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Italdesign gives birth to Voyah i-LAND

There is a lot of Italy in the i-LAND project, world premiered at the Beijing Auto Show a few days ago. All of the development phases of the Dongfeng concept have been indeed Italdesign’s responsibility, from the interior and exterior styling to the development of the on-board human-machine interface, thru to the engineering development and the concept construction.

As well as the corporate logo of Voyah, a sub-brand of the Chinese house, dedicated to luxury electric mobility.

To Voyah management, cars are not only smart and technological objects, but real vital and open ecosystems. Inspired by this philosophy, designers and engineers at Italdesign have created i-LAND, combining ergonomics and cutting-edge technology with innovative aesthetic solutions, always aiming at blending form and function.

Light, silent and elegant

The i-LAND exteriors are inspired by the great Italian tradition of Gran Turismo cars, taking advantage of ESSA (Electric, Smart & Secure Architecture) electric platform, made available by the Chinese brand, to obtain a low and tapered profile.

The typical “exotic” features of a concept are concentrated in the large gull-wing doors, allowing front and rear row passengers access the car at the same time, front and rear light clusters and the LED-illuminated front grille.

The particular design of the front lights, officially called “winged headlights”, strongly characterize the i-LAND, making it recognizable even in the dark, and generates directly from the Voyah logo positioned at the center of the grille. Being Italdesign also responsible for the creation of the corporate logo, the stylistic development of the car went hand in hand with the creation of the corporate logo.

In the top view, the sculpture of the bonnet takes up the design language of the Chinese house brand, perfectly harmonized also in the design of the grille.

Groundbreaking interiors

Voyah i-LAND features head-turning interiors with its three-seat layout, offering a station at the rear right end for relax and smart working, as the seat next to the driver has been replaced by an element that can become a table or footrest if necessary. A series of floating screens for both the driving aiding and infotainment systems characterize the dashboard. Some aesthetic elements enhance the general feeling of luxury experienced on board the car, such as the vanes positioned in the central tunnel, with the start stop button, the gear selection and the air conditioning, that recall the Voyah logo, the car’s ceiling, as well as  the seats seams.

The car is based on Voyah’s ESSA native smart electric architecture, that is set on the EIC technology, and integrates WindLink 4.0 intelligent network connection, L3 and higher-level intelligent driving and other core configurations. In terms of power and battery runtime, Voyah provides MVP (Multi-choice important power) solutions.

i-LAND should spawn a production model in the near future.

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Bertone has once again outdone itself with the new eco-friendly hypercar, the GB110. What’s special about it? The fuel is obtained by transforming plastic waste.

Every year, Top Marques Monaco manages to attract luxurious brands and models. The renowned event also showcased a new Italian hypercar, the Bertone GB110. Besides its stunning beauty, the hypercar has another remarkable feature that makes it highly intriguing: its ecological spirit. Yes, nowadays, hybrid and electric vehicles are a reality in the industry, but the approach to environmental respect takes a different form here.

From “bi” to Three-Dimensional

For almost two years, the project was the talk of the town following some detailed renderings. But transitioning from “bi” to three-dimensional is a vast leap. This is why enthusiasts were keen to see if the initially proclaimed qualities would hold up in reality. The company’s reputation, earned over years of distinguished service, suggested they would. After sadly going bankrupt in 2014, before rising from its ashes, the designers aimed to astonish visitors. Judging by the initial reactions, they succeeded.

On the occasion of the company’s 110th anniversary, the “stylists on four wheels” unveiled the GB110, and it must be said: it knows how to make an impression. The bodywork of the beast deviates from typical market clichés, and given the many expensive hypercars on sale, this already speaks volumes about its distinctive personality. The front exudes natural charisma with its narrow headlights and the thin extended section between the slightly raised lights above the hood, while the rear displays imposing strength.

Is the Engine from the Lamborghini Huracan? Clues Point to Yes

Previously, company spokespersons admitted to drawing inspiration from a pre-existing car, without specifying which one. We may have to live with this mystery, although the prevailing theory suggests it derives from the Lamborghini Huracan. This is implied by the “beating heart,” a ten-cylinder 5.2-liter engine augmented by a pair of turbochargers, capable of unleashing 1,100 HP and 1,100 Nm of peak torque.

The design team claims it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.79 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.79 seconds, and reach 300 km/h from a standstill in just 14 seconds. The top speed exceeds 380 km/h. The exuberance is delivered through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels.

Impressive numbers, but almost overshadowed by the unique fuel system. Instead of relying on traditional gasoline and diesel, the engineers opted for something truly original: plastic waste. In collaboration with Select Fuel, the company developed a patented technology to convert polycarbonate materials into fossil fuel. Speaking about what motivated Bertone to take on this challenge, CEO Jean-Frank stated, “We believe that tackling pollution requires diverse solutions employing various technologies. Plastic waste must be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel, we transform waste into its original form.”