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
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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Volkswagen Concept R
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Volkswagen Crafter Atacama
Volkswagen Concept T
Volkswagen Concept A