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DoMiNo
01-20-2005, 10:28 PM
A boring day in class... I therefore had time to think about what I'd do with the Shannon brand (if SV doesn't mind me taking liberties with his company). Came up with a concept that I think would be the logical next step. Tell me what you think... Press release below.<p><IMG SRC="http://img30.exs.cx/img30/3717/pic00001small0us.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>January 20, 2005  ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO  Independent design house and industry supplier Dominy today acknowledged its long-speculated intention to build a front-engine premium coupe concept under the Shannon badge. Industry analysts suggest that the concept, to be released officially this month, may be Dominys attempt to forge a long-term alliance with the revitalized European manufacturer. <p>The fledgling Dominy, Inc. was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, in 2003. The shop won immediate acclaim for its revolutionary work in carbon fiber. Dominy essentially revolutionized the carbon fiber assembly process, notes a company spokesman, the patented Dominy system will drastically reduce costs associated with the versatile, lightweight material. <p>Indeed, it is carbon fiber construction which sets apart Dominys latest concept, dubbed in-house the DCC-S, an abbreviation for Dominy Composite Coupe: Shannon. Currently powered by a supercharged version of Shannons well-loved 3.0 liter inline 6, the DCC makes 322hp and 310 ft/lb torque@4000rpm. It was a proven powertrain, says CEO Matt Dominy, we were looking for a relatively compact, lightweight, versatile motor that could put out V8 horsepower if tuned accordingly. A high-flow exhaust is currently being tested, which Dominy believes will increase horsepower by up to 15. A six-speed automatic transmission, also from Shannon, sends power to the rear wheels. Dominy notes that a production model would most likely retain the inline 6; alternate powertrains include the 323hp, 4.5 liter V8 from the Shannon 645, and a higher displacement inline 6-cylinder still under development. There are no current plans for a diesel iteration of the car. <p>On a wheelbase comparable to the BMW 645ci, the DCC weighs in at a mere 3120 lb (1418kg), due mainly to the use of carbon fiber for door, hood, trunk, and roof panels; the remainder of body panels and the spaceframe beneath are aluminum. Not surprisingly, performance is astounding: Dominy estimates a 4.8 second run to 60 mph, and top speed will remain electronically limited at 155mph. It will go considerably faster, admits Dominy. <p>The concept DCC is equipped with an infinitely-adjustable version of Dominys magnetically-damped suspension. Company insiders note that this will most likely not be an option, should the car make it to production. Were trying to keep the car at a certain price point, and with the money weve spent elsewhere, it simply makes more sense to use a traditional suspension setup.<p>Setting comparably sized coupes from Maserati, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz as benchmarks, Dominy have outfitted the DCC concept with myriad luxury and safety amenities. Amber-tinted lenses give the adaptive high-intensity discharge headlamps a greenish glow, and the theme is mirrored in emerald-tinted LED turn indicators and rear lamps. 20-inch cast aluminum wheels are shod with Michelin run-flat rubber, designed specifically for the car. <p>The design, while conservative, reflects the well-known Shannon identity. Cues like the double headlamp pods flanking twin 4-hole grilles preserve the automakers venerable corporate face. From the aggressive, BMW-esque front fascia to the polished quad exhaust (the top of each tip inconspicuously engraved with the Dominy logo), the DCC-S is an attractive full-sized coupe. Inside the tasteful restraint continues; terra cotta suede adorns the seats (2+2 seating) and the dash, while a lighter shade is found on the headliner and door panel inserts. Chrome accents brighten the interior, while Southeast Asian Amboyna wood veneer panels conceal air vents, a 660-watt Pioneer sound system and touch screen DVD-based navigation system.<p>Dominy hopes that the car will fill a void in the Shannon model range Shannon is a brand competing step for step with companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Models like the new Series 6 set the bar its been a tremendous and much-needed success for the company. The DCC is a logical extension of the brand; a next step. Dominy goes on to say that, while nothing has been confirmed, a working relationship between the two companies would be in the interests of both. What Dominy can bring to the table, in terms of construction technique and design capability, would be a good way to set Shannon apart and gain an edge over competitors. In any event, the concept is good press for both companies.<br>

whipster
01-21-2005, 06:41 AM
Apart from weird proportions, this is a very good drawing; and styling is really Shannon-ish. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

KaRaceR
01-21-2005, 10:00 AM
very good man,<br>nice features,<br>back reminds me of a porsche and the lights remind me of the C4

VexedandGlorious
01-21-2005, 10:11 AM
i dont like that tallllllllll roof but its good, really nice.

DoMiNo
01-21-2005, 10:30 AM
Yea the roof is totally off... I feel like I should apologize for that one. Oh well, maybe I can sketch out another idea.

SV
01-21-2005, 03:53 PM
hey, i like it. i had no idea everyone liked my designs so much, i'm surprised. i've already pretty much planned out the future of shannon untill 2012 or so, but i might use some elements of your design in a future concept/production car if that's OK. also, i have a similar model in the pipeline; the series 6 coupe. it should be completed my march, for the geneva auto show. for now the plans are just to chop 2 doors off the sedan.<p>also, shannon already has an active suspension, which are a different design than yours; they're active anti-roll bars like BMW's system (mine's called Ride Control). your press release is impressive too, mine are never anywhere near that long. and apart from the roof it's very-nicely proportioned <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>and we can do a joint-venture for technologies as well, i think shannon needs some more innovations.

taskbearer
01-21-2005, 09:22 PM
impressive refreshment of the shanon design. job well done.