Imagine a vehicle lighter than a Formula 1 racing car... Experiencing the adrenaline rush of carving through the canyons with up to 3 friends... Not using a drop of gasoline... Now just imagine if these dreams could be brought together in a single vehicle. During Los Angeles Auto Show a scale model of this car - Volvo Air Motion - will be on display and participates in the Design Challenge Competition.
Tipping the scales at under 1,000 lb, the Volvo Air Motion Concept makes these dreams a reality and delivers this in a beautiful Scandinavian body. Designed like a clam shell and sculptured from ultra-light carbon fiber.
Minimizing weight and complexity, while maximizing driving enjoyment, is the philosophy behind this vehicle. Thousands fewer components are employed than in a traditional car, thanks to the powerful yet simple compressed air motors that replace a heavy internal combustion engine. The motors cool under load rather than heat up, thus removing the need for a heavy cooling system. An integrated approach to designing the chassis, interior and suspension also contribute significantly.
To compress the air needed for the centrally-mounted air tank, Air Replenishment Sites are used. Powered by air turbines floating 1,000ft in the air, they harness the power of the wind and convert it to electricity to provide the compression. Aimed at the driving enthusiast, the Volvo Air Motion demonstrates the beauty and purity of Scandinavian design and delivers a guilt-free, raw driving experience.
The Volvo Air Motion Canyon Carver can be seen as a 1/4 scale model displayed at the LA Auto Show.
Volvo Air Motion was developed at Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC) that opened in 1986. VMCC is situated in Camarillo, CA.