Peugeot Design Contest Winner Announced

Peugeot Design Contest Winner Announced  
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Design, Peugeot
on 02/14/2007

Source: Peugeot

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Mr. Mihai Panaitescu, 20, born in Romania, who now lives and studies design at the I.E.D. Turin, Italy, has won the great prize in the international competition organized by Peugeot with his Flux Concept Design.

The jury selected 30 projects out of 4,000, and these were posted on the website. The public voted for the best ten, the Peugeot Flux concept of the Romanians student being among them. The hydrogen-based prototype will be exhibited at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2007.

The designer tells about his project:

My intention was to design a vehicle that pleases it's occupants in every way. It's versatility combined with it's sportiness and the ability to use it in different environments are in my opinion some of the vehicle's strong points.

Either as an explorer of sandy beaches, sweeping mountain roads, or simply commuting in the city, the Flux concept embodies a vehicle that is made to please. It's dynamic shape and open air cockpit make it lively and fun to drive as the occupants are always in contact with their surroundings.

The name Flux was inspired by the continuous change and flow of our daily lives during work and play. The shape also represents this flow with transitions through hard and smooth lines, between straight and curved all of which are characteristics of Peugeot.

A relatively small car (3500cm long by 1650cm wide), it runs on a slim hydrogen power plant hidden in the back along with the tank mounted under the front bonnet.

The hood and side body panels are made from plastic, polyurethane for the seats and aluminium for the mechanical parts. The main components such as the chassis and head protection are metal. Made up of simple body work (basic intersected volumes) the car is easily produced and accessible to everyone but most of all, it's fun to drive.

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