DownUnder Thunder is on the horizon as the JOS JP1 SUPERCAR!
There is a storm brewing in the great continent of Terra Australis and with a bit of luck its renown could rival the “Black Box Flight Recorder” and become a recognised and respected Australian Production Supercar worldwide.
It may not travel as fast as most “Black Boxes” in commercial aircraft, but it will exceed 300Klms/Hr if the envisaged Twin Turbo V8 powerplant (detailed in an official MB press report below) produces an expected 400kW in the super lightweight kevlar carbon-fibre body and composite aluminium and honeycomb space frame. The MB 5.5 V8 TT Power is rated at 400kW (544 PS / 536 bhp) at 5,500rpm and peak torque is a massive 800Nm (590 lb-ft) made between 2,000rpm and 4,500rpm. An even more powerful version with the AMG Performance Package of the 204kg engine will produce 420kW (571 PS / 563 bhp) and 900Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque.
An unassuming Aussie from Victoria, Matt Thomas, named the car after an early Australian gold miner who had the right stuff, and his creation is surely following suit.
A passionate boyhood dream that he was determined to make reality, he has had the guts and patience to follow it through over the last few decades.
Initially from the age of 15, proposing his own design Supercar to the director of the Melbourne Motor Show with the purpose of drawing in the crowds, and finally actually having a car in the 2004 Motor Show that caused a sensation.
Thomas has had extensive experience in F1, and has mostly automotive industry experienced people assisting in the exciting venture of birthing a genuine Aussie Supercar that has the credentials to compete with the best of the worlds offerings from Europe and beyond. The Lamborghini Aventadore AWD is the target performance benchmark, and with approximately 400 Kw and expected minimum weight because of advanced construction techniques, it has the Lambo squarely in its sights.
In addition to the Twin Turbo V8, believed to be sourced from M-B, the manual gearbox will contribute to the overall performance package by enabling “ZeroShift” technology. The Albins “ZeroShift” Manual Gearbox has been selected by the Australian V8 SuperCars racing organisation because it will handle the Holden & Ford race cars output near 600Kw, faster than others with unique selector operation holding two gears at once with only one transferring the power during changes. Unfortunately all high aspirations have a considerable cost so if you would like to join Matt and invest in building this worldclass masterpiece check out the Joss website here.
Zeroshift helps new supercar set faster acceleration times
1st July 2011
A transmission using Zeroshift’s seamless gearchangetechnology is helping the new Australian Joss JP1 Supercar to set 0-160km/h (0-100mph) acceleration times of just 6.0 seconds. Integrated into a supercar transaxle developed by high-performance transmission manufacturer Albins, Zeroshift provides a continuous flow of torque during gearshifts that ensures the car’s acceleration is uninterrupted.
“Zeroshift’s seamless shifting between ratios helps the JP1 to deliver uncompromised acceleration and a driving experience that is unforgettable,” says Bill Martin, Zeroshift’s managing director. “The uninterrupted flow of torque also improves vehicle efficiencyand ensures engine power can flow continuously to the wheels. The technology has a low part-count that makes integration into existing packages relatively straightforward.
”The world’s most powerful supercars compete to produce ever faster 0-160km/h (0-100mph) acceleration figures with many achieving times in the order of 6.5 to 7.0 seconds. Gear changes interrupt the power delivery momentarily and this approximately half-second of lost acceleration can represent around 10 percent of the 0-160km/h time. Zeroshift eliminates this delay in the Joss JP1, allowing it to out-perform other supercar marques. “After extensive research and technical appraisals, we concluded that no other transmission technology could be applied so readily and deliver such a boost to performance,” said Joss director, Matthew Thomas.
“With Albins and Zeroshift as technical partners, we have succeeded in making the JP1 a unique supercar that challenges the established order. ”Zeroshift’s technology replaces the synchromesh in a conventional manual gearbox with paired interlocking drive rings that change ratio without interrupting the torque. The lightweightshift forks that control the rings can be actuated without hydraulics thus incurring minimal parasitic losses.
The gearbox architecture with a single clutch is retained. The Joss JP1 application builds on a successful ongoing relationship between Zeroshift and Albins. Albins is the sole transmission supplier to the Australian V8 Supercar race series from 2013.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG 5.5 Liter Twin Turbo V8 Press Release
Powerful and efficient: an eight-cylinder developing up to 420 kW (571 hp): Aim: Best in class – top performance in all respects by virtue of a comprehensively efficient powertrain
Affalterbach – AMG is writing another chapter in its “AMG Performance 2015” drive system strategy: a completely newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with a peak output of up to 420 kW (544 to 571 hp) and maximum torque of up to 900 newton metres will enter the lineup in summer 2010. The new eight-cylinder unit known internally as the M 157 impresses with a wealth of technological highlights such as direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion and twin turbochargers.
This innovative, autonomously developed eight-cylinder power unit from Affalterbach sets new standards in terms of fuel consumption and exemplary efficiency: the new S 63 AMG, in which the V8 biturbo will have its market debut, consumes only 10.5 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined consumption, provisional figure). This represents a saving of 25 percent compared to the current S63 AMG. An intelligently designed power transfer plays a major part in this: the unique AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission combines dynamism with economy, and includes a new start/stop function in the “Controlled Efficiency” driving mode. The new engine/transmission combination is the epitome of exclusivity, sophistication, high performance and economy.
The S 63 AMG showcar is a homage to the impressive history of powerful AMG V8 engines: visually this high-performance saloon resembles the spectacular 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, the racing car that won a class victory and second place in the overall ranking for AMG at the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) in 1971 – and made the company world-famous overnight.
“AMG Performance 2015” as the continuation of a success story
Mercedes-AMG is continuing this impressive story with its “AMG Performance 2015” strategy, and meeting its promise to continuously reduce both the fuel consumption and emissions of new models with the new engine/transmission combination – while reaching new heights with the central brand value of “performance”.
The new AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine will play a major part in the Mercedes-AMG model strategy over the next few years. The unique AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission will also guarantee a thrilling yet economical power transfer in future AMG high-performance cars. The new engine/transmission combination is another milestone in the success story of Mercedes-AMG, which began in 1967. Another highlight in the company’s more than 40-year history it undoubtedly the SLS AMG: this gull-wing model due to be launched on 27 March 2010 is the first automobile to be completely independently developed by Mercedes-AMG. It means that as the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars, AMG is not only fielding a masterpiece but also demonstrating development expertise at the highest level.
Direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion and twin turbocharging
Whilst the AMG 6.3 litre V8 naturally aspirated engine has a displacement of 6208 cc the new AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo unit makes do with 5461 cc. The use of direct injection technology results in a reduction of exactly 747 cubic centimetres and increases efficiency. For the first time, AMG is also utilising the advantages of direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion and piezo-electric injectors: thanks to its higher thermodynamic efficiency, this technology makes more efficient use of fuel and leads to lower exhaust emissions. AMG combines this spray-guided combustion with twin turbochargers. Other highlights include a crankcase wholly of aluminium, four-valve technology with adjustable camshafts, an air/water intercooler, generator management and a start/stop function as standard.
This high-tech package leads to a high output and torque yield, together with fuel consumption figures that are unrivalled in the competitive lineup. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine develops a peak output of 400 kW (544 hp) and maximum torque of 800 newton metres. In conjunction with the AMG Performance package these figures are increased to 420 kW (571 hp) and 900 newton metres. A look at the performance diagrams shows that no other engine in this output class achieves the figures delivered by the new AMG biturbo. The major difference between the two performance classes is an increase in the maximum charge pressure from 1.0 to 1.3 bar.
Quantum leap: fuel consumption reduced by 25 percent
With a provisional NEDC fuel consumption of 10.5 litres per 100 kilometres, the new S 63 AMG is 3.9 litres more economical than the preceding model powered by the naturally aspirated AMG 6.3-litre V8 – despite an increase in output by 14 kW (19 hp) resp. 34 kW (46 hp) and in torque by 170 and 270 newton metres. Engine specialists consider this achieved fuel saving of more than 25 percent to be nothing less than a quantum leap. CO2 emissions have likewise been significantly reduced: at 246 grams per kilometre, the figure is 28.5 percent lower than for the previous model.
With figures like these, the new S 63 AMG is not only considerably better than all its competitors, but also more fuel-efficient than much less powerful cars in this segment. Taking into account its enormous performance and torque figures the new AMG 5.5 litre V8 biturbo engine is in parts twice as efficient as many mid-segment or compact-class diesel engines.
At the same time the S 63 AMG delivers superior performance at sports car level: the high-performance saloon accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The 100 km/h mark is reached in just 4.4 seconds with the AMG Performance package, with the top speed increased to an electronically limited 300 km/h.
Engine production – tradition of hand-built excellence
Like all other AMG engines, the new eight-cylinder biturbo is assembled by hand in the AMG engine shop taken into commission in 2002. A single, highly-qualified technician assembles the M 157 according to the “one man, one engine” philosophy, maintaining the very strictest quality standards. This painstaking care is attested to by his signature on the characteristic AMG engine plate.
AMG CEO Volker Mornhinweg: “Efficiency plus performance”
“With the new AMG V8 biturbo engine and the AMG SPEEDSHFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission, we are confronting the challenges of the future and focussing on fuel consumption and exhaust emissions even more intensively than before. Our new high-performance engine shows that AMG occupies a leading position in terms of both efficiency and our brand commitment to “performance,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“The new AMG V8 biturbo engine is yet another milestone in our impressive V8 history. For the first time we have combined spray-guided direct petrol injection with turbocharging. With this high-tech package we are “best in class” with respect to fuel consumption, output and torque,” says Friedrich Eichler, Head of Engine and Powertrain Development at Mercedes-AMG.
Key figures at a glance:*
|AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine|
|Bore and Stroke||98.0 x 90.5 mm|
|Output||400 kW (544 hp) at 5500 rpm
420 kW (571 hp) at 5500 rpm**
|Max. torque||800 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm
900 Nm at 2500-3750 rpm**
at 2500-3750 rpm*
|Engine weight (dry)||204 kg|
|Power/weight ratio||0.41 kg/hp 0.39 kg/hp**|
* provisional figures;
** with AMG Performance package
Exciting power delivery, characteristic sound
These on-paper figures raise high expectations which the 400 kW (544 hp) AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo certainly meets. The flat torque curve ensures enormous pulling power in all speed ranges: 670 newton metres are already available at 1500 rpm, and the maximum torque of 800 newton metres is delivered just 500 rpm later, remaining constant to 4500 rpm. Even more effortless performance is ensured by the engine variant with the AMG Performance package, which has a peak output of 420 kW (571 hp). In this case the eight-cylinder delivers 875 newton metres of torque at just 2000 rpm, with a constant 900 newton metres available between 2500 and 3750 rpm.
It is not only the unrivalled torque delivery of this turbocharged eight-cylinder that makes the heart beat faster, as the agile responsiveness with no irritating charger delay leads to an effortlessness and dynamism previously unknown in this output class. All perfectly matched by the characteristic, sonorous engine note. Moreover, this AMG high-performance engine naturally meets all the requirements with respect to smooth, quiet running and the comfort on long journeys that is to be expected of a Mercedes.
MCT 7-speed sports transmission with Controlled Efficiency mode and start/stop function
Power is transferred by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission used exclusively by AMG, which is already familiar from the SL 63 AMG and E 63 AMG and combines high emotional appeal with outstanding driving dyna-mics and a high level of efficiency. The wet start-up clutch replaces a conventional torque converter, and helps to save fuel. The exemplary fuel economy is also in large measure due to the standard start/stop function. This system is active in the transmission’s Controlled Efficiency (“C”) mode, and switches the eight-cylinder engine off when the car comes to a stop. In “C” mode the sports saloon always starts off in second gear, and the transmission shifts to the next, higher gears at a decidedly early stage. With its high torque at low engine speeds, the V8 engine encourages a smooth, effortless driving style.
The eight-cylinder biturbo engine also features the generator management system familiar from the E 63 AMG: whenever the engine is on the overrun or when braking, kinetic energy is used to charge the battery rather than being wasted as heat in the usual way. In all other operating modes a combination of onboard network and generator management enables the generator to be kept at a low voltage. This reduces the load on the engine and makes for fuel savings of around 0.15 litres per 100 kilometres according to the NEDC standard, and up to 0.2 l/100 km in city traffic with its frequent overrun and braking phases.