Brilliant Mind Behind: The Jaw-Dropping L1-FE Concept
There are a lot of jaw-dropping concept cars out there. Unfortunately more often then not, they're far too insane to ever see the light of day in any automaker's lineup. But sometimes, a concept car comes along that literally drops our jaws, and still has enough meat on the bone to where we could see it actually being produced. The latest iteration of handsome automotive fantasy comes from an Australian designer by the name of Anthony Farnell. Farnell's L1-FE concept garnered a number of accolades, including a feature at the Melbourne Grand Prix a few years back. So in order to learn more about this radical design, we reached out to ask Anthony a little more detail exactly what this design was all about. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 L1-FE Concept by Anthony Farnell
Where did you draw inspiration for this design?
Having a passion and obsession with all things automotive since childhood lead to a strong interest towards the nature of motorsport. In light of recent years, having taken a particular notice to the emerging form of motorsport ‘Time Attack Racing," I was drawn to the radical styling that had been applied to the top competitor vehicles, virtually aerodynamically driven with minimal styling intent. This approach inspired and fueled the purpose of designing a vehicle that incorporated radical aerodynamic visuals with clean fluid-like surfacing.
How long did it take you from start to finish?
The overall design process from initial concept generation through to final presentation was spread across a 14-week period. Although prior to commencing the design process, an extensive 6-week research period was undertaken.
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What was the most challenging part of this concept?
One of the more challenging aspects of this concept was designing the exterior to not only appear radical within the realm of a race circuit, but to also visually be suitable for public road use. This was overcome by incorporating detachable panels to separate the two uses.
What kind of engine could you imagine for this design?
The vehicle was designed for the date of 2020 – for this reason, the intention was to incorporate a hybrid package, powering the vehicle with a 4-cylinder internal combustion engine and electrical supplement.
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Would this be more of a track car, or a road car? or both?
The L1-FE was designed with the intention of being applicable for both entry-level motorsport and recreational use. The target audience relates to motoring enthusiasts with a particular interest in motorsport. Whether it for hobby or professional purposes, the vehicle allows the user to comfortably make the transition between the two.
How’d you create that menacing front end?
The face of the vehicle was an interesting challenge, being the most visually prominent aspect it was important to not lose sight of the theme and nature of the design. The ongoing process of clay sculpting and sketching enabled the form to take shape and really refine the aggressive character that was being expressed.
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Any other projects you’re planning to work on?
In current search for a position as a Digital Sculptor, my focus on current and future projects are more geared towards production and concept surface modeling. So you will be sure to see more of my work in the future!
Thanks to Anthony for taking time out for an interview!