The Geneva Motor show witnessed a new car that is rumored to be a game-changer in the vehicle industry. The Czinger 21C (pronounced with a silent C), is a product of a newly formed company, Divergent 3D, located in Los Angeles. Czinger released a teaser vide0 for the 21C, promising that the vehicle would be dominating, groundbreaking and a paradigm shift in the way high-performance vehicles are conceived. They also released another press release video in which they taunted some impressive performance figures. If the figures are accurate, they make the 21C one of the fastest accelerating cars in existence – reaching 100 kilometers per hour in 1.9 seconds.
It’s 3D Printed
Over the years, 3D printing techniques have been used to create a multitude of items. It is very exciting to see this technology being employed in the motor vehicle industry. Cinger outdid themselves in the creation of the 21C. Most of its body parts are printed in 3D. Incorporating 3D printing technology into the vehicle manufacturing industry is both a bold and game-changing move. 3D orienting, if this is emulated by other vehicle manufacturers it could end up revolutionizing the entire car manufacture process. Although it costs about $1.6 million, the use of 3D printing technology actually saves you money. In addition to lowering manufacture costs, it allows the creation of more precise, detailed designs that impossible to achieve using the ordinary forging and molding methods currently employed in the industry.
A car that can go 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 1.9 seconds has got to pack some major hardware under its hood. According to Topgear,The 21C has just that, major hardware. The 21C's engine is an in-house developed 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 937bph with an 11,000 rpm red-line. With features like that, it will be one of the world's most powerful engine. In the front axle you will find two electric motors that derive their power from a 2Kw lithium-titanate battery pack that is housed in the sills. A rear motor-generator is responsible for charging the battery. Lithium-titanate is faster to charge and discharge than normal lithium-ion, thus delivers even more power to the motors. In the 21C, Czinger also added a further 237bhp for four-wheel drive and a grand total of 1,174 bhp. The car weighs a total of 1,165 kg.
According to the company, the car can move at 62mph in 1.9seconds, and also move up to 236 mph, despite having 790kg of downforce at 155mph. The 2022 homologated, streamlined, road-biased version will have more hybrid assistance for a total of1250 kg and it will be able to move at 268mph.
Its Driver Seat is Positioned in The Center of The Car
In a video, Cinger CEO, Kevin Cinger, said that he is a big fan of motorbikes. The attention and drive-awareness, as well as the emotional standpoint one gets from being at the center, inspired the center-position of the driver seat. Just like the Maclaren F1, the 21C’s driver seat is positioned right at the center, with the passenger seat behind it. This gives the hypercar a very unique interior design and in a way, increases safety because the driver can fully focus on driving with limited distractions from inside the car.
It's Just the Beginning
Supercar history is clogged with many ambitious start-ups that introduce new designs and concepts only to fail or quit. In this case, Cinger aims to change the way supercars are designed and built. Its introduction of the 3D printing and revolutionary manufacturing process is not just for boosting sales and maximizing profit. Cinger aims at changing the way cars are produced entirely. Their new manufacturing processes de-capitalizes a car’s manufacture process , and also de-materializes it. The 21C is meant to prove that there are better and more efficient processes, that can be put in place, to increase the quality of vehicles and maximize production. The company hopes to inspire other vehicle manufacturers to utilize the process, however they will also work smart to stay ahead of the competition.
The 21C is Cheaper to Produce than most Hypercars
On the chassis, all parts, especially the high-load areas, are 3D printed. The suspension wishbones, windscreen, and even the surrounding dashboard are 3D printed from aluminum and titanium alloys. The 3D printed parts are joined using cost-saving off-the-shelf materials like standard-sized aluminum extrusions and carbon fiber tubes to create a sturdy and beautiful structure. The software used in generating the 3D oriented parts only puts the materials where they need to be. The proper selection and positioning of the different parts enables Cinger to create mesmerizing, organic shapes that blend in together like tendons and muscle.
The new technology used has many benefits in terms of rigidity and cost- benefits for the materials and human labor required. The materials used in 3D printers are also easily recyclable. Once you melt it and shoot nitrogen into it, to turn it into powder, then its ready to be printed again. The Czinger's Divergent Adaptive System can enable any traditional car-building facility to conveniently divide into a significant number of 15m * 15m cells, each with a capability to produce upto ten thousand chassis annually.
On the downside, to utilize this manufacturing process, there should be sufficient space for human assembly and also the 3D printing lab climate conditions should be constantly under control. However this is totally worth it considering that it will end up reducing the total start-up cost for a vehicle manufacturing company. The fact that there is no tooling involved means that if one model is not selling as much as another, you can simply switch up the cell and create more of the preferred model.
The Czinger 21C has changed the entire vehicle manufacturing industry for the better through is awesome features ad revolutionary manufacturing process. Besides, its engine is enough to excite any car fanatic. The best news is that Czinger is just getting started. Once this car reaches the open market we expect to see similar or even better models.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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