This Electric Hypercar Interior Is Mostly Screens

Alieno Arcanum hypercar

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Alieno Arcanum hypercar

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We don’t talk about Bulgaria that often. The little Balkan country is not a major player in the automotive landscape but we’ve seen a number of interesting projects coming from Bulgarian companies, including the Kinetik electric track toy and, of course, Vilner. There’s yet another firm from the country that’s making the headlines but we are yet to decide whether it’s for good or bad reasons.

Bulgaria’s Alieno brand was first announced approximately two years ago but so far it exists only on paper. Its first model is called the Arcanum and should become the most powerful vehicle we’ve ever seen with an output of up to 5,221 horsepower (3,893 kilowatts). So far though, we’ve only seen computer renderings of the model and there are new images now.

These new images preview the Arcanum’s interior. And boy, it’s out of this world with eight displays – maybe some of the screens are integrated into one module but we counted eight different areas displaying information. There are many things we don’t really understand, such as why there are so many words next to the gear lever, but we’ll leave it to the lead designer to explain his idea.

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“This version of the interior of Alieno Arcanum is an extension of the car’s interior,” Encho Enchev says. “The overall theme is ultra-modernism with some Sci-Fi and futuristic accents. We want our customers to feel like they are in the cockpit of a spaceship, which the car resembles, given the technologies built into it. Our inspiration for the cockpit comes from the cockpits of many military fighters and science fiction movies such as Avatar Prometheus.”

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Other highlights of the interior include heating and cooling cup holders, floating center console, electrically-adjustable cooled and heated bucket seats, memory “robotic” steering column, and others.

Alieno hasn’t announced its plans for the start of the Arcanum’s production. Previously, the company disclosed it’ll build examples of the electric hypercar only by customer orders with prices starting at €750,000 (about $878,000 at the current exchange rates) for the base model. The most expensive variants will cost €1.5 million ($1.755 million).

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Volkswagen ID.4 EV interior: screens and touch-sensitivity

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The reveal of the Volkswagen ID.4, the first member of VW’s new family of battery-powered vehicles slated to come to the U.S., is getting closer. Before we see the exterior of the crossover EV later this month, Volkswagen is giving us a preview of the interior. Naturally, screens feature prominently, but the most notable characteristic may be the wholesale embrace of touch-sensitivity.

The images show a large freestanding center screen that is able to display multiple functions at once — in this case, navigation, audio, and phone, along with what may be an equalizer. Another image shows that the central display has three pages of menus. The center screen dwarfs the instrument cluster, which is another screen. Contained within the image of the instrument cluster, by the way, is a rendering of the ID.4 that gives us our best look yet at the exterior of the vehicle in its production form.

Extending from the right of the cluster screen is a trapezoidal-shaped knob that functions as the gearshift. Touch the end of the knob to actuate the parking brake. The parking brake button appears to be touch-sensitive, as are all the buttons we can see in these pictures. Below the central screen, for instance, there’s a horizontal panel with blue and red temperature-adjustment touchpads for the driver and passenger climate control which flank a volume touch-slider (no volume knob — ugh). Below that are buttons to call up menus for the park-assist, the climate control, and the driver-assist systems, along with a mode button and the switch for the hazard lights. There appears to be no direct access for fan speed.

Another climate-control oddity is that buttons for the front and rear defrosters and for max-defrost are on the left, grouped with the light switches. Again, this entire panel appears to be touch-sensitive. On the driver’s armrest, there’s a traditional knob for side-mirror adjustment, but the buttons to select which mirror, to defrost the mirrors, and to fold them all are touch-sensitive. The power-window switches appear to be traditional, but there are only two. Another button is marked REAR, which suggests that you touch that first and then those same two switches operate the rear windows. Thus saving VW the cost of two window switches.

The steering-wheel controls appear more conventional, with those on the left largely devoted to the cruise control, while those on the right include a multi-function switch, voice control, and another to change what’s shown on the digital instrument cluster. Again, those all appear to be touch-sensitive. It’s almost surprising to see two old-school stalks for the wipers and the turn signals. Surely, VW must be working on some type of touch-sensitive replacements for those.

Elsewhere, we see that the center console features two cupholders, a mobile-phone slot (presumably with wireless charging available), and a compartment with a sliding cover. The car shown here features gloss-black trim, but VW says gloss white will be available as well. The ambient lighting offers

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