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McLaren Tech Club reveals how the 765LT has 25% more downforce than the 720S

The car delivers more sound to the cabin than the 720S thanks to speciality engineering.

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The third episode of the McLaren Tech Club series features Design Director Rob Melville share the secrets of the aggressive design of the new 765LT sports car. Its advanced design and engineering allow it to have 25 percent more downforce than the McLaren 720S.

The 720S replaced the 650S in 2017. Its lighter body and stiffer frame made it an impressive addition to the supercar manufacturer's lineup. Its body is made of a single piece of carbon fiber that includes the roof- innovation first seen on the McLaren P1. Its dihedral doors and fierce rear light signature gave the 720S unique personality while its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine delivered heart-racing energy.

McLaren 765LT The car has 25-percent more downforce than the McLaren 720S.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

McLaren has taken the engineering of the 720S and improved upon it in the new 765LT. Melville describes the 756LT as the ultimate LT driving experience in the film, telling how key features like the optional louvers impact the way the car moves over the street in such a way to minimize the impact of air.

The short also points out that the polycarbonate rear screen and C-pillars are designed to reduce the overall weight of the car as well as offer a 360-degree field of view for the driver- something the 720S also has. The car's engine mounts and polycarbonate glazing allow for engine noise to flood the cabin.

Designers at the McLaren Composite Technology Centre have given the car a carbon fiber active rear wing, which delivers much of the vehicle's downforce. There's also a fresh front splitter. on the aggressive front end and side air intakes.

McLaren says that the car gets to 100 km/h from a standstill in 2.7 seconds and to 200 km/h in 7.2 seconds.

Melville makes it clear, every part of the 765LT is executed with purpose and centered around the drive experience.

Watch the full McLaren Tech Club film below to see exactly what Melville is talking about.

McLaren Tech Club - Episode 3 - 765LT Design: Explored www.youtube.com

See other McLaren Tech Club videos on YouTube and read more about the series here on AutomotiveMap.com.

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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

H.E.R. Unveils Custom ‘Honda Civic Type R’ Presented by the 2021 Honda Civic Tour www.youtube.com

"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to hit the market later this year.

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The next-gen Infiniti QX60 is almost here. The long-awaited successor to the top-selling Infiniti model has been in the works for a while but the first official glimpse at the SUV happens today with the release of a teaser photo and video of the interior.

Billed as being "serene" and "spacious", the family-friendly crossover will retain its three rows of seating when it arrives stateside. It will also have premium leather appointments, intuitive technology, and ambient lighting, according to a release sent by the company.

The model was first teased in a private video shown to journalists in the autumn of 2019. Since there, a number of changes have been made. The fresh images show off a wide but not tall infotainment screen, similar to what you'd find on a Lexus or Hyundai. There's what appears to be a fully digital radio/climate controls screen on the center stack with physical dials for adjusting certain functionalities.

All-New 2022 INFINITI QX60 Tech Stories: Performance - Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) www.youtube.com

There's a quilted leather dashboard and long horizontal design feature that seamlessly covers the dashboard vents under one housing. Though not shown, the QX60 is expected to have a fully digital instrument cluster.

Infiniti has already divulged a few key details about the revised QX60. It will be powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That's the same power plant that is in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. The SUV will be available with all-wheel drive. It's likely that the QX60 will have drive modes similar to those in the Pathfinder.

The model will have a 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. A 3,500-pound maximum is standard.

Infiniti is promising a Sports drive mode where the movement, power, and control of the car are said to be similar to those in a sports car. Gears are held longer and engine braking helps along the way.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to arrive in North American showrooms in the fall of 2021, followed by other markets worldwide. It will debut June 23.

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