McLaren Unveils Revolutionary, Folding Instrument Cluster for Next Super Series
It turns the dashboard into a race-spec unit at the push of a buttonby Ciprian Florea, on
With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, McLaren is releasing more information about the upcoming, second-generation Super Series. Having already detailed the drivetrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, the British firm showcases the vehicle’s interior, which will include a new driver interface, a sophisticated design, and enhanced visibility and space.
The highlight of the Super Series’ cabin is its all-new driver interface, which incorporates "a revolutionary approach to information display" and delivers "unrivaled levels of driver engagement." Called the Folding Drive Display, the device starts of in Full Display Mode and provides a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen. The format changes according to what driving mode is selecting from Comfort, Sport, or Track. This is by no means revolutionary, but the display can be switched to Slim Display Mode, which sees the display slide down to show only essential information in a strip, just like in a race car. This is the ideal when driving at the track or for those who prefer simplicity.
The eight-inch infotainment screen in the center stack is described as "new integrated approach to sharing information" and runs multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel with access to audio, media, and navigation controls, among other features. On top of that, it provides quick-access keys to other functions, making the infotainment system much easier to use while driving.
McLaren also shared a bit of info about the interior layout. The new Super Series features switches machined from aluminum and the "finest leather upholstery and trim". The "light, airy cabin" also offers "unparalleled visibility and space." McLaren also claims that the Super Series’ cabin will rapidly become recognized as the most welcoming and engaging in the supercar sector.
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Why it Matters
It remains to be seen whether the Super Series’ interior will be the most welcoming and engaging supercar cabin ever, but there’s no doubt that the new driver interface will be revolutionary and will change the way we view automotive infotainment systems. Although they’ve become increasingly better and faster, most infotainment systems are actually very limited when it comes to customizing the display and most are rather cluttered, especially when it comes to sports cars. Race-focused vehicles need simpler display settings for track use and the ability to change between a performance-focused setup to a road-going setting, each customized to display the needed information, be it lap times or fuel efficiency. It appears that McLaren wants to offer just that and it would be great is other carmakers will follow suit.
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