The Bowler Raptor concept is the work of Ryan Skelley,
a 2009 graduate of Coventry University's Automotive Design
course. Previous work from Skelley featured on diseno-art.com
includes the Sunbeam
Tiger sports car concept.
The Raptor is powered by an advanced
all electric drivetrain.
The Bowler Raptor was designed to compete in the grueling
Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off road race held on Mexico's
Baja California Peninsula. Essentially it is an extreme
dune buggy developed to cope with the demanding and harsh
terrain of the desert race.
The angular bodywork of the Bowler Raptor takes inspiration
from both modern architecture and superbikes. The result
is an aggressively styled machine which also features
a highly functional body panel system. The body panels,
which are held on by easily accessible hex-head bolts,
are all independent of each other and can be replaced
quickly when damaged.
The Raptor utilizes a number of clever and unique features
including an exposed carbon fibre chassis which was designed
to bring the occupants closer to the action and heighten
the sense of speed. The lack of A-pillars
and a dramatic cantilever roof provide an almost completely
unhindered view from the driver's seat. The alloy wheels
of the Bowler Raptor were designed to match the aesthetics
of the bodywork. While the tires were designed to create
a contrast by using a combination of both dune buggy paddle
tires and digital technology as inspiration. The tire
and wheel rim are designed to interlock conveying a sense
of strength and solidarity. The design also incorporates
eco-conscious materials to create a truly exceptional
The electric drivetrain of the Bowler Raptor consists
of two Lithium-Titanate battery packs which are rechargeable
through both a standard wall socket or a dedicated high
voltage outlet. The batteries can also be quickly and
easily replaced using the Raptor's unique "hot-swap" battery
system, allowing for the old pack to be replaced with
a fresh, fully charged battery in just 1 minute. The batteries
send their power to a next-generation Siemens electric
motor coupled to a single speed transaxle.
The interior of the Bowler Raptor concept features a pair
of deeply recessed bucket seats which have significant
levels of lateral protection in both the body and head
areas, essential for a dedicated off-road racer. Mounted
in the centre of the dash is a large navigation screen,
and located just above this is a mounting point for an
iPhone which provides a constant internet connection as
well as acting as a secondary screen. The phone allows
the occupants to receive course and weather updates, race
statistics, GPS data, and a provides a communications
link to the rest of the team.
Aggressive styling, unique ideas, electric drivetrain.
It's just a concept.
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