Super Street Network

 |   |  Concept Car Designs - From the Planet Crayon

Concept Car Designs - From the Planet Crayon

Alien ideas for the future

Colin Ryan
Jan 3, 2007
SHARE
0702_ec_03_z+mercedes_benz_RECY+rear_view Photo 1/6   |   Concept Car Designs - From the Planet Crayon

Nanotechnology, cars that eventually become palm trees, a bio-diesel vehicle that recycles itself--these are the lines along which the bright young things in Californian car styling studios are thinking. With so many makers having design facilities on the west coast, the LA Auto Show has used this situation to its advantage by running a competition each year for the most exciting new concept. This year's entrants included Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mini and Audi.

0702_ec_05_z+mini_bio_moke+profile_view Photo 2/6   |   Concept Car Designs - From the Planet Crayon

Other makes like Acura and Toyota have also taken part. Even Hummer has a fuel-cell concept that uses an algae-filled body to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Pang of conscience there?

Chances are, not many of these ideas will make it into the mainstream, but by embracing new and sustainable technologies and thinking laterally, cars of the future should still be interesting.

0702_ec_06_z+audi_space_frame+profile_view Photo 3/6   |   Concept Car Designs - From the Planet Crayon

It's perhaps no surprise that Audi has taken its space frame philosophies (seen in the first-ever A8) and run with them to come up with the Dynamic Space Frame.

The frame integrates all fluid and electrical channels within it. The car will use a hydraulic fluid drive instead of the traditional propshaft and electric currents will interact with a fluid-based suspension to control the ride. Who knows? This could form the basis of the fifth-generation TT.

SHARE ARTICLE
By Colin Ryan
138 Articles

RELATED ARTICLES

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Our top tuner car picks featured in 2014 print issues
Sean RussellDec 18, 2014
Video game concept previews what we can expect on a future car.
Kelly PleskotDec 17, 2014
Looks are deceiving with this K-swap from Arkansas
Matthew RodriquezDec 16, 2014
To celebrate a massive milestone, Aston Martin Works will release 6 very limited-edition Vanquish Coupes.
Jake HolmesDec 15, 2014
Reflecting on the builds that blew our minds
Sean RussellDec 15, 2014

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
TO TOP