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A MESSAGE FROM GIANCARLO PERINI, PUBLISHER.

Car designers around the world, please help us to raise this baby. Make it yours.

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Through the past five years I have been running a blog dedicated to car design with an experimental approach. I was eager to establish a bridge with the design community and to gain experience on the web.

Now, time has come for a new project with broader goals, focuses and reach.

The goal is to establish a very lively «Café littéraire» where professional designers, design educators and students, car and design enthusiasts meet, show their ideas, discuss design matters and trends, contribute with their own reports and stories to the development of a modern design culture, with past experiences and inputs from different cultures.

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Legally it cannot be used everywhere, it is very expensive once it has been made fully coated for the durability cycle demanded of commercial use, usually 10 years.

  • fixed vent
  • fixed vent
    fixed vent

    The designer must now ask him or herself “What is my total cost versus what can be gained in mass reduction and design freedom?” The main drawback to a PC is weathering, resistance to scratch and scuffing. By the time you apply a hard coat, any potential savings derived from weight is now lost due increased piece price cost which can be as much as 4:1. There are infinite number ways that Design (Styling/Industrial Design) and engineering can and should work together upfront in the process. This can be used in the fixed vent window of, let’s say a Ferrari or framed sidelites for the XL1.

    It saves weight, becomes a unique feature, like carbon fibre, but is unrealistic in normal production due to cost vs. value. Value still must be derived.

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  • VW-XL1-door-open
    VW-XL1-door-open

    The Volkswagen XL1 uses polycarbonate windows to help save weight, just one of many distinguishing features

    The Volkswagen hybrid concept, XL1 plug-in is one such vehicle that makes use of the innovative automotive lightweight solutions mentioned. The Volkswagen XL1 becomes the first vehicle to feature advanced plasma coating technology on two-component (2K) injection molded PC windows.