French watchmaker Bell & Ross has taken a step outside its comfort zone with the development of its AeroGT study.
Billed as a modern supercar that draws inspiration from cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO, which holds the record for the most expensive car ever to be sold at auction, and by aviation, the AeroGT will inspire new watches, like the BR 03-92 AeroGT, pictured below.
“Every year, in order to create new models, I need new sources of inspiration. Following the success of our B-Rocket motorbike, in 2014, I wanted to go even further and design the Bell & Ross car. The aim was to produce a car that can ‘hold its own’, even amongst automotive professionals. But above all, this real challenge was a great joy“, said the firm’s creative director, Bruno Belamich, in a statement.
At 1.10 meters (43.3 in) tall and 4.7 meters (185 in) long, it has wing mirrors inspired by the “canards” placed on the nose of a jet fighter and it also gets similarly-shaped exhaust pipes, joined by the rear longitudinal aileron, “reminiscent of an aircraft’s vertical stabilizer“, as the company claims, whose role is to stabilize the car in tight turns.
If by some miracle the AeroGT will be put into production, then it will be powered by a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering 594 HP, paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint would take less than 3 seconds and top speed would stand at close to 200 mph (322 km/h).