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Future trends in car design

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Open Research Online The Open University’s repository of research publications and other research outputs Future trends in car design Conference Item How to cite: Martin, Keith (1980). Future trends in car design. In: British Association of Young Scientists, 9th July, 1980, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, UK. For guidance on citations see FAQs. c© 1980 The Author Version: Version of Record Copyright and Moral Rights for the articles on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copy- right owners. For more information on Open Research Online’s data policy on reuse of materials please consult the policies page. oro.open.ac.uk FUTURE TRENDS IN CAR DESIGN Keith Martin MSc, C.Eng., M.I. Mech.E., MBIM, MSAE. Senior Engineer, Aston Martin Lagonda (1975) Ltd Paper first presented to British Association of Young Scientists Seminar at the National Motor Museum, 9th July, 1980. Subsequently presented as Dudley Coram memorial lecture at the Brighton Engineerium, 12th Sept. 1981. Reprinted in AM Quarterly Vol 19, No. 78, pp21-23. I should like to begin by introducing myself and my work. I am by Profession a Chartered Engineer and work in the Engineering Department at Aston Martin Lagonda in Newport Pagnell, England. I was the Project Manager of the Aston Martin Bulldog, the full story of which is being serialised in the AMOC magazine. The Bulldog is a research and development prototype car which contains many detail features novel to automobile design which may be suitable for future production, but the car itself is not destined for production. Bulldog is discussed in more detail later. Aston Martin currently employs about 360 people and our production volume is 210 cars per year. These are sold all over the world our largest markets being the UK, USA and Japan. The model range comprises the 2 door Aston Martin V8 and its derivatives the Vantage high performance version, and Volante convertible, and the 4 doo

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