Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Devel Motors in the spotlight at special AutoShow eventTORONTO
, Ont. — The stage at the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre was the place of dream cars during the inaugural Luxury & Supercar Forum, a special pre-event program for the Canadian International AutoShow.
Featuring the Rolls-Royce Cullinan — the ultra-luxury brand’s foray into the SUV segment — the Canadian debut of the McLaren Senna and the North American debut of the Dubai-built hypercar Devel Sixteen, the forum put the spotlight on the ideas and approach of the men behind the design of each vehicle: Mark Roberts, the head of design operations at McLaren Automotive, Alex Innes, the designer of Rolls-Royce and Majid Al Attar, the head of design for Devel Motors.
“Traditionally, an auto show puts these cars on display behind velvet ropes and people can walk by, snap their pictures and maybe read a bit about them,” said MC Townsend Hall, himself a professional racecar driver and personality with NBC Sports. “But with this growing segment in Toronto, we wanted to do more. We wanted to pull together this forum to go in-depth with some of the leading designers of luxury and supercars. The folks on stage with us today are responsible for some of most incredible car designs you will find anywhere.”
The forum saw each of Mr. Roberts, Mr. Innes and Mr. Al Attar discuss the approach and thought process behind the design of their vehicles.
The Senna is the most track-worthy, but road legal, car that McLaren has ever produced. After discussing a future successor to the P1 hypercar, Mr. Roberts emphatically declared, “No,” when asked about McLaren moving into the SUV market.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan could redefine what is a luxury SUV. A Rolls-Royce in every way, the Cullinan is an uncompromised, thoroughly luxurious all-terrain vehicle that is completely unlike anything the world has ever seen. Mr. Innes said vehicles like the Cullinan, Senna and Devel Sixteen are not cars that anybody really needs, but they are a statement about lifestyle and success.
Mr. Al Attar said the Devel Sixteen started as some sketches he made, inspired by an F-15 fighter jet, and it is evident. Sleek and powerful, the top-end model of the Devel Sixteen boasts a V16 engine and pushes out 5,007 horsepower.
The Pre-Media Day events also included the North American unveil of the life-sized and operational LEGO® Bugatti Chiron, a presentation of the L.A. Car Culture installation by the renowned Peterson Automotive Museum and a special announcement with racing legend Mario Andretti about the creation of a new media category at the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, with future induction ceremonies to happen at the Canadian International AutoShow starting in 2020.
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.About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.
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