53 Cool Concepts... Part XXVI

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Vector W2
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There is something about aircraft technology that we Car Guys HAVE to love.  Actually, there are probably a few things.

When I think of cars with a heavy aircraft influence, the first one that comes to my mind is the Vector W2 Twin Turbo... it was a fighter plane on wheels.  We aren't talking about a Warbird here, but rather, a full fledged modern fighter like and F-16.

From the covered switches to the feel of real carbon fiber and anodized aluminum, to the overall look of something that should be going blindingly fast, this thing really fits the part.  And I recall seeing something printed back in the 1980s when Jerry Weigert created this beast saying that he was inspired by modern fighter planes.

Pensacola Airshow 2008, F4U Corsair flyby
Image by divemasterking2000 via Flickr

So, what would I create to pay homage to fighter planes?  To start with, I might go a little more vintage... thinking back to those Warbirds, the fighter planes of WWII, like the P-51 Mustang and the F-4U Corsair.

The car I would start with would likely be a Pontiac Solstice... HEAVILY modified.  To start with, if given an unlimited budget, I might try to have the body panels replicated in aluminum (not exactly, because I'd want a little more meat in the wheel well).  And rather than paint, I might go with a slightly brushed finish... with added stripes and details painted.

The interior would have to include nice, distressed leather seating and accents.  The switches would all have to be those cool, military surplus covered style.  Strip out a bunch of the dead weight, like door panels and carpet... replace it with zinc coated aluminum supports... So, everything inside would be polished, leather or that green, zinc-coated color.

Pontiac Solstice GXP photographed at the Washi...
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The power would have to be kind of raw, so I would like to upgrade the power with something like a Mallett LS engine.  The exhaust wouldn't be open, but something like the Shelby Cobra side-pipes might be pretty cool... and loud enough.

Makes me want to get one of those leather 'flying helmets' just thinking about it.

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Jim Hale
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Those are all cool concepts that is for sure.  And sometimes cool is hot.

Oct 24, 2010 07:40 AM #1
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Lane - A mallett LS engine in a Solstice? You might want to wear a helmet for that. I'm pretty sure the entire frame and suspension would have to be replaced to handle the torque.

By the way, I just listed a home in Brentwood owned by a car collector. He's had 17 cars in his house at one time, not counting the 1928 Mercedes replica in his second story bonus room. Send me a car guy, I would love to send you a referral fee.

Oct 27, 2010 08:26 AM #2
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Lane - I haven;t seen a Vector in years.  I always thought they had a Lotus inspired look.

Oct 30, 2010 04:58 PM #3
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