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CUPRA Lighthouse Goes Solar with SEAT PHEV
Martorell, 21/05/2019.-The meeting point of the winds is the name given by the people. The people who live on Majorca to Cape Formentor. One place which is the northern most tip of the island. In addition, a spectacular coastal road, flanked by cliffs rising to 300 metres. It also leads to the lighthouse that crowns the summit of the cape. For the first time, the CUPRA Formentor is driven in the landscape that inspired its design.
Sculpted by the wind: The wind and waves shape the steep cliffs of Cape Formentor every day. This changing seascape also inspired CUPRA exterior designer Alberto Torrecillas to create its streamlined silhouette. “Wind sculpts the rocks. That which inspired me to design the side blisters. Side blisters that show dynamism and a feeling of movement. More importantly even when the car is stationary.”
Crystal clear waters: The turquoise blue sea also changes color when the north wind blows. Beneath the surface, the hues get gradually darker in the underwater canyons. Canyons up to 60 meters deep. All which are ideal for diving. The varying colors of the Mediterranean also inspired the Color & Trim department. Inspired to also create the Blue Petrol hue. For a deep, almost black matte blue that was specifically designed for this concept car.
Cliffs that soar to over 300 metres high: The road that meanders around the Formentor peninsula is a labyrinth of curves. Built by Italian engineer Antonio Parietti in the 1930s, with the strong northwest winds as a guide. “My first trip with the CUPRA Formentor on this impressive road bordering steep cliffs and a magical landscape was an amazing experience”, explains Alberto. “The feeling of driving a car designed by you in a location as spectacular as this is unique.”
Photovoltaic solar energy: In conclusion, the Formentor lighthouse stands at the end of the road. Standing at 188 meters above sea level. Its rugged and remote location made it the most difficult lighthouse to build on the Balearic Islands. The 56 meter high tower entered into operation in 1863. So now it works with photovoltaic solar energy. On the other hand, the CUPRA Formentor is equipped with a high-performance plug-in hybrid engine. Finally an engine that points the way forward for the electrification of the brand.