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Wow I love it, it sucks they would never put something this cool into production.


















Chevrolet WTCC Ultra: Exciting Driveable Race car Concept

• Muscular: Strikingly fresh design, outside and in
• Powerful: 190 hp common rail diesel
• Efficient: Modern lightweight materials

Paris. "It's a wild thing": The Chevrolet WTCC Ultra has got what it takes to be the star of the Paris Motor Show – and not just because its rear spoiler shoots so brashly up to-wards the heavens. The bold and aggressive design of the racecar study takes the Chevrolet body language to the extreme. "We wanted to explore the concept of a Chev-rolet muscle car reinvented for Europe," says David Lyon, Executive Director GM Asia-Pacific Design. "A concept that celebrates Chevy's racing heritage with a very forward looking design."

The ready-to-drive concept car set to premiere in Paris was developed by a GM team around the globe (for more details, see page 4). It is the vision of a new generation of touring car- a design icon that bends the present WTCC regulations. "In addition to the premiere of the Chevrolet WTCC Ultra, we are also celebrating our second victory in the World Touring Car Championship," says the boss of Chevrolet Europe, Wayne Brannon, referring to Rob Huff's success in Brno in Czech Republic on September 3. "Our com-mitment to the WTCC is of enormous value for emotionalising the brand."

In line with Chevrolet's diesel offensive, the compact WTCC Ultra (length/width/height with spoiler: 4,324/1,906/1,569 mm, wheelbase: 2,650 mm) is equipped with a powerful 1,991 cm3 diesel unit generating 139 kW/190 hp. The basic version of the four-cylinder engine is the common rail unit with four-valve technology and variable turbine blade ge-ometry currently powering the Chevrolet Captiva and due to go into the Epica from spring 2007. The increase in performance was achieved by raising the turbo boost pres-sure.


The WTCC Ultra has a sophisticated independent wheel suspension on McPherson struts on both axles. The lower wheel control at the front is taken care of by an A-frame arm, while at the back, two additional wishbones and one trailing arm link the wheels precisely to the chassis.

To keep the unladen weight as low as possible, the designers of the WTCC Ultra have made plenty of use of modern lightweight materials. The body parts are finished in "Stealth Blue", a further development of the familiar Chevrolet blue, and are made of a glass fibre and carbon fibre laminate. The flat underbody of the fully functioning touring concept car, which also graphically divides up the vehicle because of its dark colour, and the front and rear spoilers are made of a plain weave carbon fibre composite. The win-dow frames and the air inlet grilles at the front are finished in semi gloss dark grey. They make an attractive contrast with the glossy silver-painted wheels and the polished alu-minium door handles, number plate and centrally positioned tailpipes.

Another aerodynamic feature apart from the flat underbody and the spoilers is a rear dif-fuser to create additional downforce.

The design: As dramatic and exciting as possible

For Ewan Kingsbury, the Lead Designer of the WTCC Ultra, "aggressive", "muscular" and "dramatic" are the words that first spring to mind when he is asked to describe the design of the new project. "As the chosen theme of the car was a concept racecar, this immediately gave me license to push the passion and aggression of the styling to the ex-treme".

The proportions of the WTCC Ultra give the impression of a car that looks fast even when it's standing still. "A car's proportions are the biggest factor in its appearance, so all the early work concentrated on this area," said 25-year old Kingsbury, who studied transport design at Coventry University in England and subsequently worked for Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) Design before moving to GM in Australia. With the WTCC Ul-tra, the designers pushed the front screen forward to create a more aggressive frontal bias, with the added bonus of visually shortening the front overhang. The track was wid-ened significantly to 1,685 mm at the front and 1,670 mm at the rear, giving the car a more muscular and powerful stance.

The lines and surfaces were created to project the impression of great energy under tension, captured at the moment before unspringing. "The intention was to give the con-cept a fresh, exciting and aggressive combination of surfacing and graphics," explains Kingsbury. All the lines on the car, plan view lines included, accelerate rearward of the front door, to give the car more speed, and keep the visual weight in the correct position. A dramatic effect is created by the steeply rising sweep of the lower window-line, which, together with the small separate front quarter-light window between the A and B posts, serves to create a fresh identity.

The sharp, accelerating graphics contrast with more organic, flowing surfaces. Kings-bury: "A dominant surface feature evident in the car is the use of 'broken' lines in many areas. This is most obvious in the waterline on the bodyside. This line contributes to the frontward biased proportions, by drawing the eye forward and down." Equally striking are the powerful wheel arches to accommodate the 20" slicks needed to keep the car on the road.


Chevrolet WTCC Ultra: Technical data
Exterior dimensions
Length (mm) 4,324
Width (mm) 1,906
Height (roof / with rear spoiler, mm) 1,490/1,569
Overhang front/rear (mm) 935/739
Wheelbase (mm) 2,650
Track width front/back (mm) 1,685/1,670
Engine
Type four-cylinder
Common-Rail diesel
Capacity (cm3) 1,991
Bore/stroke (mm) 83/92
Output (kW/PS) 139/190



Tons more photos:

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/09/28/paris-motor-show-chevrolet-wtcc-ultra-pics-and-info/
 

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it's hot therefore...not available in GM market...GM markets 2 hot cars, one is the new Vette, the other is the Solstice/Sky.....everything else...well at least the concept is hot
 

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looks pretty nice, reminds me of a modded civic hatch

i like the steering wheel with the integrated gauge cluster
 

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Maybe its just me, but I'm pretty sure thats about the ugliest thing I've ever seen, and entirely too slow for that type of appearance.
 

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It looks like a real-life micro machine. 190 HP is good for such a small car, plus it looks rear engine, rear wheel drive. Makes for an exciting ride. The diesel idea is perfect for what's going on, with the increase of biodiesel and all. Plus, diesel has a history of great gas milage.

In other words, I'd get it in a heartbeat, but I'll never be able to. It's european, and it's a concept. If this DOES ever reach the states, it'll be some watered down FF weenie mobile marketed for college chicks and lesbians.
 

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That would be soo fun for AutoX. The front bumper looks straight off and Acura MDX. Good concept, it's a shame they'll never male it or ruin it if they do make it.
 

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Obviously it's aimed at the European market, but here's 3 reasons why it'll never happen, at least not here:

1) It's a hatchback, and Americans never buy hatchbacks
2) Looks too cool and "European", they'd have to homogenize it down and maybe tack on some black plastic cladding for the Pontiac "We Build Excrement" division
3) If distributed in the US, expect rebadging... so there'll be a Chevy version, a Pontiac version, a Buick version, a Cadillac version, a Saab version, a GMC version...

There's just so many ways that GM can (and will) screw it up.
 

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LMAO you hit the nail on the head.

WTF is it with domestic car companies (imports too) slapping that hideious black plastic trim crap all over the bottom of cars. Do they actually think people like that ugly crap?

Chevy Sprint SS, a Pontiac Wheeee SS, a Buick Microwagon, a Cadillac Tux SS, a Saab Ricola SS, a GMC MadMax SS...


aLiEn_sPoReZ said:
Obviously it's aimed at the European market, but here's 3 reasons why it'll never happen, at least not here:

1) It's a hatchback, and Americans never buy hatchbacks
2) Looks too cool and "European", they'd have to homogenize it down and maybe tack on some black plastic cladding for the Pontiac "We Build Excrement" division
3) If distributed in the US, expect rebadging... so there'll be a Chevy version, a Pontiac version, a Buick version, a Cadillac version, a Saab version, a GMC version...

There's just so many ways that GM can (and will) screw it up.
 

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MrPhotoman said:
LMAO you hit the nail on the head.

WTF is it with domestic car companies (imports too) slapping that hideious black plastic trim crap all over the bottom of cars. Do they actually think people like that ugly crap?

Chevy Sprint SS, a Pontiac Wheeee SS, a Buick Microwagon, a Cadillac Tux SS, a Saab Ricola SS, a GMC MadMax SS...
Concept...


Production...
 
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