2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Land Rover DC100 Sport Concept breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2011

Land Rover came with a surprise today at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of the DC100 Sport Concept, a convertible version of the so-called Defender successor a.k.a. DC100 concept. According to Land Rover, the DC100 Sport is actually an active expression of freedom and leisure and it uses the same 100-inch wheelbase.

Moreover, the concept features sustainable hi-tech materials as well as the latest technology in order to optimize fuel and operational efficiency at all times, in all modes and in all driving conditions.

Furthermore, the DC100 Sport offers new technologies such as: a Terrain-i scanning device to warn of obstacles when off-road, Wade Aid sonar technology to assess water depth and Land Rover Terrain Response System, which automatically optimises the car for any environment.

Land Rover uses a design philosophy that goes back more than six decades. Reinventing and refreshing that design philosophy is a challenge that was met in various ways by two new concept cars. Each one of these concept cars is representative of different Land Rover types.

Strength and simplicity

Below the waist, the bodywork follows the Land Rover practice of not having too many unnecessary detailing, putting only with functional design elements. This results in a focused simplicity for the surface. The sharp shoulder line and almost vertical panels of the concept cars put all of the corners in sight of the driver, following Land Rover’s signature Command driving position.

Short overhangs, 22-inch alloy wheels, and compact dimensions make the concept vehicles look purposeful. Additional details that both vehicles have are the triangular vent found in the front wings, the prominent handle that you find near the trailing edge of the doors, and the bonnet edges in the shoulder line. All of these take their inspiration from currently existing Land Rover vehicles.

Dependable Styling

Land Rover is arguably the best car that inspires affection and loyalty starting with the Series 1 to the current Defender. This appeal is due mainly to its front-end design. And the DC100 and DC100 Sport show us the latest reiteration of the Defender face that still has its appeal for six decades now.

The important elements were a sense of honesty and openness. As a vehicle that is used in extreme conditions, the Land Rover must look dependable. This is especially obvious in DC100 with the twin round headlamps and focused grille. The DC100 Sport, on the other hand, has a more aggressive and performance-focused interpretation of the timeless Land Rover look.

DC100 Sport

With the DC100 Sport, the car brand has made a one-of-a-kind concept car that is in a class all its own. It is inspired by the early canvas-roofed Defenders that had fold-down windscreens, exuding the sense of exploration and adventure.

This has been redesigned as a performance concept vehicle for the modern times and features an aero screen and smaller side windows for exciting open air driving. The twin humped roofline covers the spacious load bed, which was intended to secure sports equipment.

The DC100 Sport has a metallic amber finish that mimics the ochre hues of Africa. It is eye-catching no matter where you are and what you’re doing – whether cruising down a beach, driving through town, or scaling and discovering mountain tracks.

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