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The DB5 Junior receives the seal of approval by Darren Turner
Aston Martin and The Little Car Company today announce the DB5 Junior, a two-thirds scale electric junior car, has received the final seal of approval from Aston Martin’s High Performance Development Driver, Darren Turner. The outstanding quality of both the design and engineering of the DB5 Junior means that it can proudly wear the Aston Martin wings. Carried out on the test track at Bicester Heritage, the three-time Le Mans class-winner and Aston Martin Works Racing Driver put the DB5 Junior through its paces, subjecting it to the same meticulous and thorough testing procedures as its full size counterpart. Included in the testing, Turner monitored both the performance and handling on the Bicester Heritage test track, examining every detail on the vehicle from the responsiveness to weight distribution. The DB5 Junior was born out of a partnership between Aston Martin and The Little Car Company to produce an all-electric two-thirds scale version of the brand’s most iconic car. Using an official 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity, the DB5 Junior has been intricately handcrafted to include as much detail as possible from the original car. Darren Turner, High Performance Development Driver for Aston Martin, said: “The DB5 Junior is certainly no toy. The quality and attention to detail on the car is amazing! “Driving the car was epic; a real surprise actually. I wasn't expecting so much performance from the vehicle and the handling was very authentic. Despite its reduced size, it still has all the charm and characteristics of an original DB5.” Just 1059 examples of the DB5 Junior will be built to ensure exceptional exclusivity, and to match the original production number of the original DB5 between 1963 and 1965. Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said: “We’re extremely honoured and proud to have had the DB5 Junior put through its paces by Darren Turner, confirming its status as an official Aston Martin. This achievement is testament to the hard work of the phenomenal team we have at The Little Car Company and reinforces that the DB5 Junior is worthy of bearing the Aston Martin wings.” With an electric powertrain that delivers 5kW / 6.7 bhp to the rear wheels, drivers will be grateful for the integrated bucket seat. Power is transmitted to the road through 10” wire wheels with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, complemented by regenerative braking. A removable battery pack is stored under the opening bonnet, giving 10-20 miles (16-32km) driving range, depending on driving style. A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds. The junior car also has three integrated selectable driving modes: · A Novice mode with just 1kW / 1.3 bhp of power for less experienced drivers with a 12mph (19kmh) top speed. In this mode, a remote kill switch is included allowing the car to be remotely disabled at up to 30m. And if an enthusiastic novice disappears outside that 30m range, the car will automatically shut down and come to a gentle halt. · An Expert mode is provided for more experienced drivers with 5kW / 6.7bhp of power and a 30mph (48kmh) top speed. · Finally, Competition mode is a “Balance of Performance” (BOP) setting which allows the acceleration and top speed of the vehicle to be aligned with other The Little Car Company models for competition on an even playing field. Finally, for the ultimate driving experience, a rally-style hydraulic handbrake is included. While strictly not necessary, it does add to the fun for the bigger kids among us. The Vantage version of the original DB5 was known for its performance upgrade. For those who want more from their DB5 Junior, the DB5 Vantage Junior takes the pace up a level, too. While this elite model has the three driving modes of the standard car, there is also a fourth; Vantage mode, operated by a hidden ‘missile’ switch which doubles the power output to 10kW / 13.4bhp and increases the top speed to a new level that is yet to be confirmed. Performance is further enhanced by the lightweight carbon fibre body and a second battery pack, doubling the range to 20-40 miles (32-64km) depending on driving style. Aston Martin and The Little Car Company have recently launched an interactive online configurator for users to configure their very own DB5 Junior, here: www.thelittlecar.co/db5junior/configurator Prospective buyers, who wish to secure one of the limited-edition DB5 Juniors, can visit www.thelittlecar.co/db5junior to place a fully refundable deposit on a first come, first served basis. When these build slots are full, a waiting list will be put in place. Pricing for the DB5 Junior begins at £35,000 plus local taxes, while the more powerful DB5 Vantage Junior starts from £45,000 plus local taxes. Existing Aston Martin DB5 owners will be given first refusal on their DB5 Junior chassis number to match their full-size car. For those looking to take their DB5 Junior even further, The Little Car Company can upgrade the DB5 Junior to a No Time To Die Edition. Complete with Aston Martin and 007 badging, Silver Birch paintwork and Smiths instruments, each car features a number of iconic Bond gadgets including mini guns, cycling digital numberplates, smoke screen and skid mode.
A high-performance electric GT40 by Everrati has been named “Racing Legend of The Year” by GQ magazine
Everrati Automotive Limited (Everrati) has received a major accolade at the GQ Car Awards 2022, with the leading lifestyle magazine naming an electric-powered version of the GT40, developed by Everrati and Superformance, as its “Racing Legend of The Year”. Based in Oxford, UK, Everrati specialises in redefining and futureproofing automotive icons by integrating the very latest electric vehicle (EV) powertrains. An electric version of the iconic endurance racer, the GT40, is the first model to be developed through a strategic partnership with US company Superformance. Based in Jupiter, Florida, Superformance is a global leader in the manufacturer of 1960s-era continuation component sports cars. Everrati’s mission is to preserve and enrich some of the world's most revered and desirable automotive icons. The company equips such cars for a new age of zero-emission mobility by re-engineering them with state-of-the-art electric drivetrains while maintaining and enhancing the character of the original. Alongside enabling historic vehicles to travel emission-free, Everrati’s highly efficient electric power units and battery systems also deliver superior performance. The British company’s passion for celebrating classic high-performance driving in a contemporary sustainable manner dovetails perfectly with GQ’s radical refocus of its annual Car Awards for 2022. Paul Henderson, speaking on behalf of GQ: “For 2022, we made the decision to update the GQ Car Awards and make all the winners electric-powered. What remained unchanged, though, was our intention to pick machines that are inspiring, interesting, have automotive integrity and, most importantly of all, get our pulse racing. “The GT40 is a legendary machine. Its place in history is assured by its back story and its performances at Le Mans in the 1960s. But what really appealed to GQ about Everrati’s Superformance GT40 is how authentic the car is engineered, while being enhanced by a 21st century EV powertrain. Everrati and Superformance have set the standard for continuation conversions that we think even Carroll Shelby would have approved of.” With a high power 60kWh bespoke battery and 800bhp on offer from twin motors, the electrified GT40 can surge to 60mph in less than four seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 125mph. The car’s authenticity is equally beyond reproach. Inspired by the GT40 developed by Ford and Carroll Shelby, which broke Ferrari’s stranglehold on the Le Mans 24 Hours, winning the gruelling French endurance race four times in a row between 1966 and 1969, the Everrati Superformance GT 40 is engineered as an authentic continuation of the original. Such is the car’s impeccable integrity that it is legally permitted to use the ‘GT40’ name and carry a coveted GT40/P chassis number. Justin Lunny, Founder & CEO, Everrati Automotive Limited, commented: “It is a huge honour to have the GT40 we have developed with Superformance named “Racing Legend of The Year” in the GQ Car Awards 2022. To have the car’s historical pedigree recognised in such an awards ceremony that focuses exclusively on sustainable, electric-powered cars is a double bonus. “As with all Everrati vehicles, the GT40 in partnership with Superformance is designed and engineered with meticulous attention to detail to enhance the character and soul of the original by upgrading it to a zero-emission, fully electric drivetrain. By doing so, we ensure that such cars can continue to be enjoyed both on the road and on the track by generations of drivers in the future. To have the validity of our vision and the quality of our work recognised by the team at GQ is tremendously gratifying.” Lance Stander, CEO, Superformance, said: “From its 1960s racing victories to the recent hit Hollywood film, the GT40 has become a global icon. The GT40 was born of innovation, from the advanced chassis to the extensive wind tunnel testing and computer modelling that changed racing and the auto industry. It is a car that represents an uncompromising commitment to winning, which it still does today. Now, GQ has recognised that the sleek and sexy GT40 that won Le Mans 4 years in a row, continues to make the pulse of a new generation race with an electrified powertrain.” Everrati was founded to further the legacies of some of the most desirable and iconic cars in the world, redefining and precision re-engineering them with the latest electric drivetrains, maintaining and enhancing the character of the original. Each Everrati is fitted with a custom-designed electric power unit and battery system, leading to enhanced performance and a zero-emissions future. Superformance offers a full line of high-performance component cars celebrating some of the most iconic vehicles of all time. All vehicles are built under license from trademark holders including Shelby and SAFIR GT40, adding authenticity and value. Sold as a rolling chassis, a Superformance car can be configured with heritage or modern drivetrains. The Everrati and Superformance partnership allows enthusiasts to drive an electric-powered GT40, with development of this first model already well underway at Everrati’s UK development centre in Upper Heyford, a former US airbase in the English Cotswolds. The new model will be dynamically revealed in the coming months. Everrati’s current line-up of models includes: Porsche 911 (964) Coupe, Targa, Cabriolet in Pure, Signature, and Gulf Signature Editions Land Rover Series IIA and Series III in both 88 and 109-inch configurations GT40 in partnership with Superformance, including officially licenced Gulf Edition Mercedes-Benz W113 SL ‘Pagoda’ Everrati's limited order books are still open for commissions across all vehicles via: https://www.everrati.com
Introducing Super 3: the all-new Morgan
The Morgan Motor Company today unveils Super 3, one of the most intriguing and distinctive vehicles the company has ever built. Super 3 has been designed from the ground up to offer new levels of character, thrill and adventure, principles that have defined Morgan’s three-wheeled product since the company was founded 113 years ago. At the very heart of Super 3’s personality is its driving character. Primarily, a three-wheeled Morgan is a vehicle that entices you to get behind the wheel, offering a unique combination of mechanical feel, connection to the environment and visual differentiation from anything else on the road. Few vehicles will engage their occupants like Super 3, which encourages owners to feel present in the craft of motoring and entices them to embark on incredible adventures. As the company’s most configurable model to date, Super 3 offers an extensive list of options and accessories that allow owners to tailor their own experience. From adventure touring accessories to race-inspired liveries, Super 3 adopts multiple personalities to reflect the individuality of its owner. Three expressions of these personalities can be seen on the launch vehicles. Like every Morgan, Super 3 will be built in Malvern, Worcestershire, at the company’s Pickersleigh Road factory. Skilled craftsmen and women have been handcrafting cars in these hallowed red brick buildings since 1914, just five years after HFS Morgan invented the first Morgan, known as ‘The Runabout’.
Rimac Nevera Completes Final Crash Test
The intense crash test programme for the global homologation of Rimac Nevera is finally complete after four years, thousands of digital simulations and nine complete vehicles destroyed. In total, Rimac Nevera prototypes were subject to 45 separate physical crash tests, and many more static passive safety tests – all necessary to ensure customers around the world can safely experience Rimac’s next-generation all-electric hypercar on the road. The final test, which took place at the end of January, was the demanding side pole test, conducted at 32km/h and simulating a side impact with a lamppost. With very little of the car’s body and chassis between the pole and the occupants, and very little energy absorbed by the pole, it’s one of the most difficult tests a car can be subjected to. The structure of the Nevera proved to be so effective at distributing the crash energy that the door on the impact side could still be opened after the test. This test was the last passive safety US-homologation test, while European homologation tests were completed in 2021. Passive safety for the Nevera has been developed by the in-house team at Rimac, initially using High-Performance Cluster computers, capable of digitally simulating in near-perfect detail the effects of a crash test impact on every single component of the Nevera. Despite a physical crash test impact taking just 80 milliseconds – less than a blink of an eye – to simulate a test takes the computers 20 hours of processing time. Only once engineers have achieved the desired results digitally do they make adjustments to the physical cars and subject them to ‘the wall’. The Nevera was designed from the very beginning to be extremely safe, built around an advanced carbon fibre monocoque extending between the front and rear suspension attachments. As a result, the Nevera is the stiffest production car ever created, with a torsional rigidity of 70,000 Nm/degree – a regular supercar will be around 40,000 Nm/degree. The monocoque also forms part of a very stiff survival cell that helps to dissipate energy around the occupants in the case of a crash. The roof of Nevera can resist more than three times the weight of the car. Throughout the crash test program since 2019, Nevera prototypes were subjected to the most extreme of conditions. During this latest side pole test, the occupant – a 200,000-euro crash test dummy – experienced up to 25G of lateral acceleration, but have been subjected to 41G during the frontal wall crash test at 56km/h. The highest impact speed Nevera experienced during the process was in the US-market rear crash test, completed at 80km/h. Furthermore, the last crash test resulted in the dummy’s load results being all green with a high margin. Rimac has been transparent with the crash test process, publicly sharing everything from the early materials tests, the prototype developments and these final crash tests. Members of the media have been actively welcomed throughout the entire journey of creation for the Nevera, too, offering unrivalled insight into the development of a transformational all-electric hypercar from the ground up. Mate Rimac, Rimac Group founder and CEO, said: “The Nevera was designed to excel in every area, with each component scrutinised and carefully engineered to deliver the best possible performance. For four years now we have been applying that same painstaking attention to detail to the safety of Nevera, with engineers working tirelessly on thousands of digital simulations and modifications to prototype vehicles, just to see their work destroyed during the crash testing process. All of their efforts have been absolutely crucial to the development of Nevera, and as this latest test concludes the Nevera crash-testing programme, which brings us close to finally being able to hand over our next-generation all-electric hypercar to its first owners throughout the world.” Designed, engineered and built in-house at Rimac Automobili, the Nevera is limited to just 150 units. Made possible by its 120kWh, 6960-cell battery producing 1914hp and 2360Nm of torque, Nevera achieves a top speed of 258 mph (412 km/h), a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 1.85 seconds, and a 0-100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds. It has been independently verified as the fastest accelerating production car in the world.
Project Triumph TE-1 Prototype Revealed, featuring WAE-developed advanced battery system
Project Triumph TE-1 has today been revealed in completed prototype form. The unique collaboration between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK, was set up to create ground-breaking developments in specialist electric motorcycle engineering and innovative integrated technology design. Marking the official end of the collaboration stage of the TE-1 project, the completed demonstrator is now fully ready for the next Triumph-led stage of the project to begin – the live testing programme – integrating for the first time all of the latest and final innovations from the project partner workstreams. The WAE battery pack incorporates dedicated cell packaging for optimum centre of gravity, vehicle control unit, DCDC converter, integrated cooling, charge port, and styled carbon covers. This all-new WAE-developed powertrain will set new standards for electric bike performance, with class-leading power, efficiency, charging time and range. Wholly responsible for TE-1’s lightweight, ground-breaking battery system, WAE has employed a holistic approach to development which will allow riders to use more electric power for longer, providing access to outstanding performance regardless of battery charge, alongside rapid charging times. The all-new battery has peak power of 170kW and continuous power of 90kW, with a capacity of 15kWh. This enables the motorbike to deliver 130kW of peak power and 80kW of continuous power. Class leading system cooling combined with the optimum balance of power and energy means TE-1 can give the rider more electric power for longer and deliver outstanding performance regardless of battery charge. The 360-volt system also enables a fast-charging time of under 20mins (0-80%), which is combined with a market leading target range. WAE has optimised the battery module layout to balance mass and positioning within the prototype chassis taking into consideration centre of gravity, space and relationship with the powertrain and charging approach. A new and bespoke vehicle control unit has been integrated into the battery pack to minimise weight and packaging. Key project achievements during this phase include test results that exceed current benchmarks and targets set by the UK Automotive Council for 2025, providing a platform with great potential for future development in electric motorcycle performance. The overall objective of the TE-1 project has been focused on developing electric motorcycle capability, in order to provide an input into Triumph’s future electric motorcycle offering, driving innovation, capability, and new intellectual property, and enhancing the credibility and profile of British industry and design. With the completion of the prototype demonstrator, the full live testing phase of the TE-1 project will now begin. Over the next six months the prototype demonstrator will undertake an extensive live testing programme within Triumph’s state-of-the-art facilities, including rolling road and track testing, designed to provide direction into the final set up and calibration of the prototype demonstrator. At the completion of the live testing phase, estimated to be Summer 2022, the prototype demonstrator will be updated with its final body panels in readiness for active track demonstration. At this time, final specifications and testing outcomes will be published, as well as insights and key facts on how the TE-1 delivers on the project targets including final battery and range performance. “It has been truly exciting to see the progress made during phase 3 of Project Triumph TE‑1 with the final prototype motorcycle now going into real life testing. Everyone involved at Triumph is proud to have been part of this innovative British collaboration. Personally, I am thrilled with the results we have already achieved with our partners, and the exciting preview of the potential electric future to come.” said Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO. “We look forward to continuing the ambitious and innovative work on the TE-1 demonstrator prototype through the live testing phase and sharing the outcome with Triumph fans across the world.” Following completion of Phase 2 of the programme in March 2021, which delivered a fully bench tested battery, WAE has now concluded work on Phase 3 which contained some critical gateways for the project. In addition to supporting a number of hardware and software solutions; specifically integrating Triumph’s motorcycle control software to work in harmony with WAE’s controller and battery management system, the team has enhanced the integration of the mechanical and electrical solutions; optimising battery layout to balance mass and positioning within the chassis. The demonstrator bike is now undergoing final battery level validation and calibration to ensure the performance results meet best-in-class power and energy density targets and for the rider, ensuring there is no compromise in performance at low levels of charge. “Following an extended period of testing, we are thrilled to finally see the results of our work on a physical bike. By working with the team at Triumph, we have continued to push the boundaries of battery technology, keeping the rider in mind at all times” said Dyrr Ardash, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Williams Advanced Engineering. “Because we have designed the battery from the ground-up, design has not been compromised and we have been able to maximise the potential of cutting edge technology, offering both performance and all important, range”.
Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 COUPE Sold Out From Launch
Gordon Murray Automotive has announced that it has sold all of its T.33 coupe supercars, each costing £1.37m before local taxes. Customers from around the globe have secured their allocation of the exclusive 100-unit production run. With a target weight of just 1100kg, the beautifully proportioned, aerodynamically efficient, timeless design of the T.33 supercar will offer the ultimate blend of performance, comfort, on-road driving experience and everyday usability. Professor Gordon Murray: “The entire GMA team is thrilled that all 100 T.33’s have found a home so quicky after the global launch, just over a week ago, and we look forward to welcoming new owners to the GMA family. “I am extremely proud of our team who have relentlessly applied our core principles to deliver this amazing motor car.” Each T.33 owner will receive a bespoke and personalised service throughout their GMA journey.
H.R. Owen Bugatti London Delivers Three Chiron Super Sport 300+
H.R. Owen Bugatti London, is delivering three Chiron Super Sport 300+ models to its customers in January, representing 10% of the total limited production run. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ was first revealed to the world in 2019 when it became the first car from a production manufacturer to break the 300mph barrier, recording a world record speed of 304.773mph, with Official Bugatti Test Pilot Andy Wallace behind the wheel. It was announced shortly after that just 30 examples of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ would be handcrafted and delivered to customers worldwide. In order to achieve its world-record speed, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ received a number of meticulously engineered upgrades. Most obviously, its streamlined bodywork was redesigned to include a ‘longtail’, which helped maintain a smooth flow of air over the car to maintain stability at high speeds. The new shape, and a set of vertical exhaust pipes, allowed for a diffusor 32% larger, helping to further increase downforce. The legendary 8.0-litre W16 engine was upgraded with reinforced pistons, larger turbochargers and an oil pump capable of operating at higher pressures, to deliver a total of 1,600PS – exactly 100PS more than Chiron. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ is marked out by its unique paintwork. Compared with Super Sport, which shares a longtail body, the Super Sport 300+ is finished in black carbon fibre, complemented by a Jet Orange racing stripe running through the center of the car. Carbon continues to flow through into the car’s engine cover, and even the windscreen wiper. Additional flourishes complete the 300+’s design, including a Bugatti “Macaron” logo made of genuine silver and black enamel, and strong magnesium alloy wheels finished in a bespoke colour named “Nocturne”. The sold-out Chiron Super Sport 300+ vehicles are being built at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France, each starting at a net price of 3.5 million euros. H.R. Owen is the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, representing some of the world’s most sought-after brands including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, BAC, Puritalia, Rimac and Radford.
From Britain to the world: First Production Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition Delivered
First deliveries of Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition are underway, with the first bespoke model delivered to a customer in Scandinavia. In the coming months, customers in North America, Asia and across Europe will receive their vehicles as the brand's global growth accelerates. Each Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition is made totally bespoke and this particular model has had over 1,400 hours of dedicated precision at the hands of David Brown Automotive’s expert artisans. Hand-made to order at the purpose-built facility of David Brown Automotive at Silverstone, UK, and with a drivetrain engineered in partnership with Oselli Engineering, the acclaimed British engine tuning specialist first founded in the 1960s, the one-of-a-kind and race-ready city car is the most powerful Mini Remastered ever created. The model delivered to Scandinavia has a 4-seater configuration and comes with bespoke Carbon Grey with Heritage Green accents throughout, a special number-delete on the grille, rear and interior and 13" alloy wheels, finished in Graphite. The car launches with a power rating of 125 hp at 6,200 rpm, a torque rating of 113 ft-lb at 4,500 rpm and an impressive 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds. Designed and engineered to have a dual personality, Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition is just as comfortable on city streets as it is on the racetrack. A limited run of 60 bespoke models is set to be created, celebrating the 60th anniversary of when the original Mini first rolled off the production line. David Brown, CEO and Founder at David Brown Automotive, said: “We are enormously proud to have completed the first customer delivery of Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition, just seven months after its full unveiling. There is an outstanding orderbook for this limited-edition model, with customers from around the globe set to receive their bespoke car in the coming months. This is an exciting project for the brand, and we are delighted with the interest it has created from customers in every part of the world.” The interior design options also live up to the standard of the performance-orientated classic car’s sporty look and feel. Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition can be ordered in either a two- or four-seat configuration, with the two-seater featuring bucket seats shaped for a thrilling ride and a rear hand-trimmed roll cage, while a four-point seatbelt harness adds to the feel of a car intended for the racetrack. An interior lined with hand-trimmed luxury leather and Alcantara materials emphasises the premium look and feel of Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition. A selection of unique exterior colourways is available with contrasting stripes that carry through to the interior design. A choice of ‘Carbon Grey’ and ‘Old English White’ base colours matches the accents in either ‘Competition Red’, ‘Royal Blue’ or ‘Heritage Green’. All exterior graphics are hand-painted for an extremely high-quality finish. Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition is available to order now in both right and left-hand drive. Enquiries can be made via David Brown Automotive directly or via their distributors and agents in overseas markets. Pricing is available on application.
Morgan Motor Company Completes First Plus 8 GTR - The Most Powerful Morgan Ever
The first Morgan Plus 8 GTR, the most powerful car in the company’s history, has completed build at the company’s factory in Malvern Link, Worcestershire. Finished in striking Yas Marina Blue, the first example is evocative of the original design sketches — which pay homage to prominent nineties Plus 8 race car ‘Big Blue’ — that were released to announce the model in February 2021. Limited to just nine examples, the Plus 8 GTR project has only been possible due to the recent availability of a number of Plus 8 rolling chassis. The remaining eight cars are all in production, with several finishing build before the end of the year and the remainder being completed in the first quarter of 2022. Each customer has worked closely with Morgan’s design team to commission their own bespoke example, further demonstrating the company’s personalisation capabilities. The nine cars are built in varying configurations of transmission and drive side according to customer requirements, with five of the eight vehicles being exported globally. Performance upgrades include a new engine tune and cannon-style twin-exit sports exhausts. These enhancements improve throttle response and increase the power output over the previous production Plus 8. Steve Morris, Chairman & CEO, Morgan Motor Company, said: “We are excited to release the first images of the Plus 8 GTR following the design sketches published earlier this year. The Plus 8 GTR represents an opportunity for Morgan to celebrate the V8 engine once again, something we did not expect to do since finishing the Plus 8 and Aero 8 models in 2018. Striking design, the finest craftsmanship, and an exhilarating sports car to drive, the Plus 8 GTR is the perfect swansong to the Morgan V8. We have been delighted to work alongside customers from around the world during the design and build process, and we look forward to sharing the final examples over the coming months.” The Plus 8 GTR explores design themes such as the high shoulder line, not seen on a traditional Morgan body for decades. Its five-spoke centre-lock wheels are reminiscent of Morgan’s 1990s Plus 8 race cars, framed perfectly by subtly re-sculpted wheel arches. Further design elements include a revised rear end, front wings, and front splitter, all of which are hand crafted using aluminium. Fitment of a hard top with cockpit vent completes the race-inspired aesthetic. The interior features new door cards to fit with the high door tops, bespoke GTR dials and the option of carbon fibre racing seats and harnesses. Unique graphics feature throughout and each GTR is fitted with a plaque denoting its number in the build sequence. One design inspiration was the Plus 8 race car that competed in the GT series throughout the late nineties, more commonly known as ‘Big Blue’. This car served as the testbed for Morgan’s first bonded-aluminium chassis, which would go on to underpin the Aero 8 and ‘Aero-chassis’ Plus 8 models. It seemed fitting, following the more recent launch of Morgan’s CX-Generation bonded-aluminium platform, to use this opportunity to pay tribute to the car that pioneered Morgan’s use of aluminium structures. As with every Morgan, each Plus 8 GTR is hand crafted using traditional coachbuilding techniques. The Plus 8 GTR is the second Morgan special project of the year, following the Plus Four CX-T. Whilst different in their function and appearance, both models demonstrate the flexibility of the Morgan brand, celebrating craft, design and driving experience.
Rimac Concept One, Takes Centre Stage at New Hypercar Exhibit
Rimac Automobili’s first production model and the world’s first electric hypercar – the Concept_One – is a part of a new hypercar exhibit at the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in California. Joined by game-changing icons like the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg Agera RS, it’s an exploration of the recent phenomenon of cars with such other-worldly performance that they go beyond the realm of the supercar, and into the hyper. The new ‘Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme’ exhibit opened on December 4th, designed to showcase what hypercars stand for and why they continue to captivate the global automotive community. It’s just one part of the Museum, which is described as “the world’s greatest automotive museum”, housing one of the largest collections ever assembled, from all-time classics to modern-day racing cars and cutting-edge electric vehicles of the future. The Concept_One on display is in fact the very first production example ever produced, owned by Mr. Paul Runge based in the US, who wished to give the public a chance to see the hypercar in the metal. The Concept_One was Mate Rimac’s first car built from the ground up and was designed to showcase the potential of electric technology in the world of automotive performance. Born out of Rimac’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology and electric powertrains, the Concept_One was not only intended to transform the performance EV platform but to prove that an electric powertrain can make a car faster, but also more exciting, too. Revealed to the world in production form in 2016, the Concept_One was based upon entirely new powertrain systems and an original platform developed in-house by Rimac. Powered by four magnetic electric motors – one for each wheel – with a total output of 900 kW/1224hp and 1600Nm of torque from 8450 battery cells, the Concept_One was soon recognized as one of the fastest road cars, at the time beating many hypercars off-the-line. It’s capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h (62mph) in just 2.5 seconds, to 200 km/h (124mph) in 6, and to 300 km/h (186mph) in 14 seconds. The Concept_One also helped to lay the foundations for Rimac Automobili’s latest all-electric hypercar, the Nevera. Although not a single component was carried over from Concept_One, the experience helped the Rimac Automobili team to create evolutions of some of Concept_One’s technologies, including Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring, and a quad-motor powertrain fed by a 120kWh battery. Rimac’s next-generation, Nevera, is the most technologically advanced hypercar in the world and the fastest accelerating production car, launched by its 1,914hp motors to 300km/h (186mph) in 9.3 seconds – nearly a full five seconds faster than Concept_One. Mate Rimac, CEO and founder of Rimac Automobili, adds: “With the Concept_One, we didn’t want to simply create an electric version of existing hypercars. We wanted to create the hypercar of the 21st century. To have it stand wheel-to-wheel with other iconic hypercars in one of the most prestigious automotive museums in the world is a real honour for us. And, with only eight built, this exhibit will provide visitors with a rare glimpse of the car that so much of our knowledge and technology is built upon. The Concept_One is an absolutely crucial part of Rimac Automobili history and – while we’ve come so far since – we’ll always look back at Concept_One proud of the electric revolution we helped to kickstart.”
Saint Laurent Rive Droite Super73
Keeping the timeless and characteristic style of Saint Laurent and the exciting design of the SUPER73-S2 electric bike, this Limited Edition version asserts itself through its finishes. Saint Laurent x SUPER73-S2 e-bike is a groundbreaking collaboration between the legendary French fashion house and Californian electric motorcycle brand Saint Laurent x SUPER73-S2 e-bike is a groundbreaking collaboration between the legendary French fashion house and Californian electric motorcycle brand From the matte black frame and black stainless steel bolts to the custom padded leather seat, the black leather handles, and black chain, this electric bike has been conceived and designed by Anthony Vaccarello. By revisiting a classic model of the brand, Anthony Vaccarello wanted to combine design and functionality. Yielding a unique riding experience for both short and long rides, this bike advocates an adventurous lifestyle by combining motorcycle heritage and youth culture. Available exclusively in Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores and on ysl.com SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE is a creative and cultural destination curated by Anthony Vaccarello, located at 213, rue saint Honoré 75001 Paris, and extended at 469 Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles. Named ‘RIVE DROITE’ as a nod to SAINT LAURENT rive gauche line that helped to democratize fashion and luxury in the sixties. SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE introduces a brand new retail destination for expression, exchange, and lifestyle, showcasing a wide range of products including exclusive pieces, limited editions, library, vintage, music, photography combined with art, performances, exhibitions, events and cultural exchanges. Conceptualized by Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello, the extensive and diversified offer from different creative and design fields, are imagined and embraced in new ways to enlarge the universe and the DNA of Saint Laurent. SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE represents an amusing and chic version of today’s Saint Laurent universe. saintlaurentrivedroite.com @ysl #saintlaurentrivedroite @anthonyvaccarello
Yanmar CE Unveils its First Electric Mini Excavator Prototype: the New SV17e
Yanmar Compact Equipment has a long and well-deserved reputation for delivering fuel efficient and sustainable engine technology. Now, the company brings its engine and mini excavator expertise into the field of electrification with its first electric mini excavator prototype: the new SV17e. This innovation represents an important strategic step in the transformation for Yanmar Compact Equipment. “Our aim, together with our dealer partners, is to build stronger relationships and create even greater customer value.” said CEO, Giuliano Parodi. “Our transformation will embrace our entire business and will encompass new products with alternative fuel technologies. The SV17e prototype is a clear demonstration of our intent to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners.” The SV17e is a mini excavator aimed at customers in the European market and plays in the 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes segment. Powered by efficient electric drive and hard working 48-volt batteries with fast charging capability, it’s a quiet, zero emission machine designed to meet the most demanding emissions restrictions. In-line with Yanmar Compact Equipment’s commitment to create an exceptional customer experience, the appeal of SV17e goes beyond simply being an electric machine. The design and engineering team have set out to build a machine which offers the highest levels of comfort, ergonomics and operational power, precision, and control. “Our prototype is significant because it demonstrates our capability to bring the quality and reliability of our highly respected conventional engine technology into the arena of electrification” explained Director Product Management EMEA, Cedric Durand. “But we have gone further. As always, the operator is at the heart of this machine, and we have challenged ourselves to deliver the comfort, power, control and precision which we believe will surpass the expectations of professional operators.” In preparation for its sales start at Bauma 2022, the prototype SV17e is currently undergoing Yanmar’s vigorous product testing regime. These tough field tests are uncompromising in their thoroughness to ensure an uncompromising level of durability and reliability in the design and engineering. According to Director Engineering EMEA, Sota Takami, “We are very pleased with the performance to date – as you would expect, we have a rigorous testing regime which pushes every aspect of the machine to its limit. The machine has performed very well in all these tests. We are particularly pleased with the power, and control of the machine. Of course, this is a quiet, zero emission machine but that, in itself, is not enough. We must create a great feeling for the operator. I am confident that professional operators will be very comfortable in this machine, they will certainly feel the power, control and the precision handling they will need to take on the big jobs as well as the small jobs.” For those who cannot wait until Bauma 2022 to see the new SV17e in action, Yanmar Compact Equipment has prepared a short teaser film. Emphasizing the power, control and precision of the new machine, this short film proves that even the smallest jobs deserve Yanmar’s innovation.
Porsche Korea Launches the Taycan Cross Turismo and the new 911 GT3
Porsche Korea (CEO Holger Gerrmann) launches the Taycan Cross Turismo and the new 911 GT3 in Korea as of today. Under the theme of 'Sporty Mobility of Today and Tomorrow', the exhibition emphasized Porsche's sustainable product strategy. The brand’s first CUV and already second pure electric vehicle after the Taycan, the ‘Taycan Cross Turismo’, and the first GT model based on the 8th gen-eration 911, the ‘911 GT3,’ were unveiled for the first time in Korea. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated that, "Porsche launches innovative and exclusive products by combining advanced future technologies and the brand heritage. Our mission is to pursue sustainable mobility and create the future for sports cars,” adding that, "The Taycan Cross Turismo and the new 911 GT3 are unique products that reflect Porsche's product strategy focusing on efficient gasoline engines, hybrid, and electric models." He also added, “starting with the new ‘911 GT3’, we will sequentially introduce GT lines reflecting Porsche’s racing DNA, including the Cayenne Turbo GT, 718 Cayman GT4, and more high performance models, unfolding the exciting Porsche Story.” “In order to repay the increased interest in Porsche’s electrified products, only one year after the Taycan Korea launch we have expanded our portfolio through the ‘Taycan Cross Turismo’, a versatile and attractive vehicle perfect for a sporty lifestyle on and off the road designed for the Porsche fans and enthusiasts of style and sports such as cycling and surfing”, he stated. [Taycan Cross Turismo] Porsche Korea is further expanding the product portfolio of its all-electric sports car with the addition of this versatile CUV, the Taycan Cross Turismo. Like its first all-electric sports car Taycan, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from an innovative electric drive with 800-volt architecture. The new high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension also ensures uncompromising dynamics on and off-road. Up to 47 millimetres more headroom for rear-seat passengers and more than 1,200 litres of load capacity, loaded through the large tailgate at the rear, make the Cross Turismo a true all-rounder. The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is always fitted as standard in the Taycan Cross Turismo. The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with 380 PS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds through its overboost power with launch control of 350 kW (476 PS), reaches a top speed of 220 km/h. The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with 490 PS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds with its overboost power of 420 kW (571 PS), reaches a top speed of 240 km/h. Lastly, the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo with 625 PS can accelerate 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds through its overboost power of 500 kW (680 PS), reaches a top speed of 250 km/h. Driving ranges of the Taycan Cross Turismo 4, 4S, and Turbo are 287 km, 287 km, and 274 km, respectively. The high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension comes as standard on the Taycan Cross Turismo. The optional Off-Road design package increases ground clearance by up to 30 mm. This means that the Cross Turismo can also be driven on more demanding off-road terrain. The standard “Gravel Mode” improves the suitability of the new model for driving on rough roads. In terms of its visual appearance, it closely follows the ‘Mission E Cross Turismo’ concept study presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show: Its silhouette is defined by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear – called a “flyline” by the Porsche designers. Off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. Especially for the Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche has developed a rear carrier for up to three bicycles that sets the benchmark in terms of package size and handling. It can be used universally for different types of bikes. One of its innovative features is that the tailgate can be opened even when the rear carrier is loaded. The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo will start being delivered this December, followed by plans to launch the 4S and Turbo models in the first half of next year. Porsche is offering Taycan 4, 4S, Turbo Cross Turismo with a price of 138 million KRW, 154.5 million KRW, and 200.6 million KRW, including VAT. [911 GT3] The new 911 GT3 reflects the essence of sportiness by combining motorsport genes and innovations into the perfect high-performance sports car for both the racetrack and everyday life. The new 911 GT3 developed in close collaboration with Porsche Motorsport transfers pure racing technology into a production model. The double wishbone front axle layout and sophisticated aerodynamics with swan neck rear wing and striking diffuser originate from the successful GT race car 911 RSR. The maximum 510 horsepower (PS) four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine is based on the drivetrain of the 911 GT3 R, tried and tested in endurance racing. With the 7-speed Porsche PDK transmission, it accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 318 km/h. The new wing and diffuser elements significantly increase down force and the aerodynamic pressure for high cornering speeds. The sophisticated aerodynamics benefit from the experiences gained from motor racing and generate significantly more downforce without noticeably affecting the drag coefficient. Its racing genes are expressed in practically all the details of the new 911 GT3. The cockpit is in line with the current generation 911. A new feature is the track screen: at the touch of a button, it reduces the digital displays to the left and right of the central rev counter, which reaches up to 10,000 rpm, to information such as tire pressure indicator, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel tank level and water temperature, which are essential when driving on the circuit. The Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur range is also available for the new 911 GT3 and is supplemented by GT3-specific options such as a lightweight roof made of exposed carbon fibre. Other highlights include exterior mirror tops made of carbon, darkened LED matrix main headlights and matching Exclusive design rear lights with an arc of light with no red components. In the interior, equipment details such as the tachometer, Sport Chrono stopwatch, seatbelts and trim strips set elegant accents in the body colour or other desired colour. As exclusive as the 911 GT3 itself is the individual chronograph that Porsche Design offers exclusively to customers of the high-performance sports car extending the ownership experience beyond the car. Like the 911 GT3, it boasts a dynamic design, consistent performance, and high-quality workmanship. Its housing reflects its Motorsport genes. Just like the connecting rods of the GT3 engine, it consists of robust, lightweight titanium. The timepiece is powered by an individual winding rotor reminiscent of the wheels of the 911 GT3. In addition, the coloured ring of the dial can be customised in the paint colours of the 911 GT3. The sales price of the 911 GT3 is 220 million KRW, including VAT.
Reviving an Exceptional Series 1 E-TYPE
E-Type UK, leading restorer of the definitive classic sports car – has concluded a full refurbishment of the distinguished 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-type - rebuilt to a fine blend of originality and performance. Revolutionary in its time, the Series 1 fixed-head coupe in left-hand drive was first ordered by its original owner in a stunning Pearl Grey exterior paint finish with Dark Blue leather interior. Sourced from deep within the Norwegian mountains, the rare combination of colours makes this particular Series 1 E-type example a truly rare find. In the capable hands of E-Type UK’s team of experts, the Series 1 underwent an extensive restoration process, with supreme attention to detail down to the final bolt. Significant performance upgrades bring this automotive yardstick of the 1960s roaring into the 21st century. [Remastering a legendary body shell] The very first step in the car’s 3500-hour restoration process is to examine each body panel for signs of rust to guarantee absolute structural rigidity and chassis strength. After being sand blasted to remove remnants of material from the last 50+ years, each panel is primed to prevent any further rust from developing. With this particular example, E-Type UK’s expert metalwork craftspeople created brand-new floors, sills, rear chassis, gearbox tunnel, bulkhead, inner and outer rear wings and a new bonnet to ensure it wasn’t just stunning to look at, but supremely safe, too. Once all new panels are mounted, accurately aligned, and welded to the original chassis, the body can then be lowered to the floor to allow for the next stage of meticulous restoration to take place. [Achieving a perfect finish] With the careful restoration of the 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-type’s metal shell complete, the unmistakable silhouette of the 1960s icon begins to take shape. The filler process sees the shell receive a careful and detailed application of filler to ensure millimetre-perfect dimensions and panel gaps across the entire shell. Rust inhibitors are also applied to the exposed metal, alongside numerous coats of high-build primer. The body is then left to rest for several weeks to ensure all materials are fully hardened prior to painting. Primed to be hand-painted in the car’s rare and original Pearl Grey finish, the shell is masked before being sprayed with the first of several coats of the striking colour. Secondly, a high-quality clear lacquer is carefully applied to ready the body for a final polish. To accomplish the outstanding exterior finish befitting a world-class restoration, the lacquer is subjected to hours of hand polishing to reveal a flawless shine. [Subtle enhancements to an established formula] To respectfully upgrade one of the most iconic British sports cars whilst simultaneously remaining true to the marque’s original intents requires a delicate and fine touch. Renowned for their advanced engineering at the time, the E-type is fitted with an IRS (independent rear suspension), securing the rear wheels and suspension to the chassis and providing the driver with low levels of road noise, vibration, harshness, and a smoother ride. A central element of this Series 1’s restoration involved a full rebuild of innovative IRS system, alongside being fitted with new bearings, universal joints, brake lines and coil overs. Dedicated to forging a usable, supple, and reliable end product, E-Type UK additionally fitted 4-pot brake callipers, performance brake pads and a separate modern independent handbrake system. With these highly desirable upgrades now fitted, the IRS unit not only provides the driver with more dynamic braking and superior road performance, but sets the stage for future subtle twists, such as an upgrade to E-Type UK’s front 6-pot brake callipers. [Modern performance with an original feel] Tasked with producing an unrivalled high performing Series 1 Coupe by the owner, the E-Type UK team conducted a full restoration of the 3.8-litre XK engine. The engine was completed to full fast road specification with a new gas flowed head, high lift cams, balanced and lightened crank with lip seal conversion. Preserving yet modernising the gearbox was central to retaining the car’s period feel, without any historical drawbacks. Formerly a 4-speed, a new 5-speed gearbox was fitted, with the original 4-speed gearbox restored for originality, to ensure less engine strain and a more precise selection of individual gears. To further enhance the performance of the newly installed 3.8-litre road engine, E-Type UK’s engineers proceeded with fitting the bespoke straight-six fuel injection system, boasting heritage throttle bodies with concealed fuel injectors, retaining the period aesthetic look. Alongside the EFI system, the E-type engine bay is also treated to an uprated alternator, electronic ignition, high torque starter, crankshaft sensor, high and low-pressure fuel pumps, oil catch tank, air and coolant temperature sensors and removal of the traditional distributor, replaced with an uprated coil pack. Thunderous grand touring and sharp B-road handling are now second nature to this masterpiece. [An exemplary interior, reborn] Sympathetically reconditioning the interior of this exceptional Series 1 E-type example marks the final step of the total restoration procedure. With incredible depth of colour, the car’s original Dark Blue leather specification is recreated to perfectly compliment the newly painted Pearl Grey exterior, holding true to its heritage. Retrimmed seats and dashboard with the finest quality leather finish off the exquisite cabin with finesse and style, whilst providing the driver with a comfortable and functional driving position for any type of journey.
Everrati’s electrified 911 (964) range, GT40 and Series IIA Land Rover models now available to customise and order
Everrati Automotive Limited (Everrati™), the leading technology company specialising in the redefining and futureproofing of automotive icons through the integration of the very latest electric vehicle (EV) powertrains, has been inundated with enquires following recent high-profile displays of its product ranges at both Salon Privé and Concours of Elegance. Following this and in celebration of World EV Day, Everrati is delighted to announce that order books are open for commissions of all models in its 911 (964) range, the GT40 created in partnership with Superformance, and the Series IIA Land Rover model. Everrati’s product portfolio has garnered extensive international interest and acclaim, as the company’s revolutionary technologies and expertise are applied to some of the world’s most celebrated cars. Today, via Everrati’s website, a build-slot can be secured on all models with a deposit of £1,000. Each bespoke commission is designed, developed, and manufactured at Everrati’s global headquarters in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England, by an elite team of experts from across the automotive, aerospace and technology sectors. Customers can experiment and personalise their own 964, GT40 and Series IIA commissions through Everrati’s new online configurator, using a range of exterior paint colours, liveries and alloy wheel finishes, and place their deposit online today via: https://www.everrati.com/waitinglist/ Everrati CEO, Justin Lunny, said: “We are delighted to open our order books for the wide range of our electrified products. It has always been Everrati’s vision and mission to offer the most sought-after, expertly manufactured, sustainable, technically advanced and zero-emission cars – and since we announced our new models, interest from all over the world has been tremendous. Every Everrati build is fully bespoke and we’re excited to work with customers, bringing their unique EV dream car to life.” [911 (964) models] First introduced to the world in 1964, the 911 has since solidified its place in automotive history as the most iconic sports car of all time with its revolutionary design and supreme performance engineering. The 964 generation was first brought to market in 1989 in Coupe, Targa and Cabriolet specifications. Today, Everrati’s interpretation of this timeless classic sees the car restored to the highest level and fitted with a state-of-the-art battery pack capable of emission-free driving. Maintaining the structural integrity of the original, Everrati’s offers the 964 in Coupe, Targa and Cabriolet configurations, with the option to fully reverse the EV conversion process if desired. A 53kWh battery pack with a range of over 180 miles produces 440bhp and 460Nm of torque, accelerating the car to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds. Prices for each commission begin at £200,000 plus relevant taxes, based on a customer-supplied donor car. Revealed in May 2021, Everrati’s ‘Signature’ wide body version of the 964 features carbon fibre bodywork elements and is able to achieve sub-4-second 0-60mph performance in conjunction with the optional Performance Pack. 500bhp and 550Nm are sent directly to the rear wheels for instantaneous performance, with almost identical weight distribution maintaining and enhancing the soul of the original. Prices for each commission begin at £250,000 plus relevant taxes, based on a customer-supplied donor car. With a shared passion for clean technology in partnership with Gulf, Everrati is accepting orders for the 911 (964) Gulf Signature Edition, decorated with the renowned Gulf orange and blue race car livery. Gulf’s strong brand presence stems back to the glory days of motorsports and their infamous racing colours will now grace future Everrati models of the customers’ choosing. A number of options are available including hand-painted livery. [GT40] One of the automotive world’s most recognisable and distinctive designs, on road and on track. Now in the expert hands of Everrati and Superformance, this electrified version of the legendary GT40 has been comprehensively adapted from ICE power to advanced electric propulsion. With an astonishing 800BHP (peak) and 800Nm and utilising a 700v system voltage, the GT40 demonstrates Everrati’s superiority in EV drivetrain technologies. Meticulous attention to detail is being applied to key factors such as battery location and weight distribution to maintain and enhance the character and soul of the original. Further details on this first new model from the partnership and reimagined icon will be announced in the coming months, yet deposits can now be placed to secure build slots. [Series IIA Land Rover] Renowned as one of the most iconic off-road vehicles since its launch over 60 years ago, the Series IIA Land Rover is an unmistakable British legend. Restored to the highest level, Everrati has now redefined this undisputed icon from a 1960’s utilitarian vehicle into a beautiful, zero-emissions vehicle, suitable for the 21st century. Housing Everrati’s state-of-the-art electric powertrain, the Series IIA is has a zero-emission range of over 100 miles, combined with AC and DC fast charging capability. The car’s 60kWh battery produces 150bhp and 300Nm in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive modes. Prices for each commission begin at £150,000 plus relevant taxes, based on a customer-supplied donor car.
Classic motoring and sustainable technology meet as retro-EV specialist Electrogenic joins Bicester Heritage
Bicester Heritage is pleased to welcome Electrogenic, specialists in converting classic cars into 100% electric models, at its unique ‘motoring-marina’. As a leading setting for classic car collectors and enthusiasts in the UK, Bicester Heritage provides the perfect backdrop against which the brand can celebrate motoring and sustainability using 21st century technology. Dreamt up during the construction of a 60MW biomass power plant in a Cuban hurricane, Electrogenic revolutionises the beauty and joy of classic vehicles through electrification. Based out of the recently reactivated Building 118 at the centre of the vibrant site, Electrogenic will provide a new skill base to the Heritage campus, in addition to using the onsite track for testing and development opportunities. Furthermore, Electrogenic will be a welcome events presence to the Bicester Heritage events calendar, with opportunities to showcase their range of current conversion projects including a beautiful Citroën DS, a Porsche 356 and an E-Type Jaguar. The company is an excellent addition to the broader Bicester Motion site, on which Bicester Heritage sits, which is planned to become a leading destination for mobility technology and experience, past, present and future. Steve Drummond, Founder and Director of Electrogenic, comments: “We are delighted to bring our electric conversion technology to be part of the Bicester Heritage specialist hub. Electrogenic’s aim is always to preserve the spirit of the original vehicle, retaining gear-changes and the original instrument clusters, while adapting the drive train to the modern environment. Our classic vehicle-centred technology continuously evolves, which is why Bicester provides the perfect setting for our business to grow in.” Dan Geoghegan, CEO, Bicester Heritage adds: “The motoring industry is changing at a rapid rate, and Electrogenic are a firm that very much have their finger on the pulse when it comes to super-charging the future of our much-loved classic car industry. We are looking forward to welcoming them on site and witnessing the magic of their conversion projects.”
Envisage Group Applies World-Leading Coachbuiding Skills to 7X Design’s New RAYO HYPERCAR
Envisage Group, the UK’s leading engineering concept design and realisation company, has brought its world-leading coachbuilding expertise to bear on a remarkable one-off hypercar project. Given its global unveil today at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court, the Rayo is the latest commission from bespoke vehicle creator 7X Design and is based on a unique Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 featuring a host of enhancements aimed at significantly boosting performance and aesthetics. Boasting a twin-turbocharged V10 engine, tuned by Underground Racing, the Rayo produces a staggering 1900bhp – versus the standard car’s 610bhp – and with a target top speed of 300mph, 7X has made extensive improvements to the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Creating a striking new design optimised for drag and downforce with a Cd of just 0.279 – a significant improvement on the standard car’s figure of 0.39 – 7X then engaged Envisage Group, which supports the entire automotive industry from start-ups to OEMs with their vehicle development, to fully engineer the Rayo’s incredible new body. At its Coventry base, Envisage Group began the process by scanning the base vehicle and sub-structure to obtain a full 3D model as a reference. Envisage’s expert body engineering team then worked hand-in-hand with 7X design to ensure that 7X’s design vision could be realised. Each individual panel was engineered to align with the base vehicle’s sub-structure without affecting the integrity of the monocoque. Once engineered, Envisage Group’s low volume manufacturing division created the new carbon-fibre body and assembled the car in one of its state-of-the-art dimensional studios, equipped with 3D measuring equipment to ensure that the realised car precisely matched the design to sub-millimetre accuracy. Considerations were also made to ensure that the final vehicle could be re-certified through the IVA process. Following a dry build, Envisage Group’s advanced paint technologies division painted all components in Sport Orange, before undertaking the final build. David Gomez, Founder, 7X Design, said: “We could not have asked for a better partner than Envisage Group in the realisation of the Rayo’s stunning body. Taking our designs, they have showed enormous skill in the creation of the panels; the fit, paint finish and the overall robustness of the body. The quality is OEM level – and I can now look forward to the next stage in the Rayo’s development: honing its performance and dynamics.” Tim Strafford, Envisage Group CEO, said: “We’re delighted to have played such a key role in 7X Design’s remarkable Rayo. This car is an extremely exciting one-off creation and I am immensely proud of the work of our talented team, who are expert in taking a client’s design and then fully realising that vision to the highest possible standards. Coachbuilding has long been one of Envisage Group’s strengths – we have worked with some of the world’s leading brands in the realisation of one-off and low-volume runs of vehicles – and I believe that trend is only set to grow.”