Paulin VR Concept

18 Jul, 2007 1:00am Sam Hardy

Stunning – that’s the only way to describe the concept model that could blow the roof off the sports car market

This fabulous two-seater is the first creation from a new design firm in Sweden – and with its jet-style opening canopy, it’s sure to turn heads.

Called the VR Concept, it has been produced by Paulin Motor Company – a new design team formed by ex-Ford stylist, Daniel Paulin. He’s the man who penned the original Focus concept, the Focus C-MAX and also FAB1, from the Thunderbirds movie.

Now he’s moving in a new direction, and the VR is his first product. Designed completely on computer, it’s a GT with the Audi R8, Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage firmly in its sights. It features swoop­ing lines with minimal overhangs – cues that Paulin believes will set the standard for future car design.

Although there are hints of TVR’s Typhon at the front and the Lancia Stratos at the rear, the VR is a cohesive design. And with an opening canopy inspired by the Saab Aero X, it looks incredible from every angle.

Hinged at the base of the bonnet, the entire windscreen and roof can be raised. Once up, the separate scissor doors are opened for excellent cabin access. Other neat touches include an exterior that’s as sleek as possible. Wing mirrors are replaced by cameras in the tail which project the view on to screens mounted on the dashboard. Meanwhile, the rear spoiler is elec­trically operated and pops up from the bootlid. It can pivot to vary downforce and folds flush with the body when not in use.

The VR’s simple interior takes its cues from Scandinavian design. White leather stretches from the sills across the dash, and also covers both bucket seats. A gearlever sprouts from the central transmission tunnel, topped by a white gearknob. The rest of the cabin is covered in darker materials, with black leather for the classic three-spoke steering wheel and a high-quality dark plastic material for the dash. This features classy LCD information screens that could display satellite navigation instructions and be used to assist rear parking.

The VR exists solely as a virtual design at present – it’s been produced using cutting-edge modelling software called Opus Real Time Ray Tracing from specialist Opticore, which allows 3D animation as well as rendering. However, Paulin Motor Company wants to find an automotive partner that will put its eye-catching machine into production.

“It’s a dream for now, but our aim is to do something that little bit different and inspire the car industry,” Paulin, the firm’s chief executive and creative director, told Auto Express.

“We will produce three of these concepts every year, and each one will push the boundaries of technology, with particular focus on solutions to environmental problems such as energy sources.”

Paulin also revealed that another concept car would be unveiled before the end of 2007, with the company making its worldwide debut at a motor show in the near future.

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