Obviously, the first thing to do would be to move the engine backwards and raise the bonnet line.
However, from an aesthetic point of view the flow of the bonnet line to the rear wheel arch do not work and the car looks out of proportion.
An increase in the radius of the bodywork around the rear wheel arch would raise the height of the rear bodywork and re-align the aesthetic flow. This would at the same time make it possible to increase the size of the rear wheel arch; allowing fitment of 19″ modern alloys.
The yellow line shows the intended bodywork profile.
The profile of the nose has been slightly changed, the goal is to keep it visually close to the standard design. Unlike some designs, where the depth of the grill is increased, or the whole cone raised up, the reprofiling of the top curve should look much easier on the eye. The problem with this increase in curvature is, the horizontal position of the front wheel becomes much more important. The word ‘flow’ keeps coming up.
The potential increase in rear wheel diameter would have a knock effect on the length of the car, differential height, suspension geometry and even front wheel position. Moving the engine towards the rear also means modifying the chassis. The CAD drawing shows the standard chassis crossmember cutting right into the middle of the Duratec AJ30 V6.
With the size and position of many components an issue, clearly the whole chassis and body design needs to be re-addressed.
6th September 2014