Wax on, wax off. The students at the Transportation Design School at Istituto Europeo di Design are becoming the masters. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show this year, the IED Syrma hybrid supercar is a concept focused on safety and created at the request of Italian motoring publication Quattroruote.
This is the 11th concept to come from Turin’s IED (the same school that helped Hyundai build the PassoCorto), and it’s one of the best. The smooth concept sort of looks like a combination of the Maserati Birdcage 75th Anniversary Concept in the front, and the McLaren P1 in the rear, and that combination works extremely well. Plus, who doesn’t like a good dorsal fin?
Beneath the sleek lines lie two interesting setups. The car is powered by a rear-engined hybrid system. A twin-turbo, 4-liter gas engine is paired with an electric engine to create 900 horsepower that goes straight into the rear wheels. If the driver so chooses, there is an available option to run on electric-only, though range numbers were announced.
Speaking of the driver, this concept takes another page out of McLaren’s history books (this time from the F1) with staggered three-person seating. The front seat is centered for a more driver-oriented position and better visibility.
In addition to the central seating, other safety-focused features include laser message projection when the car is in silent electric mode, and a “teardrop windscreen” that is intended to protect the cabin.
It’s worth noting that, although this comes from an Italian design center, the students are from all over the world. The designers include Marshin Bhatt, Gaurav Anand Jagtap, Sunny Gurmukh Ramrakhiani, and Rahul Surendra Sadwelkar from India; Jacek Chrzanowski from Poland; Cho-ta Lu from Taiwan; Dror Peleg from Israel; Aldo Hernandez Schurmann from Mexico; Reza Shahla from Iran; and Jingwen Wu from China.
BRB, going to open a Kickstarter for this thing.