Developed by Ernesto Freitas, founder of LusoMotors, the Voisin project is currently in the virtual 3D model stage.
The studio aims at producing a full-scale model in the next future that would virtually compete in the same exclusive segment as that of the Bugatti Veyron.
Speaking about the inspirations that motivated him, Ernesto Freitas says: "Personally I always loved French classic cars. I’m not talking about just the design or the brands, but the history behind them."
"Voisin is one of them: despite being active for just a few years, this brand made some of the most fantastic and luxurious cars of the time. Lots of technological advanced details were incorporated in their cars, using the knowledge from the aviation world.
|Above: preliminary renderings|
"Gabriel Voisin and his brother, Charles Voisin where pioneers, and I believe, the only real rivals of Bugatti at that time. Having this in mind, we came up with a design to rival with Bugatti, like in the "old days"…
The Voisin was designed to accomodate large capacity longitudinal V12 engine at the rear. The new V12 Audi diesel engine would be the ideal choice, as Ernesto explains: "Huge amounts of torque and power can be used with no regrets!"
The sportscar has generous dimensions – especially the wheelbase – and sits on 20-inches wheels with ultra low profile tires.
Note: the Voisin brand is property of its owner, and it’s being used by LusoMotors solely as a mere design exercise and a way to pay homage to classic French cars and their history and to Gabriel Voisin.
LusoMotors is a Portuguese Car Design company that offers design and prototyping services using its know-how to develop low-cost and feasable projects.
It was founded by Ernesto Freitas, a professional mechanical designer with more than 15 years experience in the field and an amateur car designer.
It is based in Guimarães, northern Portugal.
About Avions Voisin
Founded by aviation pioneer and manufacturer Gabriel Voisin, Avions Voisin produced cars from 1919 to 1939.
Among the technical highlights of these luxury and original vehicles were the extensive use of aluminum and the Knight-type sleeve valve engines.
The design of the bodies was created by Gabriel himself, who said he was helped by architect Le Corbusier. Voisin’s cars were lightweight, with central weight distribution, ample luggage boxes and angular exterior lines. The 1923 Laboratoire Grand Prix was one of the very first cars with a monocoque structure.
|1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport – Source: Supercars.net||1934 Voisin C15 Saloit Roadster – Source: Supercars.net|
One of the engineers working at Voisin was André Lefèbvre, who later joined Citroen where he created the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the DS.
For more information on Avions Voisin visit:
- Avions Voisin logo (France. 1919-1939) at Cartype
- Avions Voisin at Wikipedia
- Voisin cars at Supercars.net
(Image Courtesy: LusoMotors)