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Student Design: Aston Martin Volare concept

 Student Design: Aston Martin Volare concept
Aston Martin Volare concept student design

2009 Coventry University graduate James Trim sent in his idea for a new luxury sports car.  The automotive designer drafted this, the Aston Martin Volare concept, and sent us the sketches.

His idea is a two-seater vehicle that runs on a center-mounted "high-power fuel cell stack," also working with a rear-mounted battery pack.  The energy powers the front wheels via a coaxial electric motor.  Fuel is stored in two separate hydrogen tanks over the rear axle.  Trim argues that this layout provides an optimum weight distribution for the Volare.

He also says that, despite the use of alternative fuels, the car would still maintain the brand's "fantastic sound and outright performance."

Clearly, the car maintains some influences from the Aston Martin DBS, including a plunging roofline but with a rounder rear.  The bulging front wheel arches look more Corvette than Aston, and Trim says his solid front grille is derived from a classic V8 Vantage.  We don't see the relation to older vehicles here, as the solid look is more futuristic than old-timey.

Still, the vehicle is a nice effort, and Trim shows quite a bit of promise.  We wish him the best in his post-grad efforts, and hope he keeps us in the loop on future projects.

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Comments (18)

 CarMainiac CarMainiac
That must be one talented kid, even though the car doesnt go on prodution it is one hell of an eye candy
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October 1, 2009 4:36 pm
 Bojassem Bojassem
The kid has some talents!
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August 27, 2009 6:53 am
 Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
I quite like this. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the traditional front of cars (to the A pillar) now we no longer need cooling ducts or a vast expanse of area to house a huge engine. The front of this car not only changes what we expect of an Aston but also influences a bunch of otherwise familiar styling cues over the rest of the car.
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August 22, 2009 9:30 pm
 THERENAISSANCEMAN THERENAISSANCEMAN
YEAHY
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August 22, 2009 2:29 pm
 theoldman theoldman
very good design, as usual hope this becomes the new DB9
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August 22, 2009 12:19 pm
 abramo abramo
By the way, terrific 3D rendering -- excellent !!
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August 22, 2009 11:48 am
 tootall tootall
I was just about to say SilentKnight.... How were you able to tell if it was FWD or not (not that it had mattered, cause you were wrong anyway)?
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August 22, 2009 11:43 am
 JT JT
Thanks for your comments. SilentKnight, the concept is actually an all-wheel-drive vehicle ;) So no hospital visit for you after all!
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August 22, 2009 11:21 am
 TheSilentKnight TheSilentKnight
There's one critical flaw in this design - It's front wheel drive. I mean, come on, some bean-counters might be impressed because that'll mean that it'll be cheaper to develop, but I certainly won't be impressed if either myself, or someone I know ends up in hospital cause the dam thing understeered into a hydro pole. So I'm sorry Mr Trim, definitely a nice looker, but as long as it's front wheel driven, I won't be buying it if it ever came to Aston dealerships.
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August 22, 2009 8:30 am
 carbonsigma carbonsigma
The thing with electric powered cars is that they don't need air intakes or grilles. It does makes them more aerodynamic, but it looks weird in my eyes.
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August 22, 2009 6:32 am
 M! M!
not too exciting.
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August 21, 2009 10:40 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
def. too much fisker in it
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August 21, 2009 9:07 pm
 Renegade Renegade
There is a problem with this designs made by independent designers, you can be to excited, even if car looks good like this one, because you know that the car will never get in to production.
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August 21, 2009 7:58 pm