Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: PA, USA
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Designing a modern 275.....
I mentioned this project might happen in another thread and it is currently moving forward so I thought I'd start a thread for it.
The concept for the project is to design a modern version of a 275. Not a copy or replica, but something with a strong family resemblance that uses modern materials, components (like a 456, 550, 575, 599, 612 family engine), and design elements. The reason for the project is that while cars today are very good, they've gotten big and heavy to comply with this law or that regulation and have lost something ....simplicity or maybe their rawness....something as a result.
A spoke to a buddy of mine , Dave, who's quite good with CAD and and a bit artistic about the project and he signed on almost before I finished telling him what I was thinking. A couple days later I got a PM from another guy, Michael, offering help with the sketching/concept/design part.
So the current team is:
I'm calling it a design project for the time being for a couple reasons. The first is....my V12 308 project and an electric car project need to be finished before anything else comes into the shop. The second is I'm not 100% sure this is a good idea in that just the act of messing with a timeless shape like the 275 might lead to a bunch of ideas on how to make a 275 look bad and nothing that actually looks good....it's a pretty high standard and there is a LOT of prior art out there.
I just got the first round of concept sketches from Michael and over-all I'm liking them. Unfortunately since they are early rough sketches he's asked me not to make them public so you guys will have to wait for round 2 when the main ideas are collected on 1 or 2 cleaner sketches......then I'll ask again about posting the early ones so you can see the idea evolution process.
Sketches are the first step, then a small physical model will probably be made to help visualize everything. Then the model will be 3D scanned and dumped into the CAD software and the engineering part of the project will begin. Once all that looks good I'm hoping the 308 will be wrapped and I can move on to building cars.
More to come.