, glass roof and rear window, power windows and power steering, added sound insulation and even has ABS brakes.

But that's mostly superfluous on cars of this nature where the performance figures do all the talking...

0 - 100 in 2,9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 400 km/h in the CCX version from its 4.8-litre V8 with twin rotrex superchargers with boost of 1.5 bar each.

Output is enormous though, with the V8 producing 662 kW at 7 000 r/min and torque of 920 Nm at 5 800 r/min.

Similarly, the racier CCXR Edition has its V8's boost pressure upped to 1.6 bar.

It generates 759 kW at 7 000 r/min and a peak torque figure of 1 060 Nm at 5 600 r/min.

It also has a top speed approaching the 420 km/h-mark. This makes for a very quick and very lethal combination.

Including the supercharger and dry sump with oil spray piston cooling, the cast aluminium engine with four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts weighs a mere 178 kg. It is Euro 4 compliant.

Aerodynamically, the cars are fitted with a hydraulic lift system that raises the car's front end by 50 mm in three seconds with the punch of a button. It has a safety failsafe that automatically drops the car at 50 km/h.

Shaving off the speed is the task of ceramic brakes with six-piston light alloy racing calipers linked to 362 mm diameter discs at the rear, and 380 mm with eight-piston light alloy Brembos at the front.

The Edition models roll on 19-inch alloys up front and 20-inchers at the rear.

Traction control comes with five different settings for use in varying conditions.


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