All the best car designs from Coventry University's annual car design degree show

A supercar green-lighted for production by Arash Cars was the star attraction at the annual Coventry University Automotive Design degree show.

The university has built upon its long-standing reputation in the automotive design industry, with several of this year’s graduates securing employment with Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin.

Arash Farboud - founder-owner of Arash Cars – told Autocar that the scale Arash AF-8 on display at the show previews the final design for the production model to be revealed at next year’s Geneva motor show.

The AF-8 was designed by Bujär Muharremi and Toby Mellor while on placement with Arash last year, and will be powered by a Corvette V8 engine producing as much as 700bhp.

Among the other notable designs at the show was a battery-powered 250kg Caterham X-70 designed by Luke Smith as a successor to the iconic Seven. It uses a carbonfibre monocoque chassis and Lithium-Air batteries to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of 500bhp-per-tonne.

The Playstation Car by Gareth Culverhouse is a concept designed to combine track racing with augmented virtual reality. Users would compete with friends using virtual weaponry projected onto the drivers’ HUD.

Read more on last year's Coventry design degree show

Some students preferred to explore greener ideas. Akash Patel’s BMW Creo is designed to minimise its environmental footprint from production to disposal, even being shipped to dealers in parts to cut transportation costs.

The Holden X-Over concept by Amar Asodia is hydrogen-powered and radically transforms from a five-seat SUV into a two-seat pickup, using a novel folding roof and versatile seating options.

It wasn’t just cars on show - Shehbaz Ali’s Aston Martin motorcyle was designed while he was on a work placement with the company.

Joe Breeze

Coventry University Automotive Design degree show stars

Arash AF-8Arash has green-lighted Bujar Muharemmi and Toby Mellor's AF-8 for production

Aston Martin BikeShehbaz Ali's Aston Martin motorbike blends contemporary design with retro chopper styling

Audi SeroAudi Sero by Matthew Watson uses sustainable materials and user interaction within a city car

Bizzarrini VelenoBorys Dabrowski's Veleno concept visualises the resurrection of 1960's Italian manufacturer Bizzarrini

BMW CreoBMW Creo city car by Akash Patel showcases green solutions from production to disposal

Caterham X-70Luke Smith's Caterham X-70 uses a HUD and front-mounted fins to guide driver along racing line

Holden X-OverUsing a novel folding roof, Amar Asodia's Holden X-Over instantly transforms from SUV to pickup

Honda PettoKaz Matharu's Honda Petto city car displayed quirky design features and colours

Jaguar B-TypeSam Clark's Jaguar CX-C supermini concept would be Gaydon's answer to the Audi A1

Jowett 2020The 2020 is Richard Seale's vision of the revival of defunct British manufacturer Jowett

McLaren MP4-35Seb Petrillo's McLaren MP4-35 is designed to be a baby brother to the 12C supercar

Nissan Smart CityThe Nissan Smart City concept by Saurabh Shah intends to simplify busy Japanese lifestyles

Peugeot RCRUnique features of Dan Howe's Peugeot RCR include frontal door and rear-wheel steering

Playstation CarGareth Culverhouse's Playstation Car combines track driving with virtual reality gaming

Red Bull Zero-1Alex Popov's car adapts its form to increase a driver's adrenaline levels

Renault ConcorEwan Gallimore's design boasts exterior seating areas and detatchable surfboard

Sunseeker PellereRaymond Brown's Sunseeker Pellere is designed to be a land-tender for luxury yachts

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28 February 2013

How come I didn't know about this university before? Those students are really talented, i would love to drive any of the cars they have designed! I wonder if they have any students online programs.

28 June 2013
The Infiniti company has already started building these future cars. I only hope that they find a way to make the cars safer, nowadays we see too many car accidents and it will be great to reduce this number in the future. Only with a smart car robot, that takes control when the driver loses it, the car accidents will be fewer.

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