The Audi Snook rides on a sphere. This visionary concept implements the principle of agility through instability from aerospace technology.
The multidirectional engine consists of a sphere-wheel and enables the driver to intuitively navigate and steer the autostabilized cabin in every direction, including on the side and backwards, as well as to turn on a point.
Tilmann Schlootz describes his project: "The Magic Egg of Columbus, or better, two billard balls standing on each other: this icon is my origin on the way of reducing the hardware demands of physical mobility to the minimum.
"One point touching the ground, the inverse pendulum in motion. Agility through instability, controlled by artificial intelligence – that is my formal issue.”
The Snook technological research project was started under the supervision of Wolfgang Mueller-Pietralla, Vice President of VW Group Research Future Affairs and Dr. Martin Weiser, Vice President of VW Group Research Electronics.
The work is supervised by Prof. Dieter Mankau, Head of the ITD Offenbach and Prof. Dr. Martina Hessler, from the HFG Offenbach.
The Audi Snook has also received the Treasured VDA Design Award 2007 at the last Frankfurt Motor Show.
A model of the Audi Snook has been on display at the Michelin Challenge Design Finalists Exposition during the 2008 Detroit Motor Show.
About the Designer
Tilmann Schlootz was born in Frankfurt, Germany and studied industrial design at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach after basic studies in machine engineering at the TU Darmstadt.
He was in the student team that in partnership with Honda created the OFX motorcycle design, which won two Intermot Design Awards 2004.
In 2006 he won the Michelin Challenge Design Awards with the two mono-rubbertrack-vehicles Baal and Hyanide, supported by Edag. He currently works at Audi Design.
(Image courtesy: Tilmann Schlootz)