Mercedes-Benz W25 By Marco Sweston
Majority of the inventions that are happening today are highly futuristic, and are therefore usually in the conceptual stages. It is however imperative to note that though life would be relatively easy in the future thanks to technological advances, there would probably be certain joys that 20 years down the line we would long for. However no doubt, technological advances by say 2030 would encapsulate and provide us these joys right in our living rooms. One such project which has attempted to digitalize the joys of on track racing is The Touch Effect project by Marco Sweston of the Munich University of Applied Sciences.
Designed as a continuation of the Silver Arrows like W25, the project has been to a large extent inspired by this model of Mercedes Benz. The vehicle thereby designed for this sport has a light weight main body with a stiff carbon frame that imparts it ruggedness and an overall stability. The other core muscles for the motor-sport vehicle have been made from flexible synthetic that can be deformed using voltage difference. These have been covered partially using acrylic glass surfaces on the exterior thereby giving a visual feel of a merger of all parts into one volume. However, the hull has been kept a bit unveiled so as to convey the impression of being light-weight. In addition to the designing part, the vehicle has facilities for automatic ground clearance adjustment as well as a four-wheel steering.
With facilities for renting this car available online, this car once acquired, skills can be polished with help from the trained staff in a car terminal following which the racing event – solo against other participants or a team affair can be embarked upon. While safety guards in the vehicle prevent accidental crashing or being thrown out of the course, there is also a facility of having a dry run so as to help the participant get to know the race track, starting position as well as the car before the actual race over the 3.3 mile race course that includes high-speed and off-road areas begins. Facility of a communication assistant within the helmet in addition to a camera further helps communicate during races as well as rectify errors after the race.
No doubt the project sounds promising especially from the safety view-point, but then the adrenaline rush got from actually participating, crashing and surviving is totally different.
Designer: Marco Sweston | Source: AutoMotto.com