Volvo Air Motion Concept

Concept Cars 12 Nov 2010
Volvo Air Motion Concept

Presented at the 2010 LA Design Challenge, the Volvo Air Motion Concept is an open sportscar targeted to driving enthusiasts, with a carbon fiber body and a powertrain with compressed-air motors.


Volvo Air Motion ConceptFor the “1,000 lb car” brief of the 2010 LA Design Challenge, California-based Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC) has presented the Air Motion Canyon Carver, a design study of a futuristic open sportscar running on compressed air.

The carbon fiber body takes inspiration from Scandinavian design heritage and is “sculptured like a clam shell.”

Aimed at minimizing weight and complexity, while maximizing driving enjoyment, the concept is powered by simple compressed air motors. These motors cool down under load rather than heat up, thus removing the need for heavy cooling systems.

Volvo Air Motion Exploded View Volvo Air Motion Concept

An integrated approach to the chassis, interior and suspension design also contributes to the overall efficiency. The interior has four individual seats, with the rear ones facing backwards.

Volvo Air Motion Concept Volvo Air Motion Concept Wheel assembly

The air needed for the centrally mounted air tank is compressed using Air Replenishment Sites, which are equipped with wind-powered air turbines floating 1,000 ft. in the air.

Design Team:

  • Chris Benjamin
  • Dean Bakker
  • Steve Goodrich
  • Bjorn Wessman
  • Doug Frasher
  • Dean Shaw
  • Geza Loczi

(Source: Volvo)

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