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RCA vehicle design 2008
3 Jul 2008
Commended: Phoenix concept by Sergio Loureiro Da Silva (scroll down to read more)
Sergio Loureiro Da Silva wants to regenerate lost energy through movement. The Spanish designer explains: 'Its about improving sustainability by designing every element to aspire to less energy consumption.' His Pheonix concept car aims for a similar driving sensation as riding a motorbike with a sidecar. Da Silva has also incorporated the technical elements in the design. 'The beauty of a vehicle comes from the contrast of a fluid shape with precise technical elements,' he says.
Winner: Airflow concept by Pierre Sabas (scroll down to read more)
Best design interpretation winner Pierre Sabas has worked with a new architectural form with his Airflow concept. Both the electrically driven engine and suspension are mounted directly in the wheel allowing for a high degree of architectural freedom. The interior structure houses four individual capsules for occupants. Airflows exterior is made entirely of glass. 'Ive tried to wrap it around like fabric,' says the French designer. 'It allows for a new driving sensation and it gives the occupants a new perception of the outside world.'
Winner: Airflow concept by Pierre Sabas
Winner: Nuaero concept by Jon Radbrink (scroll down to read more)
Swedish designer Jon Radbrinks mission is to incorporate sustainability in the overall package. 'There is no real differentiator between normal and hybrid cars,' admits the winner of best use of glass. Nuaero, therefore, uses aerodynamic principles to help reduce fuel consumption. 'I was inspired by architecture,' he notes. 'I used glass in conjunction with other materials to create a layered affect that gives the feeling of transparency for the occupants.'
Nereus concept by Ceri Yorath (scroll down to read more)
Ceri Yorath wants his driver to experience speed in an entirely new way. The three-seater Nereus fuel cell-powered vehicle is covered in transformable plates, which alter during the journey to visually reflect the driving style and the route. These experiences are then captured on a memory card for later recollection and nostalgia.
Concept car by Ilaria Sacco (scroll down to read more)
'Im thinking about a new way of consuming cars,' confesses Italian designer Ilaria Sacco. Her concept car allows for a high degree of personalisation by encouraging the customer to mix and match objects from various brands into the car. 'Like how you would design your living room,' she says.
Iomega concept by Joonas Vartola (scroll down to read more)
Joonas Vartolas Iomega project explores ways of incorporating a private 'relaxation capsule' in a chauffer-driven vehicle for the busy commuter. 'The structure and layout of the car supports and fosters the idea of this being a passenger car rather than the usual driver's car architecture,' says the Finish designer.
Commended: Noah concept by Jung Hoon Rhee (scroll down to read more)
South Korean designer Jung Hoon Rhee is concerned that our health is being compromised by the rigid seating position in cars. His Noah concept incorporates 'wave seats', which duplicate the lightness of being immersed in water. He says: 'They can cope with various body sizes from infants to obese people providing equal comfort everywhere.'
Concept car by Arturo Peralta Nogueras (scroll down to read more)
Spanish designer Arturo Peralta Noguerass vehicle bonds with its driver as a rider does with his or her horse. Fuelled by algae, the exterior of the futuristic car is made of a solid hologram technology and the interior evolves and adapts to its environment, passengers and scenarios.
Commended: Soft Vehicle concept by Raquel Aparicio Lopez (scroll down to read more)
Raquel Aparicio Lopezs Soft Vehicle concept is a delicately executed foam car, sporting a sensual slit across the profile for entry, and a zip in the rear for the boot. The Spanish designer believes that if we are able to control movement and avoid accidents then cars dont need to be made of hard materials. In this case satellites from above and sensors on the road direct this driverless vehicle. 'I would like to extrapolate rubber, textile and other soft materials into vehicle design,' she says.
Enigma concept by Paul Howse (scroll down to read more)
To Paul Howse luxury is enhanced through the objects life experience much like a historic car. 'The idea is to create a local quality, something that is completely unique to you,' he says. The handcrafted bronze used on the glasshouse gradually changes over time to give the car history.
Boat concept by Reginald Hingston (scroll down to read more)
Reginald Hingston also designed a boat, albeit a more socially conscious one, that utilises local engineering, materials and craftsmanship to develop a transport solution to link 13 West African coastal cities.
Concept car by Yunwoo Jeong (scroll down to read more)
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