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Polestar unveiled a sleek electric sports car concept with a 56-mph drone that films your driving

Tim Levin   

Polestar unveiled a sleek electric sports car concept with a 56-mph drone that films your driving
The Polestar O2.Polestar
  • Electric-car company Polestar revealed a stunning concept sports car called the O2.
  • The convertible has a built-in drone that flies at up to 56 mph to film scenic drives.

Electric carmaker Polestar took the wraps off a sleek roadster concept called the O2 this week.

Electric carmaker Polestar took the wraps off a sleek roadster concept called the O2 this week.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

According to Polestar, the stunning car is meant to show the world that the future of sports cars is electric — and showcase the next-generation platform that future Polestar models will use.

According to Polestar, the stunning car is meant to show the world that the future of sports cars is electric — and showcase the next-generation platform that future Polestar models will use.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

The O2 previews innovations and designs that could pop up in future Polestar vehicles, but the company hasn't announced plans for a production sports car just yet.

The O2 previews innovations and designs that could pop up in future Polestar vehicles, but the company hasn
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

That could be a savvy move, though. Today, there isn't a single battery-powered roadster on the market, even though electric cars can be incredibly exciting to drive thanks to their low center of gravity and instant acceleration.

That could be a savvy move, though. Today, there isn
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

Polestar says it designed the O2 to be extra rigid, helping with handling and minimizing body roll through corners.

Polestar says it designed the O2 to be extra rigid, helping with handling and minimizing body roll through corners.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

An added benefit of electrification, Polestar says, is that in the O2 you can drop the top without hearing the drone of a gas engine.

An added benefit of electrification, Polestar says, is that in the O2 you can drop the top without hearing the drone of a gas engine.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

Another major appeal of the O2 — should it ever get built — is its looks.

Another major appeal of the O2 — should it ever get built — is its looks.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

Much like other Polestar models, the O2 features lots of sharp edges and a bold overall style that exudes character.

Much like other Polestar models, the O2 features lots of sharp edges and a bold overall style that exudes character.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

It's low and wide, with aggressive, air-deflecting bodywork around its perimeter to aid with aerodynamics.

It
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

The O2's long wheelbase and minimal overhangs give it a dramatic look.

The O2
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

Inside, the O2 gets a 15-inch floating touchscreen in the center of the dash…

Inside, the O2 gets a 15-inch floating touchscreen in the center of the dash…
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

… along with a smaller screen for the driver.

… along with a smaller screen for the driver.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

It seats two in front and, theoretically, two in back.

It seats two in front and, theoretically, two in back.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

Polestar is all about using sustainable materials, and the O2 is no exception.

Polestar is all about using sustainable materials, and the O2 is no exception.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

All the soft parts of the interior, including foam, adhesive, and fabric, are made from the same material — recycled polyester — to simplify the recycling process down the line.

All the soft parts of the interior, including foam, adhesive, and fabric, are made from the same material — recycled polyester — to simplify the recycling process down the line.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

It's practically illegal to unveil a concept car without at least one off-the-wall quirk. So Polestar developed a built-in drone that deploys from the back of the car at a tap of its touchscreen.

It
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

The drone can follow the O2 at speeds of up to 56 mph, snapping video of scenic drives.

The drone can follow the O2 at speeds of up to 56 mph, snapping video of scenic drives.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

Polestar's CEO insists this isn't a gimmick, but rather a way of enhancing the driving experience and helping people create memories they can look back on.

Polestar
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

We'll have to wait and see if Polestar delivers a production vehicle based on this design. The drone part, at least, feels like a stretch.

We
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

In the meantime, Polestar has three vehicles to look forward to launching between now and 2024.

In the meantime, Polestar has three vehicles to look forward to launching between now and 2024.
The Polestar O2.      Polestar

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