LOCAL MOTORS & ARPA-E LITECAR CHALLENGE: BIOFRAME CONCEPT
Bioframe concept is my proposal for the Local Motors and Arpa-E contest 2015, whose requirements is to create a purely conceptual, novel lightweight vehicle using advanced materials and innovative structural solutions while maintaining/exceeding current vehicle safety standards, in addittion to 5 seater sedan distribution, and current engine/drivetrain.
This concept is inspired by the internal human bone tissue structure, ellipsoid shaped (very aerodynamic and structurally more stable than a box shaped conventional spaceframes), and biomorphic design.
Aerodynamics has been improved. The shape of the frame permits much better airflow through all the car body. The top of the vehicle is soft and rounded, without hard changes in the curvature like a conventional car, and the down sides permit to channel the air coming from the radiators, by de sides, then through the rear suspension, exiting by the center of the low pressure behind the car.
The weight of this vehicle is 781 kg (44% weight reduction over a current sedan with similar size which weights 1400 kg). This is possible by using a new reinforced Aluminum matrix composite bodyshell, innovative architecture, and graphene components.