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Cadillac Aera

Cadillac Aera

Cadillac Aera

Cadillac Aera

Cadillac Aera
Make Cadillac
Model Aera
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine compressed air








The Cadillac Aera concept is a proposal for a lightweight and efficient 2+2 coupe. The design was created for the 2010 LA Auto Show's Design Challenge competition. The brief for the 2010 competition was to design a car which weighed less than 1,000 lbs (454 kgs), and could carry four people in safely and comfortably.

The Cadillac Aera concept was developed by a team of five designers; Frank Saucedo, Phil Tanioka, Jussi Timonen, Brent Wickham and Shawn Moghadam. The group set themselves the goal of not only completing the brief, but also creating a car with a 1,000 mile range. But then when you don't actually have to make it in reality, anything's possible!

To go along with the pretty pictures of the Cadillac Aera concept, the designers also developed a story which explains how the concept came about in a fictional future. Below is their background story:


The Cadillac Aera (Aero + Era) launches Cadillac's philosophy of "Art and Science"into new territory by taking an innovative and stylistic approach to ultra-light weight vehicle design. Aera is a 1000 lb, 2+2 touring coupe, with a range of 1000 miles before refueling; attributes achieved without compromising size, capacity and safety.

Optimum efficiency, minimum parts
Aera's highly advanced body structure utilizes a 3D lattice, mono-formed frame. This polyhedral structure is similar to configurations found consistently in nature, e.g., inside the grouping of bubbles. The structure is formed from unique, alloy-utilizing, semisolid freeform manufacturing, creating a naturally strong, extremely lightweight frame. All major body parts, including interior components, are essentially "grown" into a single part lattice structure.

Renowned Cadillac smoothness and quietness are accomplished using the harnessed power of compressed air via a highly efficient Pneumatic Drive System (PDS). Its 10,000 psi composite air storage tank has ample capacity for a 1000 mile range. Flexible, pressurized air cells in the exterior skin, similar to material developed for the NASA Mars Rover airbags, enhance passive safety and interior comfort. The flexible polymer skin optimizes aerodynamics and functions as an ultra-lightweight alternative to conventional body panels and glass.

Additional technologies include an All-In-One (AIO) wheel system, combining rotary actuator propulsion, steering and suspension functions. A drive by wireless system decreases the mass of electrical components. Vehicle to vehicle communication (V2V) promotes active safety.

The Cadillac Aera embodies a stylistic, lightweight, minimalist approach to long distance luxury touring.


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