Revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, the Hyundai Kite is a doorless, roofless and windowless vehicle that is claimed to drive both on streets and over water.
That’s because the futuristic-looking two-seater is able to transform from a lightweight dune buggy into a single-seater jet-ski.
Created by the Korean manufacturer in partnership with 15 transportation design master’s course students from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), a well-known Italian design school, the vehicle consists of a monocoque chassis with a length of 3,745 mm and a height of 1,455 mm.
It also comes fully equipped with electric propulsion, with four brushless engines placed inside the wheels and a water jet turbine for travelling on water.
Although the Kite is not intended for production, this is the second joint project between designers from Hyundai’s European R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and students from the IED, with the previous collaboration resulting in the development of the PassoCorto, an ultra-lightweight sports car concept, in 2014.
Hyundai says such projects are meant to further strengthen the company’s commitment to the European region, as well as to source and nurture future car design talent.
“Design is the number one reason why our customers in Europe choose Hyundai cars. We are always evolving our design to reflect modern lifestyle, which is our key to success,” says Thomas Bürkle, chief designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe. “We are delighted to contribute to the development of young talents in Europe who will be designing the cars of the future. The Hyundai Kite is a great result of an exceptional partnership.”