First Pictures and powerplant stats of the DSD PUISSANT concept…A new Super Mini
The PUISSANT (Translated to english the powerful)
The Puissant is DSD’s entree into the small fun markets and will be entirely produced in a new facility in Aubagne France. We intend to produce three individual trims suited to the Asian kei markets, the European CIty markets and the American/Australasian budget sport markets.
Starting with a AHS steel chassis with a tradition rear torsion beam/macphearson strut suspension setup wrapped in a European inspired Partial alloy body. The body was created by Coach Makers Licorne and is a much more sedate approach than the stereotypical DSD vehicle.
The xenon headlights are encased in billet alloy casings with L.E.D daytime running lights mounted discreetly underneath the high and low beams with the front turn signals also mounted in billet “floating” casings. The grills are more aesthetic than function with billet highlights and following the natural curves of the body without becoming gaudy or “face” like. The front flares are designed to highlight the front headlight assembly with a small vent on either side dispersing hot engine bay air with a small L.E.D turn indicator to complement the mirror mounted L.E.D’s.
The Bonnet/Hood however is more function over form with a shallow reverse cowl bonnet scoop needed to extract the hot engine bay air with small intake vents mounted just to the sides of the exit of the cowl scoop to help create a vacuum effect. The cooling was needed to survive the Harsh Australian traffic conditions and 40*+ ambient air temperatures.
The body is one complete piece so there are no plastic bumbers(front lip excluded). The “sideskirts” are part of the main monocoque with intake vents for the rear brakes molded into the partial alloy.
The rear of the car features a “floating” number plate mount active rear spoiler and more billet alloy including the tail light housings, centre “grille”, quad exhaust outlets and a small piece of trim in the centre diffuser. Incidentally the left rear taillight flips down to reveal the fuel filler cap replicating American and Australian cars of the fifties.
Under the bonnet/Hood of this Concept Puissant we find a Hybrid E85 petrol electric engine.
A 2.2L 30V 60* V6 powers the batteries to the 270Nm electric engine mounted transversely and powering the front wheels. The electric engine is designed to power the vehicle at all time with the torque map designed to reduce torque at very low Rpms then feed torque in at mid-high Rpms with torque then bleeding away at very high Rpms to help with driveability. The petrol engine only turns the power generator for the batteries and as such fuel economy figures of 3L/100Km’s are expected in real world conditions, and the dyno figure shows the electric engine can produce 285Hp and a max power range of up to 10,000RPM.
The Concept model is also fitted with a 7sp Sequential gearbox and electric transaxle and under lab conditions is expected to top the car out at 302KM/H. Carbon fibre 18" wheels with prototype tyre technology surround 375mm 6 piston Carbon Ceramic brake discs and a tuned underbody tray combined with front and rear active wings keep the car planted and firm whilst driving.
Inside the Concept Puissant we find hand sculpted red deer leather seats with the dashboard and centre console made entirely from Bunya pine with Ironbark trim pieces. A intteractive 3d display that controls everything from the stereo and climate control to the acceleration ramp rate and suspension settings that can display in real time the suspension travel and bound as well as changing settings on the fly.
Whilst we know that this concept model can never be produced as you see it here by using the best technology we have available to create these concept cars allows us to use as much of the features that are well received as possible whilst deleting those which are less desirable.
Please Note that this is the concept model and final trims may vary
The Prototype Production models will also be shown towards the end of the convention.
In Response Darkshine tweets> The unfortunate actions of Detroit Will not happen again (grass before beer your in the clear beer before grass your on your arse)… I myself am looking forward to driving the Alps and will only be present on the final day of Geneva as i am visiting Members of my old Unit across France. However DSD does encourage responsible recreational parting and we encourage all to try our Dark Cognac and Dark Absinthe…be warned through that this is a traditional absinthe containing worm wood and a low alcohol content…You have been warned lol.