At a Vauxhall preview ahead of the Geneva motor show, Vauxhall-Opel design boss Mark Adams gave us an insight into the new Vauxhall GT Concept.

At just 3.85m long and 1.68m wide, the tiny thriller occupies a smaller footprint than the Vauxhall Corsa but promises to pack a mighty punch should it ever make production.

The GT Concept is a small, lightweight, back-to-basics, rear-wheel drive, sports car powered by a front-mounted three-cylinder turbo engine. The interior is pure and uncluttered.

“We wanted to keep the instrument functions as simple as possible and our mantra is ‘hands on the wheel, eyes on the road',” explained Adams.

The instrumentation might be simple but it’s also spectacular: “The instrument panel display drops away from you to create a feeling of space. There are two three dimensional dials in front of the driver and then the whole centre panel is a back-projected surface.”

The left-hand dial combines digital speedo and an innovative rev counter, comprising animated rings of red light. The rest of the instrument panel surface displays either menu information or infotainment and navigation information controlled by a touch pad on the centre console.