Part 1 : Jom!
Pikemen City, Tanjung Malim - 31st July 2023
With 5 proposal that managed to send to Pikemen before the deadline, all of the clay models of the proposal were sent to Pikemen City for Tengku Hafizan and his executives to check out the proposals.
@xianxian2 - Pikemen Q
First impression from this car that it looks very futuristic and very elegant, it feels very Chinese and Tengku Hafizan don’t mind Chinese-looking car for their line-up. The proportions of the car looks very sleek and giving that aura of pulling up on a very very modern house up hill on Beverly Hill (or Bukit Antarabangsa, Malaysia translated).
The grille looks very empty and was expecting some chrome details or any fillings to remove that empty spaces, in my humble opinion. The side molding on this car is well made and flows well with the design flow.
Though this random molding piece is out of place, making it more subtle or using other molding would’ve make it better looking.
Coming to the rear of the car, it felt uninspiring and doesn’t match with the front and it looks kinda generic with small simple tailights and such. It’s so flat and doesn’t have any molding to fill that negative space which covers a lot on the rear.
As in for brand identity, it doesn’t look like Pikemen nor Malaysian car to us, it’s just straight up Chinese design which is not a bad thing but Tengku Hafizan was not interested on Chinese design yet. The proposal overall looks unsinspiring and too foreign looking for Pikemen. They had to pass on this proposal.
@OT_motive - Executive Streamliner
A huge contrast proposal compared to the last one. This one looks really eye-catching with cyborg inspired front end, striking rims 22-inch and 23-inch rims and very striking side profile too. I can see this car pulling up on a driveway of houses from 2040’s or beyond.
The front doesn’t features main grille but aforementioned cyborg inspired front-end really makes the cars more stand-out from other competitors in the market, it has that distinctive look to it. Moving to the side of the car, the shoulder line can be clearly seen here and flows well from the headlights. The proposal also has really well hidden door handle that is cleverly designed to it.
Really make the side profile looks smooth with those door handle being hidden up there. Coming to the rear, i will say this. It is very on point with current trend, blackened out singular tailights and diffuser or lower fascia. Every space on this rear has been filled with body molding so it’s not that boring to look at, you just keep looking at it.
Other than that, this random line on the side just go nowhere and just abruptly ended there, was hoping it connect to something or not ended prematurely there.
As in for brand identity, it has that design elements from other Pikemen’s especially the front (for me atleast). This car is really striking and really ahead of it’s time. Tengku Hafizan approved this proposal and moved to the finals.
@azkaalfafa - Pikemen Beraya EV
A very well made and highly-detailed proposal was sent to Pikemen and they were impressed with it. But other than that, the car looks elegant but doesn’t scream luxury or futuristic, due to the designer worked on an outdated body for this challenge.
The front of the car looks oddly Swedish, more to that specific Swedish brand. It looks more premium more than luxury feels to it. I can see this car sitting on 2020’s modern house rather than 2040’s modern house. Modern Retro feeling as what i can describe it.
The side of the car is really really messy at some angle like the picture above, nitpicky wise. Other than that, it really shows it is an old 90’s car with modern styling in this car especially the attempt to modernized 90’s molding which is not working, to be quite honest. And the door handle looks outdated here too.
Coming to the rear, the tailight design is pretty well made, flows well and fits in with other design elements on the car, just need to be a more square to fit with the headlights. Besides that, the modernized 90’s molding continues though it managed to fit in well with the car, giving it more depths to the rear, compared to the side which is just tacked on.
For brand identity from this car, like i said before, it has that Swedish vibes especially that one brand and that’s what Pikemen is not getting sued for. The car is really really detailed but such wasted potential to make this on an old BMW body. Tengku Hafizan had to pass on this one.
@Riley - Zephorus Racing Design
This proposal looks really imposing and really slick design with blackened out front-end with light steel material on the side vent and the main grille to make it pop out more, they liked it. Does it belong in a very futuristic house? Maybe but if they changed out the rims or make it bigger like 21-inches, it could improve the car’s image but that can easily swapped out if it hits the production line.
With really impressive blacked out front-end comes to stop when they noticed really small headlights on the car, it is really small that i’m not sure if it’s road worthy or not. Other than that, inside the steel side vent is really empty, what they could proposed is some sort of LED lights like this very professional drawing interpretation :
Anything that can be filled inside the side vents other than the empty void.
Coming to the side of the car, whilst the side molding is nice, Tengku Hafizan wished the side molding is a bit more unique and extreme to match the front of the car. Moving on to the rear of the car, the tailights of the car is very well made and a nice continuation design with small grille design on the rear under the great tailights. The side strakes from the rear side vents is another good detailing to fill that empty space.
As in for brand identity, the car sure does fit in with other Pikemen line-ups and some of the elements of the car useful for future Pikemen’s lineup especially the tailights. Another well made proposal that is well designed and proportioned, just sadly it has really small headlights and empty front side vents.
Tengku Hafizan accepted this proposal and moved to the finals.
@the-chowi - Pikemen CHARGE
And we have arrived to the final proposal, Pikemen CHARGE. The front LED headlights really stands out, just like Executive Streamliner proposal a while ago except this one a bit slimmer, due to how tall the bottom fascia is. While in bottom fascia topic, Tengku Hafizan really likes how it looks, elegant, smooth and doesn’t look super messy, just simple elegant frontend. They can see this car sat on a 2050’s modern house on the beachside’s driveway.
Moving to the side of the car, the side molding is really striking with that black plastic panel that connects from what they’ve assumed, charging port to the door handle, a nice little touch though painting it to chrome could’ve look better but they’re fine with this paint or material. Moreover, the sloped up molding really gives the car some character and how unique it is compared to other proposals.
Coming to the rear of the car, the tailight is a bit high up on the rear, giving it alot of negative space below it, thus making it looks awkward on some angle and the random vertical lights looks out of place there, could’ve just go with horizontal lights thus it will make rear a bit more better. Besides, the rear molding was absolutely fantastic, it flows well and didn’t abruptly ended somewhere. The tailights can be fixed either to make it longer like this :
or just make the tailights lower if you didn’t care about the connecting plastic line from C-pillar to the tailights.
As in for brand identity, though it didn’t have that typical Pikemen looks to it, Tengku Hafizan thinks it can stand out from other Pikemen’s lineup with it’s mesmerizing and unique looks this car got. Tengku Hafizan approved this proposal and moved to the finals.
With all proposals that has been reviewed, only 3 proposals that managed to make it to the finals which is Executive Streamliner, Zephorus Racing Design and Pikemen CHARGE. With that, Tengku Hafizan were satisfied with the choices that he made with these proposals and was hoping the next final 3 were chosen as the final product for their EV sedan lineup.
Coming up next, Final 3....