The car lived up to pre-show billing as one of the strangest concept cars at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. But if you’re taking this door-less vehicle too seriously you may be missing the point.
Putting aside the jokes about ventilation being... well, exceptional. The concept looks light and agile, thanks to the instant punch from its electric powertrain. The Fourjoy Concept is powered by an electric drivetrain consisting of a 55-kilowatt electric motor (75HP) and a lithium-ion battery pack. It can be recharged in seven hours when plugged into a regular household outlet or in less than an hour by using a quick charger.
The styling is interesting to say the least – just how a concept car should be. The interior features a futuristic dashboard, shell-shaped seats, a single-spoke steering wheel, and a docking station where you can mount your iPhone. Smart says it deliberately skipped the doors for this presentation, so viewers can take a closer look inside of the concept car. The floor is painted black so as to create an impression of floating into space... or nothingness... of some sorts.
At this time, perhaps more than anything, the Fourjoy concept represents an experiment. An intriguing one at that. And for those few who are already in love with the car but want a more realistic version with doors and a roof, you won’t have to wait too long for the new Smart Forfour. A production version, sporting the same light and design as this one, will arrive in late 2014.
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