Polestar to build design competition winner as one-off
Polestar has brought the winning design of the recent Polestar Design Contest to life as a 1:1 scale model and presented it at the IAA 2023 in Munich. The electric fantasy supercar ‘Polestar Synergy’ combines three winning designs that prevailed from over 600 entries in the latest competition.
The submitted designs were to focus on “the experience of performance” while providing a technically advanced solution that would make this possible in a sustainable way. A jury shortlisted ten of the more than 600 designs and selected two winners for the exterior and one for the interior. The two winning exterior designers, Devashish Deshmukh and Swapnil Desai, live in Paris. China-based interior designer Yingxiang Li designed the cabin.
The ‘Polestar Synergy’ is therefore a combination of the three designs. The final design was developed in a six-month collaboration between the winners and the Polestar design team. The vehicle takes up brand-typical elements such as the design of the daytime running lights or the rims of the Polestar O2: the concept that is to go into series production in 2026 as the Polestar 6. However, the sports car concept with a flat glass cockpit and centrally positioned driver’s seat has never been seen at Polestar before. The car is 4.56 metres long and only 1.07 metres high. There is no information on the electric drive of this one-off.
“This year, the story is as much about collaboration as performance. I’m proud that the team were able to guide and support the winners to realising their dream as a full-scale model. It’s not often student designers receive such exposure at the start of their career, something the Polestar Design Community on Instagram does so well, amplified this year by the 1:1 scale model and its planned tour of Polestar locations around the world,” says Maximillian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.
At the same time, Polestar is launching a partnership with Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand. Hot Wheels will provide the inspiration for the next Polestar Design Contest at launch, drawing on the innovative and outlandish designs from the American brand’s 55-year history. Polestar’s production cars will be launched in the future as Hot Wheels and Matchbox collectibles.