BMW M Concept: Independent designer’s idea of an Audi R8 rival

Others | June 16th, 2009 by 21
2009 bmw m concept design by idries noah rear angle top 1280x960 BMW M Concept: Independent designers idea of an Audi R8 rival

BMW fans have been looking forward for an Audi R8 rival for quite some time now, but unfortunately for all of us, BMW has no …

BMW fans have been looking forward for an Audi R8 rival for quite some time now, but unfortunately for all of us, BMW has no plans at this moment to build a supercar that will compete against the now famous R8.

BMW’s future plans focus rather on smaller, fuel efficient vehicles and this will be the direction in the few years.

Of course, things might change in the future, but until then, we just have to settle for concepts designed by independent artists looking for more exposure.

Designer Idries Noah decided to draw his own version of BMW M Supercar, a true Audi R8 competitor in his eyes. Do we dig it? Can’t really decide yet….

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Here is what Noah had to say:

I grew impatient waiting for BMW to bring out an R8 rival, so I decided to design my own version of it. The recipe was simple. It needed to look Aggressive, Sleek, Agile and totally different from anything on the road today.

Usually I’d study legendary cars and draw inspiration from that. When designing the Ferrari F250 Concept e.g. I drew inspiration from cars like the Dino and 250GTO. This time however I needed to clear my head and come up with something totally unique while still keeping some BMW details.

So elements like the trademark grille and hockey stick pillar remain. My inspiration for this design however came from nature. More specifically water and the way it flows and ripples. The side detailing was inspired by what’s called in surfing terms “ a Barrel or Tube”. It’s where the wave is hollow when it breaks.

Dimension wise the car is roughly the same as the R8 and would be powered by a tweaked version of the 5L V10 found in the M6. It should be good for 400kw plus. If this car had to go into production in today’s day and age it would probably lose most of its aggressiveness and bold design features.
And that’s sad because imagine pulling up next to an R8 in this…

2009 bmw m concept design by idries noah front angle 1280x960 655x491 BMW M Concept: Independent designers idea of an Audi R8 rival

[Source: SeriousWheels via Fastcars

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