• Jul 28, 2009
IFR Automotive Aspid - Click above for high-res gallery

Luddites, time to break out the coffee – this will be keeping you up nights. Now, we just reviewed the 2010 Nissan GT-R, which has lots and lots of driver selectable modes. You can control how quickly the transmission shifts, the smoothness of the ride and the level of computerized interference. That's just from the driver's seat. The car itself is constantly monitoring the wheels' traction and adjusting the suspension thousands of times per second. The torque is actively split by the all-wheel drive system, too.

Well, according to Autocar, there's a Spanish company called IFR Automotive that's claiming it's not good enough! You might remember IFR's featherweight closed-coupe Aspid. Well, imagine this alien-looking Se7en not only being able to hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, but being able to adjust every single one of its performance parameters whenever and whereever. Neat picture, huh? And we're not just talking shocks, but the throttle response, steering heft and even the ECU. How? With a touchscreen that looks works like an iPod.

But that's not all. IFR's system will have memory presets. Meaning that if one track requires more torque and a light steering while another needs instant high peak horsepower and rock hard shocks, you just toggle back and forth. Going home from track day? Just dial up low power and a cushy ride. Feel like polluting? No problem. It keeps getting better, too. Using GPS, the system can reportedly read the curves ahead and work out how to best set up the car for the next maneuver. And as a driver, you can let the car how fast you want to take a particular corner and it will adjust its stuff accordingly. IFR's claiming that a number of OEMs are interested in their upcoming system for high-end performance cars. All this super-duper hi tech stuff will either completely rule, or it'll be time to bust out the tin foil hat. Probably both.



[Source: Autocar.co.uk]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The grille somehow reminds of the Plymouth Prowler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what's up with the speakers mounted on the front of the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The way the article reads is that I, the Driver, am adjusting these parameters instead of a black box deciding what is "best" for me. More Driver control is better, always.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this thing looks like something that came out of megatron's buttcrack.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those headlights look like my multi-media computer speakers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reality check: there is absolutely no way the Nissan GT-R adjusts its suspension "thousands of times per second". Just doesn't. Can't. Trust me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yea, a new Super 7!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eventually I think all cars will be like this, where you can control every parameters of the car's function to your liking, How soon is the question? I'm thinking another 10/20 years IMO.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh my! Award-winningly UGLY.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just take the speaker headlamps and put them on the fenders instead and then this thing would start looking good...start.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They can't.

        Think about it for a second. When I first saw them like that I was in the EWWW category.

        But for Road safety laws the lights have to be a certain height up OEM (forget the exact Euro spec for that). This sits so low, they HAVE to raise the lights.

        Though someone did ruin it for me by noting it looks like Jar Jar Binks *Shudder*
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if they could just give us a way to Adjust out that car's ugliness,...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "With a touchscreen that looks works like an iPod."

      Well, at least it's not like iDrive, amirite?*

      * I like iDrive, but still.
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