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McLaren Tech Club reveals how the company selected the GT's high-tech interior materials

McLaren has finely appointed the interior of its GT model.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive Ltd.

The sleek design on the exterior of most supercars is matched by its interior. There aren't plush surfaces. Aesthetic softness has given way to straightforward design and luxurious materials. The McLaren GT is no different.

What is different about the cabin of the GT is what materials fill it and where the company sought inspiration for them. That is the subject of the latest video from the McLaren Tech Club.

McLaren GT interior materials McLaren's design team sought inspiration from non-traditional sources.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive Ltd.

To get to the current materials mix in the GT, the McLaren design team explored alternatives to traditional coverings in the car in places like the luggage area, on seats, and in the trim pieces. They also took into account the tactile quality of the materials used, focusing on the user experience from a tactile and operational perspective, equally. The greatest example of this can be found in the curled aluminum of the driver controls.

The concept of lightweighting cars is about more than just the chassis, engine, and body panels. It also extends to the interior. Materials like leather can add pounds to the overall weight of the car. However, it looks good and customers respond to its aesthetic appeal. But, leather doesn't have to be everywhere in the vehicle.

A new material called SuperFabric was originally designed for military and aerospace operations. It has many redeeming qualities. It's abrasion, slash, stain, and rodent resistant. It's breathable yet durable. Most importantly, perhaps, for McLaren, it's available in numerous patterns, designs, styles, and colors.

What makes it so durable? The woven fabric is infused with a tiny layer of armored guard plates. It is then embossed with a hexagonal pattern.

McLaren GT interior materials SuperFabric is a new material that holds up well to wear and tear.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive Ltd.

In addition to lightweighting initiatives, McLaren designs sought to bring finer materials to the GT. Now, whether a buyers chooses supple Nappa leather or upgrades to softgrain leather Alcantara, all the materials will be sourced from Scotland's Bridge of Weir company.

Alternatively, cashmere, as seen in the McLaren Verdant Theme GT concept car, is available in Dove Gray or Jet Black.

"Introducing innovative new interior materials for any McLaren is a huge challenge," said Jo Lewis, Colour and Materials Design Manager, McLaren Automotive Ltd. "With the GT we were creating beauty and luxury but with the additional layers of functionality and advanced technology that are inherent in every car we design – and all delivered in a very modern way. Everything in a McLaren is there for a reason, not simply to look good; the materials need to be authentic not only in appearance and to the touch, but also in meeting our requirements for minimizing weight and performance in use."

McLarenn GT The new materials are featured throughout the cabin. Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive Ltd.

Designers sought to bring intention to their styling as well. Finishers, bezels, paddles and switches made of knurled aluminum are designed to establish a level of sophistication as well as reinforce McLaren's focus on technical precision.

The same can be said for the "hidden until lit" ambient lighting in the model, a first for McLaren. The lights are first shown as a finishing strip of sold metallic finish but glow once the ignition is turned on. This is similar to how the headlights on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata react, however that lighting is on the exterior. The McLaren lights change color at the command of the driver, a feature that has similar tech to what you'll find in BMW and Kia models.

To learn more, watch the latest episode of the McLaren Tech Club below:

McLaren Tech Club - Episode 6 - How does McLaren use pioneering, space-age materials in the New GT? www.youtube.com

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A new collection of Rolls-Royce Black Badge models has made a very bright splash.

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Star light, star bright, what on Earth are the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Neon Nights? The bespoke automaker has announced a new limited edition collection of brightly colored models, dubbed the Neon Nights models. Dawn, Wraith, and Cullinan Black Badge vehicles have gotten the treatment.

"Neon Nights is a vibrant trilogy of Rolls-Royce Black Badges, whose inspiration come from nature. The newly developed Bespoke paint is applied to the Black Badge variants of Wraith, Dawn and Cullinan - the darker and edgier 'enfants terribles' of the Rolls-Royce family," said Sami Coultas, Bespoke Designer Color & Trim, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "Taking cues from the natural world, including an Australian green tree frog, a Hawaiian tree flower and an exotic butterfly, these limited hues show Black Badge bolder in color, appealing to patrons around the world who really do dare to be different."

Though originally conceived for clients in the U.S., the automaker has announced that three further iterations of each color are available for commission worldwide.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Neon Nights

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Wraith Black Badge is finished in Lime Rock Green, a near-luminous hue naturally traditionally worn by the Australian green tree frog, an animal Coultas first encountered on a trip to Tamworth, north of Sydney, Australia. The interior features Scivaro Grey leather, with Lime Rock Green accents in the form of stitching and piping.

The Eagle Rock Red paint color created for the Dawn Black Badge that is part of the collection mimics the flowers of 'Ōhi'a lehua, an evergreen tree native to Hawaii. The Dawn's interior is finished in Selby Grey leather and has Koi Red stitching and piping details.

Rolls-Royce took inspiration from a butterfly for its Cullinan Black Badge Neon Nights iteration. Rhetus periander is known as the Periander metalmark, a species found across Central and South America, that is known for the vibrancy of its wings. That color was faithfully captured in Cullinan's Mirabeau Blue paint job, which is contrasted by an Arctic White leather interior with Lime Rock Green details.

In all three cars, the Technical Fibre fascia is embellished with a unique graphic that provides a neon glow and depicts the distortion of artificial light with speed.

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The headphones and earphones carry many of the same signature style elements as Lamborghini vehicles.

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New York-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic has partnered with Automobili Lamborghini to create a range of co-branded headphones and earphones. The collection incorporates design elements inspired by the iconic Italian super sports car company's vehicle range, which includes the Huracán, Urus, and Aventador.

The inaugural collection consists of the MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones and MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones that are available in three colorways. The headphones are available in silver metal/light grey/yellow Alcantara; black metal black/yellow Alcantara; and black metal/black/grey Alcantara. Alcantara is widely used in sports cars. The signature Lamborghini "Y" motif appears on all models.

Lamborghini x Master & Dynamic

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"Sound resonates with Lamborghini: the peerless music of a Lamborghini aspirated engine has a highly sensory and emotive appeal," said Katia Bassi, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. "The combination of design sophistication and technology in delivering a purity of sound is a talent shared by Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic."

The MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones offer two modes of ANC so users can tailor their sound to their environment, and feature up to 24 hours of battery life and Bluetooth 5.0 with a 30m/100ft connection. The MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphone features 10mm Beryllium drivers and a stainless steel charging case providing 40 hours total battery life.

Jonathan Levine, Founder and CEO of Master & Dynamic said, "As a young boy obsessed with cars, I remember being mesmerized the first time I saw a Miura. That feeling and excitement is still with me today whenever I see a Lamborghini. To create something that initiates such a visceral response has always been my intention at Master & Dynamic."

The Master & Dynamic for Automobili Lamborghini collection is available at lamborghinistore.com, MasterDynamic.com, MasterDynamic.co.uk, and MasterDynamic.eu now.

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