One of the most wild-looking debuts at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was the Peugeot Fractal Concept, a small topless, electric-powered hatchback designed for urban commuting and targeted at generation-Y.
A collaborative effort between Peugeot and renowned electronic music producer Amon Tobin, the radical concept car actually hints at a potential future design for Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, which focuses on sound experience.
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The i-Cockpit was first featured in the SR1 concept, which itself previewed the design direction for the Peugeot 208 that debuted in 2012. The original design focused mostly on visual and touch aspects, including a head-up display, a compact steering wheel and touchscreen interface.
It addition to being very compact in size, and thus highly maneuverable in tight urban spaces, the Fractal Concept has a lightweight construction and tips the scale at just 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs). It has short overhangs for a sporty appearance, a removable roof and sits on large 19-inch wheels.
With 80% of its trim surface consisting of 3D-printed parts, the interior seats up to four occupants and is equipped with a 9.1-channel sound system co-developed by researchers from PSA Peugeot Citroen’s StelLab and French speaker maker Focal, a setup that features 13 speakers and bass systems built into the back of each seat.
Powering the Peugeot Fractal Concept are electric motors on the front and rear axles juiced by a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. With a combined output of 204 horsepower (150 kW) to work with, it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds and can travel up to 280 miles (450 km) on a full charge.
An all-wheel drive system is standard fare, as is a dynamic suspension system with adjustable air springs that can modify the electric French convertible‘s ground clearance between 7 cm and 11 cm.
The Peugeot Fractal Concept is more than a mere design study — it represents a prospective design for an electric urban coupe / convertible model from France.