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Peugeot Fractal Concept Brings 3D Printing to Frankfurt

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/1/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Peugeot Fractal Concept Brings 3D Printing to Frankfurt

Debuting this month in Frankfurt, the Peugeot Fractal Concept not only shows off a radical design but also hints at a future of 3D printing and advanced sound technology.

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At around 12.5 feet long and 5.8 feet wide, the Fractal is an uber-mini car at home on city streets. But that doesn't mean you can't slap on some 19-inch wheels and two extra seats for show. Thanks to a removable roof, this 2+2 coupe instantly turns into a sharp-looking cabriolet for added versatility. Complementing the sporty design is a low ground clearance of less than 3 inches, adjusting just slightly higher when needed to clear road bumps and otherwise move around in a city environment.

Inside the cabin, more than 80 percent of the trim surfaces were created via 3D printing, allowing for unique shapes that can't be obtained through traditional manufacturing processes. At the same time, the unique materials are able to reduce echo and keep drivers insulated from unwanted sounds. Black oak swathes the instrument panel, door panel, and bucket seats while copper trim accents other parts of the interior. 3D-printed wheels feature dihedral components to reduce aerodynamic noise levels. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Keeping bad noises at bay allows the car's 13 speakers to shine. Part of the Fractal's new sound technology involves a SubPac bass system, which allows the bass to travel right through the driver's body rather than through the air. This further insulates the listener from interference from the surrounding environment. Peugeot has also given the vehicle its own "sound signature" for those on the outside of the vehicle, allowing pedestrians to hear distinct sounds based on the car's acceleration or deceleration.

Peugeot Fractal Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Peugeot Fractal Concept Underneath it all lies the all-electric powertrain. A 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers two electric motors for a combined output of 201 hp. Peugeot says this is enough to bring the city car to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds. That's not quite as powerful as its 500-hp Quartz plug-in hybrid concept crossover, which packed 270 ponies from its 1.6-liter gas engine alone.

Source: Peugeot

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