Z.Car Project

Architect Zaha Hadid may not be the first name to cross your mind when you think “concept car.” But after creating a plant for BMW in Leipzig, Germany, and a car park in Strasbourg, France, Hadid needed to design an actual car to complete her automotive work. Or so thought car collector and art dealer Kenny Schachter, who had exhibited work from her studio at his London gallery. Craving a way to combine design with his love of cars, he commissioned Hadid last fall to create an original concept car. The resulting Z.Car project, which will premiere at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, might be viewed as the first car designed for the new century. Hadid’s very unlikelihood made her ideal for the job.

Z.Car is only 4 meters long so it’s at a completely different scale from vehicles we’re use to, but still has the ergonomics required for modern autos. It makes a great city vehicle: easy to park and environmentally friendly. Powered by renewable fuel cells, it’s very quiet and pollution is negated. Panoramic forward vision, rear view cameras and translucence LED film to access all cabin controls make the Z.Car a possible future alternative.

Designer: Zaha Hadid

Zcar by Zaha Hadid

11 Comments

  • Max Babi says:

    Hi there,

    Zaha Hadid’s concept car design seems out of this world -it catches the turbulent eddies and vortices of a sci-fi mind as one tries to project one’s thoughts in latter part of this centrury. This design is truly visionary, elegant and astonishingly appealing.

    Being a metallurgist (more of a materials technologist now) and a pracitisng plasma technologist, I would love to know more about the advanced materials used in this concept car. I can make a number of prety educated guesses, but in this case I would prefer to have the dough sraiht from the horse’s mouth!

    I often write technical stories for trade journals printed and sold in India, and this could make a wonderful new story, if you all don’t mind. I usually provide acknowledgements and even links to the original material/sources. Your permission by email would be appreciated.

    I am going to watch Zaha for her highly energetic forays, entirely successful every time, into more areas of everyday life.

    Warm regards,

    Max Babi

  • Edgar says:

    Reminds me the GM lean machine from 1983: http://www.3wheelers.com/gmlean.html

  • Sam, Wisconsin says:

    Where is the trunk?

  • mif991 says:

    Aesthetically a jelly bean with 3 wheels, but I like the concept. What’s up with the rear window by the lone wheel?

  • guest with a comment says:

    I like the idea but, I hope it can open from both sides or else the user would get a serious problem if the user parked near a wall.

    just a thought.

  • guest with a comment says:

    I like the idea but, I hope it can open from both sides or else the user would get a serious problem if the user parked near a wall.

    just a thought.

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