At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, tucked away somewhere in the Cobo Hall, was the Lawrence Technological University stand. Taking pride of place was a quarter-scale model of a Lincoln Continental concept for the year 2025.
Lawrence Tech students Colin Bonathan and Jeeho Cha came up with the design as a summer project in Lawrence Tech’s undergraduate degree program in transportation design, and the model was built in Ford Motor Company’s product development center. The exterior was styled by Bonathan, who took particular care to make the car aerodynamic and streamlined. Cha designed the interior of the Lincoln Continental 2025 concept, and equipped it with a mahogany console and floor, and fully reclining Alcantara seats. The Lincoln emblem is part of the glass roof design, and at night the actual location of the stars are projected onto the roof. Curiously, a bonsai tree is located in a retractable console in the back seat!
Other luxury features include a retractable food cooler and beverage dispenser, center-opening doors, and a sliding trunk bed.
The scale model was built after Ford officials voiced their fondness for the concept after seeing it on paper. The students used CAD programs to develop the concept, making it relatively easy for the professionals at Ford to build the model. The students bypassed the traditional clay modeling and went straight to the computer programs that generate the specifications used to manufacture the parts of a scale model or an actual automobile.