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.

  • 2012 Classic Cisitalia 202 E Concept
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  (467) posted on 03.8.2012

Most concept cars are all about eccentric looks, so its performance is good enough for me. What really caught my heart were the wheels and its whole smooth exterior.

  (596) posted on 03.1.2012

Not the best performance out there but the exterior style is certainly an attention grabber. Just look at those wheels.

  (383) posted on 02.28.2012

For something that relives the 40s, this is fantastic. The additional style on the exterior on the wheel rims look fabulous. Its engine’s performance is impressive, too.

  (594) posted on 02.28.2012

The wheels were striking and stunning. It’s totally one of a kind and outrageous. These young students have talents, and those talents should be prioritized and must enhance to fully-develop into skills.

  (434) posted on 02.23.2012

I am surprised that the young students from European Institute of Design of Turin created this glamorous concept. The wheels with its rims are extravagant and striking indeed. The headlights and fog lights were fabulous as well as the tail lamp. I hope to see this in the future motor shows.

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