New Indy Firm Honing ‘Space Age’ RV Concept
Global Caravan Technologies Inc. (GCT), Speedway, Ind., announced today (Dec. 11) the release of artist’s concepts for the CR-Series and upcoming launch of the CR-1 Carbon. According to a press release, the CR-1 Carbon RV is the world’s first RV to feature extensive carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) technology , and is designed with global collaborations.
The artist’s renderings paved the framework for CR-Series design and engineering programs in the early summer of 2013. GCT’s technology partnerships have allowed much of the design to remain intact, including the concept for a “flush and integrated body.”
GCT’s CEO and Chief Product Architect Charles Hoefer said that the CR-Series intentionally features “a tall and slippery exterior design,” adding, “We approached the development of the CR-Series with an absolute premium on interior space. We have really pushed the envelope in taking a new design to market, which features a modern exterior, yet brilliantly spacious interior.”
The CR-Series achieves excellent aerodynamics through new technologies that reduce drag, lower exterior height, and lower center of gravity. Fuel economy is further aided by reductions in weight through GCT’s Rapid Composites Manufacturing (RCM) technology, giving the CR-Series a construction blueprint more akin to aircraft or supercars than conventional RVs.
GCT’s first product launch, the CR-1 Carbon travel trailer, features an industry-first floorplan with tall ceilings and loads of new technology for luxury RVers, at an overall length of 35 feet, 3 inches.
Harrison Ding, chairman and president for GCT, noted that the CR-1 Carbon’s design has been a truly global undertaking. “We are proud to say that we engaged designers from Asia to the heart of the US auto industry in Detroit,” he said. “In the mix were luxury RV enthusiasts, who helped point us in the right direction regarding new features and content.”
Important technology revisions have caused GCT to move the CR-1 Carbon unveiling to the first quarter of 2014. GCT plans to release further product details leading up to the launch. For the latest information, visit www.gctrv.com/unveil.