von Braun Automotive presents Indigo 3000R Signature Series
On 6 June 2017, the exclusive pilot series of the Indigo 3000 R Signature Series was presented. Production has now started on ten numbered examples, as has final testing and certification. Deliveries to identified buyers are expected to take place in 2017/18. There has been considerable market interest in and demand for the Indigo 3000R. In conjunction with the car’s Revival and launch in June, it was revealed that preparations are underway for a follow-up small-scale series production with additional exciting versions. These will be based on the same basic model and be priced from around SEK 1.1 million in Sweden. The order books will open in August 2017.
Three years ago it was revealed that the venerable Swedish sports car company, von Braun Sports Cars, had acquired the remains of sports car manufacturer Jösse Car/Indigo Cars. Von Braun has 35 years of experience of racing and manufacturing specialist and some of the most exclusive sports cars on the market. Accordingly, expectations started to grow, and car enthusiasts worldwide began to show an interest. The project has since been incorporated as vB Automotive AB, which is currently led by CEO Frank Bergqvist.
The company is owned by more than 20 physical private investors with experience of successful entrepreneurship in various industries. So far the company has been fully financed through proprietary capital. The owners’ strategy is to create the conditions for broader ownership with new, strong partnerships that both guarantee and stimulate the business’s growth.
Promise of origin to the market
The founders’ vision presented to the market three years ago was a pilot series limited edition sports car. It was to be based on existing technology from the Indigo 3000 and be priced at less than EUR 100,000. It soon became clear that it was neither relevant nor was certification possible to bring a car to market based on simple updates to 20-year-old functionality and quality standards. Consequently, the project’s ambitions had to be raised for both technical reasons and practical market expectations. The result is a modern sports car with classic style elements. The new Indigo 3000R delivers modern performance, functionality, and quality to meet the certification requirements and market expectations for a modern car.
A 95% new sports car
Over three years a sports car has been developed that is largely brand new, yet this new car still shows great respect for the Indigo’s renowned DNA and basic layout. Only 5% of the original shape and structure remains. Owners of the old model helped to define the car’s most distinctive details and most valuable characteristics. The expression of the car body and its overall shape have been revamped to give them a modern edge. New production tools and double moulds have been developed to ensure perfectly smooth interiors. The car’s body is now made by injecting urethane acrylate or epoxy with glass and carbon fibre reinforcement. This new technology has replaced the old glass-fibre-reinforced hand-laminated polyester panels. The custom-made galvanised steel chassis has been modified for the new powertrain as well as for the cabriolet and coupé models.
Many of the technical components used in production 20 years ago are no longer available from the suppliers and so these have been replaced. In addition, more parts than before have been specially developed for the car to ensure better quality and to give the car a more cohesive design. Although the Indigo 3000R represents classic basal sports car values, it has been updated to include features such as air conditioning, adaptive electric power steering, ABS, etc. The electrical architecture is CAN bus-powered with an electronic immobiliser and LED lighting front and rear. The car’s engine output has increased by more than 50%. Braking power has improved by 200%. Handling and basic balance have been improved by optimising and modifying the geometry of the car’s suspension, as well as its characteristic composite transverse leaf springs.
Aerodynamics have been improved by way of a redesigned front overhang equipped with a grill and racing-inspired spoiler and dive planes known as the “front splitters with dive planes”. This reduces drag and improves traction, which in turn offers e.g. better braking performance and steering control. The air outlet on the top of the car’s shields serves two functions: it reduces lift forces by releasing pressure in the front wheel arches, and it releases heat and pressure from the engine compartment. So as not to create air locks where hot and cold air meet, which have different densities, a polished metal fin separates the air flows on the upper side of the body. The wide, low air intake with its overhanging position in relation to the hood’s high-pressure zone feeds the engine with cooled air directly into a specially designed air filter container with an integrated air quantity metre. At the rear, the car has a new bumper with an integrated exhaust system and diffuser. There’s also a stylish spoiler on the tailgate. Together this strengthens the car’s downforce, stabilising the car when braking, reducing drag, and promoting the release of air from the car.
Exhaust gas requirements are considerably higher than the Euro 2 rules that applied when the last model was produced in the 1990s. The new Indigo 3000R meets current Euro 6 requirements and, much like its predecessor, comes with Europe-wide approval.
Technology and performance
The 3-litre 6-cylinder engine is based on proven Swedish technology, but has never been mounted lengthways before. A proprietary turbocharger design and oil system have resulted in more power while also enabling the Indigo3000R to withstand the high G-forces present in a modern sports car when accelerating, braking, and cornering. The powerful nature of the engine is evident in the 400 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm. At 5300 rpm the engine delivers 307 brake horsepower (226 kW) via the manual Tremec transmission.
Roadster, Convertible, or Coupé
The Indigo 3000R can be converted into three different versions, each with its own character and function. The entry-level 3000R is a roadster. Additional Coupé and Convertible packs are available.
Roadster comes with simple weather protection. The classic chrome twin roll bars are fixed. Under the cabriolet lid is a spacious extra storage space in addition to the luggage compartment.
The Convertible Pack comes with a manually folding fabric soft top. When lowered, the soft top fits under cabriolet lid behind the car’s seats. The top can be raised and lowered quickly and easily, and offers effective weather protection at all speeds. The twin roll bars and the entire cabriolet lid are covered by the soft top.
The Coupé Pack includes a stylish lightweight roof that enhances the car’s classic graceful lines. The roof is made of carbon fibre/epoxy. The integrated safety cage is made of high-strength chromium molybdenum 4130N and “Docol R8” tubes. The safety cage replaces the two smaller roll bars to offer improved safety as well as greater chassis rigidity. There is a spacious extra storage area behind the car’s seats, where the cabriolet lid, soft top, and twin roll bars would otherwise be.
Brand and symbolism
The modern, stylised symbol that is the car’s logo conveys the rich tradition and symbolism of the Indigo 3000R itself. The logo has a history that began 430 years ago when the German-Roman Emperor Rudolf II awarded the von Braun family nobility status in 1588. When Swedish King Karl XI reinstated a bearing for the family in 1690, the coat of arms’ helmet visor was supplemented with a post horn to symbolise the efforts that had been made for the country. The revised version from 2012 is adapted to suit the modern day and has been given sports car associations. The knight’s helmet visor now bears more of a resemblance to a racing helmet. The coat of arms and its surrounding elements now have forward-facing symmetry with links to high-speed activity, explosive ignition systems, and electrification.
Body: Injected urethane acrylate or epoxy with glass or carbon fibre reinforcement
Chassis: Galvanised steel, independent suspension with composite transverse front and rear springs
Tank: 70 litres, made of aluminium with integral catch container and interior baffles
Engine: 2.9 litre, inline 6-cylinder with twin turbo
Engine output: 307 hp at 5300 rpm, 400 Nm at 2500 rpm
Transmission: Manual Tremec 5-speed gearbox
Weight: 1273 kg
Weight distribution: Front 642 kg - 50.4%, rear 631 kg - 49.6%
Rims: Aluminium 8x18”
Tyres: Continental Sport Contact 5, front 225/40R18, rear 235/40R18
Brakes: Brembo 4-piston caliper 330 mm disc brakes
Price for Signature Series (including 25% VAT)
Roadster from SEK 965,000
Convertible from SEK 1,060,000
Coupé from SEK 1,095,000
3-in-1 from SEK 1,160,000 (convertible roadster that includes both the Convertible and Coupé package)
SOURCE: von Braun Automotive