Mike Flewitt, Automotive CEO of McLaren said at the Geneva Motor
Show that the company is working on a grand touring car which will “redefine
the rules” of grand touring. The car’s name which is yet to be launched and any
real details will be released over the coming months.
The new car will be the fourth
model introduced under McLaren’s Track25 business plan comprising of 18 new
models and variants. These new models are intended to make the company’s entire
lineup hybrid by 2025. He additionally described the model as the car that
combines “competition levels of performance with continent-crossing
capability,” wrapped in a lightweight body with a spacious interior for the
“comfort and space expected of a grand tourer.”
In addition to it, the CEO also claims that the car will be one among the lightest of the grand tourers along with the best power to weight ratio. He added the said model will share its DNA with the 250 mph McLaren Speedtail. He mentioned that the unnamed car won’t be part of any of McLaren’s existing model series.
The Italian sports car brand, Lamborghini has adopted 3D printing technology for its production process. The automotive company is working in association with Carbon to efficiently produce high- quality, lightweight, end-use parts. In particular, they are using Carbon technology to re-design various parts needed for the vehicle. The initially produced parts include new textured fuel cap with the Urus label and a chip component for an air duct.
Stefan Gramse, Chief
Procurement Officer of Lamborghini found that many of the automotive company’s
vehicle components were ideal for digital manufacturing and will be using
Carbon printers along with Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology. DLS uses light
and oxygen to produce products from resin at a faster pace. Lamborghini said to
join hands with Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab in the redesign process.
While other automakers are experimenting with different
materials and manufacturing techniques, Carbon showcased its first digitally
manufactured Polymer parts in production for Ford including Focus HVAC (Heating,
Ventilation, and Cooling Lever Arm Service Parts. Audi has adopted Stratasys 3D
methods to reduce the time required for prototyping.
Rolls Royce has come with a new option at the Chengdu motor show which allows the passengers to have a completely private space in the rear of their car, sealing them off from both the outside world as well as from the driver.
The Private Suite option introduced by the Rolls Royce adds a privacy screen between the rear passenger area and the two front seats as well as increases the acoustic insulation to block out the sound from the passenger area for the added privacy. An intercom communication is also present between the front and rear occupants at the rear passenger’s discretion. With this, the driver can contact the rear compartment but the occupants can choose to reject the call if they need.
The privacy screen is made of the electrochromatic glass and can be turned to opaque at the flick of a switch. A small opening in the divider is present in the Rolls- Royce to allow the objects to be seen before being passed through.
In order to provide more privacy to the passengers, the windows are fitted with privacy glass as well as full curtains which allow the occupants to be shielded from the outside. It also has the option of blocking the view out of the windows.
Two 12.0-inch monitors have been mounted to the dividing structure between the front and rear with device connectivity as well as access to the car’s infotainment system. The option is a part of the Rolls -Royce’s customisation programme.