Friday, July 25, 2008

Reality Check: Carlos Carrasco’s GPR Concept


The next Derbi streetbike just might use design cues from the GPR concept...
Pics: Daily Motos

Carlos Carrasco, a student of transport design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona, has created this GPR concept, which uses the mechanical bits from a Derbi GPR 125 streetbike. ‘Designing a motorcycle is the most exciting thing you can do. All vehicles have a kind of soul that goes beyond the materials used to make them, but motorcycles are one step above,’ says Carrasco.

Derbi agreed to collaborate with Carrasco on this project, and supplied him with a GPR 125 on which to base the project. Carrasco says his concept bike’s exaggerated proportions pay homage to Derbi’s 50cc racebikes from the 1960s and 70s, with their elongated fuel tanks and extreme riding position.

Can this concept form the basis for a new Derbi streetbike? ‘I never thought it might become a street bike. I simply wanted to express my feeling for motorcycles in a project that has more sculpture than machine in it,’ says Carrasco. ‘As it is, the GPR concept is very aggressive and has extreme geometry. For a streetbike to be based on this, a lot of things would need to be changed,’ he adds.

Derbi are, it seems, ready to give Carrasco an opportunity to design a real-world streetbike for them. So you never really do know – if you’re a Spanish teenager, you just might be riding a Carrasco-designed Derbi 125 next year…!

Also see:
Nitin Design's 'Dacoit' gets set to roam the streets...
Ecosse ES1 engineer wins design award...
Michael Schumacher develops 'Schuberth Race' helmet for motorcyclists...
Istituto Europeo di Design: The World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycles...
Pierre Terblanche: “I thought that the 916 series needed to move on…”
Lamborghini Design 90: The bike that's all bull!
From France: The Enzyme Icare concept...

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