Monday, February 25, 2013
1999 Concept Ford 021C
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Class Concept car
Prototype sports car
Body style 4-door sedan
Engine 1.6 L
Transmission 4 speed automatic
The Ford 021C was a concept car first shown to the public at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show. It was designed by Marc Newson and built by Ghia and was named after the Pantone orange colour. It was produced purely as a styling exercise and was not intended for production.
The design was commissioned by Ford’s design director J. Mays and resulted in a retro 1950's inspired four-door saloon, with a slide-out boot, suicide doors and four seats.
The concept incorporated many innovations in the interior such as seats that swivelled on pedestals and a jewel-like dashboard and, when the light was switched on, an electro-luminiscent film glowed snowy white across the ceiling. The dashboard dials were reminisicent of Newson's Ikepod watches and the steering wheel to his 1997 Alessi coat hook. The lighting designs featured LEDs and was created by Jonathan Coles for Isometrix Lighting.
The 021C was powered by a 1.6 L Zetec engine producing 100 PS (74 kW; 99 bhp) driving the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. The 16" alloy wheels were fitted with bespoke graphite coloured Pirelli tyres.
The car was 3,601 mm (141.8 in) long, 1,648 mm (64.9 in) wide and sat on a wheelbase of 2,485 mm (97.8 in).