The automotive industry is filled with constant technological improvements due to its competitive nature. Today, most car companies are working hard on improving the fuel-efficiency of their cars, while also figuring out what the best alternative for fuel could be in the future. Sure, we have electric cars at the moment, which are quite a success, but what if we could use compressed air or wind energy to power our vehicles in the future? Today, we’re going to talk about 20 innovative concept cars that may very well change how we drive in the future.
20. Honda Air
Presented during the Design Challenge of the LA Auto Show back in 2010, Honda Air definitely left a lot of people at a loss for words. Envisioned to change the way we drive, it features a great alternative energy solution and is exceptionally lightweight. The body of this car resembles a rollercoaster (it was inspired by skydiving wing suits as well), and was designed in a special way, in order to maximize the open-air experience.
Apart from looking extremely futuristic, what makes it really special is the fact that it weighs only 800 pounds and is completely powered by compressed air. Although it may look rather unsafe, the car actually uses vegetable-based polymer fairings and panels to make sure all of the occupants are safe and sound. In order to make such a lightweight vehicle, Honda had to eliminate all heavy drive train components, providing the driver with a hub-less wheel and a unique drive system.
19. Mazda Taiki
First introduced during the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007, the Mazda Taiki showcased a new design concept, and gained a lot of popularity while doing so. The design of this vehicle was inspired by a pair of Hagaromo robes, which give a celestial maiden the power of flight. This was done on purpose, because the company wanted to visually express the flow of air with the Mazda Taiki (the word Taiki actually means atmosphere in Japanese).
On the technical side, the car features an improved aerodynamic performance, as well as a next-generation RENESIS rotary 16x engine, mapped to a double-clutch, 8-speed gearbox. The engine was made so that it would raise thermal efficiency, while they also implemented direct-injection to boost torque at all speeds. The interior was inspired by Japanese carp streamers, as well as Yin-Yang. This is evident as soon as you see that the passenger side of the cabin is white, while the driver’s side is black.