Polestar previews its next EV.
Polestar has big plans for the future, including raising more capital through an IPO on the stock exchange, but to achieve all of its goals, the Swedish automaker needs to offer a wider variety of cars so that it can appeal to a larger demographic. The Polestar 1, one of the prettiest EVs around, was a great start and was even sporty enough to be the hero car in Need For Speed: The Heat, but now it's time for new offerings.
One such car is the Polestar Precept, a concept that was last year confirmed to be heading to production. The final form of the car will see its name change to Polestar 5, an EV promised to be a performance GT. Achieving production from the concept phase is a long and drawn-out process, but Polestar is doing things differently by letting us see behind the scenes as a 2024 launch date approaches.
The above video is the third in a series of behind-the-scenes short films taking a closer look at the evolution of the Precept from the sketch phase to its concept form and now its transition to a full production car. Polestar Exterior Design Manager Nahum Escobedo explains that he designs cars from scratch, and when he starts his process, he doesn't look at other cars for inspiration. He wants his mind to be uncluttered and free, and rather draws inspiration from products such as radios and cameras, while architecture also plays a part. Escobedo also mentions aviation and nature, referencing airplanes and sharks as sources of creativity.
As you can imagine, the process of finalizing a design requires input from multiple teams. What a designer might think of brilliant, an engineer might reject as impractical. What those two might agree on, the bean-counters might put an end to because of feasibility issues. As an example, the video shows Escobedo liaising with various other designers like Senior Exterior Studio Engineer Krister Olofsson, who calls to attention an issue with panel tolerances on the front end. Nevertheless, the overall look has not changed much as the car has evolved from a sketch to a concept and now a prototype. Escobedo informs us that there are still a lot of things to solve in terms of the design, but we're confident that he and his team will find the right answers in time for the planned launch in 2024. We look forward to seeing what the end result is.