smart forjeremy showcar limted edition at 2012 LA Auto Show
Fashion designer, Jeremy Scott has turned his attention to designing of smart forttwo electric cars which not only offer better fuel economy and low auto…
Fashion designer, Jeremy Scott has turned his attention to designing of smart forttwo electric cars which not only offer better fuel economy and low auto emissions but also look smart and fashionable. Jeremy has given the smart forttwo wings as per his trademark specialties. These wings light up like rockets forming rear lights and will be seen in the new models scheduled for launch next year. Smart forttwo with lighted wings is a limited special edition to be unveiled on the eve of the LA Auto Show in Jim Henson Studio in Los Angeles while music for the occasion will be supplied by artist M.I.A.
The sketches have drawn the attention of a large number of audience and is a headstart for Jeremy Scott and the Smart brand to bring out more innovative and trendsetting designs in the future. Wings are a special feature of Scottâ€™s designs. It is seen in his sweatshirts, sneakers sunglasses and other objects de art that the designer creates but making their way into an electric car is symbolizes a new kind of freedom and sense of weightlessness that is seen in electric cars freeing the environment of harmful emissions and use of higher priced fuels.
Smart forttwo is or smart forjeremy as it is rightly called is propelled by 55 kW electric engines enabling acceleration from 0 to 60 kmph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 125 kmph. Its 17.6 kWh lithium ion battery offers 145 km in the city without any auto emissions.
Auto news release: Fashion designer Jeremy Scott designs smart fortwo electric drive: Jeremy Scott gives smart wings
An electrifying encounter between the internationally renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott and the smart fortwo electric drive has produced a fascinating smart fortwo. An electric car, ready for lift-off into a new era of mobility â€“ full of lightness and joie de vivre. The unique smart forjeremy has wings â€“ a familiar trademark of the American star designer. The wings light up like igniting rockets to form avant-garde rear lights. The smart forjeremy showcar, which will be launched next year as a limited special edition, was unveiled on the eve of the LA Auto Show at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, with music provided by the artist M.I.A..
â€śWe were totally enthusiastic about the first sketches that Jeremy presented to usâ€ť, said Dr. Annette Winkler, Head of smart, during the world premiere. â€śBoth smart and the wings represent a bit of freedom on the crowded streets of major cities. In their respective disciplines, both the fashion designer Jeremy Scott and the smart brand are pioneering trendsetters, venturing into uncharted territories and challenging the status quo.”
Wings â€“ the symbol for carefree driving fun
True to form, the cooperation itself was out of the ordinary, smart being the first car brand to permit a fashion designer to make changes to the vehicleâ€™s body. As Head of Mercedes-Benz and smart design Gorden Wagener explains: â€śCooperations with fashion designers are normally limited to selecting interior materials and interior and exterior colour schemes. With Jeremy Scott, however, we wanted to go one step further and integrated the typical wings as a central design element in the vehicle body. This was quite a challenge, because it was not just a case of creating a showcar, but rather of creating a near-series study with the potential for licensing it for road use in the future.â€ť
Wings are one of the recurring design elements used by Jeremy Scott to great effect. Be it sweatshirts, sunglasses or sneakers, winged motifs crop up again and again in his collections. â€śFor me, wings mean freedom, a sense of weightlessness. Because of this, I definitely wanted to have them for the smart electric drive in order to convey the way it frees the environment of noxious emissions and symbolises the new lightness of mobilityâ€ť, explains Jeremy Scott, who, in addition to his fashion collections, also creates unique costumes for pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry and Rihanna.
smart forjeremy â€“ an electrifying love story
Within eight months, Jeremy Scott had developed the smart forjeremy together with designers of the â€śsmart Design Divisionâ€ť at the Mercedes-Benz Cars Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California. Gorden Wagener says: â€śWorking with Jeremy was fantastic â€“ he is a veritable fireball of creativityâ€ť. With the typical stylish design of the smart fortwo to inspire him, the international fashion giant came up with a whole host of visionary ideas.
All of which results in an avant-garde and futuristic smart with loving details based on the overriding wing theme. The smart forjeremy is painted in bright white, against which the chrome-plated tridion cell glistens like a jewel. On either side of the vehicle is a wing made of transparent fibreglass and decorated with rocket-shaped elements that light up red, serving as rear and brake lights. â€śTransparency was a very important factor for me, since it represents lightness and spaceâ€ť, explains the designer.
The vehicleâ€™s dynamic, self-assured look is further enhanced by means of wider rear tyres and wider rear wheel arches. The wheel rims are shaped like aeroplane propellers, giving the impression that the electric smart might take off at any minute. With the elegantly curved â€śeyebrowsâ€ť above its front headlights, the smart forjeremy conveys both untamed curiosity and unbridled joy. Complementing the tridion cell, the eyebrows are bright chromium plated, as are the top half of the mirror caps and the frame around the radiator grille.
Luxurious interior â€“ a dream in white
The exclusive and elegant marriage of white and glistening chrome accents is continued in the interior of the vehicle, creating an undeniably luxurious look. Together with interior designers of the â€śsmart Design Divisionâ€ť in Sindelfingen, Jeremy Scott chose fine white nappa leather for the instrument panel, seats and door trim. Whilst the instrument panel features minimalist seams, the seat insert areas and the centre panels in the doors boast extravagant diamond stitching. The gleaming chrome surfaces of the main door trim and typical smart elements such as the closing handles, the side boomerangs of the instrument panel and the characteristic rings on the dashboard instruments form an elegant contrast to the matt white.
Shaped like a jet engine, the bright chromium plated side air inlets complete the wing theme on the exterior. The white steering wheel with two chrome spokes is open at the top, further enhancing the sporty, sweeping impression of lightness.
â€śWe will also launch a limited special edition of the smart forjeremy in 2013″, Winkler said. “And I really look forward to cruising the city in this item of haute couture.â€ť
Exciting and stylish driving fun â€“ without any emissions
The smart forjeremy is based on the current production version of the smart fortwo electric drive. With its 55 kW electric motor the smart fortwo electric drive accelerates from 0 – 60 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and with a maximum speed of 125 km/h driving pleasure is also guaranteed on urban motorways. The 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery enables the urban two-seater to travel approximately 145 kilometres in city traffic without producing any local emissions.