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The Tatra 903 Concept

 - Jul 2, 2008
References: & carscoop.blogspot
Car magazine Auto Design & Styling wanted to resurrect Tatra Motors, the third oldest automobile company (behind Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot). They commissioned designer Mike Jelinek to create a futuristic vision of a Tatra supercar.

The resulting vision is the 903 Concept, an exotic luxury sportscar with an aerodynamic design.

“The water drop shaped back refers to one of the most characteristic values of Tatra, the aerodynamics â€" same as covered rear wheels. It may look retro, but in the term of aerodynamic optimization it has its own purpose,” said designer Jelinek.

He added, "The A-pillar has moved in the axis of the car â€" again, not just a quotation of split screen theme pointing back to the original models, but certainly a safety factor designed to offer a better view from the car. I didn't want to refer to any model from the history of this legendary manufacturer, but I tried to catch something like the spirit of Tatra cars and bring it to aesthetics of the 21st century.”

Tatra was founded in 1850, produced its first motor car in 1897 and the last one in 1999. Currently, Tatra produces heavy trucks only.

I'm hoping Tatra has a change of heart and picks up this awesome design.