Enhanced McLaren Features Weight-Saving Carbon Fiber Body

The only thing better than an Enhanced McLaren 720S is an Enhanced McLaren 720S with a fully covered carbon fiber body. Read on to learn all about this magnificent creation! 

 

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In This Article:

  1. The World's First
  2. Tune the Enhanced McLaren 720S
  3. A Successful 3D Printed Design
  4. Start of Tuning Advances

 

McLaren 720S and Carbon Fiber - A Breakthrough

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The World's First

1016 Industries, an automotive tuning company, has incorporated 3D printed precision components into a one-of-a-kind ultra-lightweight version of the enhanced McLaren 720S sports car. The car's fully-exposed carbon fiber design features practical weight-saving molded components, making the car 9% lighter than normal, which is considered the world's first hybrid.

However, according to the CEO of 1016 industry, Peter Northrop, this is only the first "showcase of the future of elite manufacturing," which is setting up a new aim to begin production for 3D printing parts for various cars by the end of 2021. 

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Tune the Enhanced McLaren 720S

 The company's fully-exposed carbon fiber enhanced McLaren is 9% lighter than usual with the help of weight-saving additive manufactured parts, which is also believed to be the world's first hybrid.

After years of remodeling and reworking 3D printer parts for the $550,000 model, 1016 Businesses has finally found an entirely usable model. The corporation also integrated additive engineered components into its inner bumpers and restoring the one-off vehicle's exterior to be made entirely of exposed carbon fiber.

When we're looking at the performance of the enhanced McLaren 720S, the combination of assembly and exterior changes provide the vehicle with outstanding weight-saving properties. Thanks to the 3D printed parts, the enhanced McLaren 720S has a whopping 268 lbs (122 kg) lighter than other factory models.

The standard supercar weighs about 3,128 lbs (1,419 kg), the manufacturer was able to use carbon fiber and 3D printing to create the limited edition almost 9% lighter. According to Northrop, the project's progress could act as a foundation for potential developments in automotive design.

 

A Successful 3D Printed Design

720s-cover | A Successful 3D Printed Design

As an exotic vehicle production expert, 1016 Industries has used AM in prior car revamp programs, but the enhanced McLaren marks the company's best research on the technology to date. As the R&D of the vehicle underwent, they were able to fully integrate 3D printing into scaled production systems, resulting in parts that greatly complement the modified vehicle's new lightweight carbon fiber exterior.

Computational Fluid Dynamics was used to produce designs and final parts, and the rigorous computational approach was used to refine the construction of the one-of-a-kind supercar. Seeing the success of their creation, the company plans to provide the 3D printing technology for the enhanced McLaren and a variety of other cars. 

 

Start of Tuning Advances

Along with the success of the enhanced McLaren, automotive manufacturers apply 3D printing technology to produce small parts with big performance gains. For example, Bugatti has incorporated the new and improved 3D printed titanium parts into their latest design, the Bolide hypercar. Bugatti's bone-inspired components have hollow interiors, ultra-thin walls, and fine branching, making them a lightweight but sturdy upgrade.

In addition, Porsche has also worked with companies like MAHLE and TRUMPF to produce pistons using 3D printing for the flagship 911 supercar. With the newly added lightweight parts, the vehicle can reduce the weight by 10% while adding 30 BHP more to the engine's power.

 

Does the new design of the enhanced McLaren 720S suit your taste? Or which model would you like to see with the application of carbon fiber? Let us know in the comments! 

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