The Italian design house Pininfarina has presented a future-oriented concept vehicle called Teorema, which is shaped like a sporty coupé and furnished like a Norwegian hotel room. It shows that design concepts that are decades old can be modernized.
At roughly 213 inches in length from bumper to bumper (slightly longer than a long wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class) and 55 inches tall (slightly taller than a Porsche 911), the Teorema looks like a modern version of the so- called bread van designs, several automakers began experimenting with it decades ago. All of the cars surfing this trend had at least one thing in common: a high, upright rear end known as the crest rear end. Still used in 2021, albeit often less van-like, it’s a feature that makes cars more aerodynamic. The latest concept from Pininfarina takes the rear comb into the 22nd century by combining it with a strongly futuristic-looking front section and a long, sloping windshield.
It is unusual that the Teorema is not equipped with doors in the traditional sense. Its roof extends up and forward when the back wall opens to allow passengers to access the cabin through what Pininfarina calls a “foot release floor” that guides individuals to their seats. Inside, there is space for five passengers on surprisingly versatile chairs arranged in a pentagonal configuration and designed by Poltrona Frau. Inmates can choose to face each other, look out onto the street, turn the seats into beds, or fold them up to make desks.
Pininfarina noted that the Teorema was jointly designed by two teams in Cambiano, Italy and Shanghai, China. The project was completed entirely online with the help of technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR).
Beyond the design, the Teorema is a house full of buzzwords from the industry. It’s electric, it’s shared, it’s connected, and it’s autonomous. It’s not just a car; It is a vision of the future of mobility, in which “the entire interior becomes a social space”, which buses have been for a century. It’s also very unlikely to go into production, although some of its defining styling cues could leak onto Pininfarina’s designs sometime in the 2020s.