The Hyundai HDC6 concept shows the the direction Hyundai may take with its first open sports car, a hot-performing mid-engined vehicle to compete with the Mazda MX-5 and the new Toyota MR2.
The HDC6 was designed at Hyundai's North American design studio in Fountain Valley, California, located near Newport Beach. It's a more production-possible vehicle than the Neos concept which was shown at the Paris Motor Show last year.
One of the most striking design features is a deeply sculpted side air intake system" said Senior Designer Dragan Vukadinovic, who led the exterior design team. "The entire side of the car serves as ducting to the engine."
The rear deck of the HCD6 slopes away from the seats and displays the 2.7 liter V6 engine through a transparent cover. The high mounted exhaust sits above the floating rear bumper and is surrounded by a ceramic heat shield.
A unique central roll-bar rises from the center console. "This design provides protection and, by being in line with the axis of the car, improves the aerodynamics as well", said Andrew Kort, Senior Designer responsible for the design of the interior.
"The open, structural shapes were inspired by windsurfing and kite flying. For example, the panel section has a unique concave shape representing a sail filling with air," he added. The simple minimal console acts as a bridge accross the 'open air'. There are only two controls on the instrument panel, for the stereo and HVAC. The instrument dials are inspired by classic watch face design, and are covered by a narrow shroud that resembles a windurfing sail.
The door trim carries on the minimal, simple theme with the armrest, speaker grille, and coutesy lamp all enclosed in a single, lightweight enclosure. The Lexalite enclosure has a triangular theme that is repeated throughout the interior and includes the knobs and seat itself.
The interior features unique materials including Lexalite acrylic panels on the doors, center console and instrument cluster. A lightweight, stretch fabric is used on the doors and seats. The entire interior is tied together with smooth leather and metal accents.