The Cardane Concept by designer Paolo Martin is a study of an original vehicle layout focused on safety and the use of advanced material.
This conceptual project was completed three years ago by Paolo Martin – renown designer and creator of the legendary Ferrari Modulo.
He explains: “I tried to imagine combining two simple three-dimensional shapes that represent lightness (sheet of paper) and outstanding strength (the egg).
The main safety structure – integrated with the suspension and the drivetrain – comprises an outer “ring” to which the pivoting passenger cell is connected.
The cell is linked to the structure with three joints: a front hemispherical one on the median axis and two rear joints controlled by hydraulic actuators, which allow a variation of the midship section and of rolling angle when cornering.
The whole system is controlled via a simple gyroscope.
Paolo Martin concludes: “The final look is essential and defined conceptually but not stylistically: this idea could stimulate the imagination, “dress up” something different, maybe with new stylistic profiles.”
(Image Courtesy: Paolo Martin for Car Body Design)