For his project at Northumbria University, design student Jack Lamburn has taken inspiration from Lotus’ commitment to innovation, lightness and agility.
The fabric bodywork is made up of two new materials, ‘d3o’ and ‘metal rubber.’ The ‘d30’ is a high impact absorbing material that will protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of an accident.
The second layer, ‘metal rubber,’ can stretch like rubber so the body can react to the movement of the wheels and suspension but it can also conduct electricity so that its surfaces can be controlled by an on-board computer.
The interior capsule is made using a sandwich construction of carbon fibre and a honeycomb structure, a Formula One-derived technology that combines lightness and strength.
The design process from sketch to model is documented at www.jacklamburn.tumblr.com.
Jack Lamburn has graduated from Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
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