LA Design Challenge: Volkswagen Slipstream

Concept Cars 10 Dec 2007
LA Design Challenge: Volkswagen Slipstream

Designed to solve urban congestion, the Volkswagen Slipstream Concept is a two-wheeler single-seat futuristic vehicle capable of changing its configuration from vertical to horizontal to reduce the occupied space.


The Slipstream concept is Volkswagen of America’s entry for the 2007 Los Angeles Design Challenge, based on the theme "Robocar 2057".

  • Volkswagen Slipstream ConceptVolkswagen/Audi Design Center California
  • Design Team: Ian Hilton,
    Derek Jenkins,
    Patrick Faulwetter

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
highways.

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.

Volkswagen Slipstream Concept Volkswagen Slipstream Concept

The skin of the vehicle is made of hyper-efficient solar panels that power the vehicle.

Volkswagen Slipstream Concept

(Source: Volkswagen)

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