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RT20 concept

RT20 police concept

RT20 concept

RT20 concept

RT20 police concept

RT20 concept

RT20 concept
Make -
Model RT20
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine Liquid hydrogen fueled twin-turbo V6

The RT20 concept is a design by Mathieu Lewis, an industrial design graduate from Swinburne University of Technology based in Melbourne, Australia.

The RT20 is an adaptable and reconfigurable vehicle which is designed to be at home on both the road and the race track.

The proposed powertrain for the RT20 concept is a liquid hydrogen fueled twin-turbo V6. This setup was chosen to provide both the power and the noise driving enthusiasts need, and also the environmentally responsible solutions the modern world requires. In order to keep the hydrogen in a liquid state the RT20 uses a super-insulated fuel tank.

The styling of the RT20 concept was influenced by the design of the KTM X-Bow and Holden Efijy concept, as well as insects which gives the vehicle a low spider-like stance. The body panels would be formed from aluminium sandwich foam core panels and chassis members which help with energy absorbtion in the event of an accident.

The suspension system of the RT20 employs electromagnets instead of conventional springs. The electromagnets are placed at the base and the top of the shock absorber and repel each other, creating a progressive "invisible" spring. The spring rate can be adjusted by the level of charge traveling through the electromagnets.

Road safety is an important issue which requires education. Because of this the RT20 has also been developed in Police duty configuration, the RT20 Highway Patroller. While the vehicle would not be used as a conventional police car, police forces could use the RT20 to raise public awareness of track days and advanced driving courses to improve driver skills.

Continuing with the road safety aspect, the RT20 utilises an intelligent car key known as the ‘i key’. The i key is placed in the dash to start the vehicle. The i key stores driver license, medical vitals, and vehicle data. In the event of an accident the i key’s warning lights flash and an audible warning is emitted to draw the attention of emergency personnel who can then access the information stored on the i key to identify the driver, find out medical alerts and also obtain vehicle data for investigative purposes.

Inside the RT20 the concept features an adaptable driving position which can be relocated to suit the requirements of the driver. Thanks to a drive-by-wire system the controls can be easily moved to either the left or right side of the car for road use, or to the centre for track use. The seating is also versatile and can be either side-by-side for road use, or in tandem (with the passenger sat behind) for track days.


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