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KTM Quake

KTM Quake

KTM Quake

KTM Quake

KTM Quake

KTM Quake

KTM Quake

KTM Quake

KTM Quake
Make KTM
Model Quake
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine electric

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 steering wheel.

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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