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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineBentley Motors showed its fastest, most potent drop-top ever – the new 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible – during the New York Motor Show this week. The newest addition to the Continental model range features a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that is capable of running on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol, making it both powerful and environmentally conscious.The new, muscular four-seat Supersports Convertible will be priced from $280,400 when it arrives at Bentley retailers this summer. Unmistakably Bentley in its design and craftsmanship, its interior signifies a dramatic re-interpretation of Bentley luxury. Satin-finished carbon fiber, Alcantara™ and ‘Soft Grip’ leather create a unique ambience with a distinctly sporting and contemporary style.The entire 2011 Continental model range, including the new Supersports Convertible, will be capable of running on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol, or any combination of the two, reaffirming Bentley’s ongoing commitment to make all its cars biofuel compatible by 2012. Pioneered by the Supersports Coupe, this FlexFuel technology offers a reduction of up to 70 percent in CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis, a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions.“The new Supersports Convertible is the most powerful drop-top we’ve ever produced,” said Christophe Georges, President & Chief Operating Officer for Bentley Motors, Inc. “This extreme power combines with pioneering FlexFuel technology, now shared with all Continental models, reflecting Bentley’s ongoing commitment to more environmental motoring.”The New Continental Supersports Convertible – At a GlanceThe fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley ever-6-liter W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 621bhp at 6,000 rev/min and 590lb ft of torque at 2,000-4,500 rev/min-0 – 60mph in 3.9 seconds-0 -100mph in 9.6 seconds-Top speed of 202mph-Overall weight saving of 198 lbs versus GTC SpeedA highly focused, extreme Bentley convertible driving experience-Revised ZF 6HP26 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by 50 percent and enables double downshifts-New 40/60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering’-Retuned Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer suspension bushes and uprated rear anti-roll bar benefit body control, steering response, turn-in and balance-Increased 2-inch rear track improves grip and stability-Lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels offer 22 lbs weight saving per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass and improving brake cooling-275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires-Advanced ESP system fully exploits potential of the powerful W12 engine and improved chassis-Standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes provide fade-free braking and contribute a 44 lb reduction in rotating and unsprung mass from the front axleMuscular yet elegant styling with four-seat practicality-Form follows function: distinctive center air intake and vertical grilles feed larger volume of air (+ ten percent) to turbocharger intercoolers while bonnet vents extract hot air from engine bay-Subtly curved rear wheel arches with newly tooled side panels accommodate increased rear track of the uprated chassis and provide muscular stance-Distinctive ‘smoked steel finish’ to all exterior ‘brightware,’ including the first automotive application of ‘Physical Vapor Deposition’ to stainless steel-Larger, twin elliptical exhaust tailpipes and rear valance with discreet vertical divider-Fixed rear boot lid spoiler for improved aerodynamics-Unique driver-focused, four-seat cabin-Lightweight, carbon fiber, front sports seats, saving 99 lbs per car-Alcantara™, carbon fiber and ‘Soft Grip’ leather provide a new interpretation of Bentley craftsmanshipThe standardization of FlexFuel capability across the 2011 Continental model range reaffirms Bentley’s on-going environmental commitment-FlexFuel available on all 2011 Continental models, including the new Supersports Convertible, from June 2010-All Continental models are now capable of running on gasoline and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two-Power and torque remain constant whatever the ratio of gasoline to E85 biofuel-A Fuel Quality Sensor detects the blending ratio of the fuel in real time sending a signal to the engine control unit (ECU), initiating the correct engine mapping. This ensures all performance parameters remain balanced and consistent-Offers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 70 percent (well-to-wheel,) a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions www.bentleymotors.comlast_img read more

Biomedical group weighs in on US court fight over wildlife imports

first_img Read more… By Michael Doyle, E&E NewsJun. 5, 2018 , 2:05 PM Biomedical group weighs in on U.S. court fight over wildlife imports U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Originally published by E&E NewsBiomedical researchers have entered the thicket that entangles the importation of foreign fish and wildlife.Citing the potential exposure of precious information, the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) in Washington, D.C., is challenging a judge’s order that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) release more public records about the wildlife being imported into the United States. “The general public, as well as the business community, has an interest in maintaining the ability of businesses to keep their proprietary information confidential,” the association’s president, Matthew Bailey, stated in a court filing.The fight comes over an Arizona-based federal judge’s March 30 order that FWS turn over to the Center for Biological Diversity in Tuscon more of the records from the Law Enforcement Management Information System (LEMIS). The massive database includes forms filed by applicants for the import or export of fish and wildlife.The legal struggle over information, in turn, is only one front in a broader public policy conflict that’s drawn in every branch of the federal government.On the executive branch front, the Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday announced plans for a June 19 meeting of the International Wildlife Conservation Council. This will be the second meeting of the 16-member advisory panel, whose stated focus is advocacy for the “benefits that result from United States citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting” (Greenwire, March 2).In Congress, lawmakers are advancing a signal-sending bill to prohibit the taking of any domestic endangered or threatened species as a trophy, and to ban the importation of any such foreign wildlife trophy into the United States. The bill (H.R. 5690) now has six co-sponsors, up from the three it had when introduced last month by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).And in the courts, multiple lawsuits proceed.One suit, filed in Washington in March by four conservation and animal protection groups, challenges the Trump administration’s decision to resume approving elephant and lion trophy imports.”This administration seems determined to allow Safari Club International and other special interests to unduly influence federal wildlife policy decisions,” Anna Frostic, managing wildlife attorney with the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C., said in a statement in March.The Arizona case that troubles biomedical researchers takes a different tack, as environmental advocates seek importation data from the LEMIS stockpile.”These imports include everything from python-skin boots, to parrots and turtles destined for the pet trade … to lions killed as hunting trophies, as well as zoo and scientific specimens,” the Center for Biological Diversity’s original complaint noted (Greenwire, April 3).From 2001 until about mid-2014 or 2015, FWS released the LEMIS data “without exemption,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Macdonald stated. In 2016, though, the agency withheld information that included the declared value, quantity and identity of the foreign importer/exporter.Ten firms in particular, including Genentech Inc., Primate Products Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb, have warned about the public disclosure of commercial information. They want Macdonald to stay his order to FWS pending an appeal by the National Association for Biomedical Research, which is stepping in following a May 29 decision by the Trump administration not to appeal the order.”Disclosure of the confidential information of NABR’s members at issue would reveal critical supply chains, carriers, routes, demand, volumes, pricing, customers, strategy and other inside information that competitors would be able to use to gain a competitive advantage,” the association stated in a May 11 legal brief.Reprinted from Greenwire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2018. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at A U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspector examines items that violated wildlife import laws. 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