Posts Tagged ‘transportation design’
November 20th, 2013 – For the new PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6, the Mercedes-Benz designers have developed the visionary concept of a super sports car – the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo. Extreme proportions, sensual contours and intelligently implemented high tech blend to form a body that visually brings to life the breathtaking performance of 577 hp (430 kW) and 590 lb-ft of torque. As a 1:1-scale model, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is celebrating its world premiere on November 19, 2013 at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California. The super sports car with its hallmark Mercedes gullwing doors will be taking to the virtual racetrack when the new racing game goes on sale in December 2013 – as the first of the “Vision Gran Turismo” series of vehicles.
To mark the 15th birthday of the popular Gran Turismo series this year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of Gran Turismo series and President of Polyphony Digital Inc., called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo”, these creative teams were to develop concept models which give a unique insight into the further development of the automobile. As virtual vehicles that nonetheless function just like a real car, the visionary concepts will be gradually unveiled in and integrated into the new game Gran Turismo 6 through online updates.
“By virtue of its proportions and expressive appearance, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo embodies the brand’s defining design philosophy of sensuous purity in a unique way. The design of this concept car reflects to extreme effect the perfect symbiosis between emotional, sensuous contours and intelligently presented high tech,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG.
The sports car proportions that are a typical Mercedes feature have been reinterpreted: the long hood has a flowing transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours. The dynamic aura is accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell.
The sports car proportions that are a typical Mercedes feature have been reinterpreted: the long hood has a flowing transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours. The dynamic aura is accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell. The angled headlights, with their color scheme and determined look, convey a sense of sportiness and readiness to leap forward. This impression is reinforced by the hood with its expressive forms and motorsport details, such as the release catches on the hood and the fuel cap, for example. The red-glowing contour lines on the lower part of the vehicle create an effect similar to that of exterior ambient lighting and stand out from the silver-painted bodywork. This makes the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo look even more aggressive. For fans of Gran Turismo® 6, the Mercedes-AMG sound specialists have created a powerful, sonorous exhaust note that authentically celebrates the V8′s love of high engine speeds.
Photography courtesy of Mercedes Benz
November 5th, 2013 – The much awaited Magnum MK5 has been officially unveiled! The first track-focused street-legal lightweight supercar from Canada is whispered to be quite addictive. Created from a passion for motorsport in the late 60′s, when original founder Jean-Pierre St-Jacques built Magnum’s first formula race car, Magnum Cars is now entering the lightweight supercar segment with the introduction of the MK5. The brainchild of his son Bruno St-Jacques, himself a well-rounded and successful race car driver, the Magnum MK5 aims to offer an incredible driving experience; the closest that most will get to experiencing a real race car.
In addition to being an amazing track warrior, the Magnum MK5 is also an outstanding street fighter. One that will challenge any sports car or supercar on their preferred territory: the road. With its light and agile nature, the Magnum MK5′s amazing acceleration and handling is pure driving bliss. The MK5’s open cockpit “speedster” styling is perfect for both the thrills of track days and Sunday drives through mountain roads. The MK5’s “rock star” stance will make owners feel right at home amongst luxury supercars during a night out on the town.
Featuring impressive power-to-weight ratio of 460 bhp per tonne, remarkable handling with cornering forces of over 2Gs, second-to-none build quality, and cutting edge design, the Magnum MK5 strives on offering the ultimate excitement for all the senses, so that both driver and passenger can enjoy the true feeling of a pure and exhilarating car. Having recently completed its development program, including 3 years of extensive track testing, the Magnum MK5 is now ready to be unveiled to car enthusiasts around the globe.
“The MK5′s amazing power-to-weight ratio delivers mind-blowing acceleration in the low 3-second range, while amazing handling conveys confidence and predictability which makes it is very easy to drive fast. We built the MK5 to offer the speed and agility of a racecar combined with the stance and refinement of a supercar, without the high cost of either one.” Points out Bruno St-Jacques, President and CTO of Magnum.
The Magnum MK5 is not only fast; it is equally versatile. From its cargo compartment that can easily accommodate two race helmets and a briefcase, to its street-legal amenities like full lighting and reverse camera, the Magnum MK5 can “bring it” both at the track or on the road. This reflects the MK5’s dual personality.
October 22, 2013 - From conception to realization, the transportation designers at French based auto company Lazareth, control all of the construction operations on their vehicles. Because of this process, there are very little limits to what Lazareth’s talented team can build – enter the WazumaV8F “Matt Edition”! This Batman-like vehicle is a custom built, V12 powered, with a horse power of 250! The Wazuma V8F is like a flattened down motorcycle with two extra wheels, causing the rider to drive in a horizontal position.
The vehicle is unique in many ways, the most obvious way is it’s “W-wheeled geometry,” which consists of 2 largely spaced front wheels and 2 closer twin rear wheels.
Based on the same atypical 3 wheels geometry (2 largely spaced front wheels and 2 attached rear wheels), it has been thought to be simple, aggressive and highly performing. This Wazuma is powered by a Ferrari 3.0L V8, developing 250 hp for less than 650kg.
This engine incorporates the injection system of two sport bike engines and is electronically controlled by a Sybelle system. All the engine management can be modified and monitored with a computer. The 6 speed sequential gearbox comes from a BMW M3 and is controlled from the handlebars.
The machine gets specific and highly exclusive equipment like modified Momo (+Power) rims with Brembo calipers and four 324mm brake discs. The suspension system is very specific, featuring four horizontal shock absorbers, made?to?measure by EMC. Everything is enormous. For instance, the wheels are slicks 285?30ZR18 for the front and 315?30ZR18 for the rear. Another obvious unique quality to the Wazuma is it’s high price tag of a whopping $250,000.
September 24th, 2013 – Generally, flashy red sports cars are reserved for balding, middle-aged men having mid-life crises. No judging. But the Laraki Epitome is a whole different beast entirely. Ambitiously talented Moroccan designer and owner of Laraki Motors, Abdeslam Laraki’s flashy one-off echoes elements of modern aerospace and Formula One racing. The future forward design utilizes the chassis of a C6 Corvette, boasts 1,750 hp on premium 91 octane gasoline, and weighs only 2,800 pounds thanks to light-weight body panels made entirely of carbon fiber.
The Epitome marks an unexpected comeback for Laraki Motors, a company who began their journey in Morocco designing superyachts in 1999. The team went on to create two concept cars: the Fulgura in 2002 and Borak in 2005 under the direction of Bugatti’s previous technical director Dr. Peter Tutzer. Then closed their doors in 2007, only to resurface weeks ago on the manicured grass of Pebble Beach with the awe-inspiring Epitome.
The impressive piece of machinery runs on premium 91 octane gasoline, but is equip with a secondary 110-octane fuel tank and can run on both types of fuels at the same time. This is possible by pressing a button which will also remap the ECU and as a result will bump output to an amazing 1,750 hp (1,305 kW).
Laraki is expected to build only nine of the limited edition Epitome this year, each with a staggering $2 million price tag.
Photography Courtesy of Ted7 Photography & Laraki Motors
July 26th, 2013 – Four years ago Matthew Masters had a vision. The young founder of Estrima dreamed of improving the quality of our mobility – Zero emissions, zero noise, zero gasoline consumption. The power of this idea is what has fueled Masters to create the Birò, an ecological, practical, silent, easy to drive 4-wheel electric vehicle. The unconventional and dynamic design is the smallest 4-wheel electric car available on the market, but quite possibly the most Eco-minded of vehicles around.
With Birò, getting around the city is easy. Thanks to its compact size drivers can easily maneuver through urban traffic and park snug in a space fit for a scooter. Biro is meant to be a personal commuter designed with comfortable interior compartments that can hold everyday objects. The stylish coupe is small, but cozy and sociable, designed with two seats inside.
Four wheels of great agility run on two 100% Electric Brushless motors that are mounted on the rear wheels without using a transmission system, thus eliminating weight and additional maintenance costs.
Birò saves the commuter money and is fun to drive because of its easily maneuverable and the car has a dynamic lever boost system, which gives the driver the ability to accelerate with an influx of acceleration when needed.
No matter the season, Birò drivers are well protected from rain, cold, and wind. Warm weather will be instrumental for driving with the top down! The roof and the glass tempered rear are removable, to let in light and air during the warmer seasons.
The energy of Birò can always be with you, literally. Birò is the only 4-wheel car to be equipped with a retractable system electric battery patented by Re-Move. Once Birò is parked, the driver can easy remove the battery device and take it home, in the office, or wherever is most convenient for recharging the battery.
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!