Of all the bits of vaporware out there that never seem to get any closer to reality, the DiMora has to be one of our favorites. The sheer ambition of it all involves independently developing and producing a $2 million super-sedan that would, we're sure, make the likes of Bugatti and Maybach seem downright ordinary. But first it would have to actually get built, and all we've seen to date are computer images and announcements on component and technical partnerships.
The latest to join the immaterial spec sheet of the fictitious DiMora Natalia SLS 2 (don't ask what happened to the SLS 1) is Barotex. The Californian company is developing a new material, similar to carbon fiber, but made out of volcanic rock. Complementing the Volcano V16 engine that would power the Natalia were it ever to be built, Barotex offers lightweight yet extremely rigid and flame-retardant construction. As for which seems more fantastic – the DiMora itself or the lava-based fiber that would form its body and frame – we'll leave that up to you. Press release after the jump.
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Barotex Adds Strength, Cuts Weight in DiMora's $2 Million Automobile
World's Most Expensive Production Car is First to Use Volcanic Rock
Chatsworth, CA, August 11, 2008 - Barotex Technology Corporation (BARX), inventor and producer of the remarkable Barotex® inorganic fiber, announced today that it has become the newest Technology Partner to work with DiMora Motorcar to develop and produce the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan.
Barotex materials have characteristics that make them superior to carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, and other advanced materials in a variety of applications. "Barotex enables our design team to create some of the strongest and most durable automotive components ever produced," stated Alfred DiMora, Founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar.
DiMora further noted, "For the Natalia SLS 2, Barotex will be formed into various body panels and our revolutionary D-Tek™ chassis, where its high strength will add significantly to the automobile's torsional rigidity. Yet our chassis will be more than a thousand pounds lighter than the conventional steel chassis found on other luxury automobiles of similar size."
Barotex starts as volcanic rock, widely available throughout the world. "In contrast, carbon fiber products are petroleum-based, and we know about the challenges that involves," said Lilo Beuzieron, CEO of Barotex Technology Corporation and inventor of Barotex. "Not only is lava rock more abundant, but our manufacturing process requires far less energy. It is friendly to the environment, and the automobiles built with Barotex are lighter, so they use less energy every mile traveled."
"We recently received our patent for the proprietary process used to produce Barotex," noted Beuzieron. "We are delighted that the first production automobile to integrate this technology will be DiMora's Natalia SLS 2, which abounds with technological breakthroughs from bumper to bumper."
The versatility of Barotex fiber materials brings exceptional uses to a wide variety of products for markets including automotive, aerospace, ballistics, industrial, and sporting goods. In fabric form, Barotex offers an excellent combination of properties, from high strength and impact resistance to fire resistance and design adaptability. The design potential and flexibility possible are almost unlimited, thanks to the wide range of yarn sizes and weaving patterns that are available. Barotex does not stretch or shrink after exposure to very high or low temperatures, making it extremely stable in the production of automobile bodies and related parts.
The high strength-to-weight ratio of Barotex fiber makes it a superior material in many automotive applications. Barotex fiber is an inorganic material that will not burn or support combustion, which also improves passenger safety.
DiMora added, "When we began designing our 16-cylinder engine that would erupt with 1200 horsepower, we decided to call it the Volcano V16. It's only natural that we now surround the DiMora Volcano with volcanic rock from Barotex."
About Barotex Technology Corporation
Headquartered in Chatsworth, California, Barotex Technology Corporation has developed a family of materials that represent a truly disruptive and paradigm-shifting technology. We produce fibers that improve the quality and performance of our customers' products in the global armoring, transportation, industrial, aerospace and consumer markets. Barotex woven goods and most products made using the fibers can be recycled to produce new materials. For more information, please visit www.barotextechnology.com.
About DiMora Motorcar
Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Motorcar crafts automobiles designed to exceed expectations for safety, performance, technology, ecology, beauty, comfort, and luxury. We are the first to reveal the design, production, and testing of our automobiles via the Internet so that people around the world can learn about--and participate in--the process.
The founder, CEO, and driving force behind DiMora Motorcar, Alfred J. DiMora, produced two of America's finest luxury automobiles, the Clenet (as owner) and the Sceptre (as co-founder). When President Reagan declared 1986 the Centennial Year of the Gasoline-Powered Automobile, Mr. DiMora's Clenet was selected as the Official Centennial Car. As a result, he and the Clenet were honored at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Michigan. He also founded Starbridge Systems, Inc., where he developed the FPGA supercomputer. Using his technological and automotive backgrounds, Alfred DiMora blends the two worlds together to create this new experience in automotive history, the Natalia SLS 2. For more information about our products and how your company can become a Technology Partner of DiMora Motorcar, please visit www.dimoramotorcar.com.