This Aston Martin Volare is the next evolution of English sports car craftsmanship because not only does it combine a sleek new shape with the Aston Martin’s modern design, but underneath there four electric motors that are being fed go juice by a high power fuel cell stack located between the front seats centrally locating the weight as close to the ground as possible for enhanced performance while outside it looks like someone pushed down on the base of the wind shied of a Vantage, sharpening up the profile before transplanting a set of bold wings from a One-77 onto this innovative Aston Martin design.

Aston Martin Volare
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If it were chocolate it would be good enough to eat, and it possibly could be because this isn’t the latest concept from Gaydon this a scale model from future automotive design master James Trim, we are referring to the days ahead because Mr. Trim is only a 23 year old recent graduate of Coventry University in England with a degree in Automotive Design and a quick look at his portfolio will quickly tell you that this kid is going places.

It’s an interesting idea that James is showing, creating design concepts specifically tailored for certain manufacturers. As every ten year old boy who ever got bored with a pen in his hand will tell you that it is hard to come up with a good looking design that is truly unique, most often the more memorable cars are shaped out of packaging and aerodynamic necessity something that only develops as the parts come together. But James Trim has a good shot at replacing Chris Bangle with his BMW Z1 roadster design study or even at Audi with his cute little A0 super compact city car, the only thing he would have to do is learn to speak German.

A word from the designer after the jump.

Aston Martin Volare

by: James Trim

Aston Martin Volare
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The principle concern being confronted by Aston Martin is the harmful impact their cars are having on the environment. With this in mind, the Aston Martin Volare would retain the fantastic sound and outright performance customary with that of a petrol equivalent, but would provide drivers the world over with equal amounts of guilt free motoring.

The two-seater Volare adopts a high-power fuel cell stack, located between the front seats, a rear mounted battery pack, and a co-axial electric motor at the front. To aid the Volare’s weight distribution, the two hydrogen storage tanks have been positioned directly above the car’s rear axle.

Aesthetically the vehicle sharpens up familiar Aston Martin proportions, with much crisper shoulders and a noticeable ‘floating’ rear deck. The body coloured front grille was inspired by the 1977 V8 Vantage, while the flexible front fenders can alter their shape to reveal daytime running lights or full headlamps. When parked, the fenders will flex up so that no lights will be visible at all, giving a very uncluttered and sculptural appearance to the front end.

The underlying aim when designing the Volare was to combine present day technologies with the profile of a car that would be instantaneously recognisable as that of an Aston Martin.

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Source: Top Gear

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5 comments:

  (427) posted on 03.2.2011

Other design cues include Aston Martin’s signature swan-wing doors. The British marque said it was aiming for understated luxury with the design. Aston Martin clearly opted to be cautious with its new model.

  (474) posted on 03.2.2011

Aston Martin side strake that bundles six LED lights. Other design cues include Aston Martin’s signature swan-wing doors. The British marque said it was aiming for understated luxury with the design. Aston Martin clearly opted to be cautious with its new model.

  (247) posted on 11.7.2010

Yes the global auto industry is transitioning to making soulless eco-boxes, heavy hybrids and electric cars with less than ideal energy storage systems.

  (1211) posted on 11.7.2010

Looking at this project as a design project (aesthetics) I have to admit that there is nothing really ground breaking about this design. No doubt James is an awesome sketcher, and no doubt I’m sure he will do really well in a design firm, but as a concept it could have been more ’wild’ and highly conceptual (for aesthetics). (Unless that was not the aim of his project)

  (798) posted on 01.31.2010

If you’re going to style an Aston, you really aren’t allowed to change the shape of the grill. Major no-no. Especially when you make it look like a Fisker Vapor-Mobile.

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