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2010 LA Design Challenge ends with a Tie: Cadillac and Smart Declared Winners

This yr's Los Angeles Design Challenge ended with a tie, as judges, after an awful lot deliberation, declared winners: the Cadillac Aera and clever 454 WWT. The project changed into to ascertain a four passenger car tipping the scales beneath 1,000 lbs (454 kg).

"Deciding this 12 months's Design Challenge winner become a particularly tough selection because the satisfactory of entries has improved at some point of the years", agreed the Design Los Angeles judges. "This yr's winners - the Cadillac Aera and the clever 454 WWT - offer two very exclusive visions of the 1,000 lb. Car, but are similarly as incredible. They are each very expressive in their emblem; GM is art and science and clever is playful and a laugh".

As with the Mercedes BIOME layout look at, the "technological know-how" at the back of the two triumphing concepts is equally off the charts.

According to GM's designers:

Cadillac Aera

"The Cadillac Aera (Aero + Era) launches Cadillac's philosophy of "Art and Science" into new territory by taking an innovative and stylistic approach to ultra-light weight vehicle design. Aera is a 1000 lb, 2+2 touring coupe, with a range of 1000 miles before refueling; attributes achieved without compromising size, capacity and safety.

Optimum performance, minimal elements

Aera's notably superior frame shape utilizes a 3-d lattice, mono-shaped frame. This polyhedral structure is similar to configurations discovered always in nature, e.G., inside the grouping of bubbles. The structure is shaped from particular, alloy-making use of, semi-strong freeform production, growing a naturally robust, extraordinarily light-weight body. All main frame parts, such as indoors additives, are essentially "grown" right into a unmarried element lattice structure.

Renowned Cadillac smoothness and calmness are done the use of the harnessed electricity of compressed air via a exceedingly efficient Pneumatic Drive System (PDS). Its 10,000 psi composite air garage tank has adequate potential for a a thousand mile variety. Flexible, pressurized air cells within the outside pores and skin, similar to material evolved for the NASA Mars Rover airbags, decorate passive protection and interior consolation. The bendy polymer pores and skin optimizes aerodynamics and capabilities as an extremely-light-weight opportunity to traditional body panels and glass.

Additional technology include an All-In-One (AIO) wheel device, combining rotary actuator propulsion, steerage and suspension functions. A power by way of wireless machine decreases the mass of electrical additives. Vehicle to automobile conversation (V2V) promotes energetic protection.

The Cadillac Aera embodies a stylistic, lightweight, minimalist technique to lengthy distance luxury touring."

The concept behind the smart 454 WWT is "obtainable", too. Here's how Smart describes the idea:

Smart 454 WWT

"The Smart 454 by Weight Watch Technologies from Germany.

(454kg is about 1000lb)

West coast a laugh and innovation meets German era, layout and grannies' hand knit socks.

Manufactured by using especially excessive-tech robots that look as friendly and cuddly as our grandmothers, the Tridion-frame (chassis) is knit by our "Smart Granny Robots" (otherwise understand as SGRs) out of carbon fibre. The knitting can create complicated shapes and forms, enabling the geometry to be optimized in energy and weight.

We use exceptional materials for each individual part to present every piece of the car its very own unique homes and look. Each element is synthetic with the precise cloth important for an most advantageous stability among weight and characteristic. Windows, fenders and bumpers are all product of recyclable plastics with ingrained colors. The roof is a skinny, however exceedingly long lasting recycled fabric that comes with extraordinary prints and weavings.

Construction of the WWT carbon fibre wheels with included suspension are very lightweight and make it additionally impossible to run a flat tire. Our particular SGR generation permits for really precise searching rims and the great lightweight generation in a rim.

The modular "clip-on" creation important permits clean and infinite customizing: a typical WWT of Sindelfingen and smart signature. The doors, roof, engine and power-teach are also very easy to take away or trade, making an allowance for best functionality, seems, fun and the pleasant tuning for any event.

Lightweight, a laugh and clever: Smart, the WWT from Germany.

Hand knit socks and grannies have by no means been a lot a laugh?"

Besides the burden restrict, all participating cars had to satisfy some of criteria, along with splendor, consolation, specialty of design, sustainability and overall performance. You can see the relaxation of the pipe-dream contestants in our two component story here and here.

By Csaba Daradics

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