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Chocolate powered race car

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by edwinconan

Chocolate-powered race car capable of reaching 145mph – [WorldFirst ecoF3] – MotorAuthority – Car news, reviews, spy shots

WorldFirst ecoF3 sustainable race car

As bizarre it may sound a university team in the UK has developed an eco-friendly race car designed to run on chocolate and vegetable oil. The new race car is the ecoF3 from WorldFirst, a small team from Warwick University in the UK, which envisages the car – or at least some of its technologies – one day being used in a FIA-sanctioned motorsport competition.

The ecoF3 has a steering wheel made from carrots, a body made of potatoes and a seat made of soybeans. Vegetable fibres derived from the produce are mixed with resins to form many of the components, while oils sourced from chocolate and other plant-based materials are refined to produce fuel and lubricants.

The WorldFirst team has used a F3 chassis design for its race car, though the car and its engine fails to meet current FIA regulations.

Speaking with the Telegraph, a spokesman from the team said the backers of the project hope “Formula One teams will see that an environmentally friendly car is not necessarily a slow car.” According to WorldFirst’s own results, the ecoF3 is capable of speeds of up to 145mph but no other numbers of independent figures have been released.


Audi Intelligent Emotion Design Project

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by edwinconan

Student designers tapped for Audi ‘Intelligent Emotion’ project – [Audi Intelligent Emotion Design Project] – MotorAuthority – Car news, reviews, spy shots

One of the 11 concepts from the project

The future of automotive mobility is a question that has always captivated the mind of the carmaker and the driver alike. Today Audi takes its turn to give us a glimpse into what they think the future may hold, seen through the eyes of design students at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and their “Intelligent Emotion” project concepts.

The project’s goal was to envision the ways that alternative forms and fuels might be employed in the future, while balancing that with the long-standing needs of individual mobility. Audi isn’t just looking into the issue for purely philosophical reasons, however.

“The next generation of employees is our future,” says Wolfgang Egger, Head of Audi Group Design. “That’s why sponsoring design students is one of our high priorities. …The students have addressed the subject of mobility in the future with very well-conceived and lucidly presented approaches. Each concept, each model, contains at least one idea or feature that we could certainly conceive of as being included in a future production vehicle.”

It’s not all engineering and science, however, as the “Intelligent Emotion” moniker suggests – it is engineering tempered with passion. “Emotion as a driving force must go hand in hand with responsibility as regulator. The students’ assignment was to develop aesthetic approaches that reflect the new ecological, technical and social issues while also portraying an Audi as an attractive, sporty automobile. The results are of very high creative quality and provide plenty of substance for intensive discussions.”

A book with the concepts and the commentary of Audi’s chief designers has been made from the project, entitled “Audi Design Projekt” and available in stores from €29.90.

Audi Student Design Projects

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by edwinconan

Audi Student Design Project: *Intelligent Emotion* – Future Mobility – Worldcarfans

Design students at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany were part of a project supported by Audi to design Audi-branded human mobility solutions of the future. “Intelligent Emotion” was the theme of the project whereby students were required to present transport modules that comply with perceived environmental, technical and social issues of tomorrow.

Audi officials involved were Wolfgang Egger, Head of Audi Design and Stefan Sielaff, Head of Audi Group Design. The head of the project was by Dr. Othmar Wickenheiser, Professor of Transportation Design at the university.

“The results are impressive,” said Egger. “The students have addressed the subject of mobility in the future with very well-conceived and lucidly presented approaches.” Sielaff went on to remark, “Each concept, each model, contains at least one idea or feature that we could certainly conceive of as being included in a future production vehicle.” Such concepts included lightweight solutions for body construction and advanced propulsion systems.

The project has been published as a book called Audi Design Projekt which is available for sale at €29.90. Its aim was to present Audi as a sporting premium brand that also leads in both technology and design.

Peugeot Competition 2008 Winner’s Full Scale Model: The Peugeot RD

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by edwinconan

Peugeot RD Concept Car Full Scale Model Revealed in Shanghai – Worldcarfans

The Peugeot RD concept design of 27 year old Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar is now on exhibition as a full-size model at the 2009 Auto Shanghai in China. The Colombian has just graduated from the National University of Colombia where he studied Industrial Design.

His concept car was the winning project in Peugeot’s 5th Annual Design Competition which saw prospects from 95 different nationalities submit over 2,500 projects. The theme for the contest was “Imagine the Peugeot of the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow” which in essence asked them to picture the transportation needs of future megacities and design a vehicle to satisfy them.

What sold the RD concept for Peugeot and the selected jury was its high road-holding ability with ease of use in congested traffic, the environmentally friendly electric motor and the 3-wheeler’s driving sensation of a sedan. It also features panoramic all-around visibility and head-up display. Peugeot has been building this show unit since October 2008.

On top of seeing his design come to life in a 1:1 scale, the winner also takes home a cheque for 10,000 euros and an Xbox 360 game console. Twenty nine short-listed entries also received certain prizes.

Now I understand that the whole point of a concept car is to come up with something completely different and strange, not the prettiest, the coolest or the most practical. And the whole point of designing a concept car for a car design competition is to completely ignore the brief and just design something you want. This Peugeot RD Concept proved my point of view perfectly.

The brief for the Peugeot contest was “Imagine the Peugeot of the wouldwide megalopolis of tomorrow”, and the winner is an electric single seater the size of a family saloon with three enormous washing machine drums. I can only imagine the traffic issue of the worldwide megalopolis of tomorrow getting worse if many of us have one of this.

2009 Terrafugia Transition

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , on April 10, 2009 by edwinconan

2009 Terrafugia Transition

2009 Terrafugia Transition

Every pilot faces uncertain weather, rising costs, and ground transportation hassles on each end of the flight. The Transition® combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings with the ability to drive on any surface road in a modern personal airplane platform. Stowing the wings for road use and deploying them for flight at the airport is activated from inside the cockpit. This unique functionality addresses head-on the issues faced by today’s Private and Sport Pilots.

Terrafugia’s award-winning MIT-trained engineers have been advancing the state-of-the-art in personal aircraft since 2006. Now you can streamline your flying experience with the revolutionary integration of personal land and air travel made possible by the Transition® Roadable Aircraft.

The latest flying car, the Transition. Unlike world’s earlier experiment of flying car, eg, the Taylor Aerocar, the transformation between car and plane is a lot simpler and easier, with the folding wings idea borrowed from navy aircraft on the aircraft carriers.

Ford’s Solution For The Broke Family

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by edwinconan

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept to Debut in New York – Worldcarfans

It seems Ford is readying a people-carrier version of the Transit Connect van for the US market. That is if you go by this concept, although no official announcement has been made about production or an actual release date set.

The Transit Connect Family One will debut at the New York auto show next week and Ford says it is aiming the vehicle at the consumer demographic they call the “cool mom,” or parents of small children in their mid-30s who haven’t lost their sense of style, nor their sense of irony.

Respect to the Ford Transit Van, for more than 40 years, the Ford Transit Van has been an icon in automotive history, the best van of all time, people use it for every purposes from company delivery van to bank robbery getaway vehicle. And now it seems that Ford has found another utility of the Transit Van, as the family people carrier.

Clearly, this van is designed for a broke family due to the economical crises by a broke company due to the same economical crises. Look at it, obviously Ford has got no money to restyle the Transit Van, so they took a regular white one (typical van colour) from their warehouse, but then they thought: we are doing a concept car, so it has to look different and eye catching, but we don’t have money. So they took another regular but blue one, and they swap the door. And we end up with a hospital white van with Ford blue doors. This is typical van driver thinking. If a van driver for some reason damaged the door or the door rusted or broken, they will go to a scrap yard and find the same type of van and change the door and drive away with a van with a door in different colour. The designers for this concept must be lucky to find those blue doors to make the whole vehicle in Ford colour.

Ok, it’s not goint well on the exterior, what about the interior. First of all, for the car to be a family people carrier used by mum and kids, it needs 7 seats, not 5. Those screens are too high for small kids to watch, their necks will get serious tired. Those scooters and first aid kit and toy box, they are just afterthoughts and fiddles. And the neon lights, they don’t work at all, if you and your kids have come out of the party and get on the van and feel still in the party or club, you gonna be sick.

Finally, look at the consumer demographic that Ford are targeting this van to, “cool mom”, parents of small children in their mid-30s who haven’t lost their sense of style, not their sense of irony. Ok, what are those “cool mums” driving for the school run at the moment? big SUVs. If Ford make this “van-with-scrap-yard-found-doors-in-different-colour” van into production, none of those so called “cool moms” will go and buy one, if they haven’t lost their style and irony, they will go back to drive their SUVs, even they know they may no longer afford the SUV and their husbands may be fired next week. Because this van is not stylish nor fashionable, doesn’t matter there is a solar panel on the roof or eco friendly or fuel saving. This is not cool, cool moms will still drive SUVs.

All in all, this van sums up everything that is wrong with the car company at the moment. If this is what they see as the future, they will be in an even bigger trouble in the future, if they have a future.

April Fool Genius Inspiration

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by edwinconan

Kia Unveils Dramatic Wind-Assisted Aero-Soul – Worldcarfans

The vehicle uses a low-cost system that can mount to any products in Kia’s line-up. Available with new cars and retroactively, the Air Propulsion and Retardation Installation Line uses sensors to detect wind speed as the Soul is driving down the highway. Once wind speed is at a strong enough rate, panels built into the bumpers are deployed to harness the wind power to assist in speeding up the car.

This system does not just work when the car is running at speed. When braking or decelerating the panels also pop out like drag chutes to help slow the car down. Also part of the system is a reverse thruster that drops down from behind the exhaust pipe to reduce the strain on the brakes.

When KIA gets innovative, it’s hilarious, Air Propulsion and Retardation Installation Line, or A.P.R.I.L. …good one!! Genius.
But that got me thinking, although it’s just an April Fool prank, the idea is good, why can’t we use wind power on a normal production car as an assistant energy source to help to power the car? If there is air brake, then there should also be wind power.

PS: I know there are wind powered racing vehicles with a mast and a big sail, or with a kite, but that’s another thing.

SEAT Puts the Wind Up Ecomotive Drivers – Worldcarfans

SEAT has announced a grounding breaking advancement in green-motoring with the unveiling of their new Aero-Tonto electricity generation system for the Ibiza Ecomotive.

Inspired by Dutch windmills, the Aero-Tonto system consists of a roof mounted three-blade electric wind turbine that spins as a result of air moving over the surface of the Ibiza as it travels. This reduces the need for the engine to produce electricity, resulting in improved fuel economy. According to SEAT Development Engineer Santos Inocentes, “Cutting the alternator’s drain on the car’s engine means a potentially significant fuel saving, while harnessing the power of the wind is potentially limitless.”

That’s just a joke, stuck a tiny windmill on the roof of the hatchback doesn’t do anything, and it won’t save fuel.

New Hyundai i10 conversion range released – Worldcarfans

Given the current economic downturn and a trend towards more eco-friendly vehicles, Hyundai sees this as the perfect time to expand this ever growing product lineup into the rapidly growing political and faith leadership transportation sector. In order to grab a firm stranglehold on this ever important market, the company has created a new conversion package for the stylish and frugal i10.

Even the pope was effected by the economic crises.