Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
In this edition of Drive it! ... We introduce a new car from Opel; test drive the latest SLK model from Mercedes; put the Audi R8 e-tron through its paces at the Nürburgring; examine the advantages and dangers of refrigerants; and visit a beer brewer whose big passion is for vintage cars.Present it! The Opel Astra OPCModels souped up at the Opel Performance Center bear the OPC badge. The Opel Astra OPC is the high-performance version of the already rather sporty Astra GTC. The 206 kW 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine delivers 400 Newtonmeters of torque and enables a top speed of 250 km/h - faster than any other Astra in history. The OPC makes the dash from 0 to 100 km/h in just six seconds. Drive It! tries out a special edition with high-performance struts, on both the open road and the test track. Test it! The Mercedes SLKThe three-pronged star, the muscular grille and the long hood - all trademarks of Mercedes.The new SLK has a long hood, a compact passenger compartment and a short rear. Chromed air inlets and power seats underline the quality of the interior. We get entertainer Willi Wonder to take a closer look at the new convertible. Willi knows what to look out for here - being the proud owner of a SLK himself.Admire it!: In the Audi R8 e-tron through the Green Hell for a World RecordAudi has collected some experience with hybrid electric cars. Later this year, the car maker will be putting its first all-electric sports car into production. Audi's first fully electric mass-production vehicle is to be the R8 e-tron. The sports car was put to the test on the Nürburgring's Northern Loop track and passed with flying colors - and a lap record for electric cars. With Markus Winkelhock at the wheel, the Audi R8 e-tron took the curves quietly and calmly. This test version was identical to the upcoming production models in nearly every detail. Its electric motors deliver 280 kW of power 820 Newtonmeters of torque. Examine it!: A New Refrigerant for Air Conditioners -How Dangerous is R 1234 yf?R 1234 yf is the harmless-sounding name for a new refrigerant for air conditioners. It's already in use in new cars in spite of highly controversial issues.The advantage is that it’s more than a thousand times climate-friendlier than any refrigerant used so far. It’s touted as an important contribution to environmental protection. Its critical disadvantage is that it's hazardous. At 405 degree Celsius it can ignite and give off a highly toxic gas: hydrogen fluoride. And yet, there is an alternative: the all-natural coolant carbon dioxide. It’s environmentally safer than any other refrigerant, inflammable and non-toxic. In 2007, car makers were promising to deliver CO2-cooled air conditioning units. But nothing ever came of those promises. Drive it! looks into the matter.Vintage: Rainer Aulich's Classic Car CollectionBeer brewer Rainer Aulich is a passionate collector of old cars and has built up an impressive fleet.His Mercedes Benz from the 1960s comes in useful for deliveries, and guests are welcome to take a tour in his old Hanomag, once used by the Braunschweig police force. Rainer set a historical tram on wheels so that he could ride it on the highway - not a sight you'll see on the roads everyday. Drive it! takes a look at this rather eccentric collection.

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