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08.03.2013 - FormTrends Concept cars of the 2013 GMS: Spyker B6 Venetor concept
Powered by a mid-mounted V6 engine, the Venetor is a compact two-seater set to do battle with more mainstream sports cars. Though the Venetor is roughly the same size as Porsche’s 911, with which it will likely compete against in performance, the concept weighs 1400kg – about the same as Porsche’s smaller Cayman model. This is largely attributed to the Venetor’s lightweight carbon-fibre bodywork and aluminum platform.
With a nod towards Spyker’s aviation history, the B6 Venator features jet-inspired design cues, from its propeller style wheels to the 3D taillamps, which have been modeled on iris-type after burners. Its glass canopy also makes reference to aircraft, its aerodynamic shape extending rearwards to minimize drag. Its name also holds historical significance – Venator means ‘hunter’ in Latin, which was the name of Spyker’s fighter aircraft built in the early 20th century.
The aviation references continue to the interior, which features an exposed gear change mechanism, a red cover over the starter switch and numerous toggle switches nestled in an aluminum fascia. Spyker’s attention to detail is also apparent in the quilted leather throughout the cabin, which even extends down to the floor. It’s this level of detailing combined with bespoke materials and aviation-inspired elements that make up the low-volume carmaker’s DNA, and make it such an exclusive offering in the sports car segment.
Eric Gallina is a freelance journalist and the editor of Form Trends, a new website covering the automotive design industry and the people who work within it.