2 July 2004

A car with a removable ‘fashion coat’, a fuel-cell vehicle that grows plants and a sportscar with wood panels that age are some of the mind-bending ideas thought up by design students at this year’s Royal College of Art degree show.

Perhaps the most unusual idea is by Serge Porcher, who has worked for VW and Citroën, whose Levi denim cover for an old Mini (see gallery) is a fresh take on Smart’s customisation.

Bentley-sponsored Gareth Thomas designed a fuel-cell car with glass bodywork (right); water, the only waste product, feeds plants in the boot. Linda Andersson, the only female graduate and sponsored by Jaguar, turned her creative energy to a sportscar for 45 to 60-year-olds (above). And ex-Daewoo designer Heung-Soo Kim used ‘bendy wood’ for the exterior of a sportscar study.

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