Coventry students get creative
July 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
It’s student showtime at Car Design News, and the Coventry University Automotive Design BA graduates are exhibiting. The theme this year is reinterpreting luxury in a sustainable, socially-conscious way, says CDN. My favourite concept’s Alexander McWhirter’s Toyota POP, a utilitarian vehicle to be sold as a tax-deductible charity fundraiser, featuring upholstery made from recycled charity shop clothes. It ‘signals the end of today’s throwaway society’, he says. Other slightly less worthy concepts include a V12-engined Daimler powered by algae-sourced biofuel, and the Bionic+, a retro-look sportster with biomaterial panels theoretically made from genetically-engineered trees and carbon nanotube solar conductors.