The Nissan iV concept is an odd looking, futuristic concept
car which was created by a team of thirteen Mazda designers
for the 2010 LA Auto Show's Design Challenge. For 2010
the challenge was to design a car which weighed under
1,000 lbs (454 kgs), carried up to four people, and was
both safe and comfortable.
The Nissan iV is a high performance electric vehicle (EV)
which was, according to the designers, inspired by the
natural world and human ingenuity. The vehicle was designed
for the year 2035.
The Nissan iV is a super-lightweight sports tourer that
showcases something Mazda calls "organic synthetics,"
a revolutionary manufacturing technique in which automotive
parts are cultivated like agriculture in a 100 percent
sustainable, carbon-neutral process.
Every element of the Nissan iV concept is engineered to
be renewable, lightweight, strong and efficient. The car
features an interwoven organic chassis which is synthetically
grown and formed into a curvaceous, aerodynamic shape.
Derived from fast-growing ivy and re-enforced with spider
silk composite, the biopolymer frame is flexible and ultra-light,
and also extremely strong.
The interior comfortably seats four adults and is constructed
from an innovative (and undiscovered) photovoltaic material
that weighs 99% less than traditional glass. While the
canopy collects solar energy, it also provides protective
safety and unique, open-air views of the outdoors. Underneath
it all, a slim bio-battery provides stability and a near
limitless range made possible by regenerative super-capacitor
technology that recoups 60 percent of kinetic energy spent.
Nissan's patented concentric hub-less in-wheel motors
not only propel the Nissan iV, they do triple-duty by
functioning as the vehicle's steering as well as its suspension
system, via magnetic levitation and propulsion. Concentric
magnetic rings amplify rotation with each outer ring to
boost high-speed performance and provide independent wheel
control for ultimate handling and maneuverability. Inspired
by schools of fish and their fluid movement, Nissan's
proactive Safety Shield renders collisions a thing of
the past and reduces weight by eliminating the need for
heavy structures (bumpers, beams, airbags, etc.).
Now, in case you hadn't noticed this all sounds rather
far-fetched. But because the Nissan iV is just a concept
vehicle which was developed mainly for fun, the engineering
details released by Mazda don't need to fit with what
is possible with current technology. But that doesn't
mean it's not an interesting or thought provoking concept.
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Nissan GT-R Proto
Nissan V35 GT-R
Nissan Pivo 2
Nissan Round Box (R.D/B.X)