The Audi Makaon Speedsailor is a radical and innovative
concept which was developed by Björn
Wehrli. Wehrli is a German designer who graduated
from the University of Art Braunschweig, he also studied
at the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden before undertaking
a series of internships at Toyota, Volkswagen, Skoda and
The Audi Makaon is a wind powered two-seat
The Audi Makaon was conceived for a theoretical (but realistic)
future scenario set around the year 2040.
In this future, the effects of global warming have meant
that vehicle manufacturers have had to look to a variety
of alternative and renewable energy sources. One way in
which companies can show off their green credentials is
to support and sponsor racing series in which the vehicles
are powered by natural energy sources like wind and the
sun. Audi decides to provide support for a land-sailing
race series - and the Makaon SpeedSailor is the result.
The Makaon features a two seat layout which allows for
a dedicated driver and a sailor. The symbiosis of driver
and sailor is designed to provide a perfect interaction
to maximize energy efficiency. The seating compartment
can swing outward to either the left or right in order
to balance the vehicle when in strong winds. The sail
position varies with angle to the wind direction and its
shape is inspired by record sail boats.
A small solar powered airship which tracks and follows
the Makaon's movements is designed to assist the driver
by relaying on-track information. This airship drone also
features a camera and sensors which can be used for recording
the race and overall vehicle performance.
In order to improve both speed and handling, the Makaon
was designed to be as light as possible. The sleek and
low shape looks unlike any other vehicle, yet Wehrli has
still managed to add a number of styling cues which help
mark it out as an Audi product.