Student Design: Aston Martin Volare concept

Aston Martin Volare concept student design
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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CarMainiac CarMainiac
That must be one talented kid, even though the car doesnt go on prodution it is one hell of an eye candy
Oct 1st, 2009 11:36pm
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CarMainiac CarMainiac
and the good thin bout it is that it looks like a proper aston martin as well as it should be. Well done kid whoever you are
Oct 1st, 2009 11:38pm
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Bojassem Bojassem
The kid has some talents!
Aug 27th, 2009 1:53pm
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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.
Aug 23rd, 2009 4:30am
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Aug 22nd, 2009 9:29pm
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theoldman theoldman
very good design, as usual hope this becomes the new DB9
Aug 22nd, 2009 7:19pm
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abramo abramo
By the way, terrific 3D rendering -- excellent !!
Aug 22nd, 2009 6:48pm
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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)?
Aug 22nd, 2009 6:43pm
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Thanks for your comments. SilentKnight, the concept is actually an all-wheel-drive vehicle ;) So no hospital visit for you after all!
Aug 22nd, 2009 6:21pm
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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.
Aug 22nd, 2009 3:30pm
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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.
Aug 22nd, 2009 1:32pm
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M! M!
not too exciting.
Aug 22nd, 2009 5:40am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
def. too much fisker in it
Aug 22nd, 2009 4:07am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Right. You don't think it's that Fisker has too many Aston cues? After all, Aston has been around somewhat longer than Fisker. And Henrik Fisler doesn't seem to have forgotten his time at Gaydon, does he...?
Aug 22nd, 2009 5:42am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
it´s made by a graduate not AM, so yes, i guess he was influenced by it. (front, some of the curves etc.)
Aug 22nd, 2009 5:59am
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radmeister radmeister
Didn't Fisker design for Aston for a few years?
Aug 22nd, 2009 6:17am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Bingo. He established the current Aston Martin design language.
Aug 22nd, 2009 3:06pm
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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.
Aug 22nd, 2009 2:58am
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