Sunday, August 16, 2009

Devon GTX

2010 Devon GTX
Devon Press Release

2010 Devon GTXConceived by a visionary industrial artist, brought to life by some of the worlds leading automotive engineers and designers, and proven on some of the most demanding race tracks in America, the all-new 2010 Devon GTX stands ready to stake claim as the next great American supercar.

The 2010 Devon GTX was introduced today on the famed judging stand at the Pebble Beach Concours dElegance. The limited edition supercar is the first product from Los Angeles-based industrial design house Devon Motorworks. It will go on sale in the first quarter of 2010.

We are so proud to utilise the hallowed Concours stand as the venue to premiere the first offering from our studio, said Devon Motorworks founder and CEO Scott Devon. Each year this event serves as a living homage to the great automobiles of our past, many of which served as our inspiration for the Devon GTX. By being mindful of classic design, and blending our own view of modern transportation, it's our sincere hope that we will earn a permanent spot in the landscape of automotive history. The Devon GTX is on one hand a race-inspired performance car, offering a 650-horsepower engine and a complimentary transmission and induction/exhaust system that will make it the most powerful naturally aspirated production powertrain system on the market today. On the other hand, the vehicles muscular shape represents a new expression of modern industrial design, blending both classic and futuristic cues to warn of the awesome power that exists within its shape.

2010 Devon GTXWe set out to design a vehicle that was quintessentially American, both in its shape and in its performance, Devon said. Standing still, the Devon GTX tells a story of power, handling and beauty. Its classical, yet futuristic design promises an incredible experience. Once under power, the GTX lives up to its promise every heart-pounding second you're behind the wheel.

The design was led by Devon and noted automotive designer Daniel Paulin. Their approach to the vehicle was to boldly blend power, tactility and aesthetics into one singular form.

The vehicles aircraft-quality carbon fibre body sits atop large lattice-structure centre-lock wheels. The interior design reflects the company's progressive design philosophy and features carbon-fibre-reinforced racing seats, dual-grained leather surfacing throughout the cockpit and tasteful chrome appointments. Refinement, quality and uniqueness are conveyed in the cars up and forward articulating doors, distinctive body two-tone wheel surrounds, minimal front/rear overhangs, and dual centre rear exit chrome exhaust ports.

Beneath the skin of the Devon GTX is an 8.4-litre (510 cubic inches) V10 engine that produces 650 horsepower (484.7 kW) at 6100 rpm. The V10 engine is mated with a track-proven six-speed manual transmission. While the Devon GTX has yet to hit an American road, it has made its mark on two of Americas most demanding road courses. In validation testing earlier this year, the vehicle set production car lap records at both Willow Springs Raceway and Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.

It was not a specific goal to set track records at that stage of validation, but the car outperformed even our aggressive goals, said Devon Motorworks validation and testing leader Justin Bell, a former 24 Hours of Le Mans champion. We are looking forward to additional testing, where I'm certain the GTX will eclipse any time we've set to date.

Devon, Paulin and Bell are just part of an international team of performance and design veterans that make up the Devon Motorworks team.

Former Ford executive engineer Andy Benedict leads the product development team, while manufacturing and assembly is headed by Clive Hawkins, founder of ARIA Group. Aerodynamic testing is supervised by Dr. Joseph Katz of San Diego State University while marketing is led by automotive veteran Jerry Deeney. They are supported by a hand-picked team of experts that will design, engineer, manufacturer and present vehicles on a coach-built basis to a select and discerning customer base. We have assembled an international team of highly qualified experts who have set out on an uncommon task. But with an American can-do attitude, our goal of creating an American supercar has been realised, said Devon.

Devon Motorworks will produce 36 cars per year at its manufacturing facility in southern California. On sale beginning in the first quarter of 2010, the cars will be sold for USD$500,000. An optional Racing Package will be available for USD$25,000. The vehicles will be sold and serviced directly through Devon Motorworks.

Each of our customers will have individual needs that we will cater to, Devon said. Our philosophy is to blend their tastes with our exacting standards and in the spirit of bespoke craftsmanship, create a car that is both identifiably a Devon GTX yet singular to our customer's specifications. We want to make sure we have a direct relationship with our customers.

Devon Motorworks is an industrial design company based in southern California. All of its design products have a common purpose of providing sculptural power with recognisable beauty. Devon Motorworks design language is classical, yet futuristic, with exquisite shapes in the modern mould. Visit Devon Motorworks for more information.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 8.4 litre V10
Aspiration: Natural
Maximum Power: 650 hp (485 kW) @ 6100 rpm
Maximum Torque: -
Transmission: -
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive

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