Design Concept of the Day: Duna Room

September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

This one wasn’t at Frankfurt. Paolo Martin’s Duna Room was the result of a commission from a Middle Eastern client who decided not to give the green light for production; it’s a one-off electric desert-trekker based on a Mercedes-Benz Unimog chassis (oh yeah!), with a fold-out fan-shaped structure housing an extensive array of solar panels. The panels can be transferred to the roof of a ‘base camp’ tent structure as well. Pie in the sky? Paolo Martin has pedigree: his 40-year-plus career includes stints at Bertone, Pininfarina, Michelotti, De Tomaso, Moto Guzzi and Ghia, and he has run his own independent studio since 1976. So Duna Camp could certainly have been feasible. (Thanks to Car Body Design, which has a further gallery of pics).

Remaining with a desert-storming theme, Inhabitat says that the Oshkosh L-ATV, a diesel-electric hybrid truck, is tipped to replace the Humvee in the US Army’s fleet. That’s a real mean-looking machine.


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