Peugeot Concept: Synthetic Sharkskin
The latest concept car from French automaker Peugeot features bodywork panels made from an efficient textile that emulates the texture of sharkskin. Entitled Exalt, the hybrid fuel sedan model focuses on material innovation, following on from its 2012 concept, Onyx.
As highlighted in Marine Materials, marine biology is providing inspiration for high-tech materials. The synthetic sharkskin that covers the rear of the car improves the aerodynamics of the vehicle, increasing performance and reducing fuel consumption.
The rest of the car’s exterior is formed from bare steel panels that have been handcrafted by a panel beater in tribute to the art of 1920s car manufacturing. High-end quality materials continue inside the vehicle, with two touchscreens folding out from the ebony console, and upholstery in aged leather and chiné – a natural wool-blend fabric.
Designed and crafted using traditional Chinese wood-carving techniques, the hand-carved interior door panel features a lion and bamboo design – motifs synonymous with Chinese culture. The concept design deliberately mixes elements from Chinese culture with classic car design to appeal to the emerging luxury Asian market – see more in Luxury in China: New Directions.
For more car inspiration, see Geneva Motor Show 2014.