Space Age Seating: Roller Coaster Style
Another amazing concept design from the Yanko Site: Space Age Seating Roller Coaster Style Hankering for that roller coaster ride feeling? Live vicariously thru the 4NE1 (get it?) seating solution. These chairs are suspended from the roof of a vehicle. This reconfiguration increases the amount of interior space. The design was created with the elderly and physically impaired in mind but as its name suggests, anyone can use it. The design has excellent properties for impact absorption in both front and rear impacts. The safety system is further augmented by an anti-whiplash backrest that comes forward upon impact. Best part it the stowaway feature - neatly sliding up and down roof rails or folding up when you need to seat more cargo than people. A review of current products that cater to this demographic has revealed that although there are systems in place to accommodate wheelchairs within vehicles, many of these systems do not use space efficiently, are not cost effective, lack configurability and are often created with the removal and replacement of original seating. This system is completely innovative and takes a whole new look at how we perceive space within a vehicle. Concerns have been raised about structural strength within the roof , but with structural reinforcement at little added cost - there is no reason why a roof cannot support the 24G crash impact requirements. Even the build materials are innovative. The seats will be made from a patent-pending lightweight fibre-composite developed by Futuris Automotive, which has superb structural properties. What does this all mean for you? You may never see something like this in ordinary cars but don’t be surprised when they start popping up in mass transit systems. We like the idea but what about fat people? This doesn’t exactly make travel any easier for them. Designer: Christopher Simmons
Jeep needs to start producing more of their concept trucks. They're sexy as hell. from the site: Jeep showed us the Gladiator concept truck at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005. If some form of this concept truck ever goes to pr... Jeep needs to start producing more of their concept trucks. They're sexy as hell. from the site: Jeep showed us the Gladiator concept truck at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005. If some form of this concept truck ever goes to production it should satisfy everyone who's been waiting for a new Jeep truck. The Gladiator concept truck has an open-air canvas roof, removable doors and a fold-down windshield, all features that allow its occupants to feel in touch with the outdoors. The Gladiator's expandable truck bed and extra storage compartments enhance its cargo carrying abilities. The Jeep truck is powered by a 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine that provides 163 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Gladiator has a 6-speed manual transmission and a part-time transfer case. The truck's front and rear suspension are multi-link designs, and coilover shocks are used at all four corners. The rear has dual, concentric springs and the vehicle has a 1,500-pound payload. The Gladiator's ground clearance is 13.7 inches, with a break-over angle of 23.2 degrees, an approach angle of 47.6 and departure angle of 38.0 degrees. Front and rear tires are 34 inches and are mounted on 18x8 inch wheels.
A turn radius of zero? Purrr..... Another thing to add to my Wish List. from the site: Jeep pulled out all of the stops when they designed this one of a kind concept vehicle known as the Hurricane. The twin powered (that's r... A turn radius of zero? Purrr..... Another thing to add to my Wish List. from the site: Jeep pulled out all of the stops when they designed this one of a kind concept vehicle known as the Hurricane. The twin powered (that's right - 2) 5.7-liter HEMI engines deliver a combined 670 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque. One engine resides in the front, the other in the rear. Can excess be managed responsibly? To test the theory, Jeep equipped both HEMI engines with a Multi-Displacement System (MDS). Depending on the driver’s needs, the Hurricane can be powered by 4-, 8-, 12- or 16-cylinders. What does that mean? Torque on demand! This Jeep can climb obstacles other 4x4 vehicles can’t even comprehend. In addition, it has the power and traction to move from 0-60 in less than five seconds. “Jeep Hurricane is simply the most maneuverable, most capable and most powerful 4x4 ever built,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design. “It pays homage to the extreme enthusiasts’ Jeep vehicles in form and off-road capability, but is a unique interpretation of Jeep design. Simply stated, it is the extreme example for the Jeep brand.” The Hurricane features a turn radius of absolutely zero, thanks to skid steer capability and toe steer: the ability to turn both front and rear tires inward. In addition, the vehicle features two modes of automated four-wheel steering. The first is traditional with the rear tires turning in the opposite direction of the front to reduce the turning circle. The second mode is an innovation targeted to off-road drivers: the vehicle can turn all four wheels in the same direction for nimble crab steering. This allows the vehicle to move sideways without changing the direction the vehicle is pointing.
Make sure you're wearing nice underwear, ladies.... (*cough* Britney *cough*) from Yanko: Remember that whole fad when pagers, mobile phones, and even computers (cough -iMac) were transparent revealing their innards? What if... Make sure you're wearing nice underwear, ladies.... (*cough* Britney *cough*) from Yanko: Remember that whole fad when pagers, mobile phones, and even computers (cough -iMac) were transparent revealing their innards? What if we applied that idea to a car? The Gamma Concept takes advantage of new polycarbonate and composite materials to create lighter, stronger, and more fuel efficient cars. Sounds like the automotive holy grail. What gives? The Gamma’s visual language features large transparent areas to show the underlying structure and engine parts; to remind how the car works and present a more honest (transparent) design than its contemporary counterparts. All body panels are made from polycarbonate. To keep manufacturing costs to a minimum the panels are shaped using thermoforming, and then glued onto a carbon-kevlar reinforced aluminium chassis.
Blast those blonde moments sky-high.... from Yanko: Fireworks Help Find Your Car Every time I get out of a car I yell to my friends the exact floor, side, and column it’s located on. Two hours later we’re all wandering arou... Blast those blonde moments sky-high.... from Yanko: Fireworks Help Find Your Car Every time I get out of a car I yell to my friends the exact floor, side, and column it’s located on. Two hours later we’re all wandering around trying to find it. Constantly clicking the remote keyless entry doesn’t help unless you’re within audible distance. I need something bigger, something I can’t miss. How about fireworks? The Fireworks Locator system by futurist with a sense of humor Mac Funamizu uses holographic projection technology to set off a display of lights and color you can’t miss. A remote activates an emitter installed on the top of your vehicle. That’s pretty much it. Feasibility aside, I could totally see Honda using this idea in one of their future ads. Imagine hundreds of Hondas creating an unforgettable light show.