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Volkswagen Bio Runner

Volkswagen Bio Runner

Volkswagen Bio Runner

Volkswagen Bio Runner
Make Volkswagen
Model Bio Runner
Concept year 2008
Production year -
Engine dual turbine engines

The Bio Runner was Volkswagen's entry in the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge. For 2008 the comptetition asked designers of several major auto manufacturers to come up with racing vehicles for the year 2025.

The VW Bio Runner concept was designed for the Baja 1000 race which in 2025 features the "One Tank Unlimited Solo Class." The only stipulations are one driver and one 10-gallon tank of fuel, forcing competitors to use every bit of technology, strategy, and wit to finish.

In the Volkswagen Bio Runner, the rider is positioned inside a protective cage on a motorcycle-like saddle with controls attached to the hands and feet. These controls manipulate all wheels via synthetic muscle-based suspension which offers unparalleled control and traction.

Much like a motorcycle this system allows the rider to lean into turns as well as shift the center of gravity by changing the position of the wheels in relation to the cab. This system offers an unparalleled degree of control and traction which ultimately results in much higher speed runs.

The VW Bio Runner concept is powered by dual-turbine engines that run at an ultra-efficient 500,000 rpm and operate on a patented bio-synthetic jet fuel.

The vehicle also boasts an Arial Reconnaissance Drone (AR-D) which feeds video to the driver when visibility is limited.

The Support Team helicopter transports, follows and in the event of a crash, swoops down to perform repairs. It also contains telemetry analysis software, which in the case of emergency, takes over piloting to avoid danger unseen by the driver.

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