Hyundai PassoCorto Mid-Engine Sports Car Concept by IED
Feb 21, 2014 13:25
The Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin have a new Hyundai concept and it looks beautiful. The study is called the PassoCorto and it was commissioned by the Hyundai Design Center Europe "as a tribute to the Made in Italy design that is studied at the IED".
The concept car is a two seater sports car with a rear mid engine and rear drive layout. It will presented at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and the full scale model will be created by IED Turin.
The PassoCorto is not only similar in philosophy to the Alfa Romeo 4C, but in size as well, measuring 4,100mm long, 1,880mm wide and 1,160mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,450mm.
It was designed to be lightweight, using carbon fiber monocoque chassis and having a target weight of 840kg, with power coming from a Hyundai 1.6 liter bi-turbocharged four producing 270hp.
According to IED, the interior "was designed to have two cockpits with integrated instruments clearly divided by passenger and driver; the seat is optically connected to the dashboard and the backrest is cut directly out of special niches in the frame".
Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at the Hyundai Europe Design Center, commented:
"I would like to express my gratitude to the director Riccardo Balbo, the management of IED and especially to the students of the Master Course. The cooperation between our Design Center and IED was very inspiring and fruitful. The PassoCorto is a dream coming true and fulfills the high expectations we had at the beginning of the project. The result is of such a high standard that I can say that the Hyundai badge sits proudly on the bonnet of this exciting sports car!"
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