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News   September 6, 2007   by Auto Service World

ATD to Help Build $2 Million Car


Advanced Technology & Design Inc. (ATD), a Detroit-based company, has entered into a technical partnership with DiMora Motorcar of Palm Springs, California.
ATD will develop and provide the patternless casting design for the V16 engine components on the $2 million Natalia SLS 2, the world’s most expensive production 4-door luxury automobile.
Rapid casting technology (RCT) offers unprecedented flexibility to produce complex, finely detailed, patternless castings while reducing production costs and time to market. ATD will design mold packages for the world’s first production automobile to utilize RCT.
This eliminates the need for physical tooling to produce a casting.
DiMora Motorcar Founder and CEO Alfred J. DiMora noted the importance of utilizing the most advanced casting methods for the engine of the world’s most technologically-advanced vehicle.
“The extreme complexity of the 16-cylinder DiMora Volcano engine requires the flexibility and precision that only RCT can provide.
“ATD continues to push the state of the art in patternless casting and has utilized it for the development of extremely complicated prototypes.
“Now we are taking the next step and using their expertise to build engine castings for our production automobile.”
ATD President Clifford Sands notes that “By removing the constraints of hard tooling, RCT allows extreme engine design to become a reality.
“At 14 liters displacement and producing 1200 horsepower, the proprietary DiMora Volcano V16 is an extreme engine design.
“We take DiMora’s CAD data file and design the sand mold assembly which will be used to create this cutting-edge engine. “
Founded in 1996, ATD has evolved from a traditional pattern shop to become the 21st Century leader in casting technology. World-respected engine developers and race teams have contracted ATD to produce the most complicated, critical, and coveted components for their power trains.
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.


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