Ultima GTR, again

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The A4 original sketch page and the colour version of it. I felt like splashing some funky colours to give it the “bling”… That “ugly duckling” has some amazing proportions and huge potential it seems…

Test Post for new Layout

The launch film for the Rolls-Royce Wraith was recently accepted into the British Film Institute’s National Archive so the company is celebrating by introducing the Wraith Inspired by Film special edition at the New York Auto Show.

Designed to highlight the company’s heritage in film, the special edition features a Silver and Jubilee Silver exterior with a solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.  The car also has a two-tone Anthracite and Casden Tan interior with Maccassar Ebony open pore wood trim that features aluminum inlays.

Power is provided by a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine that produces 632 PS (624 bhp / 465 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.  It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.

Hobbies

Liège Bastogne Liège Sportive, 2014

Here we go again as promised with more stuff. This time it has nothing to do with design. …and since its something I enjoy doing in my spare time when not designing/working and thinking about cars or other stuff, I thought I should share something about myself. So here is one of my hobbies – Road cycling!

Ever since I was a small kid I loved riding a bike but for many reasons at a later age I couldn’t do it. Now however, I am back on it as much as I can. I ride to work whenever possible, I go out training on my own or with friend and even take a part in Sportives. Ride all seasons too, from temperatures just above freezing to hot summer days, I love it! And it’s great!

So here are some pictures taken from various places.

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Design Position Updates

Along with some other posts,  this one too, was loooong overdue! I use this blog to give updates on my design positions and projects I am working on, however I’ve been so busy in the last years (and of course having a social life!) that I had no time to pay attention to my blog and give regular updates. So here are some…

After leaving Aston Martin in the end of 2011, I had the privilege to join the VW Group in January 2012, working in Wolfsburg, Germany. It was a different experience from working in Italy and the UK and I can honestly say I was very impressed by the overall quality of design & projects at VW Group! It is an amazing place for any designer to be in regardless if you’re working on show cars or production vehicles. The only reason I left was because I wanted to return to the UK where I was quite well established…

Back in the UK I joined Jaguar Cars mid 2012 and I’ve been with them ever since. Again I am quite fortunate to be working for Jaguar Land Rover while so many projects are happening simultaneously, which is amazing for the British car industry…and of course for us, the designers! Projects I’ve been working on are yet to be presented, so watch this space in the not-so-distant future..

EIDO Concept: Episode IV – The Inside Matters!

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It was about time to post some updates on the EIDO Concept. Since leaving the Design Studio of Aston Martin, I finally have some time to look back at my own design projects.

First of all, me and Peter had to put a stop on the exterior design development. We have some thinking to do before we go back and continue with the exterior. All this is due to the strange and unusual layout/specs of the car. The front mounted internal combustion engine working on liquid hydrogen and powering the front wheels plus electric motors aiding the rear wheels combined with the 3 seater layout, make it quite a challenge in terms of “engineering” (please excuse me for using this word so freely). There is no point of playing with the exterior of the car at the moment if the basic internal structure hasn’t been resolved. Since the goal of the project is to develop a highly-detailed design of a vehicle with the above mentioned challenges, I deem it to be a necessity to start developing the internal structure first.

To mention a few things we’ve been thinking on: The internal combustion engine working on liquid hydrogen will be front mounted. However I think the best solution so far is not to use anything larger than V6 cyl engine due to size restrictions. The challenge here though is to squeeze a decent space for a gearbox since the mid-passenger (the driver) is sitting quite forward in the centre of the car and his feet may end-up being inside the gearbox. This is something we have to work on and may cause additional joggle with the layout.
The electric motor powering the rear wheels is at the back of the car – similar construction to the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell. The single Electric motor placed in the middle of the car, between the rear wheels (in plan view) will power the rear axle thanks to ordinary drive shafts. That’s a much better solution instead the in-wheel-motors that leave no space for proper sports car suspension and wheel design too. The electric motor will be managed by power electronics sitting behind it. The positioning of the batteries is not a huge issue, as this is a short-range conceptual vehicle and big bulky batteries are not considered.
As for the carbon fibre chassis – this will be shaped according to all those functional elements and more. For the moment I am pulling and stretching the carbon fibre chassis in Alias, making sure there is enough of space for all the passengers and mechanical components in the car. It is a lot of work but it’s cool and exciting!!!!

To summarise: what you can see from this post is the initial design of the carbon-fibre chassis. It will give you an idea of the internal structure & assembly of the car. There are also sketches showing first designs on the interior as well..

More updates to follow before Christmas!

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miro

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