Design Concept of the Day: Bizzarrini Veleno

March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today’s Design Concept – found via Car Body Design – is a tribute to Giotto Bizzarrini by Coventry University graduate Borys Dabrowski. It’s (hypothetically) fuelled by biohydrogen derived from algae or organic waste, with a nanotube fuel cell converting the hydrogen to electricity, and its structure is made from a material called CentrAL. This is a composite with layers of aluminium and glass fibre, says CBD, with graphene. Note the wheels, too – these are made up of individual rollers which allow this low-riding super-coupe to slink laterally. Submitted as Dabrowski’s Automotive and Transport Design degree final project, Veleno (“Venom”) can be seen in a full gallery at Car Body Design.

In other news today:

  • Nissan is to work with Gateshead College to develop a Zero Emission Centre of Excellence; a MOU has been signed. The ZECE will initially work on developing EV charging infrastructure and programmes for battery ‘second life’ – recycling and reuse as energy storage devices at the end of their in-car life  – and a production facility will also be built at the site to make Nissan’s new quick-chargers.
  • Daimler is teaming up with BYD Auto to form a joint venture called Denza; its first car, based on the first-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class platform with BYD’s electric drivetrain, will be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show next month. Denza is intended as a Chinese-market product-line.
  • The Electric Vehicles Land Sea & Air USA 2012 conference is taking place in San Jose this week. There’s everything from electric planes to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and nasty military drone-things – sounds fascinating. Follow the news here.
  • Good Karma: Fisker Automotive is to replace the batteries in the Karma after the breakdown of a car in tests by Consumer Reports. The recall will cover all Karmas sold so far (about 630), and Fisker will also extend the 50,000-mile/50-month warranty by another 10 months and 10,000 miles; an upgrade to the VIP Customer Care package is also promised. The fault was down to “a miscalibrated welding machine” at battery-supplier A123 System.
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