Czinger 21C: the world’s first 3D printed hypercar

Czinger 21C: the world’s first 3D printed hypercar

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The Czinger 21C is a 1,233bhp 3D printed hypercar complete with a turbo V8 revving to 11,000rpm, a 1+1 layout and $1.7m price tag. Oh, and the big news is it’s 3D printed. Well, large sections of the chassis are, paving the way for a revolutionary new car manufacturing process that could change… everything. It’s mind-blowing stuff, so let Jack Rix be your guide around California’s Koenigsegg rival. Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.

this is the zinger 21c you won’t have heard of it because it’s a brand new car from a brand new company but it’s on a mission to change everything on the face of it sure it’s just another multi-million dollar hyper car hopeful except it’s not with 1090 horsepower and weighing 1090 kilograms its feather-light and possesses that dream one-to-one power-to-weight ratio the rear wheels are powered by a 930 horsepower 2.9 liter twin-turbo v8 the world’s most power dense engine that spins to 11000 rpm while two electric motors on the front axle deliver another hundred and sixty horsepower and all-wheel-drive it uses a 7-speed sequential transmission and get this large chunks of the chassis the 3d printed you’ll notice two a one behind the other seating layout to keep the cockpit narrow and the driving position perfect all this means truly face bending performance naught to 60 miles an hour in 1.9 seconds naught to a hundred miles an hour in three point five and a quarter mile in eight point five seconds at 170 miles an hour oh and a top speed of 220 miles an hour in track configuration or over 270 miles an hour in low downforce setup we’ve been invited to tour the factory and see just how radical the manufacturing process is for ourselves this is how you build a 21 C okay so just a couple of bits that I wanted to show you inside the zinger factory it’s all quite top-secret if I’m honest I’m not actually allowed inside this room but in there is the world’s only climate-controlled additive manufacturing facility basically it’s the big room where they do all the 3d printing and the big news here is that they can produce aluminium printed parts now at the same rate that they can produce cast aluminium parts which means price parity and that’s the big breakthrough and over here this is the big breakthrough on the manufacturing side called the automated unit it’s basically a 15 meter by 15 meter space in which you can build up to a hundred thousand Sassy’s a year if you have a bigger factory you could just multiply the number of these units that you have so if you have ten units you could produce a hundred thousand Sassy’s a year the idea is it’s doing away with the old production line techniques that day all the way back to Henry Ford it’s massively precise it uses robots over here the 3d parts get shipped in and it’s entirely flexible the point is you could be building one type of car on a unit over here you can have another unit over there producing another type of car but then if you start selling more of one car than the other and you can just switch over and start producing more of those it’s entirely flexible it’s all to do with the software whatever the computer says then the robots will do the future of comment okay so here’s where it gets quite interesting this is what is underneath the skin of the 21c in fact this is actually an old chassis from back in 2017 the new chassis is on a poster on the wall over there we’ll get a shot of that and you can see it’s quite significantly altered but that’s not the point the point I want to show you is just how much of this car is actually 3d printed and this does that job so the clever part is in the part that don’t have complicated load profiles you can just use simple aluminium extrusions affordable easy to work with but then when the shapes get a bit more complicated that’s where the 3d printing comes in so this for example is 3d printed aluminium and you can see it just bolts together with other sections that lead into these straight aluminium extrusions come up here and then things start to get a bit more complicated so these things are called nodes and you’ll see they’re joined together by just these straight standard carbon-fiber poles again affordable easy to work with but then they merge they attach to these really organic shapes that are optimized for the loads that are being put through them speaking of organic shapes down here you would noticed the suspension the control arms down here they’re absolutely beautiful aren’t they that’s because they’re designed by computers to have only the amount of material that they need and only the material in the places where they need it so they take on these amazing shapes a bit like a sort of sinewy human hand isn’t it there’s something about nature slightly planted this component and it’s grown out the ground like this anyway we’ve been back down the car carbon fiber roof section because you can’t 3d print everything this here is actually 3d printed titanium rather than aluminium because it adds a bit of extra strength in the crucial a pillar zone and if we come around the front this bumper section here is a really interesting component because it looks like normal iminium but this is all 3d printed and inside it is a really complicated organic waffle honeycomb structure whatever you want to call it that’s been designed by a computer and optimized to absorb crash loads unfortunately I can’t chop it open and show you what it looks like inside but they do have a massive cat scanner over there so that’s how they check whether 3d printed parts are as they should be internally interestingly this car is supposedly quite hard to write off because if you crash into a tree you’re probably going to bend the whole chassis and you need to replace the whole thing but because it’s modular if this is the only bit that’s damaged where you can replace that and then you’ve got these aluminium extrusions and then you’ve got a different section here so with any luck there’s only a bit of the car that you need to stick back on in fact in true Blue Peter style I’ve actually got some components here that I prepared earlier now what I want to demonstrate here is this is if you like three generations of the same component so this one here was designed over the course for about three weeks by a team of human beings quite a lot of material relatively heavy and if we move along here this was designed using slightly more advanced software so you can feel it’s actually hollow in there so it’s a little bit lighter and the shape is starting to get a bit more organic isn’t it and finally we have this which is the latest iteration of the same part so basically it’s got the same hard points but this has been designed in two minutes by a computer you’ll notice it’s much thinner more spindly it’s more economical with the amount of material it’s used it feels super super light and this is really at the core of what the company is trying to achieve that you don’t need to spend hours poring over details you put in the hard point you put in your requirements into a computer out pops the shape and then you can print it section is there but that’s all you need that particular part it’s amazing stuff it’s utterly beautiful as well so Shane really you can’t see more of it from the cars bodies on top okay time to meet the man behind the singer vehicles found it in CEO Kevin Z Kevin hey Jack hey welcome to the team zinger factory thank you for having us and I’ll tell you what this is a pretty ballsy move isn’t it you’re taking on the established hyper cars the bugatti chiron Xand lester martin Val Cruiser this world we deal first over cut well it’ll be a hyper car why did you go in straight at the top because this is a car that I’ve always dreamed of building and if you have the tools to build something that’s totally off the hook go for it just talk us through the design and why your vision was this layout I had to look like this right my vision is this layout because I love super bikes I love biking itself but being in that Center driving position is not only the optimal position from a driving standpoint handling standpoint from an emotional standpoint it’s the optimal position if you have the ability to express a vision and this is a vision that combines art with technology yeah you’ve got to go for it it’s certainly unlike anything I’ve ever seen just one thing getting down with the detail of the design I read in some information I was given before the top speed 220 miles an hour in a kind of track configuration right it could do in theory 270 in a kind of low downforce mode so I’m assuming we’ve got the trap configuration here right you know when you have the splitter and the wing and the configuration of the vehicle right now you have 790 kilograms of downforce for a 1090 kilogram vehicle look I love Bruce Lee I’m not an Arnold Schwarzenegger guy you you I think the 21st century is about being lean and mean and efficient and all about power to weight performance should be power-to-weight so you need to take that downforce off obviously to get a higher it’s a perfect segue to talk about the powertrain a little bit sure is 2.8 eight liters twin-turbo v8 producing on its own 930 horsepower where did the engine come from well it’s a powertrain we’ve designed ourselves it’s part of an overall our wheel drive system with an output of a thousand 90 horsepower okay so that’s the hybrid element so you’ve got this engine at the back driving the rear wheels and then two more motors on the front axle that’s correct jack so the way that this is set up is you have a super efficient 2.8 litre v8 80 degree flat plane crank v8 in the rear what mid-engine I would say and in the front you have two electric motors torque vectoring of the front wheels each of those electric motors is powered by a small very light one kilowatt-hour lithium so we took the is discharge that lifts up batches in those factory batteries are in the sills right here yeah yeah and we use the highest discharged batteries and we have them very small we don’t want to be a very heavy battery powered car so this is charge it’s not a plug-in hybrid you can drive ten miles on evie alone this is about enhancing the performance so the way that you produce your chassis is unlike anyone else in the world right so there are 3d print elements nodes if you like with with with joining structures between them just talk a little bit about that we created our own tools we looked at the auto industry and said let’s look at things from a clean sheet let’s be technology agnostic let’s look at all of the current technologies and combine those into a new production system of which additive manufacturing is only one element what I’d say really drives this is computing power yeah because imagine that you can take a design generate that design run it through all of the engineering simulations necessary and then be able to print that design that means that you’re only putting material where it’s required so it can be far lighter far stronger far durable more durable than any other manufacturing technique this vehicle is actually the first and ultimate instance in the 21st century of a totally revolutionary technology this is a hundred and fifty million dollars of technology in this vehicle I want to have a look inside Ashley sure I want to see if I fit come on you can you open the door I’ll be honest sure and look at the size of this door this has to be I could be entirely wrong I’m sure the internet will correct me look at that it has to be one of the longest doors in production but it looks pretty amazing because we know now that a light it’s super light thick so this is sue Hamas’s carbon fiber and 3d printed aluminum’s and Titanium’s throughout the entire vehicle okay all right I’m gonna get in bum on the sill here swing my legs over slide in there I wasn’t too hot no not at all it’s very cool though huh yeah I mean it’s actually not that hard to know it’s not so many cars talk about like a cockpit feel you know you have like a center console that kind of locks you in but having the door so close to you having the canopy I mean Jack imagine the emotion of sitting in the center of the car like that and you get that mid-engine 930 horsepower at 11000 rpm imagine the sound of that you usually do something like this alone or you know with a partner yeah just like in a jet fighter you want to have that cockpit look like a straight-line cockpit all right all right I gotta get out should be simple all right so let’s try out the back obviously I don’t plan on ever being a passenger in this thing I only want to do a bit I’ve got in from the other side you know obviously the belts not there so it’s a lot easier well that’s quite interesting I see no look at how much room you have yeah in this thing yeah cuz your legs wrap around the driver in the front it feels very much like a like a motorbike in that respect you could always you got it right put your hands around there you bring your partner with it you’re there this exhaust doesn’t look like normal adults now is that because it shoots x8 yes so those veins allow the exhaust to come out in an X pattern so at the exhaust crosses in an X just like you have the x-men with superpowers here you have an X car with superpowers and you know what no I it’s an X because they spit zero emission flames well run this car off of an M 100 a methanol yeah a methanol that’s generated by taking co2 out of the atmosphere combining it with hydrogen using renewables so that instead of having a battery store renewable energy Sun wind hydro you store it in a liquid and that liquid has 30 times the energy density of a battery so because it’s an internal combustion engine and methanol is in fact racing fuel you can take that sustainably generated zero emission liquid and run it in this engine or if you don’t want to run it as a zero-emission car you can buy ethanol or you can buy regular Racing desolates all burn in this car Wow we’re going to launch the track vehicle which can be certified also within the US to drive on the road and that’s going to be followed by a fully homologated production vehicle Road vehicle so do you think early early 2021 for sort of start for the for the track vehicles for the first 25 track vehicles yeah then those are going to be followed a year or so later by another 65 vehicles that will be fully homologated for North America and the EU meaning fully crash certified yeah I’m right legal yeah that’s 80 cars in total right can you tell us the price sure it’s 1.7 million dollars u.s. and that’s before any packages or customization and this will be a highly highly customizable car which in the context of Sheeran’s two and a half million valkyries two and a half plus that’s actually quite a value in this world of hyper cars that we live in what we think it is and that’s that’s a good way to introduce our brand yeah but this really does represent a hundred and fifty million dollars of technology development in something that we think I think personally represents a revolution in human creativity that’s about to take place look we know hyper car manufacturers turn up every week most don’t make it past the first press release in the first few dodgy renderings but zinger is a little bit different for starters it actually exists I’m actually standing in the factory it’s actually got an older book it’s doing things significantly differently to everyone else and look it’s not another all-electric hyper car with a power figure just plucked out of thin air for now I’d say I’m cautiously optimistic all that’s left is to drive the thing and for that watch this space you

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