• Aug 24, 2009
Aston Martin Volare concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

While driving the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson lamented that with tightening environmental regulations, this may be as good as it ever gets. If he's right, Aston's going to have to look elsewhere for fresh ideas on how to bring the high-performance GT into the green age, and they might want to have a chat with James Trim. The 23-year-old designer penned this concept car, called the Aston Martin Volare, as his latest project. And needless to say, it looks fantastic.

Blending the aggressive lines of the One-77 with the taut stance of the Vantage, the Volare has a smooth design all its own. But it's what's underneath that could be the most important: electric motors driving all four wheels and supplied by a hydrogen fuel cell stack. Trim's portfolio also includes some convincing Audi, BMW and Jaguar designs, but the Aston could be his most convincing yet.




[Source: James Trim via AutoTrader]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does the grille remind me of this?

      http://www.lolwut.com/layout/lolwut.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      the front looks like it was designed by Mazda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally agree, the big happy face look needs to go!

        Other than the huge grin, I like the rear and the profile view. It's more an evolutionary design not real spectacular.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only interesting thing here is the clever use of perspective in the outdoor photos. The design does not evolve the current style of design language, only - as others mentioned - pastes the Fisker grille where an Aston grille should be.
      • 5 Years Ago

      "If its TRULY everyone's planet than let each individual decide if he or she wants to "protect it" - I put that in quotes because this green crap is a LIE. BIG FAT LIE."

      No, the feces in your head makes your repeat what they say on Fox News, that's all there's to it.

      Nothing wrong with earth eh?

      -Rivers are poisoned with industrial waste
      -Drinking water sources are dwindling
      -70% of the world (including the us) is now facing a severe drought
      -Oil wars are killing thouands
      -There's a garbage patch the size of Texas in the Pacific ocean
      -The Amazon forest is being chopped down at the rate of all us. natl parks combined, in one year.

      Take the blinders off, come out from under your rock, it's pieces of human waste like you that f-- up the environment, and that's just not cool
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great design, - this guy's really talented. Only thing this has to have, (even if it's false), is the hallmark Aston grille.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yah, I like the zegato grill - it is too cool to lose it and replace it with that false smile on the concept. Besides that, the car looks pretty good. The DB9/DBS definitely looks better though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The student is good, but sadly, he will join other 'car designers' in the unemployment line.

      There's just no car design job out there, it's like studying fine art and then noticing there's no way of making any income off of paintings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ugly ugly UGLY!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dunno, its a bit stylized for my tastes but I kind of like the headlight design concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not a huge fan of the smiley grill, but I'd imagine that if the rendering actually had a metal grill in place (instead of the solid model grill) it would be much more "Astonish"...but still, the smiley needs to go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, but honeslt Aston styling is the easiest thing in the world to do.

      This is Tesla meets Aston.

      I for one am tired of this green crap. Its amazing to me that we're all free, blah, blah, blah. EXCEPT we have to be told what to drive? Please. Let the market and the people decide.

      If its TRULY everyone's planet than let each individual decide if he or she wants to "protect it" - I put that in quotes because this green crap is a LIE. BIG FAT LIE.

      There is nothing wrong with planet earth - nothing that is that isn't wrong with the other planets as well!

      Can we stop this for once? Its 2009 and we still allow ourselves to be manipulated, lied to, and to be milked out of our hard earned money.

      Enough is enough. For those who want to drive golf carts and "SAVE" the planet - that is your choice. If someone wants to buy a V12 Aston - that is their choice.

      Respect an individual's choice, otherwise we are not truly free.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please let me know where your drinking water comes from. I have some mercury I don't need and I should be FREE to get rid of it any way I want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "But it's what's underneath that could be the most important: electric motors driving all four wheels and supplied by a hydrogen fuel cell stack."

      Uh, no. this thing is a lump of clay.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like this. Its nice to see someone try something a bit different for the front of an AM. The proportions are spot on for an aston and I like how the a-pillar doesn't quite connect. It's a nice touch. Although it's all nice, my favorite is the rear end. Well done Mr Trim, now get someone to build it so we can see it for real
      • 5 Years Ago
      This, like many designs from students and a few other concepts, seems like a characticture of the actual cars on the road today.
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