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Porsche 100kW Sportscar by Robin Ritter
Power output numbers of sportscars have increased inflationary over the last decades and have recently reached four-digit values.
This project questions this development and examines how a sportscar with a very limited amount of power – 100 kW – would need to be designed.
The essence of sportscar driving is riding the edge where driver and machine reach their physical limits. This project claims that this can be brought back to a level that is far below that of todays hypercars.
The challenge of this project is therefore to develop a car that can deliver an exciting, memorable driving experience with less financial, energy and material resources.
Experience-oriented performance through reduction in times of excess. The final result is a lightweight sportscar that makes most out of its limited power.
Not only does it use state-of-the art technologies and materials to be as efficient as possible, it also boosts the driving experience with several innovative design solutions. ￼
Jeep Black Label Concept by Xingyu Yang
Designed for the year 2040, the Jeep Black Label focuses on defining a future vehicle category representing a hybrid lifestyle.
New technologies bring convenience to people but sometimes the amount of information exceeds our needs. Jeep Black Label is designed to escape all that.
It combines an unplugged lounge experience for the city and a great analogue getaway into nature.
“The design process followed an inside-out approach. First a dynamic interior space was generated based on users’ needs. The final step was to ideate and choose a meaningful exterior appearance following the goal to communicate brand identity, automation and hybrid driving modes.”
Land Rover Melrakki Concept by Lukas Medeisis
This project aims at exploring new opportunities in an autonomous off-road scenario. The concept is developed as a modular vehicle proposition conceived to explore Iceland and sustain the travellers’ basic needs.
The body integrates a detachable open cabin module that serves as a compact boat to explore those areas not reachable by the wheeled vehicle.
These requirements were then combined with the Land Rover heritage and design DNA.
“The automotive industry is blooming with new interpretations of what cars will be in the future. Progressive technologies, environmental awareness and people’s behavioral change offer new opportunities for creating more sustainable vehicles.
“While these are primarily being developed to solve problems in urban environments, similar developments should be aimed to preserve our natural surroundings.
“During this project I travelled to Iceland to explore the country and learn how we can improve mobility in that country.”
Lynk & Co Rebyell Concept by Adam Hägg
This thesis envisions a possible implementation of car sharing technology into a semi autonomous future city sportscar.
The vehicle is aimed towards the young rebellious generation who will be living an urban environment.
The goal was to create a design language and practical supporting features that would appeal to the target group and express sharing technology.
The car can change its visual expression depending on the mode or kind of use. The trunk window is a transparent screen displaying information about availability.
In order to enter the car, the window scans the user’s iris and recognizes if the person is a subscriber of the service.
While using the car, the trunk window turns opaque and the front windows turn transparent.
Lexus Deceleration Concept by Xintao Chen
This project is a proposal for a shared airborne mobility service for the megacity. A system composed of dirigibles and docking stations, inspired and fictitiously operated by the Lexus brand. ￼
“What is next for the luxury experience when autonomous technology is replacing your private chauffeur and there is no need for improving the performance of a vehicle? What if consumers simply get bored of rare and expensive materials as the only reference to luxury?”
“There is a potential to change the mindset and rethink the value of mobility. As it is already happening, people start to treasure experiences rather than ownership. Vehicles play multiple important roles in our lives and some of our most precious stories can happen during a ride. Inspired by such insights, this project pushed the boundaries to envision a new kind of luxurious mobility experience designed to be slow.”
(Image Courtesy: Umeå Institute of Design for Car Body Design)