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OBJECT 03: THE QUEEN MARY “It was our graduate engineers who came up with this,” says Alex Heslop, the Chief Engineer for the All-New Discovery. “It shows what you can do when you approach an engineering problem with absolutely no preconceptions about what the solution should be, or has been in the past. They managed to significantly improve the car’s performance in a critical area and save weight by using something that’s already there. It’s brilliant.” He’s describing the ‘labyrinth’ and the ‘rabbit hole,’ the key parts of the new air intake system that allows the Discovery to wade through water up to 35.4 inches deep. To do it, the new car doesn’t actually breathe through its grille. Instead, it can inhale all the air it needs through what’s referred to as the ‘Queen Mary Funnel,’ the 0.2-inch gap where the hood meets the front fenders: the highest usable opening on the car. That ‘clamshell’ hood has long been part of the Discovery models design language, and it serves a functional purpose, too. After flowing through the gap, the air is drawn into the tiny space between the inner and outer skins of the hood. The complex path it follows, the ‘labyrinth,’ slows it, forcing it to drop any moisture. It then flows out of the back of the hood and straight down the ‘rabbit hole’ in the engine bay, passing through another water filter before being allowed through to the engine. “Of course we thought, ‘what if something should block that gap?’” says Alex. Snow-packing presented the greatest risk. But they tested it in the wind tunnel, and then went to the Arctic and drove for hundreds of miles directly behind a large truck in fresh snow. The new system passed easily. 44



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