You may have noticed our recent foray into sports cars, such as the Mercedes SL, Porsche 911, and now on the cover you can enjoy the classic British lines of the Lightning L-EV. It may seems strange that a magazine dedicated to innovation in environmental design in the automotive world should even entertain these kind of cars, but you would be surprised. It is in the automotive sports that boundaries and innovation are pushed to extremes at a dizzying pace and its discoveries eventually trickle into mainstream cars. As Peter Stevens, supercar designer and professor, very clearly puts it in his VIEW piece for us this month “How cool would it be to be swooshing on an Autobahn, Autoroute or Motorway at 130 mph (200 kmh) using no more than 2 litres of fuel for every 100 kilometers…”.
Yeah! How cool! And it is just this element of car design that keeps designers sketching sportscars beyond realism even at such a critical time in our environment’s history that we should reconsider its role in car design. How can supercars be cool once again? Defying convention, loosing weight, extreme clean performance, are some of the ways we will be seeing supercars revisiting their roots to recreate a sustainable future for what had become the dinosaur car segment! Exciting times then for Michael Mauer, interviewed in Geneva for GCD, as he tips Porsche design into a new stunning direction and in fact for Lightning as it finally can see the light from out of the dark tunnel of recession that will put their car financially back on track.
Please enjoy this riveting edition, we hope to exceed expectations… if you want to rant or rave remember that we are only an email away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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