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BRABUS 800 XLP SUPERBLACK – BASED ON MERCEDES-AMG G 63

BRABUS 800 XLP SUPERBLACK – BASED ON MERCEDES-AMG G 63

BRABUS 800 XLP SUPERBLACK – BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK

 With the world premiere of the brand new BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP Superblack, we are taking one of our biggest off-road product programs back to the roots. This exceptional pickup based on the Mercedes-AMG G63 is the definition of limitless driving fun and launches right into the action with an exclusive all-black BRABUS signature design. The XLP Superblack is the foundation of a new, exceptional monochrome design series. The modern embodiment of determination and power, offering maximum off-road capabilities and bespoke Masterpiece luxury. It is an indispensable companion for adventure seekers; the ultimate go-anywhere Pickup underlined by the best in performance, style and confident luxury on any terrain, any time.

Bold. Black. Brabusized. – The unmistakable character of the brand-new BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP Superblack is defined by its unique WIDESTAR exterior design; now exclusively restyled with a classic BRABUS Signature paint finish in Obsidian Black Metallic for a particularly sporty appearance, underlined by exceptional attention to detail. Carbon fiber elements implemented around the blacked out chassis accentuate the pickup’s bold features, including the newly developed carbon tailpipe trims with integrated launch ambience light. Recurring features from the Adventure XLP product line, such as a heavy-duty front winch and newly coated spare wheel and roof rack configurations that extend the off-road capabilities of the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP Superblack make every tour an unforgettable experience.

The all-new BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP Superblack offers the best in performance engineering and power delivery both on and off the road. It is intensity on four wheels; a supercar with a loading bay capable of accelerating from 0 – 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds courtesy of its 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine configuration producing 588 kW / 800 hp. The 1000 Nm of unrelenting power is transmitted instantly to any terrain via a nine-speed automatic transmission,which can be shifted either automatically or manually – all at the driver’s leisure. With an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h, the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP Superblack ranks among the world’s fastest pickups in the world.

The newly developed BRABUS stainless steel high-performance exhaust system with full carbon tailpipe trims, actively controlled valves and integrated launch ambience light provides the right acoustics and looks while perfecting power delivery by reducing exhaust backpressure. Active sound management enables the driver to switch between an exceedingly throaty V8 sound in ‘Sport’ mode and a subtle whisper in ‘Coming Home’ mode at the touch of button.

Like its predecessor models, the brand new BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP Superblack is equipped with 22-inch BRABUS Monoblock HD forged wheels, designed for maximum heavy duty off-road usage. State-of-the-art manufacturing processes as well matching black finish augment the pickup’s stunning, unique appearance reinforced by maximum strength as well as durability. The BRABUS Ride Control suspension module in combination with the signature front and rear portal axle configuration ensures an unparalleled, fully adjustable driving experience no matter the destination.

Own the Night – Our interior design specialists developed a bespoke, fully handcrafted BRABUS Masterpiece interior specifically for this brand new model to match its unmistakably BRABUS looks. Refined down the last detail, the luxurious all-black leather design impresses with its immaculate finish, complete with special BRABUS seashell diamond quilting and perforations applied with pinpoint precision around the entire cabin including the seats, trim elements and the foot wells, likewise upholstered in the finest leather. As a further homage, many interior elements of this special edition have been finished with the “Heritage” brand pattern, which pays tribute to our founding year and thus to over 40 years of BRABUS with its embossed “77” signets.

Experience the apex of confident luxury; this exceptional interior design offers unmatched attention to detail. Carbon fiber elements on the steering wheel, dashboard, center console and the door panels complement the Superblack’s one of a kind flair in combination with stylish aluminum components such as pedals, door lock pins as well as ergonomic BRABUS Race paddle shifters. Integrated into the center console, a Panerai Luminor design analogue watch underlines the pickup’s next-level feel. Additionally, over 206 individual cockpit elements including trim panels, handles, switches, speaker covers and air vents share an immaculate Shadow Chrome finish. Adventure awaits; with the all-new BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP Superblack, no journey is too ambitious, no mountain too steep and no challenge impossible.

BRABUS 800 XLP Superblack – Based on Mercedes-AMG G 63
city 16,7 l/100km | highway 13,8 l/100km | combined 14,5 l/100km | CO2 345 g/km | Energy efficiency class F.

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Introducing Our Next-Generation Nuro

Introducing Our Next-Generation Nuro

We’ve always known that solving last-mile delivery through robotics would better everyday life for millions of people. Designing the right autonomous vehicle to do that — and taking a zero-occupant approach to that design — has been a monumental task involving years of work and iterations built on real-world learning.

We wanted to get it right. We needed to make it safe, fully electric, and easy to operate. And we needed it to scale quickly so it could get to work. Finding the right balance between something we wanted in our own neighborhoods and something that could be produced at scale was no easy feat. But it was worth it.

Now, we’re thrilled to announce Nuro’s third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle. This new vehicle improves on our previous design and is ready to be produced at scale. Every detail is intentional, and now we’re ready to share some of the most impactful innovations of our new model.

Safety

Size

Our new vehicle is approximately 20% smaller in width than average passenger cars. That significantly smaller footprint gives bicyclists and pedestrians more room to maneuver alongside the bot.

Airbag

A custom external pedestrian airbag across the front of the bot is optimized to reduce the force of impact and number of injuries in the event of collision.

Weather

Our next-generation vehicle is designed to safely operate in the same environment as all motor vehicles. That allows us to serve a wide variety of geographies that experience various weather conditions throughout the year.

Experience

Compartments

Taking people out of our vehicles means we have more room for the good stuff. Our 27 ft3 compartments combined can fit about 24 bags of groceries and handle almost 500 lbs. Modular inserts that fit inside the compartments allow for heating and cooling, with a range of temps from 22ºF or hot to 116ºF, which means pizza stays warm and soda stays cool.

Speed

Our new model will be able to reach a top operating speed of 45mph, allowing the vehicle to reach more customers and serve more businesses on a wider variety of roads.

Emissions

Our vehicles are already completely battery-electric and emission-free, but we’ve decided to take our commitment to sustainability even further: in this new vehicle, we’re using 100% renewable electricity from wind farms in Texas to power our fleet and to reduce our overall carbon footprint. And all materials adhere to strict sourcing and supply chain standards meant to protect the natural environment.

Sensors

In addition to being able to sense everything from the difference between a bundle of leaves and a pet to how many pedestrians are standing at a crosswalk in dense fog, the new model also has the ability to clean its own sensors. This self-cleaning is important to maintain operations and retain sensitivity throughout the day.

Security

That commitment to security extends to our customer data, which we prioritize even above our own intellectual data protections. Our privacy policy dictates everything from how we collect data to how we safeguard it, so that our customers have full transparency into the handling of their private data.

Manufacturing

Jobs

BYD will be able to leverage the manufacturing capacity of its Lancaster facility to support Nuro and bring more jobs to California. And we’ll be bringing more jobs to southern Nevada. In fact, our southern Nevada facilities are expected to create an initial 250 highly skilled career opportunities with long-term growth potential in the autonomous vehicle industry.

Why it matters

This is the vehicle we’ll be producing at scale to better everyday life for millions, and we can’t wait for it to be on the road right outside your front door. Because, along with delivering nearly anything from local stores, it’s also delivering greater equity, safer communities, less pollution

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Mercedes-Benz – VISION EQXX – taking electric range and efficiency to an entirely new level

Mercedes-Benz – VISION EQXX – taking electric range and efficiency to an entirely new level

The road trip reimagined with a new technology blueprint for series production

Range and efficiency are set to define the electric era. Outstanding range will make electric cars suitable for every journey and will speed adoption. Exceptional efficiency will create a virtuous circle of battery size and weight reduction, allowing us to go further with less. Mercedes-Benz is determined to lead the way. We are already leading the charts of real-world range with the EQS with 245 kW (electrical consumption WLTP combined: 19.8-15.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)1, as evidenced by the recent Edmunds test where an EQS 450+ travelled 422 miles on one charge, 77 miles further than any other car previously tested.

But Mercedes-Benz is not resting. Driven by the idea of zero impact on our planet and a highly responsible use of green energy, we inspired our engineers to go above and beyond. They are working intensively to take range and efficiency to a whole new level. The VISION EQXX is the result of a mission we set ourselves to break through technological barriers across the board and to lift energy efficiency to new heights. It demonstrates the gains that are possible through rethinking the fundamentals from the ground up. This includes advances across all elements of its cutting-edge electric drivetrain as well as the use of lightweight engineering and sustainable materials. Complete with a barrage of innovative and intelligent efficiency measures, including advanced software, VISION EQXX allows us to explore new frontiers of efficiency.

“The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars. Just one-and-a-half years ago, we started this project leading to the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built – with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. It has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres2 on a single charge using a battery that would fit even into a compact vehicle. The VISION EQXX is an advanced car in so many dimensions – and it even looks stunning and futuristic. With that, it underlines where our entire company is headed: We will build the world’s most desirable electric cars.” Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG

VISION EQXX – designed for the road trip to electromobility

There’s a reason why road trips have been a cultural touchstone for at least 70 years, telling stories from the highway in books, movies and music. The road trip defines freedom, individuality, the very spirit of the automobile and the passing world. Stick a pin in the map – and drive. Be in tune with the tarmac, and with the car. This urge to explore, discover and revel in the world beyond our horizon is part of what it is to be human. It’s the pioneering spirit that pairs vision with the tenacity to make it happen.

The journey to electric mobility is a road trip; as exhilarating as it is challenging, as unknown as it is certain. The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is a vehicle designed for that road trip. It answers the progressive demands of a modern generation of customers for and emotionality through innovation. Part of a far-reaching technology programme, this software-defined research prototype was engineered by women and men with the creativity, ingenuity and determination to deliver one of the planet’s most efficient cars – in every respect. They did so using the latest digital technology, the agility of a start-up and the speed of Formula 1.

The result is an efficiency masterpiece that, based on internal digital simulations in real-life traffic conditions, will be capable of exceeding 1,000 kilometres2 on a single charge with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres (efficiency of more than 6 miles per kWh).

By ripping up the automotive engineering rule book, Mercedes-Benz has built a software-driven electric car that re-imagines the road trip for the electric era. At the same time, it presents a highly progressive interpretation of the fundamental Mercedes-Benz principles of modern luxury and Sensual Purity. Rather than simply increasing the size of the battery, the cross-functional, international team focused on maximising long-distance efficiency. They pulled out all the stops in drivetrain efficiency, energy density, aerodynamics and lightweight design.

“The technology programme behind the VISION EQXX will define and enable future Mercedes-Benz models and features,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes‑Benz AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for Development and Procurement. “As a halo car, the VISION EQXX firmly establishes Mercedes-Benz as the brand that pairs luxury with technology in the automotive world and beyond. And the way we developed it is as revolutionary as the vehicle itself. VISION EQXX has seen the best minds from our R&D centres work together with engineers from our Formula 1 and Formula E programmes. They are proving that innovations from motorsport – where powertrains are already highly electrified – have immediate relevance for road car development. We are challenging current development processes with innovative spirit and outside-the-box thinking. This truly is the way forward.”

The VISION EQXX is an exciting, inspirational, yet completely realistic way forward for electric vehicle technology. In addition to its ground-breaking energy efficiency, it offers meaningful answers to pressing issues. For instance, sustainable materials throughout cut the carbon footprint considerably. Its UI/UX features a radical new one-piece display that comes to life with responsive real-time graphics and spans the entire width of the vehicle. Other elements of the UI/UX help the car and driver work together as one, and even use technology that mimics the workings of the human brain. And the software-led development process that delivered it revolutionises the way electric cars are designed.

This car is one outcome of an ongoing programme that is delivering a blueprint for the future of automotive engineering. Many of its features and developments are already being integrated into production, including the next generation of the MMA – the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture for compact and medium-sized cars.

VISION EQXX: main points at a glance

A car with a mission – the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built

Efficiency means achieving more from less. The VISION EQXX is packed with efficiency improvements that push the envelope with a mixture of advanced technology and talented teamwork. The outcome will be a road-legal research prototype that delivers more range from less energy, more tangible luxury and convenience with less impact on nature, and more electric mobility with less waste. A raft of digital tools and a software-led approach also delivered more car in less time.

#EnergyWizard: Across the board, efficiency engineering achievements delivered an astounding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 km (efficiency of more than 6 miles per kWh)

#ElectricDrive: Radical new system designed and built in-house – it achieves benchmark efficiency of 95% from battery to wheels

#RangeBuster: More than 1,000 km (over 620 miles)4  on a single charge on public roads puts an end to range anxiety

#EnergyDensity: With expert engineering and Formula 1 thinking, our battery chemists squeezed the energy of the EQS into the dimensions of a compact car. The battery pack in the VISION EQXX holds almost 100 kWh of energy, yet has 50% less volume and is 30% lighter than the already benchmark pack in EQS.

#AeroChamp: Exterior designers and aerodynamicists delivered a #benchmark drag coefficient of cd 0.173

#SustainableMaterials: Innovative recycled and plant-based materials remove waste from landfill and lower carbon footprint

#UpliftMindset: A pioneering team of Mercedes-Benz engineers worked with the world’s fastest race lab at High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix (MGP) to engineer a highly efficient and compact electric drivetrain and lightweight battery case

#BionicEngineering: Inspired by natural forms and in partnership with innovative start-ups, engineers used advanced digital tools to lower weight and reduce waste by removing excess material assisted by 3D printing

#RollingEfficiency: Ultra-low-rolling-resistance tyres with optimised aerodynamic geometry combine with lightweight magnesium wheels for increased range

#BrakingLightly: Lightweight brake discs made from aluminium alloy are a great fit for the VISION EQXX and help keep weight down

#EfficiencyOnTheRoad: Electric-only chassis with lightweight F1 subframe brings racing efficiency to the road

#SolarPower: Ultra-thin roof panels feed the battery system for up to 25 km of extra range

#HumanMachineMerge: Intuitive and intelligent user interface and user experience with guidance and assistance for efficient driving brings even closer harmony for the electric age

#SensualPurity: Totally focused EV exterior/interior design ethos underlines role as halo car for the all-electric future. Mercedes-Benz will build the most desirable cars

#FastTechProg: From clean sheet to on-the-road in just 18 months. The VISION EQXX is part of a technology programme that can adapt innovative technologies for series production faster than ever before

#Transformation: VISION EQXX demonstrates Mercedes-Benz transformation into an all-electric and software-driven company

#SoftwareDriven: Software-driven approach key to success in achieving efficiency goals and a rapid development process, including ground-breaking battery management system.

#GlobalResponsibleLeadership: VISION EQXX accelerates Mercedes-Benz goal to “Lead in Electric” and set benchmarks in sustainable mobility.

VISION EQXX: key technical data at a glance2

Battery energy content, usable kWh <100
Max. system voltage Volts >900
Energy consumption kWh/100 km

(miles/kWh)

<10

(>6)

cd value   0.173
Max. power output kW ~150
Wheelbase cm 280
Gross vehicle weight kg ~1,750

The complete press kit can be downloaded below.

1 Electrical consumption has been determined on the basis of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1151 according to WLTP

2 Range figures preliminary and based on digital simulations in real-life traffic conditions. The VISION EQXX has not undergone type approval or homologation.

3 cd figure measured in the Daimler aero-acoustic wind tunnel at a wind speed of 140 km/h

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VISION-S Prototype Design Story

VISION-S Prototype Design Story

How Sony’s foray into mobility became a pursuit of “reality”

#5 Communication design

As the product design for the VISION-S Prototype pushed forward, so did another initiative: the car’s communication design, a process of deciding what to communicate to the world and the optimal way to do so. The communication-design team started with ideas, shaped intangible thoughts and feelings into a message, and came out of the effort with a clear statement in words, images, and more. For the true essence of the VISION-S Prototype to make an impact on audiences, the project team needed more than a complete product—it also depended on the right way to connect with people.

Defining “mobility” for the Sony brand

Sony had been exploring the question of what next-generation mobility might look like: better safety, deeper emotional connections, and new relationships with the environment. To make a meaningful impact on the future of the auto industry and society on the whole, Sony knew it would have to show the world a vision of the future with a grounding in reality—not pure fantasy. Operating in that context, the communication-design team for the VISION-S Prototype had its first mission: rendering Sony’s concept of mobility in clearer definition. The team started to verbalize the ideas in phrases like “taking on challenges” and “being there for people.” That jelled into the vision for the communication design, which then made its way across the project’s different segments to establish a shared foundation. The whole initiative had a common conceptual framework to build around, and that basis sustained the process all the way to the end.

A new symbol of connection, not just an emblem

A car that puts people at the center of everything. A car that wraps riders up in a warm embrace. When that concept started coming into view, the communication-design team got to work on a symbol to capture the core ideas. But instead of trying to imagine an emblem, a symbolic “badge” for the product, the designers went with a distinct motif—the graphic symbol used in an electrical schematic. What they came up with was a take on the letter “S,” its two ends stretching out indefinitely. On the exterior design of the car, the ends of the “S” link with the Daytime Running Light (DRL) and form a loop around the car’s circumference, a core design component that grew out of the symbol. That oval-shaped ring is such a powerful element of the VISION-S Prototype, both serving as a symbol of the car itself and capturing Sony’s idea of “wrapping” people in an embrace and building connections with society.

Using color management to shape the car’s personality

A car has always been a combination of hardware and technology. While the technological aspect might be essential, an overly electronic vibe can be too much—especially for a project aiming to wrap people in a warm, welcoming embrace like the VISION-S Prototype was. Recognizing the need for a color scheme that would reflect a future-oriented outlook but still exude the warmth of familiar, everyday reality, the design team opted for “warm gray” as its brand color. Finding the right shade was a delicate process, a balancing act between nuances of exquisite quality and a tender touch. Eventually, though, the communication-design team arrived at a hue that painted the car’s identity just right.

Communicating the “real thing” through asset design

The fact that people would hardly have any chances to see the VISION-S Prototype in real life, however, presented the team with a challenge: how could the designers make the car seem “real” if the “real thing” was hard to get a direct glimpse of? The only way to do that was to foreground the reality element in the assets for showcasing the car online. In the concept video, for example, the technology pervading the car meshes with the actions of the central character, a protagonist in pursuit of creativity, and that positive synergy extends from the individual to the community. It pulls viewers in, forging emotional bonds with its narrative and expressive quality. For the main character behind the steering wheel, the team cast a creator who tackled challenges fearlessly with strong convictions—another reflection of the team’s basic approach to conveying the VISION-S Prototype’s central message. The rest of the assets followed suit; meticulous designs came together to communicate the reality of the VISION-S Prototype, each piece doing its part to echo the core concepts.

The open road ahead

The VISION-S Prototype made its long-awaited debut at CES 2020, the world’s biggest tech show. Utilizing the warm-gray scheme as a base color to kindle a welcoming warmth, the whole showcase—from the exhibit design to the backgrounds in the presentation slides—was carefully planned so that it rang with the spirit of the project. Taking center stage was the car itself, symbolizing Sony’s company-wide determination to make a positive impact on the evolution of the mobility sector.

All-wheel drive: How the car brings every design segment together

A car is a single product. But it’s also so much more. It’s a stunning array of countless products like sensors and other components, for example. It’s also a space for listening to music, watching movies, and consuming a full range of content. Given all that interplay, Sony sees a future with vibrant potential for collaboration among different specializations. Direct or indirect, those myriad connections could be vital in enhancing the value of tomorrow’s mobility. “When I saw business units, engineers, and designers all getting on the same page and even bringing outside partners into the mix,” designer Jogano recalls, “I could tell that everyone had the same goal—delivering emotional experiences. I could see great potential for human aspirations to pave the way to the future in this collaboration.” The VISION-S Prototype is an engine of growth for Sony’s design projects, driving collaboration and fueling constant expansion into new areas. As design sparks new visions of mobility, those new visions will again need to rely on design to engage with broader audiences. “Communication design moves in tandem with product design,” explains designer Maesaka. “Working together, I think both sides can make big things happen—and I’m excited to take on the bold challenges on the horizon.”

Chief Art Director Daigo Maesaka, Senior Art Director Nobuhiro Jogano

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McLaren Customer Racing takes track performance to a new level with the 720S GT3X

McLaren Customer Racing takes track performance to a new level with the 720S GT3X

  • 720S GT3X developed by McLaren Customer Racing for track use only, without restriction of motorsport regulations
  • Based on 720S GT3 race car, but not homologated for racing
  • Hand-built, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 develops up to 750PS

McLaren Customer Racing has confirmed that an unrestricted version of its 720S GT3 race car, the 720S GT3X, is available to order through the McLaren Motorsport Retailer Network. Designed and developed in-house by the motorsport arm of McLaren Automotive, the GT3X is for track use only but is not homologated for any racing class or championship. Without the need to comply with competition regulations, increased levels of power and performance have allowed McLaren Customer Racing to further exploit the chassis and aerodynamic characteristics of its latest-specification, race-winning 720S GT3 to optimise circuit driving enjoyment.

Pioneering in the field of lightweight and safety in motorsport, McLaren introduced the first all-carbon fibre chassis to Formula 1 in 1981 with the McLaren MP4/1. Since then, carbon fibre has been at the core of every McLaren and the 720S GT3X features the MonoCage II chassis that provides a strong, light and safe environment for its occupants.

Performance comes from a hand-built 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine, optimised to combine features from the 720S road car and the 720S GT3 race car.  Coupled to a six-speed sequential motorsport transmission, a unique version of the M840T engine features a blueprinted cylinder head, strengthened pistons, ‘Diamond Like Carbon’ (DLC) coating and a lightweight performance exhaust system. The track-focused components and systems deliver the same 720PS (710bhp) as the road car, with a further 30PS (30bhp) boost function available to the driver through a steering wheel-mounted ‘push-to-pass’ button.

The lightweight 720S GT3X tips the scales at just 1,210kg (2,668lbs) and displays the extreme weight-saving efforts that have been taken into consideration to remove all non-essential or luxury items where possible, leaving the driver with just what they need to extract the best performance. Each of these measures combine to give the 720S GT3X a power-to-weight ratio of 620PS*-per-tonne.

The development programme has seen a focus on pure engineering, innovative aerodynamics and efficient design, with thousands of track kilometres covered across Europe and the Middle East. Freed from sporting regulations, the 720S GT3X is a performance-optimised version of the already-bespoke GT3 race car, with the bodywork’s flowing lines developed using ‘Computational Fluid Dynamics’ (CFD) and Formula 1 wind tunnel technology. The aerodynamically sculpted shape is hand-finished in metallic MSO Carbon Black paint. A refined pinstripe in heritage McLaren Orange – a nod to the historic race-winning McLaren Formula 1 cars of the 1960s – accentuates the lower edges of the ground-hugging body shape and the outer rim of the gloss black centre-locking wheel rims, while an ‘X’ graphic stretches across the upper canopy.

The stripped-out cabin features extensive use of lightweight carbon fibre and is designed around outright track performance and functionality. A carbon fibre and Kevlar FIA-approved race seat hugs the driver, while the pedal box and steering wheel adjust to ensure the perfect driving position. The ergonomically-designed race steering wheel is fitted with all key functions via intuitive rotary switches and buttons meaning everything is at the driver’s fingertips. Thrill-seeking friends can also experience the speeds and exhilaration of being on a track as the interior of the 720S GT3X has been designed to accommodate a fully safety-compliant race seat on the passenger side of the cabin, complete with six-point race harness. Modifications over the race car include a revised design to the roll-cage to accommodate a passenger without compromising on safety and enhanced crash structures around the occupant safety cell.

In addition to delivering a new type of performance on the track, the 720S GT3X delivers a new level of ownership experience. As part of the purchase and ownership package, McLaren Automotive can provide dedicated technical track support for each owner. This programme is carried out by the customer support engineers from the in-house McLaren Customer Racing division – the team that has designed and developed the model alongside the 720S GT3 global customer race program.

Due to GT3 balance of performance requirements, the 720S GT3 car has to run with a considerably reduced power output than the road-going 720S Spider and Coupe variants. The brief for the GT3X project was to unleash the full potential of the 720S GT3 car using a massively increased power output to fully exploit the aerodynamics and chassis dynamics of the car. Additionally, the car is now able to carry passengers for the first time, thanks to the re-design of a new bespoke roll-cage and passenger seat installation. Brake cooling has also been improved to cope with the additional demands of increased speed and the mass of a passenger.

The 720S GT3X now offers a unique opportunity to experience a fully-fledged GT3 car. The lap time is significantly reduced from the GT3 benchmark through both the huge standard power increase and the additional 30bhp from the push-to-pass button. The end result is a car that offers a truly unique experience.”
Ian Morgan, Director, McLaren Customer Racing

The 720S GT3X is available to order now from the 11 official McLaren Motorsport Retailers worldwide: McLaren Glasgow, McLaren Zurich, McLaren Frankfurt, McLaren Beverly Hills, McLaren Houston, McLaren Newport Beach, McLaren Philadelphia, McLaren San Francisco, McLaren Toronto, McLaren Auckland and McLaren Melbourne. Each retailer can also offer technical and servicing support for the track-only model.

Rob Bell, McLaren Factory Driver, demonstrates the capabilities of the McLaren 720S GT3X on the Portimao Circuit,

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McLaren Automotive has enjoyed significant success with its range of pioneering sports and supercars since the start of production in 2011. Alongside its road-focused models, the company has been winning races with motorsport derivatives of key models since 2012. Based on the highly-accomplished 720S road car, the 720S GT3 debuted in 2019 with private race teams competing at the highest level – and proved immediately successful. In fact, in its first race, the 720S GT3 took pole position and went on to score its first ever race win against a field of world-class opposition, proving that McLaren had designed and developed another race-winner.

About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company’s product portfolio of GT, supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 85 retailers in 40 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.

Then in 1993  it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car – the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™. In 2016, it announced a new hybrid hyper-GT would be engineering, confirming this next Ultimate Series car as the Speedtail in 2018.

2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider, the new GT and the track-only McLaren Senna GTR. It also unveiled the 620R and McLaren Elva before launching the 765LT the following year.

Most recently, the company unveiled its all-new high-performance hybrid supercar, the McLaren Artura.

The Artura is the first McLaren to benefit from the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). The MCLA is designed, developed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region of England using world-first process and will spearhead the brand’s electrified future.

McLaren Automotive also chooses to partner with like-minded world-leading companies and organisations who push the boundaries in their respective fields. These include AkzoNobel, Ashurst, Dell Technologies, Gulf, Pirelli,  Richard Mille and Tumi.

McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and technology and comprises three businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied.

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Cadillac Halo Concept 2022

Cadillac Halo Concep Introduces InnerSpace Autonomous Concept at CES 2022

Two-person electric luxury concept offers vision of future personal mobility focused on elevating the passenger experience, grows Cadillac Halo Concept

Today, Cadillac expanded its vision of personal autonomous future mobility with the InnerSpace concept — a dramatic, two-passenger electric and autonomous luxury vehicle.

Leveraging cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance the passenger experience along with the increased personal time enabled by fully autonomous mobility, InnerSpace grows the Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio of vehicles envisioned to not only move passengers in a luxurious environment but enhance their well-being. The Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio represents future possibilities with a range of personal autonomous options and advanced connected vehicle features.

“The vehicles of the Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio are designed to provide effortless travel through extraordinary means,” said Bryan Nesbitt, GM executive director, Global Advanced Design and Global Architecture Studio. “They are visions for the next decade and beyond, showing the possibilities enabled by General Motors’ comprehensive approach to autonomous drive technology with the goal of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”

Cadillac introduced the first two Halo concepts last year at CES: the PersonalSpace, a single-seat, personal vertical takeoff and landing concept designed to literally move its passenger above the din and congestion of ground traffic, and the SocialSpace, a roomy, autonomous vehicle for up to six, designed to help passengers relax and recharge.

Conceptually, the portfolio repurposes how passengers use their time while traveling, providing a space for solace and respite. Full autonomy relinquishes the responsibility of vehicle control while dramatic design and advanced technologies maintain the sensation of arriving in a Cadillac.

In fact, technologies such as biometric input and AI machine learning are harnessed and complement Cadillac’s signature luxury environment to support unique wellness experiences. Through software-defined features and advanced vehicle connectivity, the Cadillac Concept Halo Portfolio could offer each passenger a truly personalized experience made possible by GM’s Ultifi software platform. Ultifi enables seamless delivery of software updates to customers over the air. The experiences showcased within the Halo Portfolio demonstrate the potential as both Ultifi and autonomous technology continue to evolve.

The PersonalSpace and SocialSpace will join the InnerSpace in GM’s virtual CES experience this week, along with a video glimpse of future luxury travel with another concept — the OpenSpace — to be introduced later.

“Electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change the role of vehicles and the experiences customers have with them,” said Nesbitt. “We’re exploring where that will go with these innovative concepts, envisioning mobility as an ally of wellness, giving customers the ultimate luxury, more personal time rather than taking it.”

Reimagining the luxury experience

Early in Cadillac’s history, compact and personal Runabout models enabled customers to explore new and wider horizons. The new InnerSpace concept reimagines that vision, with a fully autonomous experience that allows two passengers to focus on their journey and not driving.

The vehicle’s fully autonomous capability means they could explore more of the world around them, as well as inside the vehicle, with more personal and tailored experiences that add new dimensions to Cadillac’s signature luxury experience. AI-driven biometric input and interfaces, accessible via a large, immersive and panoramic SMD LED display, allow passengers to select from Augmented Reality Engagement, Entertainment and Wellness Recovery themes for their drive. Thanks to Ultifi, Cadillac engineers and authorized third parties will be able to innovate additional themes and features that can be added over the air.

With the Ultium Platform’s wireless battery management system, the battery modules are spread about the concept vehicle, which allowed designers to optimize the cabin for spaciousness and serenity. This design freedom also allowed for a low-profile floor, providing an extremely low, sports car-like seating position.

On the exterior, the dramatically designed InnerSpace features expansive, panoramic glass on the roof and part of the body sides for almost unimpeded views. The roof opens with the doors for more comfortable entry and egress, and the seats also pivot outward when the doors are opened, enhancing the effect.

Even the InnerSpace’s tires are designed to contribute to its solace. Developed by Goodyear for electrified vehicles, they feature SoundComfort technology designed to help mitigate soundwave resonance within the tire for a quiet ride, while soybean oil and rice husk-based silica replaces petroleum-based oil as a key ingredient in their construction. And because autonomous driving takes away some of the driver’s connection with the road, Goodyear SightLine, Goodyear’s tire intelligence technology, conveys important information about pressure, temperature, load and other performance factors.

Virtual exhibit

The new InnerSpace concept and the other vehicles in the Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio can be viewed online, along with the rest of the General Motors display at GMExhibitZero.com.

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GARMIN – SISTEMA DE CÁMARAS SURROUND VIEW

SISTEMA DE CÁMARAS SURROUND VIEW

Obtén una vista aérea sin alejarte del puente de mando

En caso de tener que realizar maniobras con poco espacio, nuestro sistema de cámaras de vista periférica elimina los ángulos muertos de la imagen. Para ello, ofrece vídeo con vista aérea en directo y una visibilidad del puente de mando de 360 grados gracias a la matriz de seis cámaras a bordo.

MANIOBRA TU EMBARCACIÓN CON VISIBILIDAD Y TRANQUILIDAD

Ubicación aproximada de las seis cámaras a bordo


CONOCIMIENTO DE LA SITUACIÓN PERFECTO

El contenido de vídeo de 360 grados se integra con los plotters o las pantallas multifunción para el puente de mando de Garmin compatibles. También se puede supervisar cada vista de la cámara de forma individual.

LÍMITE VISUAL

La función de límite visual ayuda al capitán a ver cuándo los muelles, los embarcaderos u otros elementos superan los límites de barrera preestablecidos alrededor de la embarcación.

MARCAS DE DISTANCIA

En caso de tener que realizar maniobras con poco espacio, los marcas de distancia alrededor de la embarcación proporcionan indicaciones visuales para ayudar a mantener la distancia y la separación de seguridad.

DISEÑADO PARA UN MANTENIMIENTO MÍNIMO

La instalación OEM a través del casco ofrece un ajuste y una calibración seguros del sistema de cámaras de vista periférica. Para facilitar el mantenimiento, se puede sustituir cualquiera de las cámaras de forma externa.

BMW M Motorsport MBEDDED
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‘MBEDDED’ #3: New episode of video documentary gives exclusive insights behind the scenes of BMW Team RLL and the LMDh project.

‘MBEDDED’ #3: New episode of video documentary gives exclusive insights behind the scenes of BMW Team RLL and the LMDh project.

When the LMDh project got underway, BMW M Motorsport launched a new real-time video documentary that gives exclusive insights behind the scenes, follows those in charge closely and gives viewers totally new perspectives of major decision-making processes: ‘MBEDDED’. The third episode covers Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (USA).

Munich. When the LMDh project got underway, BMW M Motorsport launched a new real-time video documentary that gives exclusive insights behind the scenes, follows those in charge closely and gives viewers totally new perspectives of major decision-making processes: ‘MBEDDED’.

The third episode covers Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (USA). It shows BMW Team RLL and the drivers looking at images of the BMW M LMDh for the first time and captures their reactions. The video also gives a profile of team principal Bobby Rahal. It is available on the BMW M Motorsport YouTube channel 

“Sexy, aggressive, gorgeous, a powerful statement” are the words that came to the minds of members of BMW Team RLL and the BMW M works drivers on seeing the first images of the new BMW M LMDh, which they were allowed to take a look at behind closed doors at Petit Le Mans.

They were joined by a camera crew, who documented all the action surrounding the announcement of BMW Team RLL as the LMDh team up close and personal for the third episode of ‘MBEDDED’. The video follows the key players in the LMDh project at BMW M Motorsport, Mike Krack and Maurizio Leschiutta, at their top-secret meetings over the course of the weekend.

‘MBEDDED’ also gives profiles of team principal Bobby Rahal and his crew, who are set to do battle for overall wins in the IMSA series for BMW M Motorsport as of 2023. “I can’t find the words to describe just how excited and proud I am that we are being given this opportunity to race this car for BMW M Motorsport,” said Rahal during an interview in his motorhome. “It’s a huge compliment for us. And the main reason it is so exciting is that we will be able to do battle for overall wins.”

Agile innovator 20 years ago: Mercedes-Benz F 400 Carving research vehicle
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Agile innovator 20 years ago: Mercedes-Benz F 400 Carving research vehicle

Agile innovator 20 years ago: Mercedes-Benz F 400 Carving research vehicle

  • Active camber control and asymmetric tyres provide additional safety and driving dynamics
  • “Drive by wire” for steering and brakes
  • Xenon headlamps, LED turn indicators and use of new materials

As a constant innovator of automotive engineering, Mercedes-Benz sometimes takes unconventional paths. One example is the F 400 Carving research vehicle, which the brand presented at the Tokyo Motor Show (14 October to 7 November 2001) in October 2001, 20 years ago. It features many future-orientated systems, amongst which the active camber adjustment of the wheels is the main attraction: The vehicle appears to lean into the curve – in a way similar to a winter athlete on carving skis. Today, the F 400 Carving can be seen at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in the “Fascination of Technology” section. This section is accessible free of charge via the atrium.

The innovative system increases the camber angle of the outer wheels of the curve to up to 20 degrees, depending on the driving situation. In conjunction with newly-developed tyres, this enables 30 per cent greater lateral forces to be transmitted than a suspension with a fixed camber setting and standard tyres. This means a considerable advantage in active safety because the greater the lateral forces of the tyres, the better the tyres’ road contact and the vehicleʼs cornering stability. Thanks to active camber control, the research vehicle achieves a maximum lateral acceleration of 1.28 g, surpassing the values of sports cars of the time by around 28 per cent.

The innovative tyres have an asymmetric tyre contact surface. When the wheels on the outside of the curve lean to the side, the two-seater rides on the inner tyre treads, which are slightly rounded and whose profile and rubber blend are specially designed to ensure high cornering dynamics and safety. When driving straight on, on the other hand, it is the outer sectors of the tyres that are in contact with the road. These areas have a tried-and-tested car tread pattern with excellent high-speed and low-noise performance. Thus, thanks to active camber control, two different concepts are realised in one tyre.

With the F 400 Carving, the engineers also gained experience in the use of new types of suspension technology in active safety. In addition to the higher driving stability in curves, active camber adjustment offers a clear advantage in driving safety in emergency situations. If, for example, the wheel camber is deliberately increased when there is a risk of skidding, the higher lateral guidance forces can sustainably assist the effect of the ESP® Electronic Stability Program.

The F 400 Carving shows how: in an emergency braking manoeuvre, all four wheels of the research vehicle can be cambered in a flash, reducing the braking distance at 100 km/h by a good five metres.

New possibilities for electronics and electrics

Mercedes-Benz presented further innovations in the F 400 Carving 20 years ago. The two-seater, for example, has a future-orientated steering, braking and suspension system. This includes steering and brakes with electrical components instead of mechanical connections – the engineers call this concept “drive by wire”. The engineers also broke new ground in suspension tuning, using active hydro-pneumatics for the first time in the latest-generation Active Body Control (ABC), which adapts both the suspension and the damping of the vehicle to the driving situation at lightning speed.

With xenon lamps, in which light is conducted to the headlamps by means of fibre optic cables, the Stuttgart automotive researchers also presented a completely new type of lighting technology in the F 400 Carving. In curves, additional headlamps placed on the sides are activated. The indicators work on the basis of high-performance light-emitting diodes whose light is spread with the help of prismatic rods. A 42-volt on-board electrical system is available for the power supply of all components. Finally, the materials: the body of the research vehicle is made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and the chassis is of space frame design using steel, aluminium and also carbon-fibre reinforced plastics.

In 2001, the Mercedes-Benz F 400 Carving appears like a messenger from a fascinating future. In the meantime, some of its numerous innovative features have been incorporated directly or in modified form into the brand’s standard models. This shows that automotive development never stands still, and the unique Mercedes-Benz knowledge pool is fully available to all generations of engineers.

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Girard-Perregaux – Tourbillon with three flying bridges Aston Martin Edition

Girard-Perregaux – Tourbillon with three flying bridges -Aston Martin Edition

  • New Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition celebrates the shared passions of the two luxury brands
  • This is the first timepiece to be offered after Girard-Perregaux was announced as Official Watch Partner of Aston Martin in February
  • World premiere – black calf leather strap featuring Girard-Perregaux’s exclusive Rubber Alloy
  • Just 18 Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition will be made

La Chaux-de-Fonds – Switzerland: The first timepiece borne of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin has been revealed today. The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s unique knowledge of luxury and performance.

Both brands demonstrate a passion for refined craftsmanship and have been working together, sharing their understanding of design, materials and technology. This latest model celebrates the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a decidedly contemporary way, down to the smallest details, including the strap. The latter is a world premiere, presented in black calf leather and featuring Rubber Alloy, an innovative rubber insert injected with white gold. The design of the strap is intended to evoke thoughts of Aston Martin racing cars of the past.

Upholding Girard-Perregaux tradition, this model skilfully plays with proportions and shapes much to the delight of aesthetes.The 44 millimetre case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is formed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its
lightweight properties. It is suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance. Interestingly, titanium ore was discovered in Great Britain, the home of Aston Martin, back in 1791 by an English clergyman, William Gregor, in the same year Girard-Perregaux was founded.

A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned front of house, as well as to the rear, coaxing light to illuminate the case interior, thereby augmenting readability. The movement eschews a mainplate, sitting between both panes of sapphire crystal and seemingly floating in mid-air. Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and polished angles. The design endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, affording breathtaking views of movement components ordinarily hidden from view. While Girard-Perregaux has a long history of making the invisible visible, in this instance it has ventured off-piste, creating a watch whose movement appears to levitate within the case. This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. It was this particular characteristic that led to the term ‘Flying Bridges’.


The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped’, a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage, measuring a mere 10mm in diameter, is composed of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams. This remarkably low figure helps mitigate energy consumption.

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is openworked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and, unlike most automatic watches, it grants unobstructed views of the movement. The car company’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light. Likewise, the indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment and, once again, emit a blue glow in dim light.

Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, said, “We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on Haute Horlogerie. Rarely do we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, however, on this occasion, we have made an exception, mindful of Aston Martin’s prowess for design.

“When viewing the design of an Aston Martin, you will note the firm’s distinctive front grille, first seen on the DB Mark III of the late 50s. Likewise, the scoops and side strakes found on the company’s modern-day models are functional elements, intended to improve airflow while enriching the overall appearance of each car.”

“At Girard-Perregaux we share a similar philosophy. For example, when the Maison released the now-legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges in 1867, it transformed three functional elements into attractive aesthetic features and demonstrated an approach that we continue to employ today. Finally, this latest partnership provides a fascinating chapter in Girard-Perregaux’s 230-year history.”Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer adds: ‘The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty.

The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition, a limited edition of 18 pieces, is immediately available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers.