jaguar XKX concept by hussain almossawi + marin myftiu jaguar XKX concept by hussain almossawi + marin myftiu
may 13, 2012

jaguar XKX concept by hussain almossawi + marin myftiu

with the ‘jaguar XKX’ concept, design studio skyrill seeks to create a next-generation electric version that recalls jaguar’s e-type roadsters

hussain almossawi of bahrain-based design studio skyrill and albanian designer marin myftiu have developed the ‘jaguar XKX’ concept as a research study into the design of a next-generation model of the classic jaguar e-type. the electric vehicle concept includes innovative aerodynamic styling, the use of piezoelectric cells to harvest the energy created by air friction, and folding side mirrors in a design intended to recall the minimalism of the 1960’s jaguar roadsters.

editor’s note: the concept design is not associated with or endorsed by jaguar.

‘a new, in depth study of some glorious jaguar models, was in our view a chance to find that path again, looking for distinctive DNA traits of the model through the years. and applying current styling trends and standards, especially in the view of new body-forming techniques and new technologies, we started to envision the very successor of the e-Type and XK8 jags.’ – designers hussain almossawi and marin myftiu

front view

aerial view

because of the smaller powertrain than a conventional fuel model, the design team reconceived the aerodynamics of the car, broadening the side deflector intakes at the front of the car and sculpting the side door panels to facilitate the flow of air through the vehicle’s wheels and out from the large openings at the rear.

in another innovative development, the entire car body is covered by a layer of piezoelectric cells. when stimulated by the pressure of air flowing over them during vehicle movement, the units produced electricity that is fed into the vehicle’s battery.

rendering of the car model on the streets

detail on the innovative side mirrors

citing the research statistic that damage to side mirrors is the second most highly reported act of car vandalism in the UK, skyrill developed ‘disappearing’ side mirrors. at a thickness of 1-centimeter, the mirrors fit snugly into a shallow hatch in the doorpiece when the car is parked, unfolding into working position when the vehicle is started.

detail on the wheel

concept sketches

‘paper model’ clay*

* – editor’s note (update): in response to several comments, ‘clay’ is a term used in automotive design to describe early models of the design process, which were historically generally made of plasticine. it has been retained within parts of the industry to describe the first digital models of a new design. here, this is the designers’ denotation and description for their CGI form renders and is not intended to suggest anything regarding the composition of what is a digital file.

model of the design

design concept flow tracing the development of the jaguar from the 1961 ‘e-type’ through recent years through the ‘XKX’ concept

  • totally missed the point of what ever made a jag elegant or beautiful.
    the rear lights are inspired by BMW
    the side mirrors are only airodynamic when not in use and are speaking a different design language then the rest.
    dont believe in the piezo blabla and where is all this air from the front supposed to go – to the break discs??

    michael says:
  • puerile.

    eme says:
  • love the elegance, bringing back the real Jaguar to life!!!

    awesome work guys!

    Scott says:
  • I’m a HUGE fan of this jag!

    michael your a fool with not a single bit of knowledge about car design …

    romero says:
  • it looks like melting chocolate, very streamline, masculine, but not harmony and sexy enough.

    FRANK Y. says:
  • my eyes are hurting

    rodrigo says:
  • I like it

    hirohito says:
  • sweet and sexiiiiii!!

    paul says:
  • I was hoping that people stopped being sow mean… yhea it looks completely out of proportion… but for a first attempt its not completely bad… just need to see with detail what are those lines that make a jaguar. Hope the best for you.

    Diogo Fula says:
  • Sorry, the “paper model” it´s 3d polygonal model. Write properly…

    Sunda says:
  • LOL @ ‘paper model’. It is just a CGI render before a smooth modifier was applied.

    Simon90 says:
  • Looking so cool. There are some peculiar proportions but still, it’s a concept and it looks better than most cars you see on the road.

    Natalie says:
  • This is the second car concept from Skyrill that profoundly confuses me. Once again, it appears as if they spent an obscene amount of time creating a very clean model… of an odd napkin sketch. It just amazes me that someone would spend that much time making a model of a concept that needs so much work in terms of design. Beautiful job modeling but spend the time to actually design the car before taking it to a finished 3d model.

    revelc says:
  • @revelc…

    out of proportions? looks perfectly fine and cool to me!

    josh says:
  • i actually just saw the original post for this project here:

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Jaguar-XKX/3765202

    looks so much better and makes much more sense, I wish design boom had done this car a bit more justice in the way they have laid things out…

    @revelc: i suggest u check the link, and everyone else too…

    josh says:
  • @josh, the article says basically all the facts that the original behance page has, without the fluff. the extra stats and info on the project i do agree are nice background, but design is ultimately what its end result is. and someone can like it, or not.

    omaha says:
  • let’s just say it meets my ultimate criteria of car design:
    if someone made it, and i could afford it, i would buy it in a second!

    mark t. says:
  • i like seeing inspired rear view mirrors on cars instead of just some bulky black thing stuck on the side.

    liam h says:
  • The back is far too BMW like. In fact it looks more like a dumbell or a couple of arseholes than a Jaguar. As someone who’s father has worked at Jaguar since the age of 9, I can safely say that I am not a fan of this. The shape from above has some sense of modern elegance with aesthetically pleasing lines and curves. However, the overall design doesn’t breathe Jaguar and it isn’t drenched whatsoever in the class of the high-end British motor industry.

    These two chaps have got almost all wrong here unfortunately.
    Jags are sleek, sexy, and ostentatious in a classy, British manner.
    They are not whatever this is.

    OHR says:
  • This is sooo Jaguar!!! At least more that the latest models, which look more like a Fiat Punto or an Aston Martin. @OHR: It has some unconventional looks, especially the back, but I don’t see the BMW, and the British motor industry??? It’s been a while it’s not British any more, it’s in the hands of Indians and Germans and sincerely since Jaguar has been selling soap bars and Mini turned into SUVs, it has been very disappointing too.

    Congratulations to these guys and keep experimenting beyond today’s commercial, suffocating design where all cars look almost the same

    Patrik says:
  • this looks like a breath of fresh sleek midnight air where only a cat’s stealth rules… beautiful concept… truly jaguar!

    knkay says:
  • Bloated, inelegant, ill conceived and embodying none of the stylistic qualities traditionally associated with Jaguar.

    frg says:

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