Every so often, students from the European Institute of Design of Turin build a concept car that makes its way to the Geneva Motor Show.
This year, Master of Arts in Transportation Design students of the IED are headed back to Geneva to present their latest concept vehicle, the Cisitalia 202 E.
Designed as a concept that pays tribute to the iconic Italian car of the 40’s, the full-scale concept model carries a design language that was described as "sculpture in motion" while also fitted with a rear-mounted V8 engine that produces an impressive 450 horsepower. Those numbers are not only impressive in today’s time, but it’s also a significant increase from the original model’s 1,089cc, four-cylinder engine that produced only 55 horsepower.
As far as the original 202 is concerned, the car is considered such a rarity these days - only 170 were ever produced - that one of those 170 currently sits as part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. For a car that was considered one of the first vehicles in history to be built entirely out of a single body shell and was designed by no less than Battista "Pinin" Farina, IED’s modern-day interpretation of the classic 202 is about as real as any combination of old-school and new-school automotive ideologies we’ve seen in the past few years.