Every year the LA Auto Show holds a design competition
where they task major automotive manufacturers with coming
up with a futuristic vehicle designed to fulfill a specific
design brief. For 2010 the Design Challenge was to design
a safe, comfortable car which had space for four people,
and an overall weight of less than 1,000 lbs (454 kgs).
The SMART 454 WWT was SMART's entrant to the 2010 competition.
Below is what SMART has to say about the 454 WWT concept:
The Smart 454 by Weight Watch Technologies from Germany.
(454kg is about 1000lb)
West coast fun and innovation meets German technology,
design and grannies' hand knit socks.
Manufactured by incredibly high-tech robots that look
as friendly and cuddly as our grandmothers, the Tridion-frame
(chassis) is knit by our "Smart Granny Robots"
(otherwise know as SGRs) out of carbon fibre. The knitting
can create complex shapes and forms, enabling the geometry
to be optimized in strength and weight.
We use different materials for each individual part to
give every piece of the car its own specific properties
and look. Each part is manufactured with the exact material
necessary for an optimal balance between weight and function.
Windows, fenders and bumpers are all made of recyclable
plastics with ingrained colors. The roof is a thin, but
highly durable recycled textile that comes with different
prints and weavings.
Construction of the WWT carbon fibre wheels with integrated
suspension are very lightweight and make it also impossible
to run a flat tire. Our unique SGR technology allows for
truly unique looking rims and the best lightweight technology
in a rim.
The modular "clip-on" construction principal
allows easy and endless customizing: a typical WWT of
Sindelfingen and smart signature. The doors, roof, engine
and drive-train are also very easy to remove or exchange,
allowing for perfect functionality, looks, fun and the
best tuning for any occasion.
Lightweight, fun and clever: Smart, the WWT from Germany.