Antoine Gaillot-Drevon

Pforzheim, Germany

Gaillot-Drevon took an existing brand – motorcycle manufacturer Ducati - and translated its aesthetic into a four-wheel concept, creating what he calls a 'technical mutation'. 'The car exposes its mechanical parts like a bike,' he explains. 'The two bike engines are the key design element, suspended from an exposed middle frame and clad in a carbon fibre monocoque.' Gaillot-Drevon cites KIA and industrial designer Raymond Loewy as inspirations. agaillot@hotmail.com

Davide Varenna

Pforzheim, Germany

Varenna's grand design for a future VW racer - the E-volution - draws forms from bike design, rally cars and even contemporary architecture. 'The car designers I admire most are the famous carrozzieri Italiani,' he says, citing Marcello Gandini, Giorgetto Giugiaro and great Italian companies like Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. 'I appreciate brands that are pushing for good design and taking risks.' issuu.com/davide.varenna

Ki Kim

Royal College of Art, UK

Ki Kim's designs are informed as much by the ethos of sustainability guru Victor Papanek as by the engineering of a contemporary Porsche. Kim’s concept appeals to the younger generation with a junior jump seat in front of the driver. ‘It’s dangerous to seat your child in front of you while you’re driving,’ he says, ‘but if they’re operating different controls, they can at least enjoy a day out.' kikimdesigns.tumblr.com

Ferran Mestres Blanch

Royal College of Art, UK

Inspired by the ‘contrast between clean, simple shapes and chaotic, sharp forms’, Ferran Mestres Blanch’s concept for a Lexus racing car takes the luxury marque’s surface design to a new level. His design is for a dystopian future world dominated by virtual environments. ‘This car would reconnect the driver with the real world,’ he says, although he adds that in reality we might need ‘lighter, cheaper cars’ in the future and that conventional four-wheeled transport could be usurped altogether. www.fmb88.tumblr.com

Daniel Gunnarsson

UMEÅ, Sweden

'Right now there are a lot of projects focusing on "car sharing”, “mass transport” and “environmentally friendly design”,' says Daniel Gunnarsson, 'but I’ve not seen anyone consider the pure joy of driving, owning and expressing yourself through vehicles.' Gunnarsson has explored how more people could be lured onto two-wheel machines with a sentient device. ‘My solution was a motorcycle that would adapt to the rider's skills and teach inexperienced riders how to ride. www.coroflot.com/dlgunnarsson

Qiannan Wang

Royal College of Art, UK

Qiannan Wang reinvents automotive seating as a multilayered space with quilted materials and asymmetric patterns. 'My work is inspired by light,' she says, citing the art of Anthony McCall and the 'braveness' of BMW and Citroen. ‘Ultimately what we do is find out how to create a better experience.' Her concept is based around a transformable interior that expands or contracts as the vehicle's user base changes over time. qiannanwang.tumblr.com

Maxime Guillet

Strate Collège, France

A fan of Zaha Hadid and Ross Lovegrove, Maxime Guillet set out to improve the relationship between bikers and their machines. 'I wanted to design a mutual exchange, so the vehicle takes care of the biker’s safety and storage, and vice versa,' Guillet explains. The result is a modular bike with replaceable components and a kind of wearable carapace with a built-in airbag. 'I was inspired by animals like hedgehogs and turtles.' m.guillet@stratecollege.fr

Yujin Kim

UMEÅ, Sweden

Yujin Kim shaped his premium commuter concept to fit Seoul, where he noticed that the majority of workers drive alone, often in large cars that exacerbate congestion. He envisaged a one-person BMW that fits function, technology and luxury into an ultra-compact package. ‘It combines superior quality and comfortable space with innovation like active wheels and electrochromic glass,’ he says. Having studied in Sweden and interned at BMW in Germany, Kim is keen to explore brand values and how design translates them into a reality. issuu.com/yujin_kim

Jan Christian Osnes

UMEÅ, Sweden

As the name suggests, the IBM lithium-air car battery uses oxygen to replenish its lithium, meaning future vehicles may function on air alone. The Skoda-badged concept by Jan Christian Osnes is shaped around a huge duct that funnels airflow into a central core. Osnes cites Dieter Rams and James Dyson as inspirations. 'I admire Dyson because he exposes the beauty of function rather than disguising it,’ he says. umejc.wordpress.com

Simon Linot

Strate Collège, France

‘My purpose is not to bring old things back to life but to remake things in a sustainable, efficient way,’ says Simon Linot. His diploma project looks at ways in which horse-drawn transport could serve London. ‘Horses can’t entirely replace public transport, but they can improve on buses in several places.’ Linot’s ultra-light vehicle pulls 20 people, with an ‘omnidirectional’ wheel to improve turning and a waste-disposal system. www.simon-linot.com