What happens when a famous Italian design house builds a conceptual two seater around BMW's Hydrogen 7 motor? Hilarity is bound to ensue. Actually, ItalDesign-Giugiaro's VAD.HO concept is less hilarious than future-slick. It looks like one of those Pinewood Derby cars built by some kid's dad who works at NASA. It's got an asymmetrical layout, with the laterally oriented cockpit to one side, and the BMW liquid hydro engine to the other (the whole thing is about the size of a Ferrari Maranello). The cockpit has some neato video terminals, with an interface and optical technologies designed for aerospace applications. All controls can be manipulated by joysticks; one in the rear works only with the IT system. Aside from being a tech piece, the VAD.HO is also the showcase car for ItalDesign's new identity, which trades on the name of its founder, Giorgietto Giugiaro.
Geneva Pre-Show: Italdesign-Giugiaro Hydrogen Concept [internal]