The Opel Flextreme GT/E conceived at the European Design Center in Rüsselsheim and premiered in March 2010 at the 80th International Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland has just been recognized by the Red Dot award
It captures the brand’s new design language, “Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision,” first introduced in 2008 with the Insignia and stretches it within an envelope optimized for aerodynamic efficiency.
The main focus on the car was efficiency through airflow and weight-saving management.
Mass reduction measures for the body include the use of lightweight, carbon composite outer panels, polycarbonate window glazing and aluminum alloy structural components to offer a 40 percent weight reduction.
The Flextreme GT/E also explores the potential for active shape shifting. At speeds above 50 km/h, a vertical panel extends along the body to guide high-speed airflow around the rear corners of the car, and reducing the amount of turbulence. The efficient concept also includes the drive system developed for the Opel Ampera.
Despite its greater size and a maximum speed of more than 200 kilometers per hour, the Flextreme GT/E is projected to offer performance similar to that of the Ampera: a battery-powered driving range of between 40 and 80 km and, due to its range-extender, a total range of more than 500 km.