Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Concept Cars, our Future Cars

When True Lies debuted in 1994 most of the scenes were actually impossible but with time the possibility was a reality. Cars are not different from this cycle of evolution, most cars start as a concept then end up in production.

The Flying car. I tend to believe this would be so expensive, managing air traffic is even more cumbersome than road traffic, not to mention mid air collisions  are more dangerous. Flying cars use the concept of Vertical Take Off and Landing which is also an expensive mechanism.

Then there is this Peugeot Ozone, it looks cool to me i'd like to believe in this one. Eco-friendly vehicle. The Ozone has semi-transparent glass and is a hydrogen fuelled cell that sits neatly in between two giant wheels. These are controlled by two seperate electric motors, which are operated by the fuel cells. The symmetrical metal body has a sliding door which rotates a full 360 degrees in its own frame.
Honda has this flying car too, a concept created for the 1000 pound car design challenge by the Los Angeles Auto Show, this one weighs 800pounds. Its inspiration come from skydiving and roller coasters, using compressed air to power its pneumatic regulator system.This system utilizes turbo vacuums and external air-flow to regenerate tank pressure for extended range and increased boost for an estimated 100 miles. All components are mounted directly to the chassis, eliminating unnecessary structures to keep the car lightweight. The exterior is made from vegetable based plastic wrapped around the body with an open-air style.

The Mag! A Magnetic Concept Car designed by Matúš Procháczka. Driven by an electric engine that generates a magnetic field, which propells the vehicle forward. The MAG was the winner of the ‘Unseen Technology Award’ at the Interior Motives Design Award 2007.
 Then there is this one, which i have no words! 

BMW has this Vision EfficientDynamics Hybrid Concept Car. The 4-seater is powered by a three cylinder turbo diesel with two electric motors, an output of 356 hp and 590 ft lbs of torque. 
Then there is the Moville! This tear-shaped, single passenger vehicle was designed by Woo-Ram Lee from France for the 2008 Peugeot Design Contest. Built from the biodegradable plastic the MoVille car is regarded as a zero-emission drive train. it uses electromagnets in order to rotate the car’s three omnidirectional magnetic ball wheels. The sliding window is used as a door to enter/exit the vehicle whilst a second door is integrated and consists of photovoltaic solar cells where the car’s batteries can be recharged.
Lastly from my list is this BMW ZX-6. This amazing piece of work was designed by 3rd year students at the Instituto Europea di Design in Turin. In partnership with BMW, Jai Ho Yoo and Lukas Vanek designed it.