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Peugeot creates a one-of-a-kind carbon fiber and wood surfboard

Peugeot creates a one-of-a-kin...
The GTi Surfboard Concept was unveiled last month in the UK
The GTi Surfboard Concept was unveiled last month in the UK
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Peugeot Design Lab's GTi Surfboard Concept
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Peugeot Design Lab's GTi Surfboard Concept
The GTi Surfboard Concept was unveiled last month in the UK
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The GTi Surfboard Concept was unveiled last month in the UK
A rear view of the board
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A rear view of the board
A nod to the board's creators
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A nod to the board's creators
The Peugeot branding is engraved on the board's wooden nose
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The Peugeot branding is engraved on the board's wooden nose
A close-up view of the wood grain
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A close-up view of the wood grain
A sharp diagonal boundary line visually separates the wooden nose from the carbon fiber main body
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A sharp diagonal boundary line visually separates the wooden nose from the carbon fiber main body
Some of the board's carbon fiber detailing
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Some of the board's carbon fiber detailing
Four fins are situated on the underside of the tail, intended to provide “responsive, exhilarating and agile ride quality”
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Four fins are situated on the underside of the tail, intended to provide “responsive, exhilarating and agile ride quality”
Another view of the board's fins
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Another view of the board's fins
A sketch of an alternate design, in which the main body of the board was made of wood
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A sketch of an alternate design, in which the main body of the board was made of wood
Another design, featuring a part in the rear called "the lion's claw"
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Another design, featuring a part in the rear called "the lion's claw"
The board features a design “inspired by the thrill from driving Peugeot’s latest performance products, most notably the new 208 GTi and also saluting the new RCZ R and exclusive Onyx Concept Car”
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The board features a design “inspired by the thrill from driving Peugeot’s latest performance products, most notably the new 208 GTi and also saluting the new RCZ R and exclusive Onyx Concept Car”
One other alternate version of the GTi Surfboard Concept
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One other alternate version of the GTi Surfboard Concept

If you want something to look elegant, you build it out of wood. If you want it to look cutting-edge, on the other hand, you make it out of carbon fiber. So, what happens when you combine the two materials? Well, you end up with something like Peugeot's one-off GTi Surfboard Concept.

The board, which made its public debut at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, features a design “inspired by the thrill from driving Peugeot’s latest performance products, most notably the new 208 GTi and also saluting the new RCZ R and exclusive Onyx Concept Car.”

The nose of the board is constructed of Sipo wood (also known as Utile), with a sharp diagonal boundary line visually separating it from the carbon fiber main body. Four fins are situated on the underside of the tail, intended to provide “responsive, exhilarating and agile ride quality.” That said, it would be interesting to know if the board has ever actually been taken out on the waves.

The GTi Surfboard Concept was designed by Pierre Gimbergues and Céline Venet. There’s no word on possible commercial production of the board.

Source: Peugeot Design Lab

4 comments
martinkopplow
Nice approach, at least worth a look. I like the virtual leach, too. Too bad it'll look less shiny once I put a layer of sax wax on it, and got washed ashore a few times. Wonder how the toe out angle of the outer fins is driven by dynamics or aesthetics design, too. My gut feeling says its the latter and it won't ride as advertised. Surfing is about the action, not the posing, so c'mon: Show us a video, Peugeot!
yinfu99
If its carbon fiber, why would you need wax?
MrRodgers
Yinfu, sex wax is tacky and used for traction on the board, not as a sealant or protective coating as it is on cars and boats.
Zappenfusen
You couldn't ride the thing. Those outboard fins would tend to resist turning, a constant when staying in the most advantageous level of the wave. Put a 360 degree pod under it and call it a "Rescue Board".