Hyundai has commissioned students from the Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy, to create a sports car for the 'Generation Y' market or the consumers born between the 1980s and the early years of this millennium. The Korean automaker had 16 students on the Transportation Design masters' course at IED to create and design the car of their dreams. The result - an ultra-lightweight sports car concept called PassoCorto (Italian for short wheelbase) that premiered at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
"This exciting sports car has exceeded the high expectations we had at the start of this project, and the cooperation between our design center and IED has been inspiring and fruitful. The PassoCorto project underlines Hyundai’s commitment to Europe – a commitment that enables us to design, develop and produce cars in Europe that suit the demanding requirement of the region’s customers," said Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center.
In the development stage of the PassoCorto, Hyundai insisted on returning to traditional methods that gives great importance to manual design and clay modelling. A modern day 3D digital modelling was only used in the final stages.
The PassoCorto concept is finished in a fiery orange paint, a tribute to the bright colors of the 1970's Italian sports car creations. The vehicle weighs a mere 840kg due to its carbon fiber chassis. It is equipped with a video camera that serves as its rear view mirror and also records high-resolution videos that can be shared on the web.
Hyundai's ultra-lightweight sports car concept is powered by a rear-mid mounted four-cylinder in-line 1.6 liter twin turbo engine.