A’ Design Award 2013: Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Winners
The A’ Design Awards and Competition has announced the winning automotive and transport design projects in this year’s contest.
Prizes were awarded to conceptual, prototype and realised projects in categories relating to vehicle, mobility, transportation, engineering and futuristic design.
Though rooted in Italy, A’ Design Award has an international outlook and encompasses a vast range of over 80 disciplines. The annual award seeks to find and highlight the best design projects and concepts from around the world.
Depicted below are a selection of winners, with designs ranging from a conventional four-wheeled sportscar to a futuristic airship.
Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta
The Shayton’s chassis consists of a chrome-molybdenum space frame, with a carbon-monocoque cell at its centre. A sequential paddle-shift twin-clutch 7 speed gearbox allied to a mid-positioned V8 engine with bi-turbos provides 1000-1200 bhp and 1200 Nm of torque via the rear wheels. Assisting the powertrain are two electric in-wheel motors (one in each front wheel).
Nexperience Multifunctional Car by Riten Gojiya
Designed by India’s DSK ISD International School of Design, the vehicle is geared towards changing perceptions of disabled drivers in the subcontinent.
The electric vehicle has a detachable ‘smart’ chair and an asymmetric frame to offer protection from oncoming traffic on Indian roads. Khadi cotton cloth and bamboo composite materials go into making the interior.
Azur: Montreal Metro Cars Public Transportation
The design of the new Montreal Metro Cars values the bond that exists between Montrealers and their underground subway system. The exterior design of the train integrates a front end that aims to make the best use of both human factors and maintenance requirements to convey a sense of dynamism, fluidity, safety and modernity. Montreal’s famed blue Metro Cars are thus revived with a more youthful and distinctive image. Side doors and windows are larger to facilitate boarding, maximize visibility and contribute to an increased sense of security. Open gangways and flip-up seats provide extra space on board and allow unrestricted circulation from car to car. Window bays incorporate armrests, adding both comfort for seated passengers as well as extra space in the aisle to facilitate circulation on board. Practical handholds are positioned to provide a secure grip to all occupants while simultaneously offering a sense of individuality and minimising visual obstruction at eye level.
The spatialisation of ceiling heights, lighting, signage, handholds, and seats contribute to create a rhythm that enhances a sense of openness and avoid the linear and monotonous environment of conventional metro car interiors. New features combine to provide a universal access experience of the metro cars to all commuters. Such features include high-definition monitors providing passengers with continuous information; seats reserved for people with reduced mobility; chromatic contrasts; strip lights and photo luminescent signage; designated wheelchair areas; and sound and vocal instructions. The design’s ambition is threefold: to contribute to the enrichment of the cultural and emotional bond between the service and the customers; to ensure and allow for a greater coherence, intuitiveness and usability within the service; and to provide a more agreeable and attractive environment in which to enjoy daily commutes.
Folding Bike by Paul Hsu
Taiwanese designer Paul Hsu’s folding bike design is envisioned specifically for female cyclists. Paul set out to create a bike with ergonomic and mechanically innovative characteristics.
Thanks to a diamond-shaped frame structure and a gravity-assisted folding mechanism, the bike can be folded in just 2 seconds. Upon folding, the size of the bike is no greater than that of an average suitcase and the handlebars further serve as a drag handle.
Air-O Bicycle by Vignesh Kumar Ramamoorthy
Air-O is inspired from the shape of an arrow. The form is principally geared towards improving the bicycle’s aerodynamics capabilities, as well as bringing a new look and feel to conventional bike design.
VSA Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi
According to its designer Arman Abadi, this is the first vertical solar aircraft to feature delta wings. The aircraft has a total of three engines and can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h. With a wingspan of 15m, the solar surface of the aircraft is approximately 140m² and comprises 700 interconnected solar cells.
3rd Dimension Airship by Riten Gojiya
This futuristic airship represents a vision of an advanced hovercraft for “zero gravity tours” in Prague city, in the Czech Republic. Riten’s design is a dual winner, having already won the Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge 2012.
Source: A’ Design Award