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AV Design Forte concept

AV Design Forte concept

AV Design Forte concept

AV Design Forte concept


Make AV Design
Model Forte
Concept year 2007
Production year -
Engine Biofuel V8


The Forte features numerous innovative ideas
The 2007 AV Design Forte from third year Coventry Transport Design student Andrew Varnish was a concept sports coupe inspired by the character of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg luxury sports cars of the 1930's.

The Forte is a carbon fibre bodied, front-mid engined urban sports car powered by a bio-fueled V8 engine mated to a 6-speed manual, or 5-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. Access to the engine compartment is easy thanks to an aluminium bonnet hinged on both sides and opened from the left or right. Helping to keep the Forte's engine cool are hidden air vents underneath the protruding front arches which also hide the slit-like LED headlights. Hot air in the engine bay is then extracted by ducted electric fans blowing out either side just forward of the doors. The exhaust is a center-exit titanium unit set into the smooth underbody.

Influences for the AV Design Forte came from a variety of sources. The front end is derived from the form taken by an arrow head and the wraparound windscreen is inspired by aircraft cockpits.

In order to keep the 20 inch rims wrapped with low profile whitewall tires in close proximity to the wheel arches, the top section of the front arches move in conjunction with the front suspension, although dampers help keep the movement fluid.

Innovative features can be found all over the car. 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. Built in hydraulic jacks make changing wheels a breeze, and the rear brake lights illuminate in a circular fashion, starting from the top towards the center and rapidly running out along the top and then back in along the bottom

Access to the two-seat luxury interior is though the conventional opening doors which cut into the roof aiding entry.

The AV Design Forte is a concept car which is just that, a concept, designed to promote interesting ideas and alternative design styles as well as exploring a new market segment, the urban sports car. There is currently no plan to put the car into production however limited.


See additional images of the concept in the AV Design Forte Gallery.


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