Peugeot’s 4002 concept car is one of the most creative automotive designs we have seen in years but it’s not exactly new.
It’s actually the winning design by German graphic artist whiz Stefan Schultz, from Peugeot’s famed biennial ‘design competition’ from 2002/2003. He won the web-based amateur style competition from a field of 2800 proposals from the 90 countries, which participated.
The creative brief that led to its creation was as follows:
“Delve into the history of the Peugeot brand and imagine the vehicle that Peugeot could evolve into in the coming years – a vehicle replete with stylistic references to classic Peugeot models of the past.”
Peugeot liked it so much that it went ahead and built a full-scale show car, which was featured at the prestigious Paris Motor Show in 2003 much to the delight of thousands of show going enthusiasts.
While it was a fabulous, if not, daring design, it was nonetheless all Peugeot.
You can see several styling cues lifted from the avant guard Peugeot 402 of 1930's, and it’s hard not to see some resemblance to Bugatti’s Veyron.
That’s entirely understandable, given the ultra low volume 402 Darl’Mat was designed by Marcel Pourtout, who also penned the coachwork for a Bugatti.
The show car version of the 4002 featured an aluminium and fibreglass body, as well as ‘old-school’ look 21-inch wheels, which are again, similar to those fitted to the Veyron.
The 4002 also incorporated the same retro ‘headlights behind the grille’ of the 402, which meant a very clean styling approach to the front of the car.
Peugeot have clearly used this design as an inspiration for Peugeot cars of the future, as in the 908 RC concept, and to some extent, the upcoming RCZ sports car, which have each borrowed from the 4002.
With such a seamless blend of historic and futuristic design elements, we can only hope that Schultz has been offered ongoing work in the automotive world, as I for one, would like to see more.
He released his “Storm” concept based on Lamborghini’s Diablo in 2007.
Thanks to firstsignal.de for the photos