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Extremely rare chrome green Lamborghini spotted in Shenzhen

Posted: 11/4/2013 2:40 pm

Think China is land of the supercar? You’re probably right — though this very rare green chrome Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, that was spotted in Shenzhen recently, seems to fit into a category all its own.

I dare say this bad boy belongs more in a superhero comic book than real-world China (let alone a Shenzhen parking lot), and just looking at it makes me think the Green Hornet is going to hop out at any moment and kick some punk ass.

For all you car geeks reading this, GTSpirit, who reported the sighting, had this to share:

The LP570 is a lighter and more powerful version of the standard LP560. Using Carbon Fiber and other lightweight materials, the team at Sant’agata managed to strip out an impressive 70kg from the car.

As for the engine, 570bhp is produced at 8,000rpm, with torque curve peaks at 540Nm (398,3ft-lbs) at 6,500rpm. The minimal gain was achieved through careful ECU programming.

Obviously performance figures are important for a car like the Superleggera and it does not disappoint, zero to 100km/h (62mph) can be achieved in just 3.4 seconds, 0 to 200km/h (124mph) in 10.2 seconds and the top speed is 325km/h (202mph).

If that doesn’t whet your appetite, I’m afraid there’s no hope left for you. All I request of all those living in Shenzhen is that if this shiny green vessel of the gods passes you on the street, you stop what you are doing and bow down before it.

And do not stand up until it has turned onto the next street.

Photo credit: GTSpirit


Sustainable living in the PRD: Future cities

Posted: 07/17/2012 10:00 am

The Pearl River Delta is a breeding ground for innovation, masterplans and megaprojects.  That was made even more clear at the 3rd UK Architecture Forum: Future Cities – Eco Urban Living, where sustainability was the focus at the forum.

With the West Kowloon Cultural District development underway in Hong Kong and Guangzhou’s ambitious 123-square kilometer Sino-Singaporean Knowledge City vision gaining steam, the eco-blueprints have green fingers with the Delta leading the drive to overhaul urban living.

“Hong Kong and Guangzhou have the base DNA to become the most sustainable cities on the face of the earth because they have all the raw ingredients already there,” said Colin Ward, Partner at Foster & Partners, who presented the West Kowloon masterplan to delegates at the eco-forum.

Speaking to The Nanfang, he described it as a “quantum leap” in terms of size and scope. “The sheer size of injecting that amount of culture into the mainstream artery of a city in one go is unprecedented.”

The big talking points of the conference were how current cities could adapt to newer and future eco-city models.  Delegates also saw the constructions and concepts that will shape cities in the future.

Other presentations showcased Changsha New Town in Hunan Province, when once completed will be a new city based on sustainability with ‘eco’ incorporated at the very heart of the design. Also, Sam Chow from ARUP presented the future of interconnected transportation designs while AECOM detailed its overhaul of the Olympic Park in East London, in time for the London Olympics.

One delegate told us that it was “too difficult” to ever incorporate sustainability into cities which is why new and complex green developments are spawning out of the pre-eco city ashes within the midst of metropolises.

Foster & Partners Colin Ward said “The West has definite pre-conceived ideas about high-density living whereas high-rise in Europe is low-rise in Asia.” He added it will be a challenge for Asia to come to grips with eco-adaptations, but added these cities are best placed to adopt eco-models.

Asked if new cities could become white elephants, AECOM’s Mark Blackwell responded: “I don’t necesarily think they’ll be white elephants. I think it’s very hard to compare new cities that are being developed to ones facing much more complex scenarios.

“Ultimately, when creating a very complex cityscape, perhaps in China, one needs to have the transportation, the engineering inputs, and the framework that actually goes in as well as an understanding of what’s going to happen in the future.”


Eco-solutions for sustainable cities in the PRD

Posted: 06/28/2012 12:00 pm

As cities grow by the hundreds of thousands year-on-year, people are being lured to economic hubs in search of money.  With economic activity expanding, especially in the Pearl River Delta, cities are dealing with questions about how to manage that growth. Where does sustainably lie in urban development in the future and how can cities ensure a cleaner, greener environment?

On July 5, big thinkers, bright minds, other experts and top speakers will converge en masse at the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou to discuss and debate all matters on eco-urban development at the 3rd UK Architecture Forum: 2012 Future Cities – Eco Urban Living.

Guests will focus on transportation, living, the commercial & retail sectors and culture & leisure areas while sharing ideas on what tomorrow’s cities should look like.

Also joining the discussion will be Alastair Morgan, Consul-General of British Consulate-General Guangzhou, representatives from the Guangzhou Municipal Planning Bureau and Jeremy Sargent OBE, Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong.

The Nanfang will be there, and we hope you can be too.

Here’s all the details for The 3rd UK Architectural Forum, 2012 Future Cities – Eco Urban Living:
Date: Thursday, July 5

Time: Starts at 13:30.

Location: Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, Ballroom, 3/F, 12 Zhujiang West Road, Tianhe District

地点: 广州天河区珠江新城珠江西路12号广州富力君悦大酒店3楼宴会厅

Entrance fee: 200RMB for Chamber members, 400RMB for non-members.

For more details, including a taxi printout to get to the venue, get the details on The Nanfang’s Events page.

The 3rd UK Architectural Forum has been organised by theBritish Chamber of Commerce Guangdong, UK Trade and Investment and China-Britain Business Council

The Nanfang is a proud media partner for this event.

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