Tata is said to be busy at work developing a new car made from composite materials. The car is rumoured to have been styled by Marcello Gandini, the man cuplrit of bestowing upon us the gorgeous Lamborghini Miura.
Since it's Marcello Gandini behind the design, the man who was also responsible for the Lamborghini Countach, Lancia Stratos, Citroën BX and the first-gen BMW 5-Series, there can be nothing sane about the looks of the car. The images show the car to be anything but conservative. The designs seems a bit overdone, but hey, please don't say you like your Lamborghinis simple and stately. In our opinion, the looks will grow on you, give it time.
Although the looks flatter us, it aint the pièce de résistance of this car. No sir! This new Tata model is supposedly made from composite materials with polymers which would make it a lot cheaper than a carbon fibre car. AutoX reports that the body needs just 25 molds in its construction. It is also 20 percent lighter than a corresponding steel body of the same size. With high modularity, the architecture is compatible with different body styles, inturn saving on R&D costs. The car is propelled by a rear-mounted 1.0-litre supercharged engine delivering 90 bhp, which might just be enough to ferry such a light weight vehicle.
However, this top secret model which was originally planned to be unveiled next March in Geneva has been put on hold for now. Tata has reconsidered bringing this product into the light since it hasn't been finalized yet and the company does not want other automotive manufacturers to steal glances of the upatented technology. We may remind you, few years back Tata was testing the MiniCat concept, a vehicle which was supposed to be run by compressed air! But nothing like that came into existence and unfortunately this may follow the same lines. Let's just hope it doesn't!