Lately, Hyundai has been sincerely working towards developing cars specifically for the European market, and that too for young generation. In an attempt to show the company’s potential, Hyundai has unveiled its latest concept car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Named Hyundai PassoCorto, it is an ultra lightweight sports car concept that will be aimed at Generation Y consumers.
The design of the sports car concept was created by students at the renowned Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy. Sixteen students pursuing Transportation Design masters’ course at IED were asked to design the car that they would like to buy and drive and the result is the PassoCorto. The name of the car is an Italian word which means ‘short wheelbase’.
Although not much has been disclosed about the car by Hyundai, the manufacturer did tell us a couple of facts though. The PassoCorto features a lightweight chassis made from carbon fiber and weighs just 840 kg. Also, this compact two seater concept is powered by a 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder, bi-turbo engine which is mounted towards the rear of the car.
The PassoCorto features a fiery orange livery which has been used to pay tribute to many of the Italian sports machines created in 1970s. Interestingly, instead of using traditional methods from the start, Hyundai preferred using manual design and clay modeling for the initial stages while 3D digital modeling being used only in the final stages.
One of the cool features that Hyundai has added on the concept is a video camera. Unlike most of the modern cars that use a video camera only as a rear view mirror, the unit fitted on the PassoCorto also records videos in high resolution which can be shared with friends on the internet.