AeroGT concept inspired by aviation; power comes from twin-turbo 4.2-litre V8 engine, which could hit 62mph in less than three seconds

French watchmaker Bell & Ross has revealed its new AeroGT concept, billed as a modern supercar that draws inspiration from aviation and 1950s grand tourers.

As a design project intended to inspire new watches, Bell & Ross creative director Bruno Belamich said the AeroGT’s aim was to “hold its own” among more traditional rivals. If produced, power would come from a twin-turbo 4.2-litre V8 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Delivering 594bhp, claimed performance figures include 0-62mph in less than three seconds and a top speed near 200mph.

Sitting extremely low, the 4.7-metre long car features sharp angles throughout, razor-thin wing mirrors and a drop-shaped glass roof, intended to replicate the glass cover of a jet cockpit.Continuing the aviation theme, there are turbine-style wheels and large exhaust pipes, apparently reflecting turbojet engine exhausts. The AeroGT also has a rear fin reminiscent of a plane’s vertical stabiliser.

The reveal isn’t the first time that Bell & Ross has dabbled in automotive design: it launched a similar design concept of the B-Rocket motorbike in 2014. Also drawing on aviation, the B-Rocket was built by British customer bike builder Shaw Harley-Davidson.

Bell & Ross has cameoed in manufacturers’ previous designs; in 2010, the Peugeot SR1, a hybrid three-seat roadster concept, featured a dash clock which was actually a Bell & Ross removable watch.

See more of the AeroGT concept in the official launch video, below.

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22 March 2016

Does it need winding up or do you just put it on your wrist and wiggle it around a bit?

22 March 2016

It's great that watch company is having fun designing cars. Let's not forget Swatch's collaboration with Mercedes for the original Smart car. However, this Aero GT is all business and looks the part of a serious supercar although this seems to be CGI-generated and a fantasy concept.
You have to give credit to Bell & Ross for a very stunning and well thought out car design that is not out of place next to a Ferrari, McLaren, Koenigsegg, or Pagani.

...and being an owner of BR chronograph I may be a bit biased, but it speaks volumes on their quality and design excellence.

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