The Volvo Air Motion concept car is the vehicle Volvo
entered into the 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge competition.
The Air Motion is designed to meet the 2010 competition's
design brief - which was to produce a vehicle which weighed
less than 1,000 lbs (454 kgs), and could safely and comfortably
carry up to four people.
The Volvo Air Motion concept was introduced by Volvo with
an accompanying fictional history and engineering explanation.
Here it is:
A vehicle lighter than a Formula 1 racing car... Experiencing
the adrenaline rush of carving through the canyons with
up to three friends… Not using a drop of gasoline... Now
just imagine if these dreams could be brought together
in a single vehicle.
Tipping the scales at under 1,000 lbs, the Volvo Air Motion
Concept makes these dreams a reality and delivers this
along with a fine example of Scandinavian design. Designed
like a clam shell and sculptured from ultra light carbon
fiber the bodywork is both light and strong.
Minimizing weight and complexity, while maximizing driving
enjoyment, is the philosophy behind the Volvo Air Motion.
Thousands of fewer components are employed than in a traditional
car, thanks to the powerful, yet simple, compressed air
motors that replace a heavy internal combustion engine.
The motors cool down under load rather than heat up, thus
removing the need for heavy cooling systems. An integrated
approach to designing the Air Motion's chassis, interior
and suspension also contribute significantly.
To compress the air needed for the centrally mounted air
tank, Air Replenishment Sites are used. Powered by air
turbines floating 1,000 ft. in the air, they harness the
power of the wind and convert it to electricity to provide
Aimed at the driving enthusiast, by a company synonymous
with safety and environmental care, the Volvo Air Motion
demonstrates the beauty and purity of Scandinavian design
and delivers a guilt-free, raw driving experience.
Introducing a new form of exhilaration. The Volvo Air
Motion Canyon Carver.
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