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Mr Prindiville`s favourite supercar, presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was the Lamborghini Aventador J Roadster.
The two-seater Lamborghini Aventador J is a radically open automobile – exterior and interior meld into each other. The designers and engineers in Sant’Agata Bolognese have not only dispensed entirely with the roof, but also with the front windshield. This requires that drivers of the Aventador J must have the right equipment for driving at top speeds higher than 300 Km/h.
Prindiville are no strangers to the iconic Lamborghini. The Prindiville Murcielago won the Gumball 2010 rally. Prindiville have also redesigned and re-engineered a limited run of eight Lamborghini Aventadors and have put their individual style and flair to this Italian masterpiece.
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Notes to Editors
- The company has central London headquarters and relies extensively on British craftsmen, designers and engineers.
- Prindiville Design has extensive experience of carbonfibre manufacture and construction techniques, and practises this art in the automotive, aeronautic and boatbuilding industries.
- Alex Prindiville, the company’s Founder and Chief Designer, personally designs and oversees all Prindiville Design’s project
- Prindiville offers enhanced versions of the Ferrari 458, Range Rover Evoque and Lamborghini Aventador, it also has visual tuning components for a wide range of other supercar and prestige models, including Porsche, Bentley and BMW, as well as other Lamborghini, Ferrari and Range Rover models.
- As a bespoke coachbuilder, Prindiville Design can create one-off designs to a customer’s specific requirements.
- Prindiville Design also engineers, manufacturers and stocks a vast range of visual and performance tuning parts for a growing number of prestige and high performance cars – visit the company’s stylish new website, www.prindiville.co.uk, to view the full range.
- Prindiville Design produces high quality, tailor-made luggage to fit a selection of top-end supercars.
For more details about Prindiville Design and its dynamic new collection of cars and components, please call Alex Prindiville direct,
on +44 (0)2076242911, or email him via Alex@Prindiville.co.uk or contact Truska Angel via Truska@Prindiville.co.uk.
Today the Prindiville team have been focused in the Carbon Fibre Workshop. Many of our customers ask us about the technical process of manufacturing in Carbon Fibre material.
Below we explain how carbon Fibre parts are made using F1 as a working example.
In the early sixties, Colin Chapman, chief designer of Lotus, introduced the monocoque to formula one by placing thin plates around the bars of the vehicle. This new technology increased the stiffness of the chassis.
In the seventies, aluminium was mostly used for these constructions, but when these structures proved not to be resistant enough for the wings down force; John Barnard from McLaren examined and produced a first, the self-supporting chassis from carbonfibre. By 1981, the McLaren drivers proved the safety and advantages of Carbon fibre. John Watson finished first and second twice during that season. Andrea De Cesaris also demonstrated the importance of Carbon fibre, given the number of crashes he survived that season.
Carbon fibre is a non isotrope material. Which means that all the fibres have to point in the same direction throughout the material as the force lines. To clarify, wood is also not isotrope, aluminium and copper are too.
Carbon fibres are 3 times stronger and more than 4 times lighter than steel!
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Building in F1
F1 teams use carbon fibres, a pre-impregnated epoxy resin and an aluminium honeycomb layer, which is sandwiched between two layers of carbon fibre.
The chassis is usually the first part of the car to be built, due to the amount of time required. The main chassis usually comprises of about 8 parts (panels). The first stage of the manufacturing process is to build a solid (computer cut) pattern, from which a mold for the panel is produced. The molds are constructed by laying a total of 10 layers of pre-impregnated (with resin) carbon fibre on top of each pattern to produce the mold. The production of the mold takes place in several stages, involving vacuum treatments, debulking and heating processes. The mold then has to be thoughly cleaned and prepared for use.
The next phase is the actual fabrication of a car part, made from sheets of pre-cut, pre-impregnated carbon fibre, which are carefully laid inside the molds. It is therefore vital to orientate the carbon fibre sheets in pre determined directions in order to achieve the desired strength. A total of 5 layers of carbon fibre are laid, forming the outer skin of the chassis (to achieve a final, cured thickness of 1mm, a total of 3-4 layers of carbon fibre must be laid down).
The next stage of the process is to cure the carbon fibre in an autoclave. This exposes the carbon fibre to a number of temperature / pressure cycles according to the specific requirements of the materials and components being processed. During this treatment, the resin impregnated in the carbon fibre flows into the surrounding fibres and is activated, thereby curing the carbon fibre. Once the outer skin has been cured and cooled down, a honeycomb layer of aluminium is fixed onto the outer skin by a sheet of resin to ensure the materials stick strongly together. The chassis panel then returns to the autoclave for curing. After having cooled down again, one more layer, consisting of a number of pre-impregnated carbon fibre sheets is placed on of top the existing skin, and again treated in the autoclave for a final time.
When the part is completely produced, it is sent to the evaluation department, and when proven good, it can be used for racing.
The picture you see here is of our very own Prindiville Aircraft Grade Carbon Fibre Roof Skin….
London-based bespoke coachbuilder, Prindiville, has relaunched in flamboyant style
Along with new brand image comes a new and exciting range of stylish visual tuning packages and performance enhancements for three of today’s most iconic cars:-
Calling upon several decades’ experience in automotive design, engineering and carbonfibre construction techniques, Prindiville has created a personalisation programme for these three cars that will allow discerning owners to enjoy the pleasures of a tailor-made, unique vehicle, built by skilled British craftsmen and technicians.
Replacement body panels are in aircraft-grade carbonfibre and offer weight savings of up to 65% compared with standard items, while at the same time offering an extra visual flourish that sets the Prindiville interpretation apart from the regular showroom version.
Continuing with the lightweight theme, Prindiville has also engineered titanium high performance exhaust systems for each of these cars, which are approximately 75% lighter than the standard items. Uprated ECUs and high-flow induction systems boost power, to make the most of the weight reduction: upgraded brakes and suspension packages are also available.
Inside, the Prindiville collection can be trimmed however an owner desires: they select from a wide choice of luxurious leathers and other lavish upholstery materials, available in an exciting palette of colours. And exclusive to Prindiville are fabulous interior ‘jewellery packs’, which replace standard cabin trim components with alternatives crafted from highly polished milled aluminium.
Further details of the thrilling new Prindiville collection will be released in the next few weeks, although order books are already open.