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Peugeot FRACTAL Concept Makes Innovative Sound Centre Stage

Peugeot FRACTAL Concept electric sports car boasts new sound innovations, holographic HUD & more.

Interior sound

The Peugeot FRACTAL Concept is an electric sports coupé that presents information to motorists through an innovative sound system. It takes the form of a “9.1.2” acoustic set-up with directional ability.

If the sat-nav says “turn right” the instruction comes via the right speakers only, for example. An immediate command – such as “turn left now - appears close whereas “turn right in a mile” is more distant. This capability comes, in part, courtesy of the renowned Brazilian Sound Designer, Amon Tobin.

The FRACTAL's sound system also includes bass speakers in the seats so motorists “feel the sound”, the manufacturer suggests.

Exterior sound

The Peugeot FRACTAL Concept is propelled by 2 electric motors; 1 for each axle. This power source produces less noise than a traditional, petrol, engine which makes it is harder for pedestrians to hear the vehicle approach.

This, of course, increases the risk of collision. The sound system plays a role here too. Exterior noises – at town speeds only – indicate whether the vehicle is accelerating, decelerating or proceeding at a consistent pace.

This “sound signature” is of particular benefit to the visually impaired. European Union regulations ensure that all new, electric, models must incorporate a system of this nature by 2019.

Power, speed, range & suspension

The Peugeot FRACTAL Concept produces 204hp which propels it to 62mph in 6.8 seconds. It also covers 1,000 metres in 28.8 seconds and has 4-wheel-drive to maximise traction.

Range is 280 miles which is impressive and thanks, in part, to its compact proportions. This coupé – that turns into a convertible when its roof is removed – measures 3.81 metres and weighs 1,000kg. Further, the air suspension can be raised from 7cm, to 11cm.

The higher position suits the city where it has to cope with speed bumps - whereas sitting low on a motorway improves aerodynamic performance.

This coupé – that turns into a convertible when its roof is removed – measures 3.81 metres and weighs 1,000kg. Further, the air suspension can be raised from 7cm, to 11cm.

Peugeot Fractal Concept

Hi-Tech cabin

The Peugeot FRACTAL Concept cabin incorporates elements that suit the tech-savy, touch-screen, generation. The doors, for example, open remotely via a Samsung Gear S watch.

The steering wheel – which is compact and rectangular – has touch pads that enable motorists to flick between functions on the digital dashboard. It also has a head-up display that imparts more depth than most current systems.

This capability comes via a holographic element. Furthermore, 80% of the interior has been produced on a 3D printer.  Highlights include the steering wheel and “anechoic surfaces” that “guide the sound" appropriately around the cabin, Peugeot revealed. 

The FRACTAL is unlikely to be launched in any recognisable form, but it demonstrates ideas that could filter through to production models.