Peugeot's Cars of the Future
The man behind the RD is Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, a 25-year-old Colombian, now €10,000 richer, but more importantly, he will get to see his creation produced in full-scale model form for the Shanghai Motor Show in the spring of 2009. The other two winners, namely Turkey's 45-year-old Emre Yazici and China's 22-year-old Lou Ke will be nominated on Make's institutional website on October 10 and will receive their Xbox console prizes toward the end of the same month.
For those of you not familiar with Peugeot's contest, here's the original announcement made by the French company:
To make a long and pretentious paragraph short, Peugeot wanted the city car of the future with some of the features seen on today's vehicles, obviously all wrapped in the company's design style.
Tovar's winning RD concept is a small-size vehicle designed to swoosh through crowded and narrow streets with an extremely sci-fi feature: folding. Yes, you heard that right, this yet-virtual contraption can actually shorten its length by folding. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide more information on the RD, because Mr. Tovar chose to present his information on Peugeot's site in Spanish.
Moving on to the second place, Emre Yazici says the EGO “has been conceived as a lean vehicle in every aspect. It is easy to own, easy to maintain, and easy to operate. And, most importantly, it is easy on the environment. The majority of the vehicles at the rush-hour in a big city, carry a single passenger. EGO is designed for a single passenger. Its overall weight, which is close to the quarter of the weight of an economy class four-door sedan, makes the electrical-only propulsion feasible”. Another major feature touted by Mr. Yazici is the immunity to weather changes (whatever that means). Last, but not least is the unique steering, which uses variable wheel rotation, allowing the EGO to make G-turns.
“I don't think this type belonged "20?" "30?" or "90?",so i give the name "x0x",but the car shape is more like "oxo",so it is. A electric power car.
The car looks like a toy,because the color is no stress just like tomorrow life,naive and freedom.
Then you must drive a car with out learning how to drive it. The "oxo" is one of this type.
Drive the car is easy than in games,with the "PEUGEOT Phone" help,the car can be controled or autorun. The "X" system inside is save the space when the car parking,and through narrow or crowded street. The car wheel allowed the car lateral movement,rotate in-situ,and so on..
With the nimble and smart friend help,you must have a perfect tomorrow.”
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