Peugeot has introduced the Fractal, a 2+2 electric sports car with a removable hardtop. But it’s a whole lot more than that.
As gearpatrol.com reports, more than 80 percent of the interior surface and trim pieces were created via 3D printing, all of which helped the car’s designers create interior pieces that were too complex to make any other way. The floor wells and door panels are covered in a material reminiscent of the sound-absorbing walls found in auditoriums and recording studios.
The surfaces are designed to absorb unwanted noises in the cabin to improve the sound clarity of the Fractal’s 13-speaker stereo system from French high-end audio company Focal.
Sound is a big part of the Fractal’s interior, which is amplified by Peugeot’s partnership with SubPac, a company that produces “tactile bass systems.” The application in the Fractal is essentially a set of speakers in the seats that transfer low-frequency sound vibrations into the bodies of the car’s occupants. Brazilian composer, producer and sound engineer Amon Tobin even worked as a consultant on the project.
The Fractal is about the size of a MINI Cooper; it’s said to be powered by a 40kWh lithium ion battery powering two electric engines on the front and rear axels, creating a total 204 horsepower with a range of 280 miles on a single charge. It has adjustable suspension, too.