Tom Matano

Automobile - - Design -

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, School of In­dus­trial De­sign, San Fran­cisco Academy of Art Univer­sity

I RE­ALLY LIKED Chris Ban­gle’s L.A. show con­cept. It gave me food for thought. The re­sult is this bi-di­rec­tional de­sign, which ad­mit­tedly looks odd at first sight. But let me ex­plain. When you want to go fast, the slip­pery end parts the wind with as lit­tle re­sis­tance as pos­si­ble. When you go slow, like in town, the boxed-in, fully glazed end takes the lead, pro­vid­ing op­ti­mum vis­i­bil­ity as well as easy en­try. I be­lieve that this ar­chi­tec­ture would be cheap to build and in­ex­pen­sive to use. After all, the lay­out is scal­able, from a ba­sic shut­tle ve­hi­cle to an up­mar­ket dou­ble-bub­ble capsule, which could be a low-drag two-seater of­fer­ing panoramic vis­i­bil­ity. An elec­tric driv­e­train is al­ways a com­pelling op­tion, but for the Third World a two-cylin­der com­bus­tion engine might do. Via 3-D tool­ing, no more than 12 months would elapse be­tween con­cep­tion and assem­bly.

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