McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE LAUNCHES EUROPEAN DESIGN TOUR WITH OPENING EVENT IN PARIS

McLaren Automotive will open doors to the secretive design studio through a series of exclusive events held at a number of its European retailers throughout this year. The McLaren Design Tour commences on Tuesday, 3 May at McLaren Paris with an exclusive programme hosted by the team responsible for taking the thrilling designs from sketch to production. The invited guests will be provided with an unparalleled insight into the McLaren design philosophy and taken through a series of workshops covering various design aspects such as concept sketching or clay modelling. The exclusive programme will also include viewing opportunities of McLaren models, including the recently-launched McLaren 570S Coupé from the Sports Series.

Attendance to the McLaren Design Tour is by invitation only and the following McLaren Design Nights have been confirmed thus far:

  • 3 May 2016: McLaren Paris
  • 20 May 2016: McLaren Düsseldorf
  • 26 May 2016: McLaren Zürich
  • 16 June 2016: McLaren Monaco
  • 2 July 2016: McLaren Frankfurt, McLaren Stuttgart and McLaren Zurich

The inaugural event will take place at McLaren Paris operated by Neubauer Distributeur Luxe from the following address:

McLaren Paris

9 bis, Boulevard Gouvion St Cyt
PARIS
75017

Image by Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon / Roborace Ltd.

Roborace

 

This is either the most exciting thing to happen to motorsport in decades, or the start of the end of the world as we know it…depending on your point of view.

ROBORACE is a celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far. It’s a global platform to show that robotic technologies and AI can co-exist with us in real life.

Racing cars without drivers. With the growing noise around autonomous driving it was inevitable that racing would be a part of the movement sooner or later, and there are all sorts of potential ways to add intrigue, excitement, maybe even the danger of racing as we know it…

Daniel Simon, Roborace designer: “My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty,” he said. “Racing engineers and aerodynamicists have worked with me from the beginning to strike that balance. The Roborace is as much about competition as it is entertainment. Therefore – and quite unusual in today’s racing world – beauty was very high on our agenda and we worked hard to merge the best performance with stunning styling.

“It was important to us that we generate substantial downforce without unnecessary parts cluttering the car to maintain a clean and iconic look. This is largely made possible by using the floor as the main aerodynamic device and we are currently developing active body parts that are more organic and seamless than solutions today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

London Classic Car Show 2016

Volvo XC90 design development

Volvo’s digital key starts the journey towards Car-sharing

A new Volvo app enables the digital key on the customer’s mobile phone to do everything a physical key currently does, such as locking or unlocking the doors or the boot and allowing the engine to be started.

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This new technology will also offer customers the possibility to receive more than one digital key on their app, allowing them to access different Volvo cars in different locations – according to their changing mobility needs.

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Using the app, people could potentially book and pay for a rental car anywhere in the world and have the digital car key delivered to their phone immediately. On arrival, a customer could simply locate the rental car via GPS, unlock it and drive away, avoiding those frustrating queues at airport or train station car rental desks.

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Volvo Cars’ digital key means that sharing a car will become both simple and convenient. Volvo owners will be able to send their digital key to other people via their mobile phones so they can also use the car. This may be to family members, friends or co-workers in a company.

RiverSimple RASA

I’ve been following RiverSimple for a while now, from their crowd-funding days to the launch, yesterday, of the culmination of all their development work. The Rasa is a lightweight, compact Hydrogen fuel-cell powered car. Bearing a passing resemblance to the Volkswagen XL1, Rasa represents a possible future personal-mobility scenario…

“We set out with a blank slate, to design a car for the world in which we now live, shaped by the best technology available to us and answerable to our most pressing concerns. We set out to build a local car that will take people on their local journeys, in the way that they wish to travel, at a cost that is affordable – and without leaving a heavy footprint of air pollution and environmental degradation. To do this we selected a still evolving, but incredibly promising and safe technology. This is hydrogen fuel cell technology.”

Watch this space for an interview with RiverSimple’s Director.