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At the 1934 Salon de l’Automobile in Paris, Gabriel Voisin seized the opportunity to outline his ideas for “la Voiture de l’Avenir”. This car would enjoy a top speed of 200km/hr, 150 bhp and fuel consumption of 15 liter per 100 km… So far so good, except maybe for the eco-efficiency. The fun part was that Voisin, in order to further streamline the car body, arranged the wheels in a diamond shape, and that it would have a Radial engine of 5, 7 or 9 cylinders. This rhomboid idea never took off, but it kept lingering in the minds of designers through the decades. In 196o Pininfarina presented the concept car X (which incidentally was offered for sale on eBay this month with a starting bid of 800.000 USD. No bids yet.) Later, in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show a Chinese concept car “Rhomboid” -wheels in a diamond shape of course- made his first appearance. This prompted a New York Times blog to comment: “… The interior includes hemp. This is not surprising.” After reading this it will come as no surprise that Avions Voisin were delighted to grasp the TopGear Future Car Award 2009, with a car design featuring your average, run-of-the-mill, four wheels in a rectangular layout.


TopGear Magazine, december 2009

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