The Isetta, which actually debuted in Italy in 1953, is probably most closely associated with BMW, which started building the two-seater in 1955, having done some extensive re-engineering of the Italian original. Who would imagine that the manufacturer of The Ultimate Driving Machine would have built a quirky car like that?
BASF has recently done an extensive restoration of a 1958 BMW Isetta 250, using much of its contemporary tech for what it is calling the “MySetta.”
They developed a two-tone finish that was applied by its master spray painter, Michael Wichmann, at the BASF Coatings’ Refinish Competence Center in Münster. The water-borne colors used are Big White and Bluetta, both specially formulated for the car.
Inside, they created soft-touch interior surfaces using its Steron system, which uses a silicon matrix that has a laser engraved surface and a sprayed polyurethane dispersion to achieve the desired form.
Seat covers were also made with Steron, with Elastoflex W polyurethane foam used for the cushions.
There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing.
On Easter morning in Moab, Utah, when the population of that exceedingly-hard-to-get-to town in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth has more than doubled, some people won’t be hunting for Easter eggs, but will be trying to get a good look at one of the vehicles six that Jeep has prepared for real-life, fast-feedback from the assembled at the annual Easter Jeep Safari.
Eaton has found ways to save weight by using plastics and metal together in differential parts, and to leverage composites exclusively for applications in its superchargers for small, sub-liter engines.