Romanian born Mihai Panaitescu has taken top honors in Peugeot's international design competition with his Flux Concept Design out of a field of over 4,000 entrants. The judges selected the winner from 30 projects that made the final round, and now the hydrogen-based prototype is set to be displayed at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. The panel of judges was composed of Peugeot representatives, including top managers from its Design Centre and from Xbox, as well as several motoring journalists. For his efforts, Panaitescu received €6,000 in prize money.
The Flux measures just 3.5m long and 1.65m wide and is powered by a hydrogen-fueled power source located at the rear of the car. Polyurethane plastics are used for the seats and body panels, while more expensive aluminum is reserved for the suspension systems. The design objective was to create a vehicle that was versatile enough to be used as a sporty racer or as a more practical cross-country explorer.