Posted by Jamie Granados on 01 Jul 2022
Ideas and musings after an incredible Goodwood Competition of Velocity 2022
Goodwood, on a sunny Friday, is presumably one of the best ways to finish per week. Other than seeing Wayne Rainey journey once more (that in itself was well worth the ticket value) this yr’s Goodwood was a marvellous celebration of the previous, the current and the long run. Cost had their ’67 fastback Mustang, full with 21st Century inside and energy practice, the reborn electrical Renault 5 was glowing and gleaming on the coronary heart of Electrical Avenue, and the McMurtry Speirling fan-car set a mind-boggling time of 39.08 seconds to stand up the hill.
Electrical Avenue this yr was wall-to-wall OEM, exhibiting how far the adoption has come because the first Tesla Roadster kick-started all of it, and the way far the know-how has moved ahead. The likes of KIA, Citroen, Renault, BMW, Volvo, Vauxhall, Skoda and Ford all had their newest EV fashions on present, compact modern designs providing monumental cabins area and, most significantly, charge-range that won’t induce coronary heart palpitations for any journey over a major distance.
The ‘new faces’ in Electrical Avenue have been the likes of Fisker with their Ocean SUV, ElectraMeccanica with their Solo EV, the Lucid Air and a dazzle-camo Polestar 5 – the manufacturing model of the Principle revealed finally yr’s Goodwood. The brand new R5 from Renault, like many re-launched fashions, is significantly larger than its predecessor, whereas conversely each the Fisker Ocean and Lotus Eletre have been barely smaller than I anticipated, in a relatively refreshing approach.
On the Gensis stand was the excellent X Speedium, whereas within the ‘First Look Paddock’ the G80 sat alongside Cost’s ’67 Fastback Mustang, the Rivian R1T, and an Alpine A110 Tour de Course 75.
The factor that basically struck me this yr although was what number of new applied sciences have been on show – new manufacturing processes, new supplies (each for exterior and inside), even a brand new gasoline system within the type of the Viritech Apricale with an incredible light-weight hydrogen gasoline cell platform. Historically hydrogen energy cells have been heavy items designed to increase BEV platforms. Viritech’s method flipped that on its head and launched light-weight composite and resin gasoline cells, lowering the demand on uncommon minerals for the battery and considerably lowering weight to an astonishing sub-1000kg.
The Czinger 21C’s aluminium and magnesium elements are all 3D printed, and the design crew utilised AI to assist decide which supplies to make use of and the place. Whereas this can be one of some hybrid automobiles on present this yr, the adoption of 3d printing and AI within the design course of might properly be a game-changer in how the trade does issues sooner or later.
Polestar introduced the Polestar 5 – the ‘principle’ became a manufacturing mannequin – that makes use of pure fibres within the composites relatively than carbon, and the O2 Roadster the place their design crew adopted a completely new method to delivering a sustainable product, abandoning multi-material development the place potential and embracing mono-materials; as a substitute of a number of supplies that each one current difficult recycling choices, inside elements, just like the sprint, are shaped out of 1 piece of thermos-plastic that may be recycled many times and once more.
The Fisker Ocean is aiming to be essentially the most eco-friendly automobile available in the market. With an earth-friendly vegan inside that depends closely on recycled merchandise primarily sourced from the ocean (therefore the identify) starting from plastics and rubber to outdated t-shirts and ghost-nets. A SolarSky roof harvests vitality whereas driving to energy the automobile, and even rolls again alongside all of the home windows (yep – even the again window) when in “California mode” to let the breeze simply movement by way of the automobile. Word to canine house owners – maintain Rover tethered, an open rear window is an attractive escape route.
All this leads me to the title – the ability of “And”. All through the day I discovered myself having thrilling, constructive, optimistic conversations with folks. They have been seeing wonderful merchandise coming because of design groups partaking with the ideas and rules of circular-design. Striving to ‘create’ with out leaving a hint, and with out exception there was a sense that the entire options being introduced had a sound voice contributing to the dialog. EV isn’t the one route, because the Viritech confirmed. Pure-fibre composites and mono-materials provide a a lot easier recycling path. 3D printed elements imply much less waste in manufacturing. Ethically sourced and managed provide traces sit side-by-side with recycled supplies in putting no pressure on fossil assets. I didn’t get the impression that anyone of this stuff is a magic bullet, extra that our approach ahead would require all of this stuff and plenty of new ones.
Added collectively, they provide one thing better than anyone might obtain by itself. Very a lot a case of “And….not Or”.
Goodwood’s Property additionally comprises Rolls-Royce Motor Automobiles