Hot Tatra

The last ten years has seen the resurrection of legendary auto brands like the Maybach, Bugatti, Healey, Mini and recently announced Alpine car brand. Tatra Motors, the third oldest car company on the planet behind Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot was the inspiration for this new concept design by Czech magazine AutoDesign&Styling. They asked designer Mike Jelinek to create this concept vision of the Tatra of the future. The result is the 903 Concept, a fuel cell luxury sportscar with innovative aerodynamic solutions. Jelinek adds, “The water drop shaped back refers to one of the most characteristic values of Tatra, the aerodynamics – same as covered rear wheels.” At present, Tatra only produces heavy trucks, but the this latest commissioned concept may get enough people excited to convince them to relaunch their passenger car line. Fingers crossed.

Designer: Mike Jelinek

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  • Eirik says:

    Wow…now thats a nice looking car….I wish more car producers would actually build cool cars like these…for instance the lexus from Minority Report…also a great looking automobile..

  • vudu84 says:

    wow that awesome

  • kosmoz says:

    Yeah…cool… maybe… but what is sure is that this guys look a little bit too close to some design of Daniel Simon…
    Daniel Simon is a ex Volskwagen designer, he is independent now, in his book: “cosmic motors” the “Galaxion” car is much better…

  • ModuleS says:

    In all honestly I don’t know how this design helps the aerodynamics of the car. The back of the car looks a mouse.

  • When i first see the image i thought it was a mouse or a mouse whit the shape of a car

  • i come here to said the same of beijamim guerremo, the design makes me to remember my mouse ;))

  • If you want to know all about Tatra and aerodynamics, start here:

    http://www.tatra.demon.nl/cars_history_aerodynamic.htm

  • Steve Page says:

    Oh thank god its not just me that thinks this looks like a mouse with a click-wheel

    Just needs a matching set of white jump start leads and it would be there!

  • Steve Page says:

    Tad white, first snow storm in Czechslawhatsitnow and your walking home!

  • muhaha says:

    it looks a bit like a computer mouse. :)

  • Vojtech Stransky says:

    Hi,I agree,that is too much inspired by daniel simons cosmic motors….
    I have seen sketch from mr. Jelinek,which was also same photoshop technique that Daniel simon use

  • moha says:

    It’s Daniel Simon all over it, only worse!!!! As for the mouse theory that goes around.. you people should get out more!!!

  • powaz says:

    You know, all you people that see a hot Alias rendering and think that it is a great design amaze me. Take your Alias goggles off! this thing has horrendous proportions, Impossible body cuts, and some of the most inelegant window graphics I have seen this side of a Mitsubishi Outlander. Absolutely no attention to panel separations either; angling here, there, wherever. This is a bad design, not deserving of the name it is representing. This is third place Peugeot contest level. Maybe second.

  • Phil Boy says:

    man i wish I was as cool and critical of others opinions as moha and powaz.
    The design has ventured into the same places and plenty of other concepts before it, and the raised “aerodymanic” bonnet and minimal windscreen would limit the viewing distance for the driver dramatically. Otherwise a reletively nice design comprising some streamline element of the past.

  • William says:

    For a second I thought that was a fancy computer mouse.

  • Leyfer says:

    Not to be the sour grape of the bunch… but, has anybody noticed that this looks like a moded CORVETTE.
    It’s very nice… but originality goes… not so sure

  • Robert L says:

    http://www.formfreu.de/?p=931

    …another very cool Tatra concept

  • TL says:

    this one is much more Tatra and less Daniel Simon!! 😉

  • While arguing about aesthetics is a bit of a dead end, it's worth saying that any concept that's going to be worthy of Tatra needs originality, function and quality. And, although it's possibly no business of the stylist, it also needs great technical sophistication. Tatra cars were not gimmicky: they were rational designs, taking particular aesthetic routes for a reason. (Maybe the slightly mad 603 is an exception to this rule.) Yes, Jelinek has taken styling cues from the past, but he doesn't seem to have created anything very useful with them. Like a lot of show cars, this thing seems to have been styled principally to have leggy models draped over it.

    As to the shut-lines, these are pretty harmonious compared with some of Marcello Gandini's cars. Gandini has always used shut-lines quite provocatively to create tension in a design. Obviously, whether you like the results or not is another matter.

  • While arguing about aesthetics is a bit of a dead end, it's worth saying that any concept that's going to be worthy of Tatra needs originality, function and quality. And, although it's possibly no business of the stylist, it also needs great technical sophistication. Tatra cars were not gimmicky: they were rational designs, taking particular aesthetic routes for a reason. (Maybe the slightly mad 603 is an exception to this rule.) Yes, Jelinek has taken styling cues from the past, but he doesn't seem to have created anything very useful with them. Like a lot of show cars, this thing seems to have been styled principally to have leggy models draped over it.

    As to the shut-lines, these are pretty harmonious compared with some of Marcello Gandini's cars. Gandini has always used shut-lines quite provocatively to create tension in a design. Obviously, whether you like the results or not is another matter.

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