The KTM Quake is a concept developed by Enrico Vettorato,
a graduate of the Transportation Design course at the
Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy.
The KTM Quake concept features not only a striking asymmetric
body and multi-component wheels, it also has an extraordinary
propulsion system which uses the principle of piezoelectric.
Piezoelectricity describes the ability of some materials
(notably crystals like quartz and certain ceramics) to
generate an electric current when compressed. Currently
Piezoelectricity is used commonly in items like piezo
lighters, and starters for gas-fired barbecues etc.
While there would be considerable hurdles in getting the
technology upscaled enough to power a car, in theory with
development and testing it could be used as a propulsion
source. Vettorato estimates that the technology could
be available by 2020. And as such the Quake has been designed
for the year 2020.
The four 60 hp electric motors are housed within the wheels
of the Quake to help evenly distribute the weight, and
free up space within the bodywork for other components.
As the styling and shape suggests the Quake is aimed at
younger buyers who want something stylish, sporty and
unusual. The two-seat layout and lightweight construction
helps to keep power consumption to a minimum and increase
the overall performance.
The bodywork of the KTM Quake features a dynamic, asymmetric
design which has a very organic feel to it. To improve
the environmental credentials of the car the body is formed
from natural coconut fibre. The coconut fibre is blended
with natural dyes before being compression molded into
shape. Other elements of the body - like the left-side
front wheel arch - are formed from carbon fibre.
The Quake's asymmetric design is carried over to the interior,
and even the doors open in opposite directions. The driver's
side gets a conventional door, while the passenger side
features a suicide door. The passenger compartment of
the Quake is divided in two by a high center console which
snakes out through the slanted windscreen. The seats are
molded into the cockpit and provide a high degree of lateral
support. Instead of a conventional round steering wheel
the driver is met with a futuristic aircraft-yoke style
The KTM Quake represents a completely original approach
to automobile design. From the styling to the drivetrain
the Quake uses technology and ideas which are truly unique.
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