Conceptual designs have always fascinated us, making us think about how the future would look like in 20 or maybe 30 years from now. While some of the designs featured in this article are already created, most of them will remain, at least for a few years from now on the project phase due to the overzealous imagination that some designers have.
Citroën Survolt Concept
Presented in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Citroën Survolt Concept attracted view like a magnet thanks to its unusual design. The interesting thing about this car is that it is a hybrid, being able to run as an all-electric using a rechargeable battery and small internal combustion engine.
With a sleek, compact and low-slung frame – 3.85m long, 1.87m wide & 1.2m high – SURVOLT takes inspiration from sports car styling, then casts convention aside to form an entirely new and revolutionary concept design. SURVOLT’s aerodynamic, flowing lines convey agility, precision and vitality – with a powerful, muscular character contained in its refined and luxurious frame.
Unlike the previous car shown, this one has not been put into production, being only a render created with the brilliant imagination of designer Daniel Garcia. Although most of us can’t afford some of these concept vehicles, it would have been nice to know that a fine piece like this one hits the streets.
The zeitgeist of today is of a fast moving world, where science is exponentially advancing and society’s complexity is rapidly changing. During the constant transitions it can be easy to overlook some important values in the search for honest design. Beauty is a diverse subject which can be applied in different ways such as aesthetics or mathematics, however it also holds intrinsic value for future generations.
The Axiom project is a branding exercise designed to introduce ‘beauty’ to the implications of Audi’s tradition. The key is to find a way in which the two can be used together to promote the beauty of today’s world. In addition to this, Axiom is a study into balancing proportion, surface tension and aesthetic emotion for the Audi brand.
Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept
The BIOME concept has been created by the designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios and it is said that it’s fully integrated into the ecosystem. I don’t know how they ended up with that conclusion cause the simple fact that it’s a hybrid is not enough. Nonetheless, the car has an incredible design and somehow reminds of the Audi RSQ that we have seen in the Hollywood movie, I, Robot.
As the title says, this car is a futuristic version of how the M3 model from BMW would look 40 years from now, at least in Daniel Nikonchik‘s vision. Though it looks strange to us, the car has an elegant design and also some interesting sci-fi features like millions of nano sized cameras incorporated in the exterior paint which allow the driver to see through the body panels even if they are not transparent.
Davide Panarella isn’t new to concept design, having a vast experience with these types of cars. If you search his name through the internet you’ll find a serious amount of futuristic vehicles. The IMF car (I’M Future) is said to be made from recycled materials in an attempt to protect the environment. Like most of the futuristic cars, this too has an electric engine and can be driven for 270 km. Being an electric car, you have to consider saving energy with the auxiliary functions of the car and for that, the designer has incorporated solar panels that can absorb easily energy and limit the consumption.
GreenGT Concept Car
This concept car designed by Thomas Clavet is not only for show. The people at GreenGT are planning to bring two of them to LeMans this year and to produce 22 road-going models within the next three years. Sounds brave but if you look at the technical specifications, you’ll figure out that this shouldn’t be a problem: It is powered by a pair of 100 kW water-cooled electric engines reaching a maximum speed of 275 km/h (171 mph), 0-100km/h (62mph) in under 4 seconds and 350 to 400 horsepower.
Audi D7 Concept
Kave Naser Bakht has created a bold car with great personality. Although its lights are not practical, they look almost dreamy, reminding ourselves of Tron.
Dejan Hristov comes with an aggressive version of a Pontiac Solstice, making it more the supercar it already was. It would sure be lovely if the people at Pontiac would approach Dejan for a collaboration so we can see a speed monster like this one (at least) in a showroom.
Ferrari Enzo Concept
Peter Simon has re-imagined the Ferrari Enzo with shapes that make it look like it was taken from a Transformers movie. The model doesn’t exist and probably Ferrari doesn’t accept this type of design, being conservative and all of that when talking about their cars.
Astrum Meera Concept
Never heard of a car that has wheels working on magnetic levitation till now but glad I did. The future is now… in renders. Who knows, maybe in the future we’ll be seeing this feature, although it is incredibly hard to implement at the moment. Designed by John Baltazar and rendered by Hussain & Ali Almossawi, the car looks surprisingly real in these following images.
Not quite a concept, the Zenvo ST1 is a luxurious car with incredible power under its hood, having the ability to develop 1104 HP of power. Ironic or not, the car is electronically limited at 373 km/h so you don’t go flying around with it.
Foldable bikes are starting to become a trend among young product designers like Allen Chester G. Zhang. Of course, the bike is not only that, it also has an impressive and futuristic design.
Sylvain Gerber has a pretty ugly looking site but when it’s about product design, he knows how to create impressive items like this one below.
Unlike the previous models shown, this bike is one that I’d like to see in real life. Simplicity is something that product designers are focused on when wanting to design a bike, thus the spokeless wheels that you can see on most of the bike concepts and also the absence of a traditional drive train.
Lexus Hybrid Bicycle Concept
This Lexus hybrid concept bike incorporates a 240 watt electric motor, 25.9 volt lithium battery pack, and a frame constructed of carbon fiber with a 8 speed internal gear system. The Lexus bicycle also has a regenerative braking system, built to convert heat energy from the brakes into electrical energy that is then stored in the battery. It can also be plugged into the mains and recharged in a mere two hours.
The City Recumbent bike by Jean Davignon has a strange design, even after seeing a few bizarre bikes. This is how Jean describes his creation: ‘a fat tire composite and aluminum recumbent bicycle with a horizontal pivot twin bar fork link steering handle. rear internal gear hub with a spring loaded chain tensioner and a flexible lower chain guide. for optimal weight distribution, the seat adjustment mechanism is found under the seat. front and rear sections can be separated to facilitate transportability.’
Like I’ve said before, foldable bikes are a trend but besides this feature, the bike has the interesting ability to shorten its wheels. Too bad Victor Aleman didn’t give some technical specifications and just the pictures. The whole idea behind this concept is pretty interested and should be elaborated.
The Beast, like it is called, is more of a combination of a bike and a motorcycle, reaching a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour. The interesting part about it, besides the incredible luxury for a bike, is the hybrid drive that makes possible to multiply your power when sensing that you need an extra torque.
Honda CBR 1000F Custom
Hardcore modifications on a Honda CBR 1000F? That sounds interesting right? Spot on. Ian McElroy spent two years building this monster and a good thing that he took his time, cause the final result is splendid at least.
A motorcycle, but with a protective space for the driver like in a car. This is Aebulle (cocoon in Korean), a motorcycle concept created by Shane Baxley. “The main idea was to design a personal vehicle that delivers the mobility and speed of a motorcycle while offering the safety that a cocoon offers a butterfly. The Aebulle is targeted for the Los Angeles region where it would utilize the commuter lanes allowing its occupant a quick commute.”
Flavio Adriani created what for most of us is a combination between a chopper and a speed bike. The hubless wheel design isn’t shocking anymore after seeing a few concepts with this feature, but the overall product looks at least strange. Is this the future of choppers?
The Saline Bird
We’ve seen supercars with incredible engines that could develop a lot of force and reach unimaginable speed and now it’s time to look at their version in the motorcycle industry. The Saline Bird is created for the speed enthusiasts… the record breaking speed enthusiasts. This amazing motorcycle wasn’t created by only one designer, but an army of them: Charles-Edouard Berche, Ugo Spagnolo , Adrien Fuinesl, Frédéric Dobbelstein, Jean-Philippe Paries. Vive la France!
Custom Bike Concept
Unlike the Lambo bike concept we’ve seen earlier, this monster bike created by Jean Baptiste Robilliard has a more practical look and elegant design, painted with simple black and white. The motorcycle has an electrical drivetrain and batteries and also an interesting feature that you mostly see in Formula 1, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that converts your breaking into energy.
Enough with the electric engines, this light motorcycle has a 903 cc engine with direct injection and turbo diesel that can reach a maximum speed of 240km/h. This motorcycle doesn’t have aerodynamic protection but that isn’t a problem, lying down the tank while driving at a high speed isn’t a problem, is a must.