Although it feels as if CES 2017 was just last week, the Geneva International Motor Show has already come and gone; that means more concepts, designs and innovation. And with the variety of automobiles that were showcased during the event, I wanted to pick a few cars from the show that I found to be fascinating.
Vanda Electrics – The Dendrobium
Named after a flower commonly found in Singapore, the Dendrobium is making its first public appearance at Geneva. Created by Singapore-based Vanda Electrics, a small battery technology and electric mobility company, the car is a delightfully refreshing take on the super car. The Dendrobium’s design is heavily influenced by nature, with its recurrent honeycomb patterns and key fob-controlled doors and roof simulating blooming orchid petals. The interior of the car is meant to emulate the human body, with the seat stitching and aesthetic resembling muscle fiber. According to Vanda’s website, the team had wanted to create an electric supercar since the 90s, but the technology was not viable until now. Boasting a projected performance of 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 200mph, and a beautiful design, this car needs to be seen to be believed. It definitely has the appearance of a car 20 years in the making.
Tata Motors – Tamo Racemo
The latest sports car from Indian car manufacturer, Tata Motors, is catching attention not only for its design or power, but for its price. While exact prices are not discussed, according to an article from Motoring, the new car could be one of the most affordable sports cars on the market. Tata Motors, which owns Jaguar and Land Rover, has invested a large amount of technology into the Racemo, giving it the ability to utilize cloud-computing, analytics and mapping systems to its advantage. The Racemo is also being designed on a modular chassis, which will allow Tata to produce the car faster and more efficiently. With its 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, advanced technology and affordable price, the Tamo Racemo could prove to be India’s flagship sports car.
Hyundai – FE Concept
The earth’s resources are limited; there are only so many fossil fuels we can use. We have known, as a society, for quite some time that we will eventually run out of our precious gasoline, and car manufacturers are rushing to come up with an alternative. That’s where Hyundai’s FE (Future Eco) Concept comes into play. The FE Concept ditches gasoline as its fuel source for a far more abundant element: hydrogen. Featuring a hydrogen fuel cell with 30 percent more energy density than the Tucson’s, Hyundai claims that the car can squeeze approximately 500 miles out of a full tank of hydrogen, and hopes to launch production by early 2018. Inspired by flowing water, the FE’s design is also quite visually stunning. While Hyundai has been trying to push this technology for quite some time, they have yet to really breach the market. Hopefully the FE Concept can do just that.