The Espera Sbarro design school in France gave the Geneva Motor Show a treat last year when it presented the Intencity Concept. While there’s really no production future for concepts like the Esperra Intencity, the vehicle does go to show the level of brilliance these students have in them.
This year, 30 students from Espera Sbarro have designed yet another concept vehicle that’s headed to Geneva. It’s called the REACT’E.V. Concept and it’s another barnburner of a design, to say the least.
The swooping design of the REACT’E.V. Concept certainly alludes to it being a hyper-aggressive sports car. All the elements are there: aggressive bumpers, bulging wheel arches, and angular ’wincing’ headlights. Taken as a whole, the concept looks pretty amazing.
Eye-opening design aside, the REACT’E.V. Concept was also built with a pretty stout hybrid powertrain inside it. First, there’s the PSA-sourced V-6 combustion engine that produces 210 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual transmission that courses the power to the rear wheels. But that’s not all the power the REACT’E.V. Concept features. It also has a pair of electrical motors, each producing 136 horsepower (100kW) and 554 pound-feet (750Nm) of torque and a 24kWh battery.
All told, the REACT’E.V. Concept has been pegged to produce 482 horsepower and 1,108 pound-feet of torque. That’s a lot of power, folks, one we wouldn’t mind seeing out on the road in the future.
Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.
Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.
In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.
Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
Any of you remember the Sbarro Espera Evoluzione Concept from a year ago? Yeah, the same one that perplexed and confused just about anyone that looked at it.
Well, the Espera Sbarro design school in France is coming back to the Geneva Motor Show with a new concept vehicle, one that we think will a futuristic take of an urban sports vehicle. The concept is being called "Intencity" and while we only have these teaser sketches to go with, the concept doesn’t appear to be as strange as the Evoluzione, which until now, we find trouble figuring out what it really is.
From what we’ve been told about the Intencity, it looks like the students of Sbarro are doing away with combustion engines and opting for a 100kW electric motor that produces a tidy 136 horsepower. Aesthetically, you can expect the Intencity to carry a pair of Recaro bucket seats using a 1+1 seating configuration. It’ll also have a futuristic wheel and dash concept, as well as LifePO4 batteries that are located on the side of the car and good enough to carry a 180-km range.
The choice of an electric city car seems a little curious but as it turns out, the project was done in collaboration with the Department of Energy and Environment UTBM in an effort to show what a future electric urban runner could look like.
Back in 1971 the Italian automotive enthusiast Franco Sbarro set up his Swiss based custom car fabrication shop. From the beginning Sbarro was wrenching on exotic race cars like Ford’s GT-40 as well as the famous Ferrari P3/P4 and since then his portfolio has expanded to include a custom Bugatti Royale. Being no stranger to high end high performance vehicles, when Franco went looking for the foundation of his next speed inspired creation for this year’s Essen Motor Show it is no wonder that he went Italian. The Lista Office is a sports coupe based on the Ferrari Testarossa, and is powered by one of Maranello’s 12 cylinder boxer engines sending 450 HP to the rear wheels.
The LO as is it also known features a complete restyling that takes the Ferrari’s wedge shaped profile, sharp edges and multitude of vents and rounds out the body before smoothing out the accent lines. Just like the latest Alcador GTB that is also on display, Sbarro has incorporated his very late model TVR like vertically stacking round headlamps. Somewhere underneath that canopy style roof and bulging fenders is a Testarossa, however Franco Sbarro has managed to take the iconic shape that we are all familiar with from Miami Vice and turns it into an unrecognizable out of this world four wheel creation.