The Intrado is built around a superlightweight structure made from a mixture of advanced materials and joined using a revolutionary technique that has the potential to change the way cars are constructed in the future. The car also features a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain that is both smaller and lighter than that powering the assembly line-produced Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.
The concept will also be the first Hyundai concept car inspired by Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. The result of the close collaboration between Hyundai’s design and engineering teams, the Intrado was styled and engineered primarily at Hyundai Motor’s European research and development centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany as indicated by its codename, HED-9 (Hyundai Europe Design).
The Intrado takes its name from the underside of an aircraft’s wing, which produces lift, enabling flight to take place. The advanced technical aspects of Intrado also take inspiration from aircraft, such as the use of advanced materials, removal of all unnecessary weight, a style born solely of purpose and a highly efficient powertrain.
Peter Schreyer, president and CDO of Hyundai Motor Group, commented, “Hyundai Intrado envisages a motoring future that encapsulates the efficiency and freedom associated with flying. I believe in the power of mobility to deliver emotional as well as physical connections and this car helps us find again the joy of discovery. Intrado shows that future cars can be relevant and exciting.”
More information about Intrado will be revealed ahead of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.