The futuristic sportscar features an outer skin made of a mesh of protective fibre stretched around the composite frame. This high-tech textile material, developed by TenCate, is sufficiently elastic, and yet strong and offers numerous functional characteristics.
It can for instance be made water-repellent, dirt-repellent, heat-resistant, fire-retardant, UV-stable and perforation-resistant. It can also be provided with high visibility characteristics or even a luminous capability.
Studio co-founder Steven Kessels explains "We looked at how people often sit in cars. The driver sits upright, active. The passenger is passive, but sits in the same position. This is actually not that natural.
"Therefore we have created an asymmetric construction, where the passenger takes on a more laid-back position. The passenger’s position, stretched out, is visible in the form of the car."
"As a result the roofline has variations in height. On the driver’s side the roof is higher than on the passenger side."
|The KG-1 Concept unveiled At AutoRAI 2009|
The textile skin
The exterior of the car uses a high-tech textile pulled over the semi-integral body and frame produced using carbon fibre-reinforced material.
This outer skin has human characteristics and – by weaving the textile in a various manner and by applying electrodes – allows for a number of new possibilities.
James Granger explains: "The human skin has a function. It protects, repels water. It’s strong, but flexible. We have translated these characteristics into the design. The KG-1 is also water-resistant, dirt-resistant (rain cleans the car) and biodegradable."
"This is only the beginning of what Kessels and Granger envision. Solar cells can be integrated in the skin of KG-1, the lights can be woven into the textile and the bodywork can move with the steering movement, just like the skin of the human body follows the movements of the skeleton."
There are also possibilities for durability and personalisation. "With aerodynamics you can make the car exceptionally streamlined so that you consume less energy.
"You can integrate moving images and sound into the texture of the textile. The colour can change in an instance. The car can lighten up in the dark."
For more information of the textile material technology download the Royal Ten Cate presentation brochure in PDF format (3.3 MB) from KesselsGranger DesignWorks’ website.
The Dutch Design Lounge at AutoRAI 2009
Started form an initiative of AutoRAI and KesselsGranger DesignWorks, the Dutch Design Lounge provides a platform to present Dutch design on an international level.
Visitors will be guided through the various phases in automotive design: from student to professional designer and from conceptual design to product design.
The Lounge will also showcase the various steps in the automotive design process with a live workshop, which will introduce the visitor to a real-life design studio complete with drafting table, CAD (Computer Aided Design) system and clay-modelling area. Each step will be followed live by visitors, from the first sketches on paper to the final product.
|The KG-1 Concept unveiled At AutoRAI 2009|
Surrounding the Dutch Design Lounge there is the Dutch Design Gallery, a poster exposition of approximately 30 automotive designers from The Netherlands and Belgium.
International mobility solutions are presented, including alternative energy powered vehicles and the use of innovative materials.
The Dutch Design Lounge is housed within the Hall of Green Innovations, and the Pavillion is graced by a specially-constructed geodesic Dome which measures 14 metres in diameter and 7 metres in height and follows the ingenius principals of Richard Buckminster Fuller.
A number of Dutch automotive establishments have contributed to the Dutch Design Lounge.
Parties who are participating include: Rotterdam University / Industrial Design Engineering, ATC (Automotive Technology Centre), DuvedeC Europe (Dutch Vehicle Development Centre) and KesselsGranger DesignWorks.
|Opening with Prime Minister Dr. J.P. Balkenende||James Granger and Steven Kessels||Speaker Dr. P. V. J. Koot from Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera S.r.l.|
For more Information visit www.dutchdesignlounge.com.
About KesselsGranger DesignWorks
Founded in 2006 by Steven Kessels and James Granger, KesselsGranger DesignWorks is a design studio based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. It specialises in creating design solutions for the Luxury Transport and the Luxury Interior & Furniture sectors.
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The KesselsGranger DesignWorks Group also includes Atelier KG, creating highly autonomous designs and projects inspired by innovations in transport, interiors and architecture.
For more information on KesselsGranger DesignWorks visit: www.kesselsgranger.com.
(Source: KesselsGranger DesignWorks)