LAAS Design Challenge Long Descriptions (253587 ... - LA Auto Show

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LAAS Design Challenge Long Descriptions (253587 ... - LA Auto Show

Title: Cadillac Aera

    Design Studio: General Motors Advanced Design California

    Design Team:

    Frank Saucedo Director

    Phil Tanioka Project Manager

    Jussi Timonen Vehicle Designer

    Brent Wickham Concept Strategist

    Shawn Moghadam Layout Designer



    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 efficiency, minimum parts

Aera’s highly advanced body structure utilizes a 3D lattice, mono-formed frame. This

    polyhedral structure is similar to configurations found consistently in nature, e.g., inside the grouping of bubbles. The structure is formed from unique, alloy-utilizing, semi-solid freeform manufacturing, creating a naturally strong, extremely lightweight frame. All major body parts, including interior components, are essentially “grown” into a single part lattice structure.

    Renowned Cadillac smoothness and quietness are accomplished using the harnessed power of compressed air via a highly efficient Pneumatic Drive System (PDS). Its 10,000 psi

    composite air storage tank has ample capacity for a 1000 mile range. Flexible, pressurized air cells in the exterior skin, similar to material developed for the NASA Mars Rover airbags, enhance passive safety and interior comfort. The flexible polymer skin optimizes aerodynamics and functions as an ultra-lightweight alternative to conventional body panels and glass.

Additional technologies include an All-In-One (AIO) wheel system, combining rotary actuator

    propulsion, steering and suspension functions. A drive by wireless system decreases the

    mass of electrical components. Vehicle to vehicle communication (V2V) promotes active safety.

    The Cadillac Aera embodies a stylistic, lightweight, minimalist approach to long distance luxury touring.

Title: Honda Air

Design Studio: Honda Advanced Design Studio, Pasadena, CA


    The Honda Air concept is a vision of the future of lightweight and alternative fuel performance vehicles; a coastal cruiser for the aggressive lifestyle. Inspired by the modern roller coaster as well as skydiving wing-suits, the Air is powered by a compressed air and pneumatic regulator system. It utilizes turbo vacuums and external air-flow to regenerate tank pressure for extended range and increased boost for an estimated 100 miles. The chassis doubles as the master tank and all components, including seating, are mounted to the central chassis/tank to eliminate redundant structure and reduce overall weight.

    Vegetable based polymer panels and fairings protect occupants, maintaining the solid Honda method; safety for everyone. The Air’s cockpit and package maintain the aggressive human packaging of a modern roller coaster aimed at maximizing the open air experience. In order to reduce weight and increase dynamic performance, a hub-less wheel and drive system eliminates the use of heavy drive train components. Glass reinforced seating panels, urethane tire composition and skeletal sub-frame components combine for drastic weight savings. Using a Honda generator / air compressor at home or tire filler at your local filling station, the main tanks and reserves can be filled quickly and safely.

    At just under 800 lbs., the powerful anthem of pneumatic propulsion and a character unlike any zero-emission vehicle exemplifies Honda’s concept of fun to drive. The pow[air] of dreams.


Design Studio: Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Japan:

    Advanced Design Center Japan

Design Team:

    Holger Hutzenlaub General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Japan

    Hiroshi Yajima Designer

    Hideki Takahashi Designer

    Yong Won Lee Designer

    Toru Nakano