Early 1990s preliminary design proposal rendering by Small which led to the 1992 GM Ultralite experimental car. The GM Design Center and Research Laboratories developed the Ultralite vehicle as the ‘ultimate’ test platform for fuel economy. This 4-passenger vehicle was constructed with a carbon fiber monocoque structure that combined high strength along with exceptional weight savings. Despite only two doors, the Ultralite was designed much like a sedan. The lightweight doors open easily for excellent access to the rear seating area. Since its debut in 1992, the Ultralite has won several major awards including the gold Medal IDEA Award for Design Explorations from the Industrial Design Society of America, the Grand Award in Automotive Technology from Popular Science magazine, and the Most Outstanding Concept Car of 1992 award from Japan’s Car Styling magazine.
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