Concept Corner | Polestar O2 Roadster Concept
Polestar, the electric performance car brand which has just made its grand entrance onto the Australian automotive stage with its Polestar 2 EV, has unveiled this new concept, the O2.
The two-door hard-top convertible appears to share styling cues with its four-door concept predecessor, the Precept, and so, like that vehicle, it is a fantastically good-looking, sleek machine. And, as concepts often do, the O2 has at least one feature so unusual that you just have to smile. In this case, that feature is a drone. Yes. A drone.
It is an idea we have seen before. Audi, for example, showcased such an idea on its Audi AI:Trail concept, which had a series of drones that would light the way ahead of the vehicle, but the Polestar O2 has a rather different approach to the idea. This drone is all about the social media generation and being able to create shareable video content of you and your sexy new car driving on picturesque roads.
The company says that the drone can be deployed while the car is moving, operates autonomously and can follow the car at speeds up to 90km/h. After filming, the drone returns itself to the 02, and video clips it has recorded can be edited and shared directly from the car’s 15-inch centre display when the car is parked.
“We wanted to emphasise the experience you can have with a car like the Polestar O2 in new and unusual ways,” said Maximilian Missoni, Polestar’s Head of Design. “Integrating an autonomous cinematic drone was something that allowed us to push the boundaries on the innovation front. Not needing to stop and off-load the drone before filming, but rather deploying it at speed, is a key benefit to this innovative design.”
While such a feature is the headline act for the O2, the car does also showcase Polestar’s bonded aluminium platform which is adapted from the company’s upcoming Polestar 5 four-door GT, and which is ‘geared towards heightened dynamic response’.
Also being showcased here are Polestar’s advances in sustainability and technology. The company has used a new ‘thermoplastic mono-material’ extensively – meaning a single base material has been used to manufacture different components featured in the interior. In the case of the O2, this is recycled polyester which is used for all the soft components of the interior: foam, adhesive, 3D knit fibres and non-woven lamination. This, Polestar said, simplifies recycling and is a significant step towards greater circularity, while also reducing weight and waste.
While there are no details yet about battery, motors, range, or performance, the O2 is, no doubt, a player in all those areas. And while it may not appear eventually in production form as it does here, it is worth noting that the Polestar 5 looks mighty close to the Precept concept.
Fingers crossed Polestar does the same with the O2.
VIDEO: POLESTAR O2 CONCEPT
22 April 2022