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As development moves ahead on the Natalia SLS 2, DiMora Motorcar is building an extensive list of equipment from OEMs for the anticipated $2 million super-sedan. The latest: DiMora has announced that the car will come equipped with the HeatFlexx electrically-heated frameless windshield wiper. (It's exciting, we know.) The HeatFlexx system, designed by Von Stach Products, is just one of the many innovations expected to form part of the multi-million-dollar package, the spec sheet of which is starting to shape up. Starting with the windshield wipers.
The more interesting centerpiece of the DiMora Natalia is the Volcano engine, a variable-cylinder aluminum V16 with an output pegged at 1200 horsepower. A four-wheel steering system is also slated, directing the 24-inch rims coated in special run-flat tires. Inside, more than 50 computer will coordinate the engine management, infotainment and climate control systems. Each passenger will have his or her own zoned climate controls, and a deployable front passenger seat will be built in to ease access for the (obscenely wealthy) handicapped.
The DiMora Natalia is a project of Automotive Hall of Famer Alfred J. DiMora , who ambitiously claims "The Natalia will set the standard for 21st Century automotive excellence." As we reported earlier, Luxury Resort Villas placed an early order for 10 Natalias, but without so much as a prototype shown to date, they may have to wait awhile after the expected 2008 delivery.
If you're the type interested in things like frameless windshield wipers, it's your lucky day: we've got the press release for you after the jump.
[Source: DiMora Motorcar]
World's First Heated Frameless Wiper Clears Windshield on $2 Million Supercar
Von Stach Products announced today that its "HeatFlexx" heated frameless windshield wiper will be standard equipment on the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan, the world's most expensive production automobile. The electrically-heated "HeatFlexx" windshield wiper quickly melts ice and snow. The frameless design of the all-season blade provides continuous even pressure to the windshield, reducing streaks while reducing wind lift at speeds up to 150 MPH. The wiper was introduced at the SEMA and AAPEX auto shows in Las Vegas and is considered by many to be one of the most novel inventions in the automotive industry this year.
"Ice and snow have been a problem for drivers since the inception of the automobile," says John Von Stach, inventor of the HeatFlexx wiper. "With our product, drivers will no longer struggle with poor visibility due to poorly functioning wiper blades. We are thrilled to have our wipers installed on the Natalia SLS 2 and to be a technology partner with DiMora Motorcar."
DiMora Motorcar Founder and CEO Alfred J. DiMora noted that the vehicle will feature many unique innovations which have never been seen in a production automobile. "The HeatFlexx windshield wiper is a unique and outstanding product. We are pleased to be the first OEM to include Heatflexx as standard equipment, with its controls integrated into our dashboard/steering wheel operation." Mr. DiMora stated the goal for the Natalia is to be the most distinctive luxury automobile in transportation history.
The founder, CEO, and driving force behind DiMora Motorcar is Alfred J. DiMora, who produced two of America's finest luxury automobiles, the Clenet (as owner) and the Sceptre (as co-founder). He and the Clenet were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1986 for the Centennial Year of the Gas-powered Automobile. He also co-founded Star Bridge Systems, which developed the hypercomputers now used by NASA and other technology leaders. According to DiMora, "The goal for the Natalia is to be completely distinctive from bumper to bumper-the most powerful four-door sport luxury automobile in transportation history. The Natalia will set the standard for 21st Century automotive excellence." DiMora further states, "I have drawn on my 30 years of automotive and computer expertise to design this futuristic vehicle, one that is safe, efficient, luxurious, nimble, and powerful."
As part of the production of this unique automobile, DiMora Motorcar will employ a first-time-ever approach for the auto industry-the world will watch the design, build, and test of the Natalia. Anyone with Internet access will be able to view this remarkable educational material via video-streamed webcams transmitting from the company's facilities. The DMC website will afford people the opportunity to comment on Natalia's design as it progresses and to submit their automotive innovations. DiMora states, "Many of the best ideas are created by individuals in their garages." Among the many ways DMC will entertain the followers of the Natalia's creation, DiMora Motorcar is planning to award prizes to thousands of people in a worldwide treasure hunt that will culminate with one very lucky person winning the grand prize-a $2 million Natalia SLS 2.
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. It reveals the design, production, and testing of these automobiles via the Internet so that people around the world can participate in and learn from the process. The results will demonstrate America's automotive design and engineering leadership.