Each year the LA Auto Show hosts the Design Challenge. This is a competition where major design studios from Southern California flex their creative muscle and show off what they can really do. However, each year designers must adhere to a pre-determined theme.
For the 2010 Design Challenge, designers were told to design a vehicle that addresses society’s shift toward minimizing consumption of earth’s resources. The objective was to envision an efficient, light-weight, four-passenger vehicle that would not exceed 1,000 pounds.
Although Volvo didn’t take home the top prize, they did show off a very unique concept that’s propelled by compressed air motors. Its light weight is achieved because it lacks a heavy internal combustion engine, and because designers took an integrated approach to designing the chassis, interior and, suspension.
Check out the video below to see how this innovative concept came to be.
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