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IWC AND AIRSPEEDER ANNOUNCE ENGINEERING AND TIMEKEEPING PARTNERSHIP

IWC AND AIRSPEEDER ANNOUNCE ENGINEERING AND TIMEKEEPING PARTNERSHIP

Schaffhausen, – IWC Schaffhausen joins forces with Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying car racing series, in a new engineering and timekeeping partnership. Combining the passion both companies share for technological progress, human endeavour and sustainability, they will work together in pioneering this new form of motorsport to fast track a new era of clean-air mobility.

The Airspeeder racing series is the brainchild of founder Matt Pearson, who also runs Alauda, the world’s first performance electric flying car manufacturer. Taking inspiration from the role sport has traditionally played in advancing the cause of technology, Pearson’s visionary idea is to create a new kind of motorsport to accelerate the advanced air mobility revolution and transform passenger, logistical and even medical transportation.

The planned global race series will eventually see a full grid of eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) craft, manufactured by Alauda, managed by individual teams and operated by elite pilots, compete at heights of up to 40m off the ground and at top speeds of 200km/h. The air races will take place on electronically-created tracks and be streamed globally, minimising the environmental impact of more complex logistics and infrastructure.

“It’s fantastic to play a part in bringing Matt’s bold vision to life. The Airspeeder team are true pioneers of aviation and they are bringing together two things that are really close to IWC’s heart. From making some of the planet’s best pilots’ watches for the last eighty years to the cut and thrust of modern automotive design and racing, we have always equipped and inspired those who dare to dream. We are proud to collaborate on an endeavour that will make such a progressive impact on society,”

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

From its technical base in South Australia, the Airspeeder project has brought together some of the brightest minds in aviation, motor racing and performance automotive engineering from across the world. Charged with envisioning a better future, the diverse team of engineers, specialists and pilots are encouraged to think innovatively to push the boundaries of technical excellence, a philosophy which IWC also shares. The new partnership reflects this common purpose and will establish a knowledge exchange to prompt technological progress within the engineering departments of both organisations. Learn more about the partnership

“Time and again, IWC has enabled dreams and nurtured innovation. Like us, they see beyond the known horizon towards something different, bolder and more inventive. This commitment to progress is something we also value, and we are delighted that the entire team at Schaffhausen believes in our vision. Whether the result is a beautifully designed watch or a revolutionary flying car, we all rely on human and technical endeavour to make truly impactful change through giant technical leaps. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together,” added Airspeeder founder Matt Pearson.

Airspeeder developed its first small-scale prototype performance eVTOL in 2017 and has continued to finesse the design ever since through computer modelling and simulation, as well as extensive testing. The newest vehicle, the Mk3, is the world’s first fully functional electric flying racing car. With an overall aesthetic reminiscent of classic 1950s sportscars combined with racing drones, the speeders feature an octocopter layout, airfoil-profiled rotor arms, cuttingedge carbon-fibre composites and the latest EV battery technology. New advances in safety are delivered through a suite of technologies and engineering elements never before seen on an eVTOL craft. These innovations include LiDAR and Radar collision avoidance systems that create a ‘virtual force field’ around the craft to ensure close but ultimately safe racing. Designed for maximum performance and aerial agility, they move through the air with precision and pace. An entire grid of these remotely piloted Mk3s is currently being built by Airspeeder, ahead of this year’s competitive pilotless events. The Mk4 is expected to launch in 2022, before the inaugural crewed season gets underway.

AIRSPEEDER

Airspeeder is the world’s first racing series for electric flying cars. Our mission will accelerate eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) advanced aviation technology through intense sporting competition. This mobility revolution, underpinned by future tech, will transform urban air mobility (UAM), global logistics and even medical applications with a clean-air electric vehicle (EV) solution. Our racing multicopters are developed at our advanced aerospace engineering hub in Adelaide, South Australia by engineers drawn from elite motorsports, automotive, aviation and even FPV drone, electric plane, electric vehicle and passenger drone backgrounds. Airspeeder’s vision will deliver the most exciting and future-focused motorsport on the planet. Following an inaugural unmanned season, elite pilots will take to the skies to race prop-to-prop while navigating electronically governed racetracks in the skies above some of the most visually arresting scenery in the world.

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

In 1868, the American watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones travelled from Boston to Switzerland and founded the ‘International Watch Company’ in Schaffhausen. His visionary dream was to combine advanced American manufacturing methods with the craftsmanship of Swiss watchmakers to make the best pocket watches of his time. In doing so, he not only laid the foundation for IWC’s unique engineering approach but also established the centralised production of mechanical watches in Switzerland.

Over its 150 year history, IWC Schaffhausen has developed a reputation for creating functional complications, especially chronographs and calendars, which are ingenious, robust, and easy for customers to use. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC today specialises in highly engineered technical watch cases manufactured from advanced materials, such as titanium aluminide and Ceratanium®. Preferring the principle of “form follows function” over decoration, the Swiss watch manufacturer’s timeless creations embody their owners’ dreams and ambitions as they journey through life.

IWC sources materials responsibly and takes action to minimise its impact on the environment, creating intrinsically sustainable timepieces that are built to last for generations. The company prides itself in training its own future watchmakers and engineers, as well as offering an excellent working environment for all employees. IWC also partners with organisations that work globally to support children and young people.

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E1 Series and PIF announce partnership to create world’s first electric powerboat championship

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E1 Series and PIF announce partnership to create world’s first electric powerboat championship

Electric Sea Racing Limited (‘E1 Series’) and Public Investment Fund (PIF) have entered into a partnership that will see PIF support in creating the world’s first electric powerboat racing championship.

The news was revealed today during a virtual launch event, where E1 Series organisers also unveiled the new design of the electric RaceBird powerboat ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8.

The partnership represents a significant step forward in the long-term development of the championship, providing a strong foundation on which to build from and enabling the series to further accelerate preparations for the inaugural season, scheduled to take place in early 2023 – with Saudi Arabia to be one of the considered race locations.

As a major contributor to the global economy and partner of choice for innovative companies and investors, PIF’s investment in E1 is in line with its 2021-2025 strategy announced earlier this year, which focuses on 13 key strategic sectors, including sports and entertainment, and renewable energy. This includes major investments in renewable energy companies, such as ACWA Power and the Sudair Solar Energy project, as well as in the development of electric vehicles through its investment in Lucid Motors.

Series creators Alejandro Agag, Chairman of E1, and Rodi Basso, CEO of E1, were both joined live in the studio by the President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Raffaele Chiulli, as well as SeaBird Technologies Founder Sophi Horne, and Founder & CEO of Victory Marine Brunello Acampora to present the RaceBird powerboat.

The vessel is a completely new design and was co-created by Horne and Acampora following an extensive validation process. The RaceBird is inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology.

Using innovative hydrofoil technology, the electric RaceBird powerboats will rise high above the water’s surface, allowing for minimum drag and maximum energy efficiency. Being lifted above the waves will not only improve performance, but it will also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following an opponent.

The RaceBird is specially designed for foil-to-foil racing and is capable of reaching speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph), with pilots showcasing their skills using tight and technical circuits located close to shore in the heart of urban areas.

With the design now validated, the RaceBird has entered into the production phase with the expert engineers at Victory Marine concentrating their efforts and resource over the coming months on manufacturing a full fleet of race-ready electric powerboats.

Alejandro Agag, Co-Founder & Chairman of E1, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome on board PIF as a new partner in this exciting venture. To get the backing of PIF at this early stage of development emphasises the importance of our mission to electrify marine mobility. With the new design of the RaceBird boat you see today, we hope to accelerate change in the marine industry and provide sustainable solutions for future leisure craft. The new powerboat that Sophi and Brunello designed looks like a spaceship. I’ve compared electric racing cars to podracers from Star Wars in the past, but the RaceBird looks even more futuristic. Working together with PIF, I look forward to ushering in a new era of electric powerboat racing.”

Rodi Basso, Co-Founder & CEO of E1, said: “We’re thrilled to be working together with PIF to jointly shape the future direction of powerboating. Forming a strong partnership with a global investment powerhouse such as PIF provides a solid foundation on which to build a new sport. The RaceBird presents a unique challenge and one that the teams at SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine have delivered on. They’ve managed to develop an innovative powerboat with an eye-catching design and factored in practical solutions ready to go racing. Shortly we’ll also be announcing our powertrain and electronics partners; we’re on schedule to hit the water soon.”

Commenting on the announcement, HE Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of the Public Investment Fund, said: “This exciting investment in a new premier sport format aligns with our strategy to enable innovation globally and unlock new industries, as well as build strategic partnerships with real value add to Saudi Arabia. We believe our support for future sports will also contribute to the growth of various sectors globally.

“Our partnership with E1 will help drive the development of innovative sustainable technology, which in turn positions Saudi as an enabler in the industries of the future and the creation of new opportunities.”

Sophi Horne, Founder of SeaBird Technologies, said: “It’s amazing to finally be able to share the new RaceBird design with the world. Obviously, I’ve seen it on a screen quite a lot in the past few months! But it’s great to show the new look of the boat that the pilots will race with. The bodywork and shape of the vessel is inspired by nature and birds flying above the water’s surface. What has been interesting is trying to find a balance between how you envisage the design and combining that with optimising both performance and efficiency. The solution we settled on fortunately doesn’t compromise on either the looks or performance capabilities.”

Brunello Acampora, Founder & CEO of Victory Marine, said: “Today’s announcement is the result of many months of hard work, creating a completely new design and simulating it in a competitive racing environment. I’ve really enjoyed working together with Sophi to produce the vessel that will compete in the world’s first electric powerboat championship. Now that the design has been fully validated, we’ll begin engineering and manufacturing the boats in preparation for prototype testing and ready for the teams to receive their first delivery. For us at Victory Marine, the E1 Series is the greatest test bench for cutting-edge solutions that will change the future of navigation forever.”

Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the UIM, said: “At the International Powerboat Federation, we’re delighted to be part of this groundbreaking development in the powerboating sport. The futuristic RaceBird design combined with the use of hydrofoil technology in the E1 Series reflects the pioneering spirit of this initiative and are an inspiring answer to today’s challenges facing marine mobility. It’s an exciting moment for our sport and I cannot wait to see the RaceBird on the water.”

Released ahead of World Oceans Day, the RaceBird acts as a symbol of the future ambitions of the E1 Series, to revolutionise marine mobility and reduce the pressures being placed on fragile underwater ecosystems across the world.

The next major milestone in the RaceBird development is in September when the covers come off the first full-scale model at the Monaco Yacht Show, before the start of prototype testing which is set to get underway later this year.

E1 were advised by Shoosmiths law firm and financial advisers PJT Partners.

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FLIR Systems Expands Quasar Visible Security Camera Offering with Premium Mini-Dome and Bullet Series

FLIR Systems Expands Quasar Visible Security Camera Offering with Premium Mini-Dome and Bullet Series

FLIR Systems today announced the availability of two premium visible-camera options as part of its full lineup of Quasar™ security cameras. Designed for use in demanding indoor and outdoor environments, the new FLIR Quasar Premium Mini-Dome and Quasar Premium Bullet deliver the forensic image quality, tight integration, and advanced cybersecurity features required for critical infrastructure sites, remote facilities, or large areas requiring close monitoring.

The new Quasar Premium lineup offers the highest quality video surveillance in the product family, delivering optimal performance for forensic review. The FLIR Quasar Premium Mini-Dome is available with 5MP HD or 4K Ultra-HD resolutions and the FLIR Quasar Premium Bullet series is available with 4MP Quad HD and 4K Ultra-HD resolutions, coupled with a variety of lens options for extended range performance for perimeter security. Both cameras have an SD-card for on-edge recording and redundancy, while also meeting the H.265 video compression standard to minimize network bandwidth and storage space.

Discreet Monitoring with FLIR Quasar Premium Mini-Dome Series

The versatile FLIR Quasar Premium Mini-Dome series is IP66 rated for dust and waterproof protection and can be ceiling- or wall-mounted in minutes. In no-light conditions, the unit can provide up to 40 meters of visibility via on-board near-infrared illumination. Improved three-shutter wide dynamic range (WDR) (130db) offers optimal light balance in scenarios with both light and dark spots. The camera has an IK10 vandal-proof rating and is available with an optional smoke bubble accessory used to obscure camera position.

FLIR Quasar Premium Bullet Series Provides Longer Range in Rugged Conditions

The FLIR Quasar™ Premium Bullet series is also IK10 vandal-proof and designed to be permanently installed, typically pole-mounted, for video surveillance. It covers up to 60 meters of visibility via on-board near-infrared Illumination and also features three-shutter WDR (130db).  The camera is IP67 rated for dustproof and waterproof protection, while offering extended operating temperature range from -40 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for use in extreme conditions.

Improved Security Without Sacrificing Flexibility

Similar to other Quasar products, the Quasar Premium Bullet and Premium Mini-Dome editions are National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)-compliant and include industry standard security protocols and additional cybersecurity enhancements. These features include unique protection from log-in attacks, hardware and software authentication, and encrypted communication to help keep facilities safe from cyber threats. They maintain open platform compatibility and can be used with a large variety of third-party VMS solutions or FLIR United VMS. They also include bi-directional audio and operator control of input/output devices for remote monitoring and responding to events.

To further lower the cost of ownership and ease of installation, the cameras include the FLIR accessory and mounting ecosystem. The cameras support the 1G network for better streaming and reduced bandwidth issues. Both cameras also include customized video flow options for live and recorded video, including frames-per-second output adjustment and encoding for extra streams.

The Quasar Premium Bullet and Quasar Premium Dome editions are available for purchase globally from FLIR or authorized distributors. Visit www.flir.com/visible-security for more details about the new series along with the complete lineup of FLIR visible surveillance and perimeter intrusion detection products.

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BUGATTI CENTODIECI – First prototype for series development

The French luxury brand is paving the way for series production of its exclusive and unique hyper sports car.

Highly exclusive, distinctive and high-performance. At “The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering” in California in summer 2019, Bugatti presented another project reflecting its excellent coachbuilding expertise: the Centodieci. The Centodieci evokes automotive history: the unique project is a tribute to the legendary EB 110. This few-off project comprises production of just ten vehicles for an exclusive clientele. The next phase is about to start for the hyper sports car with a W16 engine and 1,600 PS: the first prototype for series development is currently being assembled.

The design of the Centodieci with its flat front, low-slung front spoiler and three-part air intakes reinterpret the shape of the most famous super sports car of the 1990s. The EB 110 was a key milestone on the road to the revival of the Bugatti brand in 1998 at Bugatti’s historic headquarters in Molsheim, ultimately resulting in the first hyper sports car of the modern era – the Veyron.

The Centodieci is Bugatti’s way of paying its respects to the Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli and architect Giampaolo Benedini, the men who created the EB 110 some 30 years ago. “The challenge for us was not to get caught up in the design of the legendary EB 110 itself and avoid focusing solely on a retrospective approach. Our aim was to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time: but at the same time, we didn’t want to lose the charm and character of the EB 110.

After all, the super sports car is still fascinating today with its distinctive design and technology,” says Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at Bugatti. The biggest challenge: to transform the very flat, wedge-shaped and graphically virtually two-dimensional body of the EB 110 into a modern, three-dimensional sculpture to project the fascination of the super sports cars of that time into the modern age.

Since the world premiere of the Centodieci, the Bugatti development team has been working on the technical implementation of the strictly limited model. “Every newly developed vehicle poses an immense challenge, as we are creating a very small series that at the same time has to meet and even exceed all the quality and safety standards of a large series,” says André Kullig, technical project manager for one-off and few-off projects at Bugatti.

The engineers first delve into calculations for the body, aerodynamics, engine and transmission. They simulate the airflow on the vehicle and check all components down to the smallest screw.

Meanwhile, the design team checks the styling in close collaboration with the developers before finalising this and designing the surfaces. They adjust the curvature of the components according to the incidence of light so that the appearance is homogeneous in all lighting conditions – an elaborate development process. After well over a year of design and simulation, the team has now developed the first prototype.

“I was hugely looking forward to the first prototype of the Centodieci,” says Kullig, who has been with Bugatti since 2004 and was previously involved in projects such as the Divo and La Voiture Noire3. “Series development of a few-off project is an especially exciting challenge – and that is also true in the case of the Centodieci, which is a very design-driven project,” says Andre Kullig. His task is to ensure a perfect match between the exterior shape and the technology. Despite only producing ten vehicles, the Centodieci must meet all the same technical requirements as a Chiron.

“With the newly designed body, there are changes in many areas that we had to simulate using special computer programmes. Based on the data, we were able to establish a basic set-up as a starting point for series development and the first prototype,” explains André Kullig.

The team was recently able to successfully put the rolling chassis into operation on the site’s own roller dynamometer in the Molsheim Atelier and check all the drivetrain functions –to ensure the Centodieci can move onto the next stage of development. The next step is now to build the elaborate exterior. “With a high-performance hyper sports car like the Centodieci, it’s a matter of filtering out subtleties based on the modified requirements of a completely new exterior – something that requires highly focused and intense development work,” says André Kullig.

The technical challenges involved were enormous: an engine with eight litres of displacement and 1,600 PS generates high temperatures that require sophisticated thermal management. As in the EB 110, the engine is seen behind a transparent glass surface. So to ensure more efficient engine thermodynamics, the Centodieci has a wide air outlet opening and modified air flows. In addition, guide flaps around the five circular air inserts – positioned in the form of a rhombus – ensure sufficient air intake for the 16-cylinder power unit. As a result, the otherwise dominant Bugatti line, the C-line, gives way to a new design. The rear is formed into a large ventilation outlet opening defined by the eight rear light elements. Other development challenges include the new light elements and the rear wing design, which is permanently mounted in the style of the EB 110 Super Sport.

But even if the development team can simulate and test so much data on the test rigs, the Centodieci will also undergo dynamic testing. “In the next few months, in addition to building the exterior and running more advanced simulations in the wind tunnel, we’re very much looking forward to going out on the test track to start tuning the chassis,” says Kullig.

Within a few hours, all ten units of the Centodieci were sold out at a net price of eight million euros. The highly exclusive, hand-crafted small series will be delivered to customers next year.

 

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2021 Lexus LC 500 inspiration series performance luxury takes flight

2021 LEXUS LC 500 INSPIRATION SERIES: PERFORMANCE LUXURY TAKES FLIGHT

  • 2021 LC 500 Inspiration Series limited to 100 units, unique serialized badge included
  • Carbon-fiber rear spoiler inspired by air racing

  • Features include carbon-fiber roof, 21-inch black forged wheels
  • Performance enhanced with limited slip differential, rear performance rod with damper
  • Unique black Alcantara-trimmed sport seats with Saddle Tan accents and seat belts

PLANO, Texas (January 12, 2021) – The Lexus LC 500 needs no formal introduction. It greets all encounters with a growl from its powerful 471-horsepower naturally aspirated V8 engine. Its artfully chiseled lines and refined curvature marry luxury and performance in a way that only Lexus can. The new 2021 LC 500 Inspiration Series takes the grand-touring coupe to the next level with an aviation-inspired design that will land in dealerships later this winter.

Inspiration Takes Flight

The new LC 500 Inspiration Series, the fifth on the LC platform, takes cue from a partnership between air race pilot Yoshihide Muroya and Lexus engineers. The Lexus team worked on ways to create efficiencies for Muroya’s aircraft for everything from the grip design of the control column to maximizing aerodynamics efficiencies using testing data learned on Lexus automobiles. The partnership ultimately assisted Muroya on his path to winning the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championships.

With some of the same engineers who built the Lexus LFA supercar on board, Lexus took a unique approach to the aerodynamic efficiencies of Muroya’s airplane by turning a preconceived concept on its head – literally. They found that taking an airplane wing and flipping it upside down created vortices that improved maneuverability and efficiency at the wingtips. After the team was able to prove their theory on Muroya’s aircraft through testing and competition success, the Lexus team then aimed to employ that knowledge onto the LC by creating an automotive wing prototype built from aluminum. The team knew the final version, which would span nearly six feet in width, would need to be light, durable and warp resistant. Carbon-fiber, the same material employed on Muroya’s aircraft, seemed like the appropriate material. Yet creating a carbon-fiber wing that large, much of which would be done by hand, would be a great challenge – but it’s one the engineers took head-on.

In the end, the engineering team created an exquisite carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) spoiler that meets the demanding production quality expected of Lexus vehicles. The wing serves as the defining attribute of the new LC Inspiration Series, following the trailing edge arc of the trunk and uniquely defined with two downturned winglets on either end. The winglets, of course, are fully functional and create a vertical vortex that helps smooth out the turbulence generated from airflow along the car’s flanks.

Limited Engagement

The 2021 LC 500 Inspiration Series certainly has an interesting backstory, but its aerial inspiration is only part of the narrative. With only 100 units available, the latest Inspiration Series is a limited edition of the highest order.

Standing apart from the standard LC 500, a magnificent vehicle in its own right, the 2021 Inspiration Series is accented with a combination of features not found on any other LC package. The limited-edition vehicle is offered in one exterior color, the superbly dark Obsidian, which is paired with bold and beautiful 21-inch black forged-alloy wheels that fill out the wheel wells. An eye-catching carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof is standard, and it proves to be the perfect complement to the carbon-fiber rear air wing spoiler.

The LC 500 Inspiration Series also gains some additional enhancements in driving performance thanks to the Torsen limited slip differential. The high-capacity torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential efficiently distributes engine power to the rear axle, helping to optimize traction, handling and control in a variety of conditions. The standard Yamaha rear performance rod with damper, an available option on other LC models, provides added rigidity to the suspension package.

Stepping inside, the serialized badge on the center console immediately identifies the limited nature of the vehicle and its sequence of the 100 produced. The cabin is adorned with black Alcantara-trimmed sport seats that feature elegant Saddle Tan accents and seat belts. The steering wheel and shift lever are also accented in black Alcantara trim. A carbon-fiber scuff plate accents the door, and once inside driver and passengers can bask in the sound of the standard Mark Levinson 13-speaker 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio system.

The LC Inspiration Series also comes standard with a large color Head-Up Display (HUD) that projects a range of information onto the bottom of the windshield glass. Relevant information can be displayed to the driver without taking their focus from the road such as: road speed, gear, engine speed; turn-by-turn directions; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control status; Pre-Collision System; Lane Keep Assist/Lane Departure Alert; master warning indicator; information icons; clearance sonar.

Standard on the Inspiration Series is the SmartAccess Card Key, which operates all of the same SmartAccess systems as a key fob without the manual button operation. Users can simply place the Card Key on their person and use the SmartAccess system to unlock/lock the doors by grasping the outside door handle and start the vehicle once inside. Each SmartAccess Card Key also comes equipped with a backup mechanical key to unlock the doors in the event the battery is depleted.

Key Evolutions for 2021

The LC 500 Inspiration Series benefits from the same updates to the standard LC 500 for 2021. Lexus engineers were able to trim 22 pounds of unsprung weight from the vehicle, which is highlighted by the use of aluminum lower suspension arms, lighter suspension stabilizers with a hollow design and revised diameter, new high-strength coil spring material, and lighter 21-inch rear wheels.

With unsprung weight reduced, the LC’s suspension was refined to provide a smoother, softer stroke for an enhanced connection to the road. This was accomplished with adjustments to the electronic absorber controls of the front suspension to increase the length of the stroke. Engineers then optimized the bound stopper rigidity to help create a smoother overall suspension stroke. Rear stabilizer rigidity was enhanced to aid front turn-in ability to provide more linear steering input.

Vehicle control at mid- to high-speed ranges are enhanced thanks to the 2021 LC’s Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system gaining Active Cornering Assist (ACA). This system helps with cornering by providing brake control to the inner wheels based on G-force and lateral acceleration demands during spirited driving.

High Performance

Upon startup, thundering through the variable Active Exhaust, the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 issues a full-throated engine note as a call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 has an output of 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The LC is also capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and has an EPA estimated 25 mpg rating on the highway.

Other key enhancements for the 2021 model were made to the 10-speed automatic Direct-Shift transmission on the V8-powered LC 500, as the shift logic was updated to help provide improvement for daily driving in what engineers refer to as the “active zone,” or the area where most drivers find themselves at in the 50-70% throttle range. The Direct-Shift transmission allows engine RPM to expand in this range to accentuate the feeling of acceleration before shifting into the next gear.

Lexus Enform for Safety and Convenience

Lexus Enform Safety Connect comes with a three-year trial with access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365. With Lexus Enform Service Connect, complimentary for the first 10 years, the vehicle can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus dealer. The Lexus App can be used to set push-reminders and alerts for maintenance and service issues. The Lexus Enform Remote (three-year trial subscription included) mobile app lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate controls, check the fuel level, and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or Amazon Alexa–enabled devices at home.

Advanced Safety Features and Driver Support

Lexus Safety System+ comes standard on the 2021 LC 500. Lexus Safety System+ features Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is standard and includes features such as Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Pedestrian Detection. All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is also included, as is Intelligent High Beam that will default to high-beam mode when the road ahead is clear but will temporarily switch to low beams when headlamps or taillamps are detected.

Intuitive Parking Assist comes standard on the LC Inspiration Series. It uses sonar sensors in the front and rear bumpers to detect obstacles in the vehicle’s path during low-speed maneuvering. The system gives an audible alert and the Multi-Information Display (MID) shows the position and distance to the obstacle. Blind Spot Monitor is standard equipment, as is a windshield de-icer.

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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SONY – BRAVIA XR MASTER Series Z9J

SONY – BRAVIA XR MASTER Series Z9J

See the world with extraordinary 8K clarity

Traditionally new TV sets focus on resolution, or backlighting, or some other tangible feature. Sony’s 2021 lineup focuses on something else entirely: processing. Dubbed the Cognitive Processor XR, the chip inside these new sets divides the screen into numerous zones and detects where the “focal point” is in the picture  mimicking how the human brain works  adjusting elements like color, contrast, and detail to deliver the best picture possible.

 

XR Picture

Enjoy 8K pictures that feel deep, natural, and real. Our revolutionary processor uses human perspective analysis to cross-analyze and optimize hundreds of thousands of elements in the blink of an eye. Combined with the precision of a Full Array LED panel, pictures pop from the screen with deep blacks and ultra-bright light.

XR Color

See colors that are natural and beautiful to the human eye. The Cognitive Processor XR enables our unique display to access a wider palette and reproduce each color with the subtle differences seen in the real world. With extended hue and saturation, vivid shades, and realistic texture can be seen in the flowers. Even pale colors look realistic.

XR Triluminos Pro™

Powered by our Cognitive Processor XR, this TV reproduces color it in a way that humans find beautiful. See a wider palette of colors with an enhanced range of hue and saturation, allowing natural shades and precise details to be seen, even in dark scenes.

Dubbed the Cognitive Processor XR, the chip inside these new sets divides the screen into numerous zones and detects where the “focal point” is in the picture  mimicking how the human brain works  adjusting elements like color, contrast, and detail to deliver the best picture possible.  The new chip will be available across a wide range of Sony’s 2021 sets, from the flagship 8K LED Master Series Z9J to the 4K X92.

XR Contrast

Feel breathtaking contrast, just as in real life. Our Cognitive Processor XR cross-analyzes data, enhancing picture quality in the same way that the human eye focuses for real life color and depth. With XR Contrast Booster, bright areas are brighter and dark areas darker—no more details overwhelmed by shadow or lost in blown-out highlights.

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By precisely balancing light output across the screen, dimming some areas and boosting others, XR Contrast Booster adjusts brightness for higher peaks in glare and deeper blacks in shadow. As bright areas are brighter and dark areas darker, scenes look more real with extra depth and detail.

XR HDR Remaster

With XR HDR Remaster, this TV can detect each object on screen, analyze its color and adjust contrast for even more realistic pictures. Object-based processing powered by BRAVIA XR™ takes precision to a whole new level by adding adjustment of hue, saturation, brightness, motion vector, bandwidth and more. The result is exceptionally real scenes with greater depth, lifelike textures, and natural colors.

XR Clarity

Whatever the content or source, you’ll enjoy entertainment close to 8K resolution with XR 8K Upscaling. Our Cognitive Processor XR accesses a vast amount of data, intelligently recreating lost textures and detail for real-world pictures. See details such as naturally defined feathers and sharply outlined claws

XR 8K Upscaling

Powered by our Cognitive Processor XR, this TV takes 2K or 4K signals close to true 8K quality for incredibly real and immersive viewing. XR 8K Upscaling accesses and utilizes a vast amount of data, analyzing patterns in scenes and recreating subtle details

8K XR Super Resolution

XR Super Resolution detects individual objects in a picture and reproduces virtually real-world textures on screen. Our BRAVIA XR processor precisely analyzes and processes data to power 8K pictures with four times the resolution of 4K for scenes rich in depth, texture and detail

8K XR Smoothing

XR Smoothing creates smooth, natural 8K pictures as you watch, without the “banding” that can occur on other TVs. Scenes are reproduced with thousands of tones, shades, and gradations, making them look incredibly real.

XR Motion

Watching sports and fast-moving movies just got a whole lot better. Our Cognitive Processor XR with XR Motion Clarity™ cross-analyzes data to ensure action stays smooth, bright, and clear with no blur.

XR Motion Clarity

On some screens, sports, and fast-action scenes can seem to go by in a blur. Our latest LED XR X-Motion Clarity™ technology keeps everything smooth, bright, and clear. Each ‘blink’ is individually controlled and its duration optimized, while brightness is boosted when needed, so you won’t miss a thing.

X-Anti Reflection

It’s sometimes difficult to watch dark movies in a bright room due to screen reflection. X-Anti Reflection reduces glare caused by sun- or lamplight so you can see pure blacks in brightness and enjoy clear pictures without distraction.

X-Wide Angle™

Watching TV from the sides is now as satisfying as from the center. Sony’s original optical design to control light from the backlight, the X-Wide Angle panel ensures colors stay true from wherever you’re watching.

4K/120fps

Get the edge on the competition with BRAVIA. With HDMI2.1 you can get a 120fps frame rate on compatible games, so you’ll have the advantage in shooting, sports, and high-performance games with instant on-screen action. You’ll also enjoy ultra-smooth gaming with reduced input lag less than 8.5 ms with 4K/120fps and dedicated Game Mode

XR Sound Position

For an audio experience that matches how we sense the world, XR Sound Position brings you the reality of sound behind the picture. With a vibrating frame tweeter on this BRAVIA XR 8K TV, sound follows action for a truly immersive experience.

Acoustic Multi-Audio™

Our Acoustic Multi-Audio technology includes frame tweeters to ensure high-frequency sounds come from the right place in the scene, exactly where the action is happening. With front-facing subwoofers, you’ll enjoy powerful bass, no matter where you place your TV.

XR Surround

With BRAVIA XR, everything you watch gets the true surround-sound treatment. XR Surround creates surround sound from the sides and vertically so you can experience 3D audio without the need for in-ceiling or up-firing speakers.

3D Surround Upscaling

Our BRAVIA XR signal processing technology enables this TV to reproduce multi-dimensional sound for a truly immersive experience. Feel the sound surround you, not only from left and right but also from a vertical dimension. With 3D Surround Upscaling, you can experience the cinematic thrills of latest audio formats such as Dolby Atmos® at home, as well as enjoying vertical surround with content not compatible with Dolby Atmos.

Google TV

Browse 700,000+ movies and TV episodes, plus live TV, from across your streaming services, all in one place and organized into topics and genres based on what interests you.

Voice Search

Find your favorite content faster than ever using the power of your voice. With Voice Search, there’s no more complicated navigation or tiresome typing — you just have to ask.

Google Assistant

Your TV is more helpful than ever. Use your voice to find movies, stream apps, play music, and control the TV. Ask Google to find a specific title, search by genre, or get personalized recommendations by saying, “what should I watch?” Even get answers like sports scores, control smart-home devices, and more. Talk to Google to get started.

Works with Hey Google

Connect to a Google Assistant-enabled device for hands-free control of your Sony TV. You can find and cast your favorite videos to your Sony TV, all with just your voice. Just start with, “Hey Google.”

Works with Apple AirPlay / Apple HomeKit

With Apple AirPlay, you can stream video and audio to your television right from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Watch movies and shows from Apple TV app, your favourite apps, or even Safari. Share your photos with everyone in the room.

Chromecast built-in

Chromecast lets you cast your favorite videos, games, and apps from your mobile device, in full quality, to your Chromecast built in TV. Just one tap of the Cast button on your Android or iOS screen is all you need to supersize the things you love. Cast your content then continue browsing on your phone or tablet.

Smart remote

All your connected devices can be controlled with our smart commander. One button access to video on-demand services brings shows and movies into your room in seconds.

Backlit remote

Premium-design remote in brushed aluminum with hairline finish feels good in the hand and harmonizes with your living room. See keys in the dark with an integrated backlight—ideal for changing volume or settings while watching movies at night

Three-way multi-position stand

A 3-way multi-position stand gives you the choice of a standard setting that focuses you on the picture, narrow setting for smaller shelves and soundbar setting for ideal positioning of your sound system.

Metal Flush Surface

The premium look metal bezel is extremely narrow so your eyes naturally focus on the picture, not what’s around it.

Cable management

A concealed cable track keeps wires neatly hidden so your television stays free of clutter and looks good from the front, the sides, and the back.

Living Decor

Our Living Decor turns your TV into an essential part of your living space with on-screen artwork, personal photos, screensaver themes, and clock functions.

Light and Color Sensor

When the hue of a light source in a room changes, for example between cool and warm, colors of the TV picture change accordingly and can become unnatural. This TV includes an RGB light sensor that optimizes color and brightness of the picture to the light source and room environment.

Acoustic Auto Calibration

No matter where you’re sitting, this TV detects your position and optimizes sound so you’ll enjoy the same sound quality as if you’re sitting right in front of the TV. Sound can change depending on your room environment. Curtains, for example, absorb sound while objects in front of the TV can disturb the passage of sound, compromising the quality of what you hear. This TV detects objects and reproduces sound that’s enhanced and optimized to your room.

Netflix Calibrated Mode

This mode was specially developed to enjoy Netflix originals and reproduce the same picture quality on a TV as on a studio evaluation master. With Netflix Calibrated Mode, the creator’s vision and intent is faithfully preserved.

IMAX Enhanced

This Sony 8K smart TV is an IMAX Enhanced product, ready to meet high-quality color, contrast, clarity and sound. Take comfort in knowing you’ll be enjoying a fully immersive at-home entertainment experience on this TV that takes full advantage of IMAX Enhanced content.

Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos®

Enjoy cinematic thrills at home. Dolby Vision® brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos® fills the room with immersive surround sound.

BRAVIA CORE™

A huge number of movies are included and waiting for you. With BRAVIA XR technology, Pure Stream, and IMAX Enhanced, everything you watch is delivered with stunning visuals and expressive sound quality

Pricing and availability info will be announced in spring 2021.

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The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

Affalterbach.  El motor AMG V8 de serie más potente de todos los tiempos, el diseño más expresivo, las medidas aerodinámicas más sofisticadas, la combinación de materiales más inteligente y el dinamismo más puro. Durante el desarrollo del nuevo Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (consumo de combustible en el ciclo mixto 12,8 l/100 km, emisiones de CO2 en el ciclo mixto 292 g/km), los ingenieros de Affalterbach han hecho gala de un dominio absoluto del arte de la automoción.

El nuevo superdeportivo sintetiza las genuinas raíces de la marca, ligadas tradicionalmente al automovilismo de competición, con el profundo conocimiento y la larga experiencia en el desarrollo de automóviles completos que entusiasman en todos los sentidos. El resultado son 537 kW (730 CV) de potencia concentrados en un motor V8 con cigüeñal plano, elementos aerodinámicos activos y un diseño que procede directamente del actual bólido de competición AMG GT3.

Black Series es la denominación que Mercedes-AMG utiliza desde 2006 para sus automóviles más especiales, que conjugan una deportividad sin concesiones con diseño expresivo y que son fruto de una transferencia sistemática de la tecnología del automovilismo a la producción en serie. Los modelos Black Series son joyas automovilísticas exclusivas. No se desarrollan para desaparecer en los garajes de los coleccionistas. Al contrario, y a pesar de su homologación para la carretera, su destino es hacer valer sus elevadas prestaciones en los circuitos de competición. El AMG GT Black Series sigue esta tradición y es la nueva joya de la corona, el Mercedes-AMG más potente con motor V8 de serie.

Para subrayar esta nueva definición de un automóvil superdeportivo, los especialistas en motores de Affalterbach han sometido la acreditada mecánica biturbo de 4,0 litros a una completa remodelación para mejorar sus cualidades conocidas, como prestaciones, despliegue de potencia y curva de par. El pliego de condiciones determinaba como requisitos una potencia muy superior a la del actual modelo tope de gama de la familia AMG GT, una respuesta más directa y máxima agilidad. Estas propiedades exigían una reforma radical, que se materializó en un nuevo cigüeñal plano.

Diferentes configuraciones del motor V8.

A la hora de configurar el motor V8, los ingenieros han recurrido a un importante criterio de diseño de este tipo de mecánicas, la disposición de los codos del cigüeñal. Este rasgo de diseño influye en gran medida en la curva característica del propulsor. En los motores V8 son habituales dos variantes, el cigüeñal cruzado y el cigüeñal plano. En un «cigüeñal cruzado», los muñones de los cuatro pares de cilindros están separados 90° entre sí, formando una cruz. Hasta ahora, AMG ha optado por esta disposición en todos sus motores V8. En un «cigüeñal plano», por el contrario, los muñones están separados 180° entre sí, por lo que quedan contrapuestos en un mismo plano.

Al observar un cigüeñal cruzado de frente, se aprecia la cruz que da nombre a su diseño. Las ventajas de este cigüeñal son una gran suavidad de marcha y un elevado par motor a bajas revoluciones. Los motores V8 con cigüeñal cruzado se distinguen asimismo por un sonido característico. Con el fin de aprovechar de forma óptima la cilindrada y, con ello, el potencial de prestaciones, los ingenieros de AMG han dispuesto el lado de escape del motor V8 biturbo de 4,0 litros en el interior de la «V» formada por las dos bancadas de cilindros.

El motor V8 de serie más potente de Mercedes-AMG

El nuevo motor del GT Black Series se basa en el motor AMG V8 biturbo de 4,0 litros con engrase por cárter seco. No obstante, y debido a las numerosas modificaciones implementadas, ha recibido un nuevo código interno: M178 LS2. Este propulsor entrega 537 kW (730 CV) a 6.700-6.900 rpm y un par motor máximo de 800 Nm entre las 2.000 y las 6.000 rpm. Los nuevos árboles de levas y el nuevo colector de escape han sido adaptados a la nueva secuencia de encendido, lo que aporta una mejora adicional del ciclo de admisión y escape.

Al igual que el modelo más potente del AMG GT Coupé de cuatro puertas, los dos turbocompresores de doble entrada se apoyan sobre rodamientos con el fin de optimizar su respuesta. No obstante, la rueda del compresor en los turbocompresores del Black Series es de mayor tamaño, de modo que los dos grupos de sobrealimentación pueden transportar conjuntamente hasta 1.100 kg de aire por hora. A título comparativo: en el AMG GT R son 900 kg/h. No se considera crítico un régimen permanente de 7.000 rpm. A partir de 7.200 rpm se limita el número de revoluciones. Y los dos intercoolers de mayor tamaño garantizan que la temperatura del aire de sobrealimentación se mantenga siempre en un nivel óptimo. La placa colocada sobre el motor, de color negro, es un testimonio más de la condición excepcional del propulsor

De 0 a 200 km/h en menos de nueve segundos

Cambio AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G modificado

Medidas aerodinámicas sofisticadas para un dinamismo excepcional: Es un vehículo cargado de aerodinámica activa.

Fibra de carbono por doquier

En los apartados «combinación inteligente de materiales» y «construcción ligera» se incluyen el techo de construcción ligera en fibra de carbono visible, rebajado en el centro, y el portón trasero de fibra de carbono con un pequeño perfil aerodinámico y luneta trasera de mayor tamaño, de cristal fino y ligero. Hablando de transparencias, el parabrisas de cristal laminado está compuesto por láminas delgadas y ligeras de cristal. El soporte del cambio de fibras de carbono enrolladas es otro componente exclusivo del Black Series

El naranja como tonalidad de contraste exclusiva

El concepto interior subraya la posición destacada del AMG GT Black Series. El cuero exclusivo napa se combina con la deportiva microfibra DINAMICA en color negro y con costuras de adorno en color de contraste naranja. El portainstrumentos y los paneles de las puertas de construcción ligera y nuevo diseño —en lugar de asideros equipan ahora tiradores de lazo—, están revestidos con microfibra DINAMICA en negro. Costuras adicionales en color de contraste naranja, elementos de adorno en fibra de carbono negro mate y el paquete AMG Night interior añaden también toques llamativos. Los asientos AMG tipo «baquet» de fibra de carbono (no disponibles para EE.UU., Canadá y China) combinan un peso reducido con una sujeción lateral óptima. En EE.UU., Canadá y China, el Black Series va equipado de serie con asientos AMG Performance. El interior está disponible también como opción con costuras de adorno en color de contraste gris.

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THE MACALLAN – FOLIO 4 “Música para la boca”

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Continuando con la emoción de redescubrir los anuncios de The Macallan de los años 70, 80 y 90, junto con las mentes que los crearon.

THE MACALLAN FOLIO 4 “Música para la boca”

The Macallan han decidido recordar sus mejores campañas, las que llegaron al alma no sólo de sus clientes habituales en el Reino Unido sino en el mundo entero, una de ellas es la nos presetó el The Macallan más musical, The Macallan Archival Series Folio 4.

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Una de las campañas de The Macallan que llegó a publicarse en The Times incluía una partitura de este ilustre compositor escocés que decía que su pasión por la música y también su genio habían sido despertados por las notas de cata de su whisky de malta favorito, un The Macallan.

La serie Folio 3 se presenta con una imagen publicitaria que rinde homenaje a la idea que indica que la mejor forma de elaborar el whisky es hacerlo en un clima frío. Esta imagen se inspira en una tradición que el Distillery Manager de Macallan le contó a David Holmes y Nick Salaman durante una visita a The Macallan Estate. Continuando con el estilo marcadamente distintivo de los anuncios y el sencillo, pero memorable, eslogan que hizo que el lema de “menos es más” formara parte de su esencia, la campaña en curso siguió hablando alto en espacios pequeños y se hizo popular entre un público más amplio.

Continuamos con la emoción del redescubrimiento de los anuncios de The Macallan durante las décadas de los setenta, ochenta y noventa, junto con las mentes que los crearon.