Among the new metal at Autosport International one thing that should catch your eye is the finished hot hatch model from Minwoo Hwang, a talented young student designer who won Autocar’s Hot Hatch 2020 Design Competition.
You may remember at the start of the year me telling you about my visit to meet Minwoo and Ford’s model making duo at the firm’s Dunton Technical Centre in Essex.
There I was shown the full Ford design process and got to meet Minwoo himself. I saw the final stages of the model being sculpted before the final design was signed off.
Well, I’ve now got to see the final model itself on Autocar’s stand at the Autosport show today. First impressions? In my eyes, this is a very credible evolution of how a hot hatch, specifically a Ford hot hatch, could go.
There are Ford hot hatch design cues all over the place – Escort Cosworth-inspired rear spoiler, ice white paint, the familiar alloys – but there’s also enough Ford design language to let you know what you’re looking at – chiefly the front lights and trapezoid front grille. Best of all though, is the individuality Minwoo has stamped on the model.
It is more coupe than hatchback in its profile, but this is quite an intelligent estimate from Minwoo about how hot hatch styling will evolve, especially given some of the recent hot ‘hatches’ we’ve seen are the Renaultsport Megane 250 and Volkswagen Scirocco R.
Going on the majority of this week’s forum comments, the styling of the new Ford Focus hasn’t quite hit the mark yet with the public so I’d be interested to read what you all think of Minwoo’s interpretation of how a future Ford hatchback (well, an RS version at least) should look.
If you’re at the show this weekend, come and have a look.