Car With Split Personalities

Car With Split Personalities

Inspired by China’s densely populated urban areas, designer Colin Pan sought to design a conceptual vehicle that would satisfy young people who like the accessibility of electric bikes as well as older adults with families who prefer compact cars. The result is this years entry into the Michelin Challenge Design showcase, MBOLIC, a modern modular family car that can separate into 2 gyro-balanced personal vehicles for easy maneuvering in city traffic.

0 Designer: Colin Pan

People Get Around Like the Fatties in WALL-E

People Get Around Like the Fatties in WALL-E

I’m dying over this concept called the Supple. It’s an electrically powered chair driven by a spherical wheel so you can move in any direction and turn on a dime. It’s wireless enabled using a communication system called AGV or automatic guide vehicle. Just tell it where you want to go on the map and it figures the rest out. They can even be linked to ride tandem. HOLLA! Listen, I saw WALL-E. At the risk of becoming some lazy oaf, I’d love to ride around in one of these babies – napping all the way to the grocery store.

0 Designer: Mohamad Sadegh Samakoush Darounkolayi

Volvo Unveils Concept Universe Car

Volvo Unveils Concept Universe Car

Today, at the Shanghai Auto Show, Volvo Cars visualises a masterpiece of Scandinavian design, inspired by Chinese philosophy. Concept Universe is Volvo’s most luxurious creation ever, and the brand’s answer to the question: “What is a beautiful car?” With this sculptural and luminary design study, Volvo wants to test a possible new design direction for the brand since it was acquired by Geely.

0 Designer: Volvo

One Sexy F1 Car

One Sexy F1 Car

Aryton Senna’s 1986 Lotus 98T is probably one of the most iconic Formula One cars. It’s the last in a long line of cars in the beautiful John Player Special colors of black and gold. This concept reinterprets these colors for Team Lotus in the F1 season 2011. It celebrates the pure beauty of F1 cars with matte black sponsor logos instead of bright obnoxious branding. Black carbon fibre is left unpainted to reduce weight. The top surfaces are coated with a matte finish to improve laminar flow reducing turbulence and increasing aerodynamic efficiency.

0 Designer: Sonny Lim

A Bus Can Be Sexy

A Bus Can Be Sexy

Unlike many car-goers in Los Angeles, I will hop on the bus any chance I can get! I’m sure if the LA Metro looked anything like the Cityline concept others would be more inclined to use what I like to refer to as- my “public chauffeur”. The daytime LEDs add to it’s futuristic look, and I particularly love the way the windows merge seamlessly with the exterior panels and roof to create a smooth silhouette. 

0 Designers: Rafal Pilat & Michal Bonikowski

Reptilian Roadster

Reptilian Roadster

Long is right, vehicles are getting more and more lifelike! Check out the crocodilian face from the front view of the Reptile and you’ll see what I mean. This race car crosses over to the streets with it’s hybrid 4-pole electric induction/27000CC Wankel engine that develops more than 700HP at 9000 RPMs. Rawr.

0 Designer: Arturo Arino

Handlebar Bike Lock

Handlebar Bike Lock

Well lookie-here, isn’t this clever? Handlebars is a bike lock built into… you guessed it, the handlebars. Push the handlebars down and pull out to engage the steel cable wires. Although clever, the system doesn’t address the theft of individual bike components when not properly locked down, e.g. wheels.

0 Designer: Bach Nguyen

Hold On to Your Handlebars

Hold On to Your Handlebars

Yet another air compression powered motorbike concept from our fellow Frenchmen. The Saline Bird was designed for the quirky speed record holders, Les Triplettes de Bonneville. The air tanks and other elements are nestled snugly within it’s carbon fiber frame. Riders sit in a skier-like position to minimize air resistance and the optional leather body panel adds a nice aerodynamic finish. I hope that hand-stitched hide is ready for some serious bug gut-splatter.

0 Designers: Various

Le Moto

Le Moto

The Saline Airstream, designed for Les Triplettes de Bonneville, has all the markings of French peculiarity and boldness. The raw, utilitarian, stripped-down appearance has more than a hint of cafe racer. This motorbike certainly showcases the “savoir-faire” of the designers- fingers crossed that the rider has the same know-how.

0 Designers: Vincent Montreuil, Julien Clément, Thomas Duhamel, Benoît Ponton, Pierrick Huart

If Obama Had a Scooter

If Obama Had a Scooter

In response to growing urban environments, the Fuse electric scooter aims to provide quick, sleek transportation while being spatially efficient. This single-person concept reduces the size of the already compact scooter by auto-collapsing vertically in park mode. For public parking the Fuse charges via electromagnetic induction on it’s shared smart-charging mat. Other highlights of the Fuse include a touch-screen display, integrated GPS, and open wireless technology. Not just for Obama, but any young urban professional.

0 Designer: Lance Cassidy

The 999 Lb. Car

The 999 Lb. Car

The MX-0 is Mazda’s aesthetically predatory but eco-gentle entry for the LA Auto Show design challenge. This year’s challenge was to envision an efficient, four-passenger vehicle that also addressed society’s shift toward minimizing consumption of the earth’s resources. With the MX-0, Mazda has met consumer demand without sacrificing style.

0 Designers: Derik Jenkins, Tim Brown, Minyong Lee, Carlos Salaff, Jacques Flynn, Greg Lee, Paul Muzio, Dave Coleman, Julien Montousse for Mazda

Single Motion Folding

Single Motion Folding

Diamove is yet another folding bicycle concept but with its own innovations. It’s an easy folding bike featuring front wheel drive to support better posture. While riding, the weight of your body is totally on the pelvis rather than your wrists and feet. It sports a wheel-in-wheel folding scheme with a “single- motion” swoop. The awesome part is that when folded, it’s just a single wheel body that you need to stack-up in a cozy corner, but don’t call it a unicycle!

0 Designer: David Damshek

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Mercedes and cute are two words that are rarely used in combination, but there’s no denying the cute factor in Mohammad Ghezel’s Mercedes ELA concept for the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase. The ELA’s lightweight but structurally sound body reflects what could be the future look of HOVs to come. In contrast with it’s bee-like exoskeleton, the interior is intimate for both passenger and driver.

0 Designer: Mohammad Ghezel