Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Updated 7

I've long been a fan of the Lotus 7 and the hoards of ancestors it has spawned, of which there have been many. The disappointing aspect about most of the creations inspired by the 7 was a lack of originality, up until now the most adventurous interpretation I can recall is the Elfin M8 Clubman. Looking at it now it is clear to see why most companies have shied away from the venturing too far from the original Lotus' lines: it's hard to improve upon such a timeless shape. Now only four years on from the release of the Elfin effort it already looks dated, primarily due to its bulbous windscreen and bonnet profile.

Finally there has been a member of the lineage released that gets ambitious with the styling: the unattractively named SONDERGARD designed by Jesper Hermann

I could find very little information about the car other than performance figures and that it uses the underpinnings of the Pontiac Solstice. This little morsel just makes me curious about the chassis architecture of that car, how much of the Pontiac is used? Are the bulkheads of the Solstice bolted in? What type of construction is used for the chassis?

I do fear that this effort may look equally dated as the Elfin in the not too distant future.

via yanko design, below the clouds

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