USD Z03 Concept
The Corvette Z03 Concept by Ugur Sahin is a sportscar based on the Corvette Z06 platform. The Corvette Z03 Concept is the first project by newly-estabilished Sahin’s studio, which aims at producing limited series of higly customized exclusive sportscar based on existing platforms.
In regards to the design influence, the cars designer Ugur Sahin comments: “As a designer, the most important goal of this project was to be able to determine the correct balance between the past and the present design language of the Corvette brand.”
The designer’s point of view
“After studying the brand identity and the history of Corvette, I was able to create a definitive “feel” which obviously was the fundamental of the project.”
From this point of perspective I started my first very rough ideation sketches to visualize my ideas. At this stage one thing was very clear. Older C3 Corvettes had that “something” most of us would find difficult to describe, some kind of sexiness and mysterious looks. For some, it was those headlights invisible when standing still that made him quite the macho, for some the pointy nose giving him its aggressive stance. For me it was all about the proportions. Despite being somehow exaggeratedly proportioned, it had thosemuscular lines and wavy curves that made him stand out in the crowd. With these impressions in mind, I tried to combine lines and shapes to create a car with clean surfaces. Another very important issue was to control the balance of details to achieve a clean overall look. The last thing I wanted to do was to create a car that is overwhelming with over the top design elements and details. This obviously reflects on the silhouette, on the rear and the front of the car.
Inspired by the C3, I recognized the air intakes in the front bumper as an important styling cue, and then tried to define a modern interpretation of them. The same happened for the shape of the hood. I wanted the profile to visually look like the front and the rear of the car seamlessly merge into each other , so Iadded the aggressive line work of the side air outlets. Similar lines are used for the air intake on the rocker panels. I believe the lines match each other in a very coherent manner making the side of the car look quite aggressive but somehow pleasant to look at. The rear end consists of some elements which makes a Corvette recognizable, like the round taillights. The shape of the exhausts tends to match the lines of the rear back”