A Portrait of db: that’s what this incredible looking concept car is called. It’s a tribute to the late musician, actor and artist, David Bowie.
The concept is the brainchild of former PSA Peugeot Citroen designer Takumi Yamamoto, and came from staring at a Bowie poster on his bedroom wall as a child. The letters ‘db’ on the poster, to Takumi, looked like a car badge.
This was far from a two-year endeavour in response to Bowie’s death, then. The car has been in the works for more than 20 years.
His first sketch is dated the first quarter of 1997. Prior to Bowie’s passing, the car was meant to be a collaboration. Now, it’s a tribute.
Takumi’s poster design also remembles his GT by Citroen concept from 2008, as seen in the Gran Turismo Playstation game.
To translate his drawings into a 3D reality, he worked with a colleague from PSA – industrial designer, Cyrille Ancely.
Words from Bowie’s songs were used to guide the form for the car. CGI artist Alexandre Larnac then rendered the car and brought it to life.
The car, in turn, was then 3D printed, rather than sculpted. The form of it and shapes were too complex to sculpt, apparently.
Portrait of db is very much a piece of art, and couldn’t be put into production. The model was recently displayed at Exposition Concept Car in Paris.