SEAT MLX 2100 - Maglev personal vehicle
Year 2100. If the current progression is maintained, the estimated number of cars in the world will be more than 10000 milions. Huge cities, constant colapses, even the air traffic density becomes dangerous.
To solve this hipothetical future chaos, arise the idea of magnetic levitation personal vehicles: the SEAT M.L.X. (Magnetic Levitation Xshape).
This was one of the projects during my internship at SEAT, the second semester of 2014.
With the apropiate road distribution, optimization, and suitable infrastructure of magnetic ground, this vehicle is able to travel at speeds of 600+ km/h, thus lighten the extreme traffic density in the cities, and interurban displacements, reducing or eliminating the need of traveling by plane.
The SEAT MLX is a 4 seater maglev vehicle, equivalent to a current family sedan, for the year 2100. Its shape is created mainly following the aerodynamical function, vital, due to its high speeds, besides very tensional surfaces, with its reinterpreted characterstic SEAT double blisters in the sides, agility feeling, sharp lines and aeronautic influence.
The body is a monocoque structure, combination of advanced composite materials and ultraresistent and light polymers.
Its two main systems are: the magnetic levitation system, composed by two big rotary electroamgnets, with which is achieved the ability of hovering above the magnetic road with great stability due to the gyroscope effect, and the other is the propulsion system, formed by four hybrid microturbines.
The engines of the propulsion system are a combination of ultra efficient micro turbines running on biodiesel, with a powerful electric motors with multiplier transmision to move the turbines at adecuate speeds.
Electric charge is stored in ultra light and efficient bateries and super capacitors based on carbon nanotubes, extremely optimized in the year 2100. Those are located longitudinally between the seats, in the place of a current car driveshaft. Charge process is achived by plugin the batteries and regenerative braking (the air pressure at high speeds move the turbines with power enoug to roate the electric engines acting as generators).
The MLX is able to change its direction and trajectory using two elements: the four stabilizers located in the ends of the vehicle like the wheel arches of a conventional car, mainly for high speed directional stability control, and the four hybrid engines located in the place of the wheels of a current car, which aren´t parelel. The front engines are slightly convergent respect the direction of travel, and the rear engines divergent. This is so to help turning while hovering at low speeds, accelerating the left engines to tur right, and vice versa.
Other interesting elements of the SEAT MLX are the laser headlights and rear lamps integrated in the stabilizers, and double sidded mirror material in the rear doors.