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09/03/2014 10:14 |  Comments: 


Self-appointed race-driver (whenever he gets a chance), avid car sports- and sports car-lover, manager of the mother site’s blog, Belsőség, he can always be found in the middle of the noisiest gathering. Steve has had a long-running habit of remodelling his facial hair bi-weekly. A Slovakian citizen but of Hungarian nationality, he lives in Budapest now. Has a wife, two small children and a dog.

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A huge exhibition space but only four real novelties. The Porsche 919 hybrid race car, the Skoda Vision C, the Volkswagen T-Roc concept and the Lamborghini Huracán,

If you are one of the biggest, most stable and financially solid multi-corporate enterprises in the world, you probably go to sleep where the big, stinky and grumpy brown bear does in the forest: where you bloody well please. The VW group, the symbolic half-a-ton brown bear can perch on any car show in the world. Let’s see how many brands I can recall right now belonging to the VW group: VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ducati, Porsche, all with their own range of models, dozens of cars and bikes. No wonder they have a hall basically all to themselves at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Again.

The T-Roc concept car is a two-door off-road coupé (you know, a ‘crossover’ in marketing terminology), which we haven’t seen before.

Strange as it may sound, it is quite funny. It’s a rough buggy   of the times with Volkswagen switches and two monitors on the inside and zero space at the back. Volkswagen would love to start producing it, as they believe it would be a logical follow-up to the Golfs.

The Skoda Vision C is, again, a car that the Czechs were allowed to design before it fades to oblivion.

Or wait, maybe it will come to life in 4-5 years’ time with a different brand logo on. Hands up, who can remember the gorgeous coupé called Skoda Tudor from 2002? As for those of you who do, have you ever spotted the similarities between that and the Audi A5?

Porsche’s LMP1 race car, the 919.

If I were a 10 year-old troll I would make my feelings known using caps lock, writing something like A FOUR-CYLINDER PORSCHE HYBRID, HA?! WTF??, and BLOODY OUTRAGEOUS! Then I’d lean back in my chair, pleased as punch with how I just spoke the truth.

Yes, it’s basically driven by a tiny, 2-litre, turbo, four-cylinder V engine. That’s all of 500 PS in itself. That’s something. And it is aided by two energy-recuperation systems, one of which is unique in using the hot exhaust gases to propel a generator, while the other is the tried and tested brake energy recuperation system.

Electricity is stored in water-cooled Li-ion batteries, the front generator can function as an electric motor and drive the front wheels through/by a differential. In the acceleration phase this results in the car behaving as a 4WD, and also becoming much more stable and accelerating like hell. If this electric motor power lends the petrol engine a hand, you may just expect some speed.

The Huracán is flawless. It’s completely different from the billowy, sensuous Ferrari, but at least as effective. What else could I wish, but lots of Lamborghinis to the people!

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