Retro V12 engined supercar imagined by De Tomaso P72 designer
Jowyn Wong, a professional car designer who penned the Apollo Intensa Emozione and the magnificent De Tomaso P72, posted some sketches of a new V12-powered supercar on his Instagram profile, taking inspiration from great racing cars of the past.
Although the concept is a digital-only affair, it proves how well retro and modern design works when fused into a low body. Jowyn Wong opened his own design studio called Wyn design, but it’s just a free time project showcasing his expertise and the positive effect of digital tools in the design process. For design enthusiasts, the concept was created using Gravity Sketch, with additional work done in Shapr3D and Alias for fine details.
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For the unnamed supercar, the designer drew inspiration from a bunch of classic Le Mans racers, including the legendary Porsche 917, Lola T80 and Ferrari 512 S. Indeed, the mid-engine proportions with cabin styling advanced, sharp nose, pronounced fenders, bubble-style canopy and rising tail are clear nods to ’60s race cars. The supercar’s body is full of curves, with the designer spending a week to perfect the shape and reflections.
Large headlights with LED graphics are mounted on the fenders, with the sculpted air intakes, rounded grille and carbon fiber splitter completing the front end. The highlight of the profile are the gold accents on the five-spoke wheels and the ring-shaped features on the attractive body, contrasting with the green exterior hue. At the rear we find gold-finished quad tailpipes mounted above the LED taillights and a massive carbon fiber diffuser.
Jowyn Wong didn’t stop at the exterior, but he also blessed us with some renders showing the interior of the supercar. The retro game continues inside the cabin, with plenty of leather-covered areas, bare carbon fiber and an interesting choice of green tartan fabric for the seat cushion upholstery. We also get a three-spoke wooden steering wheel and shiny metallic accents on the round dials.
The supercar was designed with a V12 engine, against the trend of electrification. That would put it against the likes of low-volume V12-powered exotics like the Ferrari SP3 Daytona and Pagani Huayra Codalunga. Jowyn says he loved his Lotus Exige so much, he was inspired to create a “new V12 machine of glory to celebrate the last decade of the combustion engine”.
You could say that the supercar market is full of many new companies striving to enter the territory of established automakers like Ferrari, Lamborgini, Pagani, Koenigsegg and McLaren. Yet the design talent continues to prove that there can be more exoticism to come with unique styling elevating them into collector’s items.
sketch of @mr__wyn