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Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept

Michelin Challenge Design Baja 1000 Buggy concept
Make Michelin Challenge Design
Model Baja 1000 Buggy
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine in-wheel electric motors


The Baja 1000 Buggy features an all-electric drivetrain
The Baja 1000 Buggy is a design created by Dong Tran, a Vietnamese-American Senior Automotive Design student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The Baja 1000 Buggy is a winner of the 2009 Michelin Challenge Design competition. It won in both the vehicle design and wheel design categories.

For the 2009 competition the brief was to design a 'Brave and Bold' vehicle which could become America's next iconic vehicle. The Baja 1000 race is definitely brave and bold. It is a race that requires extreme patience and endurance from both driver and vehicle.

The Baja 1000 is an off-road race that takes place on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula in the fall. The event includes various types of vehicle classes such as small and large bore motorcycles, stock VW, production vehicles, buggies, trucks, and custom fabricated race vehicles. The Baja 1000 course has remained relatively the same over the years with the majority of events being either a point to point race from Ensenada to La Paz, or a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada. The name of the event is misleading as the mileage varies for the type of event (loop or point to point) and has represented Kilometers in the past.

The Baja 1000 concept utilizes radical new wheel and tire technology to enhance the single rider race buggy. The inwheel motors of the concept feature brushless motors along with wheels that were inspired by Francis turbines. The spokes of the wheels turn into the center of the wheel motors and draw in air to provide cooling air to the hot electrical motors. The exhaust of the vehicle consists of pure water and can be recycled to help hydrate the driver during the long race.

The Baja 1000 Buggy concept uses solar cells infused into the body shell to aid the charging of the all electric drivetrain along with a hydrogen fuel cell powersource. Thanks to the constant top up provided by the solar cells the concept is able to outlast its opponents in the grueling race.

As expected, the Baja 1000 concept features completely independent long travel suspension which helps smooth out the large bumps. The tires are completely airless and feature LEDs lights on the tread to help warn spectators during the night.

The design influence of the vehicle is based purely on function. Everything looks the way it does because that is the best solution to overcome the problems of long distance, off-road travel.



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