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DESIGN GALLERY

A working automotive design classroom functions as a satellite teaching space for the Art Center College of Design. Visitors are given a window into the future of the automotive industry as tomorrow’s designers learn their craft in this space.

This space has been outfitted with everything a modern automotive design class needs including clay modeling equipment and 3D printers.

ROEDER-HARMAN GALLERY

Every car on the road represents the work of thousands of individuals. Designers, engineers, marketers and more all work in concert to produce today’s automobile. Visitors can hear their stories with the eight interactive video displays in this gallery.

TV personality Jay Leno introduces each segment with introductory information about the different areas of the automotive professions.

PRODUCTION GALLERY

Five bays show the entire process of manufacturing a modern car. Visitors start out in an area with raw materials – steel, aluminum and unfinished leather – then are guided through the manufacturing process through to a finished car.

Maserati, as one of the few manufacturers to still use hand-crafted parts, is used as the prime example in this space.

PERFORMANCE GALLERY

While even the most modest of today’s passenger cars features technology that was developed on the racetrack, some cars have a closer link to motorsports than others. Celebrating Ford’s 50th anniversary win at Le Mans. This exhibit takes a look at road cars that are more track-weapon than grocery getter.

This exhibit takes a look at the two legendary Ford sports cars.

PROPULSION GALLERY

Though gasoline has been the dominant fuel for the automobile for the majority of its life there are many alternatives out there. This space takes a look at the advantages and disadvantages of some very different engineering solutions.

COMPONENTS DISPLAY

This display explore the advancement of automotive technology over the past 100+ years by focusing on one very important part: Tires. Each tire from its tread to its sidewall has a purpose and story that helped advance mobility.

CUSTOMIZATION GALLERY

Hot rods, ‘Kustoms,’ lowriders: Brash, loud and fueled by passion, these cars not only tell Southern California’s history, but the museum’s genesis as well.

This gallery features prominent examples of many different customization genres. The cars on display here have inspired people from garage tuners to business executives, spawning an industry of their own.

BRUCE MEYER GALLERY

A rotating exhibit space, the Bruce Meyer Gallery launches with Precious Metals  – a look at the most significant cars ever to wear silver paint.

From James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 to a striking concept car and from vintage classics to V12 supercars, each example has carved its own special niche into the automotive landscape.

RICHARD VARNER FAMILY GALLERY

The history of two wheeled transportation is explored through examples that represent industry-changing innovations, interesting powerplants or exemplary performance. Over a century of motorcycle development is on display in this space.

CHARLES NEARBURG FAMILY GALLERY

The collection of Charles Nearburg showcases racing history from Formula One to Le Mans and beyond. At opening, this display will host an impressive array of motorsport vehicles with examples covering open-wheel, touring car and prototype racing.

FORZA MOTORSPORTS RACING EXPERIENCE

Visitors get behind the wheel and experience the dynamic feeling of racing a car in one of eight specifically curated experiences. Eight racing simulators offer a custom version of Forza Motorsport 6.

The exhibit also features artifacts and information that explains how these immersive elements of automotive culture are created.

DISCOVERY CENTER

Children are able to check out a custom CARSpad to experience a custom augmented reality experience. Once activated, real Cars characters guide visitors around the exhibit explaining car technology and the science and physics that allow them to work.

All characters in this exhibit are voiced by original actors, and animated by Pixar Studios.

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