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Lamborghini, McLaren and Others Help During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Lamborghini re-commissions design departments to manufacture surgical masks and and plexiglass medical face shields while McLaren and other Formula One Race Teams work to create ventilators to help local hospitals during Coronavirus pandemic.

As it stands there is barely a country that coronavirus has not affected. According to data collected by John Hopkins University, at least 938,000 people have now been infected globally and deaths due to coronavirus have surpassed 47,000.

In these unprecedented times, companies like Lamborghini and McLaren have put down their tools for building supercars and F1 racing vehicles and are instead turning their attention to the immediate needs at hand.

Lamborghini factory staff make surgical masks to help hospitals with coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Lamborghini
Lamborghini factory staff make surgical masks to help hospitals with coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Lamborghini

Over in Sant’Agata Bolegnese, Italy, one of the hardest hit countries, Automobili Lamborghini have been re-commissioning  design departments to instead produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields that will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna.

Repurposing the sewing machines used for seat stitching. Credit: Lamborghini
Repurposing the sewing machines used for seat stitching. Credit: Lamborghini

Under normal circumstances the saddlery department are responsible for producing the detailed Alcantara interiors of Lamborghini models like the Aventador or Huracán but will now be looking to produce 1000 surgical masks per day while both the Research and Development team and the carbon fiber production plant are aiming to produce 200 3D printed protective plexiglass medical face shields.

Lamborghini Use 3D Printer To Create Plexiglass Face Shields. Credit: Lamborghini
Lamborghini Use 3D Printer To Create Plexiglass Face Shields. Credit: Lamborghini

In a statement Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said: “During this emergency, we feel the need to make a concrete contribution. The S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital is an institution with which we have had a collaborative relationship for years, through both professional consultancy in promoting programs to protect our workers’ health, and in research projects. We will win this battle together by working in union, supporting those who are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic every day.”

Lamborghini 3D printed plexiglass face shields. Credit: Lamborghini
Lamborghini 3D printed plexiglass face shields. Credit: Lamborghini

The Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences will oversee validation testing of the medical devices made by Lamborghini prior to their delivery to the hospital.

Meanwhile, over in the UK a consortium that includes engineering teams and specialists from companies like Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Formula 1 Racing teams including Mclaren, Mercedes AMG, Red Bull Racing, HAAS, Racing Point, Renault and Williams Racing are all working hard to produce 30,000+ much needed ventilators for the government as part of the VentilatorChallengeUK.

Mercedes Work with University College London Hospitals (UCL) on new CPAP ventilator. Credit: James Tye UCL
Mercedes Work with University College London Hospitals (UCL) on new CPAP ventilator. Credit: James Tye UCL

The consortium brings together a significant number of UK industrial, technological and engineering firms from across the automotive, aerospace and medical industries to develop and produce medical grade ventilators that can be produced quickly, to help hospitals cope with the increasing demand of patients in need of assisted breathing aid.

Mercedes Work with University College London Hospitals (UCL) on new CPAP ventilator. Credit: James Tye UCL

Dick Elsy who chairs the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium and is the CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult Companies (a group of manufacturing research centres in the UK) shared, “This consortium brings together some of the most innovative companies in the world. Every day, their highly-skilled staff collaborate to create solutions that help millions of people, and this project is no different. They are working together with incredible determination and energy to scale up production of much-needed ventilators and combat a virus that is affecting people in many countries. I am confident this consortium has the skills and tools to make a difference and save lives.”

Companies and Groups involved include:

• Airbus

• BAE Systems

• Ford Motor Company

• GKN Aerospace

• High Value Manufacturing Catapult

• Inspiration Healthcare Group

• Meggitt

• Penlon

• Renishaw

• Rolls-Royce

• Siemens Healthineers and Siemens UK

• Smiths Group

• Thales

• Ultra Electronics

• Unilever

• UK-based F1 teams: Haas F1, McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Racing Point, Renault Sport Racing, Williams

Key enablers:

• Accenture

• Arrow Electronics

• Dell Technologies

• Microsoft

• PTC

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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Made For Those Who Love Puzzles

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The limited-edition Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos comes with a secret code to crack and only two people in the world know the answer.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Front Side View
The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos in “Kryptos Green”. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The Rolls-Royce Bespoke team is responsible for some of the most creative and imaginative editions designed. Now it looks like they’re adding a puzzling edition to keep car owners on their toes – the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection.

Limited to 50 vehicles in total, the special Wraith Kryptos, which comes in a unique “Kryptos Green”, incorporates a series of complex ciphers throughout the design for owners looking for a one-of-a-kind challenge.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Starlight Headliner
Matrix-like Starlight Headliner. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even” shared Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Katrin Lehmann. “Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world’s most brilliant minds.

“As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Spirit of Ecstasy
The puzzle starts with the Spirit of Ecstasy. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

For the uninitiated, the encrypted cipher codes look like an intricate embellishment woven throughout the car design. However, for the code-breakers, the mysterious journey begins with dot-dash engraving found at the base of the Spirit of Ecstasy and carries on throughout the rest of the car and can be found in the external coach striping, embroidered headrests and “Matrix” look starlight headliner.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Cryptic Details
…and continues through to the interior of the Wraith Kryptos. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Owners who think they have cracked the code can submit their answers to the invite-only Rolls-Royce Whispers app. However, only two people at the Rolls-Royce headquarters are privy to the answer, kept in a sealed envelope in the safe of the Chief Executive Officer at Goodwood, West Sussex.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Interior
Kryptos Green detailing throughout the interior. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Sharing on the concept of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Torsten Müller-Ötvös, current CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The brilliant and creative minds of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have excelled once again, creating an extraordinarily contemporary and compelling iteration of Wraith. The Wraith Kryptos Collection, on first glance, is a statement of dynamism. On closer examination, a series of messages are hidden behind a unique Rolls-Royce cipher. I look forward to seeing whether any of our clients will crack the code!”

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Aerial View

No word has been given yet on pricing for the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection, but it’s most likely the Sherlock Holmes experience will come at a premium to the standard Wraith.

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New Lamborghini Sián Roadster Hybrid: Only 19 Will Be Made

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The already sold-out Lamborghini Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and is powered by a supercapacitor instead of lithium-ion cells.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini has officially revealed the new Lamborghini Sián Roadster – inspired by the Sián FKP 37 hybrid concept car first unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

After a week of Lamborghini teasing their new release with ambiguous images across social media, the Italian supercar maker has come forth with the latest hybrid creation.

Limited to only 19 vehicles (which are already sold-out), the Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and powered by Lamborghini’s 6.5-liter V12 engine with unique hybrid technologies that can produce up to 819 horsepower (602kW) of thermal and electric power.

Lamborghini Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear Side View
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster will produce up to 819 horsepower. Credit: Lamborghini

“The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián’s innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions.”

Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster's will be built.
Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster’s will be built. Credit: Lamborghini

Unlike many other electric vehicle manufacturers, the Sián Roadster uses a supercapacitor developed in collaboration with MIT in Boston, which can store ten more times power than lithium-ion batteries and delivers optimum performance.

Located in the bulkhead between the cockpit and engine, the supercapacitor and e-motor system weighs only 34kg and works in conjunction with the V12 engine and a new powertrain.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Interior Cockpit
The Sián Roadster’s new interior cockpit design. Credit: Lamborghini

The 48-volt e-motor itself delivers an additional 34hp for a total of 819hp (602kW), allowing the Sián Roadster to reach a top speed of over 218mph/350kmh and accelerate from 0 – 60mph 100kmh in less than 2.8 seconds.

The e-motor system also provides immediate response and supports low-speed manoeuvres (like reversing and parking) with electric power.

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Endless customisation opportunities available to owners. Credit: Lamborghini

Another feature of the Sián Roadster is the regenerative braking system specially developed by Lamborghini. Unlike regular lithium-ion batteries, the supercapacitor’s symmetric behavior means that they can be charged and discharged with the same power, meaning the Sián’s energy storage system charges every time the vehicle brakes.

Each time the driver brakes, energy is stored in an instantly-available power boost which the driver can draw on immediately when accelerating away (making it 10% faster than a vehicle without this system).

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Lamborghini Sián Roadster debuts in “Blu Uranas”. Credit: Lamborghini

Design-wise, the launch model of the Sián Roadster debuted in a color known as “Blu Uranas” with “Oro Electrum” wheels and “Blu Glauco” detailing, specially selected by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile and Ad Personam departments.

Carrying the unmistakable Lamborghini hexagonal DNA throughout the entire design, the Sián Roadster shares many of the same design elements of the coupe version, although it adds new details like the engine bonnet, the roll bar integrated into the front windscreen and aerodynamic wind vanes.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear View
Lamborghini’s hexagonal DNA continues through with the Sián Roadster. Credit: Lamborghini

No prices have been announced yet, but with all 19 limited editions already sold, you’ll most likely have to sell a kidney to get one anyway.

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The New James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation

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Fancy yourself the next James Bond? The new Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation, complete with all its gadgets might just be your cup of tea.
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin

After more than 50 years, Aston Martin has decided it is high time the gadget cars of the early James Bond make a comeback, with the first “Job 1” DB5 Goldfinger Continuation rolling off the production line (after a few extra modifications from the “Q’s” at Aston Martin).

Limited to 25 editions and built in collaboration with EON Productions, the new Goldfinger DB5 continuation model is the first new DB5 to be built in more than 50 years.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation's rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation’s rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin

Originally built between 1963 and 1965, only 900 saloon examples of the classic Aston Martin DB5 were originally constructed, but thanks to its iconic appearance in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger,” it has since been dubbed by some as “the most famous car in the world.”

Exterior paint color "Silver Birch" just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin
Exterior paint color “Silver Birch” just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin

Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.

“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon. I’m absolutely certain that the 25 lucky owners who are beginning to take delivery of these cars will be thrilled with them.”

These days the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation takes around 4,500 hours of construction to create a working car complete with many of the operable gadgets from the movie, created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.

Sharing the original DB5 styled aluminum exterior body panels and an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure, the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuations are powered by a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine and are only available in one exterior color – “Silver Birch,” just like the original James Bond car.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin

It’s important to note the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is not “road-legal,” (which is slightly disappointing if we’re honest and rules out about 98% of the locations you’d want to test out the gadgets). However, if its any consolation, you could still take it to a track to test out the following list of Bond-inspired gadgets.

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Exterior Gadgets:
  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Interior Gadgets:
  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin

First deliveries of the 25 special DB5 Goldfinger Continuation vehicles to their owners have already commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020.

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