Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-36-0356
2008-10-07

Project Fittipaldi: Leveraging Technologies and Knowledge to Create Exciting Products 2008-36-0356

For the current brazilian market, the available sportive vehicles are mainly a slight modified version from a current model, usually only with appearance items.
A good definition for a sportive vehicle should be something between a family vehicle and race car. A race car focus only in performance, obviously without any compromise for passenger comfort and a family vehicle is orientated for passenger comfort and safe behavior, for driver only or full load condition.
One thought for a sport vehicle is a powerful engine, which should translate in greater acceleration, top speed and faster speed recovery. Besides the engine, other areas should support the increased torque and horsepower, resulting in improved lateral / longitudinal grip and faster steering response.
Based on a production medium hatchback, several systems were improved in order to achieve a new exciting product, aiming a pure sportive behavior.

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