The Dramatic Visos Design Study | Part Five

Visos programmable characteristics:

"I miss tinkering under a car’s bonnet. After all, many of us are real car enthusiasts, and enthusiasts will always appreciate having more control," says Chris Hamilton, Visos Exterior Designer.

With the Visos, Ford is welcoming the enthusiast back under the bonnet. An LCD monitor, mounted to one side of the engine, displays the current set-up. By plugging a laptop computer into a USB port, next to the LCD monitor, the user can change settings that control such attributes as the dampers, rev limiter and much more.

Users can even download preset configurations from a dedicated Ford server on the Internet, or swap setting files with other owners.

Visos is powered by a 6 cylinder bi-turbo engine. It has a power output of 350 PS, and 400 Nm of torque is available. The engine is mated to a 6-speed advanced ASM transmission, driving all four wheels.

Visos exterior in detail:

Visos has classic coupé styling, with a sharply curved C-pillar, reminiscent of the iconic Capri. The B-pillar is hidden behind tinted glass, giving the side-view a smooth, uninterrupted flow. The A-pillar is sharply raked, consistent with coupé styling. Two intake vents are situated on the rear three quarter panel, while 20-inch wheels fill out the lightly flared wheel arches.

The uninterrupted side glass is matched by the top surfaces of the car to give an appearance similar to a futuristic aircraft cockpit. The windscreen, the roof and the rear screen blend into one, incorporating at the rear the deployable aerodynamic spoiler and in the roof the retractable panels that give easy access to the rear seats.

From the rear, Visos sports wide shoulders, accentuated by angled horseshoe-shaped rear lights. A third brake light is mounted in the rear hatch. This light also accommodates additional cameras for rear visibility. A recessed number plate housing echoes the lines of the rear hatch, while two chrome-tipped exhaust pipes hint at the car’s performance potential.

The front of Visos consists of a deep air dam, with twin air intakes that reflect the same design as the exhaust pieces. A narrow grille with a chrome surround sits above the air dam.

An inverted version of the rear lights are used in the front of Visos, with a blue strip of light surrounding the composite LED headlamp behind a clear lens. The bonnet slopes gently from the nose to the windscreen, with a pair of crease lines that run into the front lights.

"Visos is designed to be a feasible, practical vehicle. We didn’t want a pie-in-the-sky vehicle. We wanted to show something passionate and emotional. Something that is dramatic, yet achievable. We believe Visos matches these high aspirations."

Chris Bird

Design Director, Ford of Europe

Published 20 September 2003 Melanie Carter
 
 

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