New Kind of Muscle Car Features Synthetic Skin, Carbon Fiber Bones

Marco Sweston, a designer out of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, has his fingers on the pulse of the digital age. He predicts that after decades of people staying at home making friends they never see via MMORPGs, of prevalent use of public transportation, and the overuse of digital means for new experiences, people will be bored out of their skulls and back to the outdoors searching for new thrills. This cabin fever will take them to the track, where Mr. Sweston will hopefully have his then retro Touch Effect track racers and Racing Event in place to reap the benefits.

What better way to induce an adrenaline rush than in a fast car? Modeled on the legendary Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows (like the W25), the lightweight Touch Effect track racer features a stiff carbon fiber frame as a skeleton, and synthetic bone, muscle, and skin as its building materials. It would seem that Mr. Sweston has taken several advances in stem cell science to one possibly lucrative, borderline horrifying conclusion: an organic race car.

The muscles surround the carbon fiber skeleton and control the suspension, steering, and insulation of the vehicle. Some muscles function like reins (the driver will be pulling on them for steering); other muscles form a core that can be deformed using voltage difference. The sports-car is covered partially by acrylic glass surfaces for weight reduction as well as for visual effect. Two skin surfaces surround the driver like a cocooning brace. The track racer has four-wheel steering, and  automatic ground clearance.

The ordering process is, appropriately, fully online. The user orders her racer, receives her ID, then heads to the terminal where she receives instruction. In a nod to the possibility of atrophied reaction times, there will be safety guides to prevent rubbin’ during racing or deviation from the track.  The cars will run in a pack on a custom-designed race course, and drivers’ helmet will have a communication assistant which will let drivers interact and will record every mistake for later review.

Could this be the future face of the ever-evolving Formula 1 series in 2030? Or, after a few key tweaks, a live action Mario Kart? A girl can dream.

Inhabitat via Yanko Design



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