Posts Tagged ‘transportation design’
April 18th, 2013 – After rescuing over 7,350 people off of the mountains in 2012, it’s no wonder why GOPR, a volunteer rescue team in the Polish mountains of Cracow, is in need of new equipment to assist in saving lives. To help fill the gap, Warsaw-based designers Gustaw Lange and Aleksander Lange, of design firm Lange & Lange, have created the GOPR Rescue Snowmobile – an ambulance for the snow.
On a daily basis, GOPR is called to rescue people due to accidents involving extreme sports, avalanches, bad weather, inexperience or recklessness. More than often, the injury that is sustained on the mountain will lead to serious fractures of limbs or the spine. Even though GOPR is outfitted with 60 off-road vehicles and passenger cars, 49 four-wheeled vehicles, and 45 snowmobiles, there is a need for a machine that can get the injured off of the mountain fast, while keeping their bodies flat.
The GOPR Rescue Snowmobile is a bright yellow vehicle that can sustain difficult weather conditions, and get the injured onto a medical bed right away. The vehicle is mobile, maneuverable, and gets easily to places which are difficult to access for other modes of rescue transportation. The two-seater can swiftly push through the snow with the two ski’s that help guide in the front, and a central undercarriage mechanism that operates as a powerful system to propel the machine over all types of terrain.
The bubble-like shape of the vehicle’s front allows for a pair of rescuers to retrieve and assist the injured, while the rectangular shaped rear functions as a medical bed for the injured. Ultimately, Lange & Lange’s affordable GOPR Rescue Snowmobile will enable GOPR’s rescuers to make swift and efficient rescues off of the mountain.
April 1st 2013 – After successfully debuting their P1 Super Sportscar at last month’s Geneva Auto Show, McLaren is getting ready to put the jaw-dropping machine into production with only 375 cars rolling out of the McLaren Technology Center. The 1.5 million dollar car is very much an engineering-led design, as is the McLaren way. Form follows function. Nothing is superfluous. Everything is designed for a reason. The mid-engine two-seater design reflects the aerodynamic requirements needed to meet the ambitious downforce target – but it’s clear that the vehicle was made to be a beautiful and striking ‘supersports’ car.
Dan Parry-Williams, McLaren’s Chief Design Engineer explained that his priority was “high-speed performance matched with tremendous composure, which would come mostly from the state-of-the-art aerodynamics. We wanted a car that was connected and predictable at any speed.” The design team worked to a brief of ‘light and agile’. The design had to be ‘shrink wrapped’ around the mechanicals, making the car as compact and lightweight as possible.
Even the number of body panels – all made from lightweight carbon fiber – was kept to a minimum. The strong carbon construction means they can ‘multi-task’ – acting as aero-honed ducts and load-bearing supports. They are intricately shaped yet superbly finished, helped by their strong carbon construction, with only five main panels: front clamshell, front bonnet, rear clamshell and the doors.
The incredibly low rear and pronounced rear haunches highlight the ‘shrink wrapped’ design and efficient packaging. Importantly, the design gives superb airflow to the large adjustable rear wing. The shape of the whole body, and the sculpted doors in particular, are clearly shaped by the path of the air flowing over and around the car. The ‘shrink-wrapped’ design concept, including the low rear deck, rear wing, inlets and outlets, and teardrop-shaped glass canopy was initially produced as a three-dimensional surface model by Chief Design Engineer Parry-Williams, and his team, which defined all of the critical packaging and aerodynamic requirements.
This concept was evolved from current Le Mans car principles. This preliminary surfaces were developed and refined throughout the Concept Design process to create the final styled shape, while still respecting all of the aerodynamic, cooling, packaging and manufacturing requirements. During this phase, details of systems such as the roof snorkel engine air intake, radiator air intake systems, front underbody aerodynamics, ‘low temperature’ cooling system and engine bay cooling were all worked out in detail. This involved extremely intensive detail engineering design, aerodynamic CFD simulation for aero efficiency and cooling.
Parry-Williams explained that “an early mule prototype was built during this phase to prove out the simulation results, while the design was still fluid. Developing the design to this point before the styling process was essential in order to achieve the incredible compactness, aerodynamic performance and overall design integrity.”
Working closely with Parry-Williams, Design Director Frank Stephenson wanted a car that was ‘striking but also functional, a real statement of intent. I wanted a genuinely beautiful and dramatically honest “supersports” car, in keeping with the heritage of McLaren but also at the forefront of automotive design.
The McLaren Technology Center located in Woking, Surrey, England
“The engineering priority was unmatched aerodynamic performance. My role as a designer was to make it look dramatic and beautiful. I wanted it to look like a Le Mans racer with that low body, long rear deck and open mesh rear styling to put the mechanicals on view and to help cooling,” says Stephenson. “Plus there is the most aggressive rear diffuser ever seen on a road car. Like everything on the McLaren P1, it’s there for a good reason.
The P1 Super Sportscar rolling out of McLaren’s Technology Center
February 22nd, 2013 – The GROWLER City Bike was created with the design lover, recreational urban rider, and local pub in mind. Industrial designer Joey Ruiter, Founder and design lead of jruiter + studio, has a soft spot for people who opt to cycle instead of drive. Riders have needs too, and one of those needs is transporting their beverages. Now, we’re not condoning drinking alcoholic beverages and cycling, but we are condoning functional and easily accessible bicycle storage. The GROWLER is outfitted with a 29er fat wheel set, monarch springer front end, 2 speed internal kickback hub, disc brakes, and a drink holder that fits a 1 gallon jug of beer….or milk. As spring is approaching, yes, we’re almost there, the bikes are starting to hit the roads in effort to make up for lost time. If one of your favorite summer pastime is taking a ride to meet friends for an outdoor BBQ, then the GROWLER is right up your street.
Dean Van Dis Photography
February 14th, 2013 – 75 years ago dare devil race car driver Bernd Rosemeyer came to terms with his fate as he died while trying to establish a new speed record in his 1930′s Auto Union Type C “Silver Arrow”. In respects to Rosemeyer and the Silver Arrow, German industrial designer Lukas Rittwage has dreamed up a modern rendition of the classic car. The Stromlinie 75 Concept Car uses the seamless aerodynamic shape of the classic Type C but revamped it for the consumers of 2013. This one-seater sports car differs from its predecessor as the body is wider and longer, along with an added retractable spoiler. Rittwage decided to keep the famed four rings on The Stromlinie, although these now signify only Audi, and not all of Auto Union.
There was a whole lot more that went into the making of Captain America than beefing up Chris Evans’ bulging biceps. We’re talking about the incredible fleet of awesomely retro airplanes, automobiles and army tanks. Brainiac vehicle Designer, Daniel Simon, former Senior Designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen, captured the vintage 40’s aesthetic in creations that were titled with monikers like the ‘Hydra Schmidt Coup’ and ‘Hydra Flying Wing.’ “Intense research of both historically correct engineering and the Marvel Comic universe was part of every day’s work.” Miraculously enough, Simon created seven machines between November 2009 and June 2010 at Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles (Yes, you read that right). Now that’s flexing some serious muscle!
Hydra Schmidt Coupé
Hydra Schmidt Coupé
Hydra Bike design
Simon says “The Hydra Bike is a classic example of movie design.” He went on to explain that he “worked the most time on it of all Hydra vehicles, though what you see in the final film is a quick sketch from my very last day on the show. Film making is an organic process, things change every day, which is a great challenge.”
Hydra Flying Wing
Simon says that these renderings of the Hydra Submarine have “Subtle weathering, stickers, and a good stereo, maybe.” but explained that “some details were removed for the final film.”
These are Simon’s “very first flimsy pencil doodles for the 40ies Hydra Submarine at Marvel Studios, fall 2009. I went a little overboard with the configurations, awesome director Joe Johnston (Mr. Star Wars X-Wing himself!) and Oscar-winning Rick Heinrichs guided me towards a more classy concept as seen in the final design. Top left mini sketch foreshadows that direction.”
This week we took a moment to catch up with one of our favorite transportation designers Xuacu Pérez to check in and get the scoop on his latest concept vehicle, the Honda RA-X. You can tell his excitement when communicating the intracate details of the RA-X because he instantly says “The model is a two-seater MR engine and rear transmission with a capacity greater than 350/400 hp, the position of the exhaust pipes is inspired by the RA300 F1. The measures are: length 4050 / height 1163 / 1940 Wide.” (We kept in the details of that last part for all you car enthusiasts out there!).
We asked Perez to touch a little on the design on the RA-X and he explained that he “wanted to innovate the surface on the side which makes smooth crossing lines that form a theoretical X. The engine is visible through a glass. Predominate at the rear of the engine vents and optical technology-led groups with a triangular shape. On the front inlets merge with optical groups. Although dominated by steep ridges has sought a soft and smooth surfaces which give character and dynamism to the model.”
Momentarily, the RA-X is a concept car waiting to come to life, but we can’t help but recognize that it is visionaries such as Perez who are raising the bar in transportation design. Hopefully in our lifetime cars with this amount of detail and integrity will be obtainable by the masses.
(Photographs Provided By Xuacu Pérez)
It’s time to give your morning decathlon commute a jolt of energy that your skinny latte could only dream of. Labulle, a new France-based creative agency is working hard to take the ‘mourn’ out of ‘mornings’ and break up the monotony of your commute. Their solution is Metronomie, a series of subway cars splashed with a palette of saturated colors, LED color changing lights and signage that playfully entertains with stories and geographical facts. Yves Lombardet, one of the founding principles at Labulle headed up the concept of Metronomie, which can easily be altered to cater to different locales. Lombardet’s design of Metronomie makes us long for the day when we can step into a beautifully designed, colorful subway car and kick back with some sweet tunes.
(Photographs Provided By Labulle)
Confederate, A boutique motorcycle shop who keeps spinning out custom, high tech, quality bikes has released another. The P120 Fighter is geometric in form with a raw industrial look. The design team at Confederate constructed the Fighter under the philosophy that it would be rough, honest, and tough to it’s core! They injected this philosophy into the P120 by giving the 460 pound, 160 horsepower bike, a 120 C.I.D.radial twin engine, a custom designed 5 speed transmission, an aircraft grade aluminum swing arm, and custom designed carbon fiber wheels. The Fighter totals at 460 lbs. and currently, there are only 50 motorcycles of it’s kind made, retailing at $80,000.
(Photography Provided By Confederate)
Art of Kinetik produces bespoke luxury wooden yachts. Their latest addition to the collection is Hedonist. Hedonist embodies refinement and comfort, the 63 foot yacht has a solid mahogany hull and carries Rolls Royce water jets that gives the smoothest of rides at it’s top speed of 40 knots. The Hedonist is designed to be seamless and pure in the sense that no screws or plastic are visible at any point! Art of Kinetiks has an in-house team of designers, naval architects, engineers and craftsmen share the same ambition and vision, and we work as one in the relentless pursuit of excellence.
The Moog suggests how the future electric Volkswagen might sound like in the near future. Not only through the sounds it produces, but also what its shapes and textures suggest. As electric vehicles take over as the standard vehicle for the masses there is an opportunity to create sounds different from those we’ve heard from vehicles in the past. It’s a chance to stimulate our cityscapes with something more expressive.
So much talent is coming out of Umea Institute of Design. Earlier, The Dig featured Jason Battersby for his Audi concept car, but now we would like to highlight Klaud Wasiak for his electric prototype. Wasiak explains, “The Moog is a vehicle inspired by electronic music, more specifically minimal techno. It is a blend between Volkswagen’s brand philosophies and the characteristics of electronic music. The vehicle also touches on the historic path that electronic music took and to achieve a successful result, a mixture of recognizable and alien elements need to stand out as strong themes for the vehicle. The unique layer of noise underlying electronic music is represented by a random placement of fractals that run underneath the vehicle. Like bass in a song, some elements are poking out into the exterior. These fractals would also capture the noise and vibration from the road and convert them into energy that can assist with the onboard electronics. The unique sound this electric vehicle makes sound leak out through the wheels.
The concept is a mixture between the recognizable and the alien.” Enjoy!