Peugeot Fractal EV with badass bass is a topless beauty
The Peugeot Fractal has been designed to bridge the gap between hatchback and convertible.
The two-door, four-seat concept is described by the French car cobbler as being an ‘urban coupé’ and is powered by two 168bhp electric motors – one located on each axle – with a combined output of 335bhp.
Peugeot says the concept has a range of up to 280 miles on a single charge. The motors are fed from a lithium ion battery pack mounted in the centre of the car.
Measuring 3.81m long by 1.77m wide, the Fractal features a removable roof and sits on 19-inch ‘Tall&Narrow’ wheels. Thanks in part to only weighing 1000kg, Peugeot says the Fractal can hit 62mph from rest in 6.8sec.
Currently, the Fractal is just a design concept slated to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But this isn’t just all show and no go.
Inside, it’s all very futuristic complete with floating seats and a white foam finish. There’s also a central infotainment system that features a very unique layout. But the most intriguing thing about this concept is the way it sounds.
Being an all electric car it makes no sound – how many times have you nearly been nudged by a Prius? But, due to European regulations requiring electric vehicles to make sound, Peugeot engineers went above and beyond by designing and installing a 9.1.2 sound system into the cockpit.
We’re not talking about a Halfords special here either. This system incorporates a cutting-edge tactile bass system that pumps the tunes through the occupant’s bones.
The tactile bass system, which was developed by US start-up SUBPAC, actually travels through a solid medium (let’s call it your rump) rather than the airwaves, meaning sound reaches the inner ear through the listener’s body – just like those bone conductive headphones – It also means the volume doesn’t have to be high to experience bass that’s literally badass 😉
Of course, it wouldn’t be a modern car if it wasn’t controlled by a tablet or a wearable – the Peugeot Fractal has opted for a Samsung Gear S smartwatch to take this job.
The Sammy smartwatch provides information on remaining battery life, interior temperature and vehicle location. It can even be used to remotely lock and unlock doors, as well as tweak the bottom-busting bass notes from a safe distance.
On-the-go customisation includes the ability to alter its ride height. A ground clearance of 11cm for city driving and all of those speed bumps, and then 7cm on motorways in order to improve aerodynamics and conserve battery life.
The Peugeot Fractal concept will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show beginning September 15th.
Check it out in the video below: