The project was born out of a love for the idea of the pure sports car. A modern classic that is not bound by any consumer cycles. If it succeeds, it will have earned the right to call itself an icon, to use the jargon of connoisseurs. Those are noble aspirations. To establish an enduring fascination, Piëch Automotive is utilizing an intelligent modular design that is as progressive as it is timeless. Development is to be carried out in cooperation with innovative suppliers, while production will be handled by renowned external partners, all of whom have made a name for themselves in contract manufacturing for established automotive groups. All in all, a powerful statement from a show car. Piëch was the talk of the town. Our interest was electrified. And how!
That was just under two years ago. And then?
We didn’t hear much more.
A black hole as a vehicle for dramatic effect.
And suddenly it’s back – and what’s more: it drives. Not just from A to B. No, this thing knows how to drive. Wants to be driven. A first worried glance at the design is followed by the all-clear. The design follows the original study to the letter. Nothing was deemed infeasible due to real world constraints, no manufacturing compromises had to be made. On the contrary. A second, closer look reveals the sports car to be even more attractive than the original concept. The delicate baby fat of the show car – which we only perceive now through comparison and hindsight – has disappeared. Everything is even more coherent, more elegant, more powerful and sleek. The design, as much as the concept and the technical details. Everything has been noticeably streamlined. Battery cell development, which had originally commenced in China, has since been relocated to Germany. The development team has moved into a new test center near Memmingen, with a test track and the appropriate logistics, to ensure that everything goes according to plan. The company remains headquartered in Zurich.
The car also has a new project name: Piëch GT. That sends out a clear message: We’re getting serious. Moving ahead. Heading off on a long journey.