The Slipstream concept is Volkswagen of America’s entry for the 2007 Los Angeles Design Challenge, based on the theme "Robocar 2057".
From the official Press Release:
"In the year 2057, population centers have become unimaginably dense and the roadways have
reached the point of total saturation."
Volkswagen’s solution is an advanced autonomous vehicle
that dynamically adapts to minimize its footprint in the city and its drag coefficient on the
When in the city, these two-wheeled, teardrop shaped pods travel in an upright orientation that
occupies one fifth the size of a traditional vehicle.
When on a special freeway lane called the “Slipstream,” it tilts to a horizontal orientation optimizing its aerodynamic shape.
Rear fins slide out to allow the rear of the vehicle to float like the tail section of an airplane to achieve speeds in excess of 250 mph.
The skin of the vehicle is made of hyper-efficient solar panels that power the vehicle.