The design attempt is to address and find unique ‘world’s first’ solutions to the following Indian concerns and conceptualize a practical car possible within two years time frame.
Completely hand built and with last generation M3 engines sourced from BMW, thus requiring no manufacturing infrastructure, car should retail for under Rs 50 lacs, the cost of entry-level sports car in India.
Two M’3 sixes are coupled and placed transversely on either side of the rear wheel axis, space between the two is occupied by transmission on top and final drive below making it the most compact direct and balanced 12 cylinder layout with two counter rotating crankshafts. With the flexibility of running only one engine at a time everyday economy running figures of 7 to 8km to a litre are achievable. The space liberated with Twin parallel 12 layout is then occupied by two additional seats placed diagonally making possible options for either a) two extra passengers, or b) luggage space or c) space for folded second roof.
Zero overhangs over wheels and arched belly allow much higher angle of approach & ground clearance. The air scoop provided at the front wheel axis while not compromising on ground effect. The front and rear sections and also the side-projected skirt are made soft in polyurethane derivative and are impact resilient in an otherwise hand made carbon fibre tub and panels.
The doors slide upwards to clear maximum opening without increasing the car’s footprint, forming the gesture of folded hands as in Indian greeting, marking an ‘announced arrival’. The car’s name and logo are thus derived. ‘Namaskara’
The design attempts to imbibe the purposefulness of super clean F1 cars of sixties, the aggression of American muscle cars, the spirit of British Roadsters, the streamlining of the LeMans cars and the sensuality of the exotic Gandini creations all rolled into a sublime minimalistic conception.