• May 25th 2007 at 3:27PM
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We certainly don't want to be called out for complaining about Aston Martin's current crop of designs. Were we to win the lottery tomorrow, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage would be high up on our list of cars to purchase the day after tomorrow. That said, we've lived with the Aston Martin's corporate style for a few years now, and at some point the next generation needs to be confronted.

When the time comes, Aston Martin should give this guy a call. Ruben Vela is a Spanish designer who just received his Masters Degree in Automotive Design last year from Polytechnic University in Valencia. He created the DB-ONE Concept you see above (and in the high-res gallery below). Vela says that the design's most important element is "dynamism", kind of a subtle tension between the car's surfaces and lines that gives it an energy even when static. The front grille is much larger than current Aston models and becomes the focal point of the DB-ONE's front end, while the narrow slit headlights ensure that the massive expanse of sheetmetal presents a dominant front end. A true two-seater, the DB-ONE's windshield extends up and over the cockpit to let the sun shine in, as well. The extremely tapered rear is probably the least production feasible element on the car, though it definitely adds to the "static motion" theme.

Check out more pics of the Ruben Vela's Aston Martin DB-ONE Concept in the high-res gallery.

[Source: Car Body Design via DieselStation]

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      • 8 Years Ago


      Where will this guy be when “Batman 2015” comes around?

      Where were you when “Batman X” was in production? Ah, that’s right, still in school...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car has lots of potential........i think that was a great effort to think outside the box......
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with many of the comments, while this is a very well created portfolio item, it is missing that X factor to make it a real Aston.

      The soft sexiness of Aston has been replaced with the hard angular edginess of a TVR - it shares to many features with Toyota's new Supra not to mention other brands.

      This kid has a HUGE future ahead of him, and it could well be with Aston - under their guidance I'm sure he could come up with a fantastic new DB
      • 8 Years Ago
      Even though this is a very rough and seemingly unfinished design, I'm all for giving new talent a boost. This is a nice effort by the lad, and he obviously put a lot of time into it.

      However, I could go through cardesignnews.com's portfolio section and come up with a 100 people more worthy of a feature.

      But, instead of criticising and ranting (something that is hardly productive), I propose this: a weekly auto design spotlight feature, along the lines of the now-defunct RR of the day. Take submissions, post them, put them up for critique. There is a lot of untapped talent out there - heck, maybe in 30 years Autoblog can lay claim to launching the career of the next Giugaro. :)

      Whaddya say fellas?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet Design, but I think it's to radical to be an Astin Martin. Astin's have that sexy playboy look to them more so than the sleek super car image. This design is nice, but I think it would come across better as the next Supra or NSX.
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks kinda like a BMW Z4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like Marvin the Paranoid Android from the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that's the closest thing to ford gtr1, chrisler firepower or tvr tuscan that i'd ever seen...but i guess that's a good start to make "the new" Aston Martin (try to write it correctly please!!). definitely it's not the new supra or nsx... and who said that must be stoned?? nsx and supra are asian cars, ok? they are "tuners" in nfs language! that car is too "muscle" to be european, and too "exotic" to be american..."tuner", no way!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This Aston looks better suited to James Kirk rather than James Bond.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It doesn't seem classy enough to be an Aston Martin

      Maybe TVR should hire the guy
      • 8 Years Ago
      Um, that's like REALLY ugly. That design would single-handedly kill Aston Martin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's not an Aston Marin with out the front fascia. Nice try, though.
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