The Energy of “And”… Goodwood Competition of Velocity 2022
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 probably one of the best ways to finish every week. Except for seeing Wayne Rainey trip once more (that in itself was well worth the ticket value) this 12 months’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 12 months 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 expertise has moved ahead. The likes of KIA, Citroen, Renault, BMW, Volvo, Vauxhall, Skoda and Ford all had their newest EV fashions on present, compact smooth designs providing huge cabins house and, most significantly, charge-range that won’t induce coronary heart palpitations for any journey over a big 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 12 months’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 fairly refreshing manner.
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 12 months 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 gas system within the type of the Viritech Apricale with an incredible light-weight hydrogen gas cell platform. Historically hydrogen energy cells have been heavy items designed to increase BEV platforms. Viritech’s strategy flipped that on its head and launched light-weight composite and resin gas cells, decreasing the demand on uncommon minerals for the battery and considerably decreasing weight to an astonishing sub-1000kg.
The Czinger 21C’s aluminium and magnesium elements are all 3D printed, and the design workforce utilised AI to assist decide which supplies to make use of and the place. Whereas this can be one of some hybrid vehicles on present this 12 months, the adoption of 3d printing and AI within the design course of may properly be a game-changer in how the business does issues sooner or later.
Polestar introduced the Polestar 5 – the ‘principle’ changed into a manufacturing mannequin – that makes use of pure fibres within the composites fairly than carbon, and the O2 Roadster the place their design workforce adopted a wholly new strategy to delivering a sustainable product, abandoning multi-material development the place doable and embracing mono-materials; as an alternative of a number of supplies that every one current difficult recycling choices, inside elements, just like the sprint, are fashioned out of 1 piece of thermos-plastic that may be recycled repeatedly and once more.
The Fisker Ocean is aiming to be essentially the most eco-friendly automobile out there. 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 stream via the automobile. Observe to canine homeowners – hold 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 individuals. They have been seeing wonderful merchandise coming on account of design groups participating 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 all the options being introduced had a legitimate voice contributing to the dialog. EV just isn’t the one route, because the Viritech confirmed. Pure-fibre composites and mono-materials supply a a lot less complicated recycling path. 3D printed elements imply much less waste in manufacturing. Ethically sourced and managed provide strains sit side-by-side with recycled supplies in inserting no pressure on fossil assets. I didn’t get the impression that anybody of these items is a magic bullet, extra that our manner ahead would require all of these items and plenty of new ones.
Added collectively, they provide one thing larger than anybody may obtain by itself. Very a lot a case of “And….not Or”.
Goodwood’s Property additionally accommodates Rolls-Royce Motor Automobiles