You see the Hyundai soap box car. And right off the bat, Hyundai’s latest creation is unlike any soap box car you’ve ever seen. This wonderful creation was developed by the staff at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) and is made from common materials such as wood, metal bars, brackets and screws.
“In the last few months it has become more valuable for people to spend time together as a family,” said Andreas Christoph-Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “We wanted to create a fun project that would provide families and friends with a fun project that would bring them together.”
Hyundai designers were given a free hand in creating this no-motor spectacle. Despite the inherent simplicity of construction of the car, it was designed like a normally functioning car. The chassis was built first while a team of designers were making initial sketches of the body panels. The team developed 3D computer models before building a prototype. Even the color and trim were specially selected by Hyundai’s design team to bring the soapbox car to life.
“When developing the Hyundai Soapbox, it was important to us to ensure feasibility,” said Eduardo Ramirez, Head of the Exterior Design Team at HMETC. “We didn’t want to disadvantage the parents in order to stay true to our original design.”
With its wedge-shaped design and flat screens, the Hyundai soapbox car is clearly inspired by the 45 electric car. And to set it apart from ordinary kit cars, Hyundai built a pair of joysticks out of screwdrivers instead of opting for a traditional rounded steering wheel – much like what they did in the Hyundai Prophecy concept.
When assembled, the Hyundai Soapbox is 1.76 meters long and approximately 1 meter wide. According to Hyundai, the cockpit is spacious enough to accommodate a child or an adult, and the final soap box design will fit nicely in the back of a Hyundai i30 car.
And since it’s a soap box, it doesn’t have a motor. While it would be possible to incorporate a small motor into the soap box design, it defeats the purpose of a simple DIY project. Instead, Hyundai’s soap box is best transported to hilly locations and gravity does the rest. Hyundai is kind enough to provide the building instructions. what are you waiting for? Time to crack.
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