Carbon fibre caravan to cost about $1m

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 13:32 08/04/2014

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Meet the NZ$1 million caravan.

Designed by a team with experience ranging from Nasa and the US Air Force to Formula One and Indy Cars, the Global Caravan Technologies CR-1 has the potential to be the world's most expensive caravan.

Like a cutting-edge supercar or grand prix machine, the 10.6 metre-long caravan is built from carbon-fibre, lending it immense strength and lightness.

GCT says the CR-1 weighs half as much as similar-sized conventionally built caravans and has the potential to double a tow vehicle's fuel economy on the road.

Global Caravan Technologies chairman Harrison Ding likens the project to the Apollo 11 space program.

"As President Kennedy has said, 'we choose to go to the moon not because it is easy but because it is hard'," Ding says.

"If it were easy we wouldn't have needed a dedicated team of Indycar and Nascar champions, former Nasa engineers, IT veterans, automotive engineers and aerospace designers."

The Caravan was built with input from race car specialists at Dallara, which has built hundreds of race cars including machines that took victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Dallara chief executive Stefano DePonti says the CR-1 will "surely change the RV market".

Fully equipped versions of the caravan will be loaded with glass that has adjustable tinting, satellite TV, WiFi connectivity and a solar panel power system.

Entry-level models will cost around US$170,000 (NZ$197,100), while fully equipped versions are expected to cost in excess of US$800,000 (NZ$928,000).

The CR-1 is set to go on sale in the US next year.

-Fairfax News Australia

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