Hyundai Kite Concept Is An Electric Buggy Created By IED Students

Hyundai’s European Design Center has teamed up with the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin to create the new Kite concept.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the Kite is a 1:1 scale model which was created as part of a thesis project for the Master in Transportation Design program. The concept was designed by 15 students who hail from a number of countries such as China, India, Italy, Mexico, Great Britain, and South Korea.

The concept will be unveiled on March 6th and it is a buggy that measures 3745mm (12.2 feet) long, 2235mm (7.3 feet) wide and 1455mm (4.7 feet) tall with a wheelbase that spans 2580mm (8.4 feet).

Little is known about the concept at this point but the renderings show the model is a two-seater which lacks a roof, windscreen and doors. IED also confirmed the Kite will have an electric powertrain with at least one brushless electric motor.

While IED has shown numerous concepts over the years, the school says this one is notable as it is their first to have an actual interior. It features Sabelt seats and a gearbox that was developed in partnership with Gruppo Sila.

In a statement, IED said the open design of the concept allows the model to overcome the idea of a traditional vehicle and become a “place meant for the user experience.”

  • Zandit75

    IED is an unfortunate name to have.

    • fabri99

      Urban Dictionary was both illuminating and confusing on the matter.

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