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Opel Actually Built the Rocks Electric e-XTREME Buggy

Opel Rocks Electric eXTREME Concept 0 Hero
Photos: Opel | Stellantis

Based on the existing Citroën Ami platform, the Opel Rocks Electric is a freshly-unveiled compact commuter-focused EV that’s been designed as a modern lifestyle vehicle. As a result, Opel recently announced the “You design it, we build it” contest, in which it invited design students to deliver their own take on a Rocks Electric-based lifestyle vehicle. And after several months and hundreds of submissions, Opel has now revealed the winner, along with the actual one-off build of the winning concept that the marque has brought to life. 

Opel Rocks Electric eXTREME Concept 1
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Still readily identifiable as being based on Opel’s new compact EV model, this concept was envisioned, designed, and 3D-modeled by design student Lukas Wenzhöfer. The vehicle’s dramatic transformation was born out of an effort to turn the all-electric pint-sized donor into the most fun car possible. This would ultimately give way to a rally-cross-inspired design that combines elements from Grand Prix-style road racers and drift cars with that of hardcore off-road rigs. 

Opel Rocks Electric eXTREME Concept 2
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The Opel Rocks Electric e-XTREME Concept rides on a set of protruding wheels that give the vehicle a markedly wider stance. Paired with a double wishbone suspension setup, the concept also sports an exo-skeleton-style external cage and roof rack that also accommodates the one-off’s rear wing — an oversized aero item that was borrowed from Opel’s existing Vectra GTS V8 DTM touring race car. The front of the cage also supports a pair of off-road-stye LED auxiliary lights. The body of the car has also been bestowed with 3D-printed flared fenders to open up space for its wider stance, plus a unique concept-exclusive livery. Completing the project is a custom “e-XTREME” emblem and a “001” serial number graphic. 

Opel Rocks Electric eXTREME Concept 3
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While the Opel Rocks Electric e-XTREME Concept isn’t slated to ever see the light of production, the one-of-one concept nonetheless demonstrates the platform’s conduciveness to customization, whether merely consisting of minor tweaks or dramatic fully-transformative rebuilds.