When many people evaluate super sports cars, they attach great importance to its power and control. Just two days ago, the YangWang U9, which is positioned as a super sports car, was finally launched. With a maximum power of 960kW and an acceleration of 0 to 0-60 seconds in 2.36 seconds, it directly exploded the power. .
The power is up to standard, but what about the control? At the press conference, YangWang U9 also announced a set of lap times from the previous race, 2 minutes, 17 seconds and 65 seconds. However, it was this lap time that made many fans who were looking forward to U9 unable to sit still.
In the same race lap time, the Ferrari 488 Pista can do 2 minutes and 07 seconds, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R can do 2 minutes and 10 seconds, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S can do 2 minutes and 11 seconds.
In terms of power performance, the book parameters of these high-performance oil vehicles are only about half of the YangWang U9, but in terms of track lap speed that reflects the handling performance, all of them seem to be better than the U9. What exactly is going on?
Although for a super sports car, the lap speed of YangWang U9 is not bad, but compared with its ridiculously strong power parameters, the gap left to everyone is still too obvious.
So much so that in many video comments about YangWangU9, there is no shortage of doubts and denials about YangWangU9. Some people even concluded that YangWangU9 cannot reach the level of super sports car.
Why does the powerful YangWangU9 lose to the less powerful high-performance oil car in terms of track lap time? Is the YangWang U9 an excellent supercar?
01 Why does YangWangU9 have average lap times?
First, let’s get straight to the point and talk about why YangWangU9’s lap speed is average. My personal guess is that there are roughly two possibilities.
1. The power of a single motor may not be enough
The first is that the power of a single motor may not be high enough. The reason why we say this is because in a curve, due to the wheel speed difference between the inner and outer wheels, the outer wheel will bear the main power output.
Although the comprehensive maximum power of YangWang U9 is close to 1000kW, this is the cumulative maximum power of four motors. The maximum power of a single motor is only 240kW.
In addition, the motor of a tram cannot actually output maximum power continuously for a long time like a gasoline vehicle, because heat dissipation is not allowed, and most of the time it actually outputs a lower rated power.
In other words, although the power of a petrol vehicle is lower, it can achieve doubling of torque and free transmission between axles and wheels through structures such as gearboxes, differential locks, and drive shafts.
Although the YangWang U9 has stronger power parameters, it can only rely on a motor that independently drives the outer wheels and a fixed-gear reducer to drive in corners. Especially when the vehicle is too heavy, the cornering speed will be affected.
2. Torque control may not be perfect
During the frequent switching between straight lines and curves on the track, YangWang U9 needs to frequently adjust the real-time torque of the four wheels in order to maintain tire grip while outputting maximum power and improving track lap speed.
But it is not easy to do this, just like a skilled waiter in a restaurant, who can order and pass dishes to multiple customers, accurately remember the temporary needs of each customer, and control Good mood and always service with a smile. This is a great test of the experience accumulated by car companies in the development of high-performance vehicles.
02 Is the YangWang U9 an excellent supercar?
If we follow the stereotype of power and control, then the YangWang U9 is indeed not good enough. Its interpretation of the role of a supercar mostly stays at the power level, but is not hard-core enough at the control level.
1.Excellence is reflected in the technical level
However, this alone cannot deny YangWang U9, because its interpretation of super sports cars is mainly reflected in the technical level, and these technologies are not only hard-core, but also represent the development direction of future super sports cars.
For example, YiSiFang’s four-wheel independent electric drive layout not only allows the YangWang U9’s power parameters to skyrocket, but also breaks through the shortcomings of traditional super sports cars that are subject to mechanical structures and gains the ability to achieve precise torque vector control.
For example, YunNian-X, the essence of this active suspension technology is to actively control the body posture to keep the tires close to the ground to maintain maximum grip, thereby improving handling performance.
However, the most core capability is that YangWang has the ability to develop and produce any of the above technologies by itself, which is something that most super sports car brands do not have.
2. There is indeed a lack of experience
Of course, the shortcomings of YangWang U9 do exist objectively. The regret on the track lap time shows that BYD has not fully utilized its advantages at the hardware level.
This mainly involves the research and development experience of high-performance cars, such as torque vectoring. Old European and American car companies like Porsche, although not as intelligent as YangWang, have rich experience in the driving characteristics and dynamic performance of high-performance cars. The accumulation of experience can guide them on how to make a high-performance car.
Not only did independent brands start late and have little accumulation, but the special domestic consumer demands and competitive pressure also forced car companies to focus entirely on grocery shopping carts instead of high-performance cars that pursue speed and passion.
3. Power and handling are not everything about supercars
But having said that, although super sports cars often have super power and control, they are not all super sports cars; as cutting-edge products in the automobile industry, super sports cars serve more as business cards for car companies and car owners.
Take the Lexus LFA, for example. This supercar itself does not pursue ultimate performance. Its purpose of existence is more to reflect Lexus’ pursuit of exquisite craftsmanship and elegant lifestyle.
Lexus has poured a lot of F1 racing technology and experience into the LFA. Not only does the whole car have no common parts, but it also uses a lot of expensive carbon fiber and titanium materials. In addition, the unique engine air intake cavity designed by Yamaha makes it even more unique. An unforgettable and unique sound came, which has also become the classic image of LFA.
Therefore, even if the performance of LFA is not top-notch, Clarkson, who is as demanding as “Jay Sledgehammer”, is full of praise for LFA, “I have driven countless super sports cars, and this one is not the fastest, but this one is the best.” of”.
Take Ferrari for example. Although Ferrari has performed very well in the fields of power and control in the past 10 years, Ferrari still prohibits anyone from testing and disclosing lap times. Perhaps in their view, being obsessed with lap times will lose the original intention of driving.
Back to YangWang U9, its value lies in its high performance, vertical integration of a large number of self-developed technologies, embodying YangWang’s technology-driven brand character, and thereby attracting car owners who pursue hard-core technology.
So it seems that, as a supercar, the YangWang U9 itself is still considered excellent, but its pursuit of technical attributes has formed a certain deviation from the public’s stereotyped perception of supercars.