The ENO.146 is the new GAC concept car which was developed as a global collaboration between the brand design studios in Guangzhou (headed by Zhang Fan Vice President of GAC R&D), Shanghai (guided by David Hilton, Director of GAC Advanced Design Shanghai) and Los Angeles (guided by Pontus Fontaeus, Director of GAC Advanced Design LA). This EV concept boasts a best in class aero exterior, and showcases the new GAC “Vector Energy” form language. ENO.146 relates directly to the amazing aero number GAC achieved in the Shanghai Automotive Wind Tunnel Center in September, 2019: 0,146Cd. The exterior and interior designs are contrasted in their styles. The exterior is very architectural and protective, while the interior is more fluid and naturally embracing.
The exterior is shaped by utilizing modern ‘fluid aerodynamics’ measuring technologies to maximize air flow. However, the design does not at all follow the typical biomorphic ‘aero look’ style. This unique ‘anti automotive’ form for the ENO.146 is called the GAC ‘Vector Energy’ EV design language. The body side is very clean and architectural in its approach while displaying one main distinctive feature line, which kicks up towards the rear of the car. This feature gives the vehicle a ‘moving while standing still’ appearance. The rear bronze parametric pattern is a unique striking focal point of the concept car. Its jewel like finish was inspired by the thrust vectoring nozzles found on a jet aircraft engine. The front lamp design gives the concept a striking down-the-road graphic that will be noticeable from a distance. The front lamps sit low on the front bumper giving it a sportier more exotic feel.
The vertical elements of the headlamps visually connect with the utility belt feature – emphasizing the clean architectural approach to the vehicle. The interior is clearly separated into the unique 2+1+2+1 extended family layout. This configuration is very space efficient, with the baby facing rearwards for safety right behind the first row, and the teenager tucked into the tapered rear area. The central ‘Plaza’ zone is all about the kids, the most important part of the family story. The baby seat can also be swapped out for a functional second row table. While the teenager is enjoying their own world, they also have the option to move 300mm forward and interact with the family.
The 6 seats, console, and floor of the interior are formed by ‘intersecting wave’ elements which enhance connections and flow between the passengers, even though they are placed into different experience zones. The roof structure spans the entire length of the cabin, creating a unique open interior space, and adds to the lightweight appearance and linear theme which flows in and out the vehicle. This slatted structure is made of a filleted aluminum, which allows light to shine directly through but also provides shaded protection. The structure supports a full glass roof which allows the passengers to enjoy a unique ‘open observatory’ perspective of the passing world.