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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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Samson Sky is currently accepting reservations for the Switchblade flying car.

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On July 24, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Bill 1182, which, among other things, defines and establishes inspection and registration requirements for roadable aircraft. It was signed into law by Governor Sununu that same day.

That's right. New Hampshire is ready for you, flying cars.

The bill, which originated in the House's Transportation Committee defies the term "roadable aircraft" as being "any aircraft capable of taking off and landing from a suitable airfield which is also designed to be driven on public roadways as a conveyance".

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It also defines a process for the registration and collection of fees associated with that registration. The piece of legislation states that upon receiving an application for registration of a roadable aircraft and the payment of applicable state and municipal registration permit fees, the department shall issues a certificate of registration, provided that the person filing the application meets the requirements - proof of valid and unexpired aircraft registration issued by the New Hampshire department of transportation and a copy of an annual aircraft inspection completed within the 12 calendar months immediately preceding the date of application.

Each roadable aircraft will be identified by a registration number that is assigned to it. Traditionally, airplanes have similar registration numbers. The registration number and the registration certificate will expire at the same time - no longer than 16 months after issuance, and to coincide with the birth month of the registration holder. The roadable aircrafts will not be required to display an additional license plate or decal.

There will be a fee associated with each registration. While the exactly total isn't defined by the bill, the legislation states that the fees will be at least $2,000, which will be payable to the city or town where the roadable aircraft resides.

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Unlike traditional roadworthy vehicles, the roadable aircrafts will not have to be inspected annually. The bill makes this distinction alongside provisions for snowmobiles, mopeds, or off-highway recreational vehicles. However, new roadable aircraft must be inspected within 20 days of purchase as new and 10 days if the sale is the result of a used vehicle purchase.

The bill also takes into consideration how the roadable aircraft will be traded on the roadways. There, it is considered a motor vehicle, where it must obey the traditional laws of the road, just like any other motor vehicle would.

When using its airborne functionality, the roadable aircraft must "take off and land from a suitable airstrip and shall be prohibited from taking off and landing from any public roadway, unless under conditions of an emergency.", which means allow flying away from a traffic jam isn't allowed.

There are no self-driving cars or roadable aircrafts driving on America's streets today. But, it never hurts to plan for the future. The section of the bill that contains the sections relating to roadable aircrafts went into effect on July 24.

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The Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible is a new addition to the automaker's lineup.

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The Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible is the first member of the new Collections portfolio introduced by Bentley Mulliner, a division of Bentley that raises the bar on vehicle offerings with additional possibilities for customization.

Up front are cut-crystal inspired, precision-made headlamps, which sit on the sides of a new Double Diamond front grille. There are also bespoke Mulliner-branded side vents that feature a silver-on-black diamond theme, illuminated Mulliner tread plates, and LED welcome lamps that project the Bentley wings to the ground from the door mirrors.

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible The model features many of the same body characteristics of the traditional Continental.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Under the hood is the buyer's choice of a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 or a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. The larger engine gets the car from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 207 mph. The V8 has a top speed of 198 mph and gets to 60 mph off the line in 4.0 seconds.

The open-top car has Grand Black wallet veneer standard. Buyers can stay standard or opt to customize the look by choosing from 87 other piano-finished wood veneers. Options include the ability to match the wood to the exterior of the car. To do this, burr walnut veneer is hand sanded and polished to produce a smooth finish before painting to match the color of the customer's choice. Once dry, the veneer is polished to achieve a mirror-like finish.

Chrome details overlay the piano veneer, even showing a convertible silhouette in the passenger fascia and a B-motif in the door waistrails.

Buyers can choose from eight custom-made three-color combinations for the interior. The hand-stitched hides are embellished with unique Mulliner-branded embroidery.

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible

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The Double Diamond design continues into the cabin where a quilter version of the concept adorns four seats, door casinos, rear quarters, and a tonneau cover. To delver the quilting across the cabin, there are almost 400,000 stitches. Each diamond contains 712 individual stitches.

The center console has a Diamond Milled Technical finish. There's a Breitling for Mulliner clock that features a brushed metallic face and bejeweled hour marks. The clock bezel and air vent surrounds are finished in chrome.

Bentley is making the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible available with a Naim for Bentley audio system. The setup features 18 speakers and two Active Bass transducers driven by a 2,200‑watt, 20-channel amplifier and eight DSP sound modes with Active Bass.

The Continental GT Mulliner Convertible rides on new 22-inch 10-spoke painted and polished wheels that have floating, self-leveling wheel badges that remain upright as the wheel rotates.

Buyers get the keys to their car I a Mulliner-branded handcrafted presentation box, which matches the three-color interior configuration of the car. The two keys are provided in similarly color-matched leather cases with contrast stitching.

Pricing of the model depends on options chosen.

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