Bell & Ross are a French company that normally design and build exceptional watches, but in 2016 the company has diversified into supercars. The Aero GT Concept was presented at the Geneva Motor Show as a design study, and was part of a series of motoring-inspired watches.
Even though the Aero GT doesn’t actually exist per se, it looks like Bell & Ross has gone about this whole thing quite seriously. The engine is a bi-turbo 602bhp 4.2-litre V8, paired with an eight-speed double-clutch gearbox driving the rear wheels. Bell & Ross have quoted a 0-62mph time of 2.9secs and a top speed of
Bell & Ross is keen to stress the concept ties with the aeronautic industry and its design is said to be inspired by stealth aircraft. The wing mirrors echo a fighter’s canards, the exhausts look like jet engines, and the fin above the mid-mounted engine is supposed to stabilise the car at high speed. In a neat touch the AeroGT features a probe thing on the right-hand front wing to “measure very high speeds”.
“Every year, in order to create new models, I need new sources of inspiration,” Bruno Belamich, Bell & Ross‘ creative director said on the company’s website. “The aim was to produce a car that can ‘hold its own’, even amongst automotive professionals. But above all, this real challenge was a great joy.”
This isn’t the first time Bell & Ross have used a vehicle concept as a starting point for watch design. In 2014, Bell & Ross created the B-Rocket concept, which also combines vintage design cues with a slick modern feel.