March 3, 2007
JC unveils a surprise concept at the Geneva International Auto Show.
Bringing a dream closer to reality.
Today, JC unveiled a surprise concept vehicle at their press release at Geneva. The Volant II Concept is a more production ready variant of the original Volant Concept shown at the Tokyo Auto Show two years ago. The original Volant did not have any production plans; it was a one-off vehicle that embodied the extreme handling and sporting intentions JC was capable of.
Due to high consumer interest, the Volant II was designed with production intentions. It is a clear evolution of the original Volant, while staying more true to current JC design language. It borrows design traits from both the Volant and SpeedCell concepts shown previously, to create one sleek and sporty roadster.
Bold wheel arches and smooth surfaces arrest the eye. Like the original Volant, the II is anchored by four massive wheel arches. The rest of the body work is sinewy-taut, stretched over the arches in tense, athletic ways. The hood is a key example; no sharp lines, just a fluid yet tense shaping of surface to get the message across. This "surface tension" is carried along the long uninterrupted beltline, and the swell of the lower body work. Large intakes up front and cat-like headlamps are bold and aggressive in a rear-view mirror, and show a triangular theme that is echoed in the side vents and the rear exhaust and lamps. The lamps themselves carry a "wave" theme, with overlapping metal details.
Inside, the interior coddles, with supportive yet supple "shell" seats (blue, like the original Volant) and a wraparound dash that takes the JC interior design theme one step further.
When the Volant is realized in production form, it will occupy a niche that is for now vacant. Reflecting usual JC performance and luxury for a value price, the Volant production vehicle will set new industry standards.
The Volant II Concept, meanwhile, is powered by the Vurig R's 2.0L turbocharged I-4, producing 330 horsepower in this application. This engine is light and can be mounted in an extreme front-mounted mid-engine arrangement, allowing for both an extremely low weight and excellent distribution of that weight. The power is fed through a modified version of JC's world-renowned all-wheel drive system; in the Volant, it eschews several of the Vurig and Voltaire's electronic systems, replacing it with a very simple rear-biased drive system, allowing the Volant to be a light, hardcore and simple roadster.
The Volant II Concept is not only a glimpse into a future roadster from JC, but also the direction of JC design and philosophy.
Sorry this is late guys. It's been an incredibly busy week. I hope you guys enjoy, and any criticisms are more than appreciated.
And, for reference's sake, the original Volant Concept:
And the SpeedCell Concept:
Modified by knihc2008 at 8:12 AM 3/12/2007