DC100 Sport Build Video

Automakers have pieced together concept cars since the late 1930s to test public reaction to both design and technology. Concept cars range from mock-ups with little functionality — think foamcore vent fins and exhaust tips that aren’t connected to anything underneath — to operational vehicles that run and drive but may not contain the more fanciful technologies or materials described in the manufacturer’s news briefs. The DC100 and DC100 Sport are more toward the latter end of the scale. While there are no live ‘action shots’ of the DC100 concepts, we do get to see the DC100 Sport motoring along the highway and taking in some scenic beachfront vistas.

Advanced Technologies on the DC100

The DC100 and DC100 Sport are not only vehicle concepts, but also technological showcases. These platforms exhibit existing and potential technologies that increase the vehicle’s off-road prowess in addition to on-road comfort and convenience. Here are a few of the more forward-thinking highlights:

Advanced Materials – The DC100 concepts showcase a variety of high-tech materials, including advanced mixed-alloy metals and paint that could (in the future) offer both self-cleaning and self-healing properties. Additional materials have been chosen for their sustainability, such as foam derived from castor oil and sound insulation made from flax and natural polymers. Other materials yet have been chosen for their performance characteristics. The DC100’s seats are finished in Ultrafabrics® and SuperFabric®, two products that offer superior performance when compared to traditional seating materials.

Multifunction Removable Touchscreen – The concepts use a centrally positioned all-in-one display that acts as instrumentation, telematics center, navigational system, audio control center, and climate control interface. The portable system has a built-in power source, camera, and satellite connectivity.

Inductive Charging Strip – The DC100 includes an inductive power strip that powers a removable compartment that can be chilled or heated. This power strip can be used to charge power tools, laptops, communications gear, or the included portable wireless speaker system — an ideal setup regardless if you are picnicking at the park or working on-site in the field.

You can read about other DC100 technologies by clicking here.

Building the DC100 and DC100 Sport

Land Rover has shed some light on the mystery of what goes on behind the scenes at its research and development lab — otherwise known as the Land Rover Advanced Design Studio in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. From sketch to clay model to finished product, the company has revealed a time lapse video of the build process. The video below gives us some insight into what went into designing and building the structure of the DC100 Sport. It took a team of nearly 100 people approximately 26 weeks to produce each concept. Team members include project managers, exterior designers, interior designers, engineers, lighting designers, modelers, machinists, model makers, trimmers, painters, and others.

[via Land Rover]

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September 24, 2011


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