Tata’s Top-Secret Composite Car exposed! Designed by Marcello Gandini

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 - 2:01pm IST

These images are of Tata’s top-secret composite car, designed by Marcello Gandini – designer of the iconic Lamborghini Miura. We will now give you a couple of minutes to process that information and maybe get a glass of water.

Tata's Top Secret Composite Car front
This is supposedly a global Nano teeming with innovation on materials, design and manufacturing.

The highlight of this future Tata is not its design, but the materials that would be used to built it. This global model will be made from a composite material with polymers, that would reduce the overall weight by 20 percent (compared to a steel body), but at the same time would be more affordable than carbon fiber.

Producing this car would be far more economical as well, especially since the body would require only about 25 moulds. Yet, this architecture would allow Tata to spin off a cabrio and even a mini-SUV body style.

Tata's Top Secret Composite Car rear
A supercharged 1,000 cc engine sits under its bonnet, and was decided not to be shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

This car would be powered by a supercharged 1,000 cc engine producing 90 bhp. Its believed that this project is so secretive that Tata decided in the last minute not to show the car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. In fact, when the Italian magazine, Quattroruote, contacted Marcello Gandini, he refused to comment about this project altogether.

Further details are unavailable at this point in time.

What do you think about this Tata?

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14 thoughts on “Tata’s Top-Secret Composite Car exposed! Designed by Marcello Gandini

  1. davinder singh randhawa says:

    those who make rude comments against tata ,never ever had purchased their product, they are far good than ford and chevys and much more econimical in terms of service and repair, i am proud of TATA

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    1. sivha says:

      This is true. Indians became bit mentally disturbed after ruled by foreigners for some 200 years and lot of them still not recovered even after 65 years of independence.

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  2. prashant more says:

    Tata,i dont know how u do like to make such type of designs.i dont know what u r doing.i am sure dat this car will also be named somewhere related to indica.tata i know dat ur motto is public service…but i hav designs by which u can increase your market

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  3. sandy says:

    This might be the second post on Tata’s composite car after http://indianautosblog.com/2013/02/tata-motors-plans-composite-ultra-low-cost-cars-64908 where Tata engineers claimed to have successfully crash tested the car at their Pune facility.
    Now putting some boring finding on composite material used i.e. poly-diallyl-phthalate (PDP) along with others like Mahindra-Reva E2O’s Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) body panel or bumper plastic made of thermoplastic olefins (TPOs), polycarbonates, polyesters, polypropylene, polyurethanes, polyamides, or blends of these with, for instance, glass fibers, for strength and structural rigidity
    are simply plastic at the the end of the day. But if they manage to make the body shell more impact resistant then there should be no problem.
    Personally, I’m not impressed with the design, it hurts my eyes. Pixel or Mega Pixel looks good.
    And the 1 liter supercharged engine producing 90bhp though sounds under-powered and under developed w.r.t EcoBoost and Fiat’s 800cc multiair, but is a welcome. If it manage to deliver recording breaking mileage then it can mark its territory .

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  4. Ramesh says:

    Tata always makes excellent concepts. Its when it comes to Production cars their designs are so dull and boring. I will take this news with a handful of salt.

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  5. Prashant says:

    Bet big on Tata.. they are going to become global manufacturer…

    this is awesome product…

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  6. abuna ventana says:

    ugly design from 70s.. but the initiative is good..

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    1. MVK says:

      Yup, design sucks. Looks like the old Pontiac aztek

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  7. Milo says:

    Awesome design……..

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  8. Abhi says:

    Tata needs such stallions in its stable. Lately they have involved the JLR engineers for the engine design of their HorizonNext series and now involving Marcello Gandini for design is the high point that Tata had been missing this long.
    Will be glad to buy my next as Tata 5 years down the line, an indigenous delight.

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