Design concept of the day: Maininki

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Finnish design student Antti Eskeli says that ‘maininki’ means ‘swell’ in Finnish, as in the swell of a wave, which inspired the aerodynamically-efficient flow of the curves of this concept. A Michelin Design Challenge finalist last year, and displayed at the Detroit Motor Show last January, Maininki was developed with practicalities in mind as well: Eskeli says that it “should be as comfortable as a luxury sedan but also as compact as a hatchback when necessary, and offering an ecological solution with enough space for a medium-sized family.” It also needs to adapt to the often harsh Nordic climate and varied driving conditions, and Maininki – driven by rear-mounted electric motors – pivots up on its base to transform from a short-footprint city car to a low-riding cruiser. Full gallery at Eskeli’s site; thanks (again) to inhabitat.com.

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