Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Engineering Technology

Today; 2 Citroen 2CV cars were standing at my collega entrance. Before I show you the pictures, I'll give a little background information:

The Citroën 2CV (French“deux chevaux” i.e. “deux chevaux vapeur”, literally “two tax horsepower”) was an economy car produced by the French automaker Citroën between 1948 and 1990.[1] It was technologically advanced and innovative, but with uncompromisingly utilitarian unconventional looks, and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork,[2] that belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering. It was designed to move the French peasantry on from horses and carts. It is considered one of Citroën's most iconic cars. In 1953 Autocar in a technical review of the car wrote of "the extraordinary ingenuity of this design, which is undoubtedly the most original since the Model T Ford".[3] It was described by CAR magazine journalist and author LJK Setright as "the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car".[4] It was designed for low cost, simplicity of use, versatility, reliability, and off-road driving. For this it had a light, easily serviceable engine, extremely soft long travel suspension (with adjustable ride height), high ground clearance, and for oversized loads a car-wide canvas sunroof(which until 1960 also covered the boot).

Source: Wikipedia

A team of graduate students from my college made an elektric version and a hybrid version of said car to compete in races,...  I don't know much about their goals, specifications,... but I hope you'll be pleased with just seeing the result of their hard work,....

Top view of the 2CV hybrid.

Side view of the electric version:

Hybrid version agian:

Back view of the hybrid version:

Front view of the electrical version:

View of both cars.

Maybe I'll give some more information about these cars in the following days. Or maybe I'll post pictures/comments of the project I'm working on,....

Btw; the picture quality isn't as great as it shoud be because I'm taking these pictures with my mobile phone (Blackberry 9780 Bold).


  1. Haha, those are some funky looking cars. I bet they are incredibly efficient and clean, however.

  2. I'm sorry, but those cars look... Just so weird lol.