A Purple Suit Turned Auto

Have you ever ever ever in your long long life heard of “De Tomaso” car manufacturing company? They’ve done well, almost went into liquidation a few years ago, and are now back in business. And you know who wants to be on their team? Designer Frederik Tjellsesen. And he’s done one heck of a job creating a concept to catch their eye. Tjellsesen’s created a four-door sports car by the name of “Ghepardo,” accenting the fabulously modern gray with a smooth, sensual purple.

This entire auto is inspired not only by the De Tomaso past line of cars, but by a fine taylor-made Italian suit as well. De Tomaso cars Pantera and Mangusta are used as inspiration for surface treatments and more.

Instead of giant air intakes supposedly indicating power, the Ghepardo boasts ecoboost technology and methanol fuel cells. Sustainable energy sources are TRUE power. Elegant surface, stands, volume, tensioned lines, and integrated spoilers creating a 0.25 Cd drag. Bottom windows installed to “increase the rear passengers perception of speed.” With a cue from the Magusta, the rear gull wings function as boot cover and rear doors.* *First time I ever saw this feature was Back to the Future 2 on television. For real.

Ghepardo is powered either by a Ford twin-turbo ecoboost 3.5 V6 engine producing 465 bgp or by four electric in-hub fuel cells producing 85 Kw each (combined creating the equivalent of 440 bhp.) Electricity is produced by a methanol fuel cell stack located beneath the 500 liter boot.

AND: Since I am a resident of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, USA, I am required to ask: His Royal Purpleness, Prince, would you call this auto your ride if it were brought to fruition?

Designer: Frederik Tjellesen

29 Comments

  • SeaLion says:

    "The entire vehicle measures 4820 mm in length, 1970 mm in height"
    Really? Nearly 2 meters high?

    • zubek says:

      if you look at the last image you can see the real measurements in a description…the actual height is 124cm

  • SeaLion says:

    “The entire vehicle measures 4820 mm in length, 1970 mm in height”
    Really? Nearly 2 meters high?

    • zubek says:

      if you look at the last image you can see the real measurements in a description…the actual height is 124cm

  • widepers says:

    Beautiful. Personally can't say that I follow (or care about) the suit and purple part (could be grey or silver, it would make no difference to me), but the lines on the car are just perfect.

  • widepers says:

    Beautiful. Personally can't say that I follow (or care about) the suit and purple part (could be grey or silver, it would make no difference to me), but the lines on the car are just perfect.

  • Berllin says:

    cool

  • Berllin says:

    cool

  • mif991 says:

    I disagree. It has a 1970's american styling feel about it, and it lacks the exotic appeal of today's italian sculpturing. Purple color is a gimmick. Change the name to a Dodge and you might have a winner.

    • hah says:

      You clearly know nothing about Automotive history, then. There is nothing 70's American about the styling of this. Maybe contemporary American, but certainly not 70s. Also, "exotic appear of today's Italian sculpturing" ? Modern Italian cars aren't that attractive – look at the 60s for attractive Italian cars. They had some real shape to them, the current crop is nothing special, and most aren't that attractive – people just think they are because they look fast.

      As for this car itself, it doesn't invoke the same feelings as the classic Pantera and Mangusta did (the only two cars DeTomaso ever made that looked any good…), and it doesn't really have anything new or unique about it. Just another kid wanting to 'design' another cookie-cutter supercar.

      • wfsk8r7 says:

        you sure know your cars man. i agree with you though. i see that DeTomaso also put in the rear lifing doors similar to the Mangusta on this new car.

  • mif991 says:

    I disagree. It has a 1970's american styling feel about it, and it lacks the exotic appeal of today's italian sculpturing. Purple color is a gimmick. Change the name to a Dodge and you might have a winner.

    • hah says:

      You clearly know nothing about Automotive history, then. There is nothing 70's American about the styling of this. Maybe contemporary American, but certainly not 70s. Also, “exotic appear of today's Italian sculpturing” ? Modern Italian cars aren't that attractive – look at the 60s for attractive Italian cars. They had some real shape to them, the current crop is nothing special, and most aren't that attractive – people just think they are because they look fast.

      As for this car itself, it doesn't invoke the same feelings as the classic Pantera and Mangusta did (the only two cars DeTomaso ever made that looked any good…), and it doesn't really have anything new or unique about it. Just another kid wanting to 'design' another cookie-cutter supercar.

      • wfsk8r7 says:

        you sure know your cars man. i agree with you though. i see that DeTomaso also put in the rear lifing doors similar to the Mangusta on this new car.

  • Lee Rimell says:

    Lovely to look at but how does it handle? Also I think the DeLorean style doors could prove to cause a few sore bumps to the head if disembarking too quick especially for tall people. And does anyone else think it may cause a colour clash with any clothing apart from black,lilac or a grey suit….Ladies,do not wear a yellow dress in this roadster.

  • Lee Rimell says:

    Lovely to look at but how does it handle? Also I think the DeLorean style doors could prove to cause a few sore bumps to the head if disembarking too quick especially for tall people. And does anyone else think it may cause a colour clash with any clothing apart from black,lilac or a grey suit….Ladies,do not wear a yellow dress in this roadster.

  • Nice, plans to produce, rent & sell. Looks light years better than the orig De Tomanso Pantera.

  • Nice, plans to produce, rent & sell. Looks light years better than the orig De Tomanso Pantera.

  • This is a very nice car, but I think this will not be produced in the near future. dertain modifications can be done through this and I think the technology nowadays still will not suffice the things it needs. Though I hope it can solar powered, haha, :)

  • This is a very nice car, but I think this will not be produced in the near future. dertain modifications can be done through this and I think the technology nowadays still will not suffice the things it needs. Though I hope it can solar powered, haha, :)

  • Gee says:

    hope it will happen anytime soon :)

  • Gee says:

    hope it will happen anytime soon :)

  • mike says:

    love the cars…

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