Η ινδική DC Design παρουσίασε το Tornado V12, το ένα πρωτότυπο το οποίο βασίζεται στο 2010 Imperator Concept. Το 2+2 πρωτότυπο είναι κεντρομήχανο που συνδυάζεται με ένα σειριακό κιβώτιο που στέλνει τη κίνηση σε όλους τους τροχούς. Πατά πάνω σε ζάντες 28″ με ελαστικά διαστάσεων 325/25 με τον κινητήρα του να προέρχεται από την Audi. Είναι 6,0-λίτρων V12 ο οποίος αποδίδει 25% περισσότερο, σε σχέση με την αρχική του εκδοχή.

Διαθέτει τεχνολογίες “drive by wire”, “steer by wire” και “brake by wire”, έχει κάμερα οπισθοπορείας και ρυθμιζόμενα καθίσματα και το σύστημα iDCdrive.

[Πηγή: Motorbeam, Indianautosblog]

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DC TORNADO

The world is fast changing and so are people’s tastes in automobiles.

Given the changing dynamic in minds and expectations of consumers at the upper crust of the market, many have wondered why a prestige luxury saloon can’t be both – a focused dynamic drive on tarmac at one end of the spectrum while on the other it has to perform with aplomb when motoring off the black top. And while transiting from the smooth to the loose and the rough and back, it has to do so with grace, pace and sheer panache. Tough thought this but an interesting one nevertheless.

This was the challenge facing DC Design, India’s leading automotive design and prototyping firm. The Pune-based design house that has worked for some of the automotive world’s biggest names and created a load of exotic automotive concoctions, wanted to do something extraordinary for a new emerging India. An India which is now firmly ensconced into the global automotive family and trying to assert itself, not just as an inclusive market or a hub for small cars or even as a worthwhile alternative for components to China but also one where individual avant garde thought processes are made and carried to their logical conclusion.

DC Design prides itself to be one of the very few in the world to marry cutting edge technology with traditional craftsmanship, also wanted to make a statement both for itself and its expertise and skills as well as for India and its rightful place in the automotive world.

The Challenge Behind the Concept:

Not many had ever done it and thus it was precisely this which intrigued the team at DC Design to venture forth even more audaciously than at any other time in its decade long history. The challenge it set up for itself was to merge supercar performance and style with an SUV’s off-road capability into one unique vehicle. And yes it had to seat four in sheer comfort and luxury while motoring them around on road or off it. This was the holy grail of many an automotive design house and car maker, trying to create an all new niche vehicle which in a typical scenario, would be a characteristic amalgam of a high performance machine with the go-anywhere capability of an SUV.

DC Design’s sheer acumen in trying to push the design envelope was not just to create a concept on paper but translate the vision into a real breathing living animal of the type the automotive world has never seen. Till now that is!

TORNADO:

So you thought we couldn’t get a Ferrari to do the business off road? Or if its rival Lamborghini wanted to do just that it had to go mainstream and make a grossly huge leviathan that was the LM002. We at DC Design decided we were going to change the rules, nay change the very game itself and the Tornado shows it quite clearly.

A super sexy two plus two with acres of space for four occupants which belies its size and has a commanding presence on terra firma, the DC Tornado is not just oozing style but also bristling with the latest tech. It is expected to sport a mid-engine layout with a sequential shift gearbox directing the torque to all four wheels. So far so good and conventional, but not when you fathom what the car is made up of.

Those large 28 inch wheels shod with 325/25/28 tyres are daunting enough to demolish mountains and for that the vehicle needed the right tractive power to get the job done. DC adopted the mighty 6.0-litre V12 TDI engine that powers the top end Audis but it has been breathed upon to deliver even more firepower. This unit, which normally delivers 500PS and 1000Nm in standard trim, has now been tuned to deliver at least 25 per cent more power and torque making it one of the quickest cars in the world.

An all new concept based on the inspiration derived from the 2010 Imperator concept.

Brazen, audacious, in your face, commanding!

All these adjectives and many more sit well on the DC Tornado but the essence was always deliberately design led to pack in supercar looks with an SUV’s muscle and stance. No one can quite fathom the mid-engine layout but the manner in which the engine and transmission have been located plus the drive to all four wheels has been engineered, the stance is near perfect but in a most demonstrative manner.

There is the clever interplay between colours and shades with the predominantly midnight pearl blue body colour living in fine harmony with the glazed surfaces and that black swathe rising from the front windscreen on to the roof and sweeping down to the backlite is decidedly the core visual delight on first look. However prepare to be dazzled because those mighty wheel arches are all sheer muscle, huge but fine toned and for sure in keeping with the sheer scale of the SUV. The lines seem tight and tenuous but also sexy and inviting.

Sensuous, comforting, smothered in luxury, high tech, the works!

Now these are not just an additional set of adjectives for the exterior (though they apply here as well) but they describe the humongous interior best. Especially as this is so very techno in its treatment, and exquisitely crafted in the finest traditions of bespoke customization! Four individual seating zones with specially conceived seats adjustable for side and thigh support using air cushion tech that helps wrap the seat to the occupant’s individual’s physique.

The electronics are all DC Design’s own handiwork, especially the fibre optics used all around the vehicle and in the interior. Drive-by-wire, steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire tech is now no longer a pie-in-the-sky fantasy but right here and operational on the Tornado.

The beauty of the design and the brilliance of modern day electronics make for tremendous versatility in the interiors. The floating dashboard and the steering system plus pedal controls can be switched very easily for right or left hand drive. An optimized iDCdrive system is employed on the central console to help the driver play with the very many gizmos in the vehicle. An HUD (heads-up-display) ingeniously positioned in the safest but most apparent field of vision is another key ingredient behind the overall driver and occupant ergonomics. The small bullet-style rear view mirrors are in fact rear view cameras which project the scene on to the cabin mounted RVM as well as on the large central screen should the driver need it.

The future is here and now!

The Tornado stands defiantly bold but purposeful and it quite clearly heralds an all-new way forward for high-speed all-terrain motoring. It is not just in the way it is made up but also the way it opens new vistas in the automotive world.

Making the ultimate statement

The Tornado is all about making the ultimate statement and you don’t have to be a prisoner of tradition to tread the straight and the narrow or veer off it –should the need arise – when you drive or are driven in this all new species of automobile. DC Design’s Tornado is not just a technology and design demonstrator but also a stunning statement of the future being closer and nearer to mainstream motoring than many of us thought it possible!

An all new concept based on the inspiration derived from the 2010 Imperator concept.