Back to the future: special show “Classic Cars – Future Heartbeat” at the world’s largest trade fair for driving culture (21 to 24 April 2022).
Against the backdrop of the climate crisis, the spotlight is now on individual mobility. Drive systems and transport models are being discussed; there is no shortage of ideas here. In the meantime, a large number of classic car enthusiasts are faced with a difficult question: does all this mean my driving pleasure will have to be sacrificed? No, said Armin Pohl from the Neckartailfingen-based company WUNDERKIND INVEST GmbH, which will stage a highly interesting special show entitled “Classic Cars – Future Heartbeat” during RETRO CLASSICS® 2022. The focal point of this special show will be a futuristic version of the legendary DeLorean DMC-12, the car in which the Hollywood star Michael J. Fox once travelled Back to the future (L-Bank Forum, Hall 1; Stand No. G10).
With holographic 3D displays, gesture control, artificial intelligence and a crash cage, the hypermodern “e-Lorean” combines futuristic technology and timeless design. “As a work in progress, the e-Lorean is primarily an innovation driver and a platform for young technology companies,” said Pohl. “The DeLorean should actually have been created with an electric engine. Although electric cars have already been in existence for more than one hundred years, there has simply been a lack of suitably efficient batteries. The aerodynamics of the original DeLorean were also fairly good. The DMC-12 is one of the few examples of a timelessly futuristic car, a classic and iconic design which we are transporting into the modern age in technical terms.”
Pohl promised that visitors to RETRO CLASSICS® Stuttgart can look forward to a sensation: “The design of the e-Lorean is currently being revamped, i.e. by no less a person than Giorgetto Giugiaro, who designed the original DMC-12 in the mid-1970s.” The team headed by Giugiaro’s son Fabrizio at GFG Style in Turin is primarily focusing on “design optimisations in the interior in order to integrate the new technologies in a seamless and appealing way.” In addition to the completely renewed masterpiece, visitors will be able to admire a fully electric – and unusually quiet – 1968 Mustang Coupé, two concept vehicles from GFG Style and the HEERO e-transporter from the company E-Works Mobility, which outperforms all competitors in terms of its range.
Pohl, stressed, however, that the special show is “not dogmatically” for electric engines or against internal combustion engines, especially since subsequent retrofitting is not practical with every classic car. Although an internal combustion engine arouses different emotions than an electric car, a sociocultural change towards quieter, low- emission vehicles is currently taking place in “the car country Germany”. The special show will therefore provide ample material for lively discussions. This exciting look at the future will be rounded off by podium discussions, interviews, films and guided tours.
About RETRO CLASSICS
RETRO CLASSICS® in STUTTGART is the world’s largest trade fair for driving culture and was chosen as the “Show of the Year” in the Historic Motoring Awards in 2018. Lovers and collectors of historic automobiles, brand representatives and representatives of relevant historic and classic car clubs have long regarded this international platform as a must-attend event at the start of the historic and classic car season. The unique concept impresses with its comprehensive range of historic and classic cars, youngtimers, NEO CLASSICS®, US cars, historic motorcycles and commercial vehicles, as well as with its first-class accompanying programme, SimRacing, a huge vehicle selling market and highly interesting special shows.
Dates: 21 to 24 April 2022, Messe Stuttgart
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