Inspired by the classic lines of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg sports cars of the 1930’s, Coventry Transport Design student Andrew Varnish has drawn up his own take of the classic sports coupe in the form of the 2007 AV Design Forte concept. The proposed specs read like those of a modern day supercar. The design is a carbon fibre bodied, front-mid engined urban sports car powered by a bio-fuelled V8 engine mated to a 6-speed manual, or 5-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.

Hidden air vents underneath the protruding front arches, which also hide the slit-like LED headlights, feeds cool air to the engine. Hot air in the engine bay is then extracted by ducted electric fans blowing out either side just forward of the doors, while the exhaust is a center-exit titanium unit set into the aerodynamic underbody.

Set into the nose of the Forte on either side are small color video cameras which, at the flick of a switch, relay footage to a screen in the dash to help the Forte's driver at low visibility junctions and exiting driveways. A photo sensitive roof adjusts its opacity depending on the amount of direct sunlight to help keep the cabin cool, while built in hydraulic jacks make changing a tire easy. Unortunately, the Forte won't be moving past the drawing board stage.


[Via: Diseno-Art]