The Alfa Romeo Essence concept is a proposal for a highly
stylized sportscar which is inspired by the shape of flowing
fabrics. The vehicle's creator is Sam Holgate, a 2010
graduate of Coventry University's Transportation Design
The Alfa Romeo Essence features a tapering streamlined
body which is made from shape memory plastic. This flexible
material actually changes shape as the air flows over
it to create contours unique to that particular vehicle.
After a while the bodywork would return to its original
The Alfa Romeo Essence concept was designed for the year
2035, and as such it features a number of unusual ideas
- other than the shape shifting bodywork!
The overlapping front bodywork is designed to recall the
appearance of a coat or cloak pulled tight around the
body. The exposed rear wheels were inspired by early Grand
Prix cars - but they also gave Holgate the ability to
better taper the rear bodywork.
Inside, the two seats are suspended off a central spine
which runs the length of the vehicle's interior, while
the dash display is inspired by technical watch faces.
Up front is storage space for luggage, or a small amount
Powering the Alfa Romeo Essence concept is an electric
drivetrain which features lithium ion batteries located
in the tail section of the vehicle. These batteries can
be quickly replaced, meaning that there's no need to wait
for recharging. Just slot in the new set and off you go.
Similar and related vehicles:
Alfa Romeo Pandion
Alfa Romeo Nuvola
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo BAT 11
Alfa Romeo Diva