Artificial Living Vehicle

Artificial Living Vehicle

Featured in the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase, the shapely design of the EALO developed as a result of the designer’s question as to what an ideal organisms might look and behave like had it evolved specifically for the urban jungle. This organically shaped concept features a bare skull-like body that will leave you wondering how it’s powered, but housed within each wheel is a reactive electric motor that allows each to operate independently much like a quadrupedal organism.

0 Designers: Various

Modernist Wood Bike

Modernist Wood Bike

You should know, we love wood bikes. The Giuliano city bike is made of sandwiched teak wood. It pays homage to nature while maintaining some serious “bikey” gears. There are parts of the prototype I think should be refined, like the exposed bevels but other than that, I think this bike is ready.

0 Designer: Raffaello Ape

Purification on Wheels

Purification on Wheels

Feeling like today’s electric vehicles aren’t maximizing their full potential, Gunwoong Kim & Suji Kim’s submission for the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase, the Vieria, aims to expand upon the development of electric and other eco-friendly vehicle designs by incorporating it’s own advanced air purification system to rid the environment of carcinogens and other pollutants. The open-air intake at the front of the vehicle “inhales”  smog and “exhales” clean air through the filtered outtake.

0 Designers: Gunwoong Kim & Suji Kim

Future Cars Inspired by Snails and Brains

Future Cars Inspired by Snails and Brains

Although designer Omer Sagiv designed the CYBERSNAIL for his first comic book “Cyberman,” the design is too interesting to pass up. The story arch revolves around the discovery of bio-cyberspace existing in human brains (kinda like subspace in outer space). Groups of people and even the brain dead serve as bio-cyber platforms, essentially turning them into biological hardware. The CYBERSNAIL is an allegory for firing neurons and hyper synaptic activity. I want to read this comic!

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Refined Electric Bikes

Refined Electric Bikes

Electric bikes are beginning to improve in power and efficiency and no longer appear obviously electrified. The NEO family of bikes represents an evolution that’s rugged, easy to operate and for the most part, driven by technology transparent to the rider. The battery and control mechanism have been moved to the down tube improving center of gravity and looking less conspicuous. Easily removable and can be recharged at home.

0 Designer: Javier Cuñado

You Can Lead a Bull to Water... Period.

You Can Lead a Bull to Water… Period.

I’ll be the first (maybe in the world) to admit that I don’t love car maker Lamborghini. Don’t get me wrong, I understand it’s appeal… duh, it’s the ultimate super-car. But I just want to see something new- something unrecognizable! Well, designer Mauro Lecchi felt the same way, and now we’re getting exactly what we wanted. Introducing the Lamborghini power-yacht. This 50 foot, carbon fiber beast sports all the speed and luxury you’d expect from a super-car maker. Did I mention the prototype is under construction?! MmmHmm… check it!

0 Designer: Mauro Lecchi

Futura Concept

Futura Concept

I have always liked vehicles that look more animal than car- which is why I love this wild concept called the Futura 10. The Futura models itself after the Boxfish, a cute and cuddly sea creature (if you can imagine a cuddly gill-bearing scaled vertebrate) that somehow looks more alien than fish. Don’t let those soft lines fool you though, the Futura’s body, like the Boxfish, has great structural strength and proven aerodynamics. 

0 Designer: Nathaniel Lucero

Cars of the Future? Three Wheels

Cars of the Future? Three Wheels

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has been an important intersection between Eastern and Western Europe. It was named the “City of the Future in Southern Europe” by the Financial Times for their forward thinking. It’s been awhile since we’ve featured a “far-out” automotive concept and right now… I’m loving the Supersonic.

0 Designer: Marko Lukovic

Heliboarding Copter?

Heliboarding Copter?

Have you heard of heliboarding? I haven’t but apparently it’s the hot new thing with adventurists. The AvA 299 DROP is a helicopter designed to take crazy snowboarders to locations not accessible by normal lifts. The entire cabin can lower them just enough to leap out and carve their stake across a mountain. The coaxial rotor blades spin in opposite directions to provide more power and negates the need for a tail rotor for stabilization. The design also addresses a number of problems with single blade rotors. Hit the jump!

0 Designer: Timon Sager

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