The Kia Shift concept is an independent design proposal for a two-mode sports car. The concept was created by Iranian designer Mohsen Khorsandi, a 21 year-old Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Isfahan, Iran.
Khorsandi says the concept was inspired by race cars from the 1970s and 80s, namely the Porsche 917 and the 908. Although its difficult to see the connection – especially when the Kia Shift concept is dressed in its full bodywork. The racing connection becomes a little clearer when the two sides of the vehicle are removed to reveal an open wheel racer and a perfect track-day tool.
The two seats of the Kia Shift concept are laid out in a tandem arrangement, allowing for an extremely narrow overall package – perfect for racing. Like the exterior the interior is very clean and minimalist, with very little to distract the driver from the task of driving. Two neatly integrated roll-over bars protect the occupants in the event of a crash.
In terms of design, the Kia Shift is a definite win. Even the Gonzo-from-the-Muppets droopy nose – which is its weakest feature – looks kinda cool after a while.
And as if I need to tell you. No it’s not going to be built.