Concept Car Of The Day: 1970 Vauxhall SRV - AllCarIndex

Concept Car Of The Day: 1970 Vauxhall SRV

Jul 08, 2024

Vauxhall's Styling Department created the Styling Research Vehicle, or S.R.V., as a three-dimensional exercise to explore potential design solutions for future vehicles. This high-speed, 4-door, 4-seater concept car stood at only 41.5 inches high and was envisioned to have a transverse engine, turbo-charger, and midships positioning behind the passenger compartment to accommodate both passengers and engine within the wheelbase.

The front seats were fixed, but adjustable control pedals, steering column, and front-seat rake were designed to cater to individual driver preferences. By securing the front seats in a fixed position, the seat structure contributed to the overall strength of the car's frame, which completely surrounded the passenger compartment. All control switches were conveniently located in the driver's door, resembling the layout of an aircraft cockpit.

One of the innovative features of the S.R.V. was its aerodynamic design for high-speed performance. Ideas such as an aerofoil in the nose for trimming, an electric levelling system at the rear, and a pump system to redistribute fuel among storage tanks were all aimed at enhancing the vehicle's aerodynamics. The instrument panel displayed various gauges related to research equipment, including a manometer, fuel distribution gauge, and instruments specific to the turbo-charger.

The dimensions of the S.R.V. were impressive, with a length of 16 ft. 8 in., width of 6 ft. 4.5 in., and height of 3 ft. 5.5 in. Its wheelbase measured 8 ft. 9 in., with a front track of 5 ft. 2.5 in. and a rear track of 4 ft. 4.25 in. The front overhang was 3 ft. 7.5 in., while the rear overhang was 4 ft. 3.5 in.

The Vauxhall S.R.V. was truly a forward-thinking concept that showcased the potential future of automotive design and technology. Although it was just a styling exercise, it represented the innovative spirit of Vauxhall's Styling Department and their dedication to pushing boundaries in the automotive industry.

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