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 Aero development performed by James Neville(http://turboeng.blogspot.com/) 

Aero development performed by James Neville(http://turboeng.blogspot.com/) 

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Terrafugia TFX2 Concept

Terrafugia TFX2 Concept

Shaped by the aerospace industry and designed from the automotive vantage point, the Terrafugia TFX addresses very demanding industrial design problems in a way that both is aesthetically appealing and intelligently crafted.  The TF-X combines innovative design solutions from both industries into one homogeneous package that is suited for land and air.  The vehicle addresses the ever changing and always demanding safety regulations from the automotive world while  structural and mechanical elements, that Terrafugia have set into it's configuration, allow it to take to the skies. 
 
 From a design standpoint the TF-X maintains a unique and standout look that indicates motion, speed, purpose and elegance.  The windows and front trunk areas create large graphical elements that break up the body work.  A critical balance of fitting a vehicle within a highway lane, making it safe to drive, have enough lift capability, and ease of use is key to the design. 
 
Critical elements that have been translated from Terrafugia's rigorous exploration in how this vehicle traverses land and air include elements such as the twin 600hp electric motor pods mounted to the folding wings and the compact 300hp engine mounted behind the passenger compartment that powers the rear wheels and the large forward thrust fan.  The conventional engine is mated to a trans axle which eliminates an extra drive shaft and differentials in the front of the vehicle.  Locating the engine aft the passenger compartment, or at the CG of the vehicle, assist with weight distribution front-to-back, minimizes prop shaft length and weight, and provides optimal forward sight angles because of the lower front trunk. Cooling is managed by frontal water and oil coolers and air is introduced to the engine compartment via an air duct located on the roof.  The engine bay cooling is also assisted by rear facing air extraction ducts where air is pulled from the engine bay via the rear thrust fan.  The electric motor pods are powered by a collection of batteries located below the passengers much like the Tesla S.  Additional lift surfaces have been incorporated throughout the frontal fender 'bridge' area. The front wing/spoiler manages to stabilize the vehicle in the air and on the ground.  
 
Standout design elements include the gull wing style doors, the front trunk, the LED head lights and rear tail lights, the exterior navigation lights for when the vehicle is in the air, stadium seating, and the passenger side steps.

 Aero development performed by James Neville(http://turboeng.blogspot.com/) 

Aero development performed by James Neville(http://turboeng.blogspot.com/) 

PORSCHE 964 'Sophie'

PORSCHE 964 'Sophie'

Sophie is a custom built 964 911 with all modern up-to-date running gear and power plant. It is a project that borrows design ques from the RWB widebody 964 and combines them with the clean and intricate pieces like those from the Singer 911's with some custom developed upgrades into a clean and exciting platform. 

Local Motors ISF (Internal Strut Frame)

Local Motors ISF (Internal Strut Frame)

Inspired by the internal structures found in bird wing bones, the ISF (Internal Strut Frame) is a single piece construct that rethinks the manufacturing process of the modern automobile, stemming from new developments in large scale 3D printing methods. The ISF is a study in creating a new generation of automobile that relies not on forms found within the conventional manufacturing processes but is rather a design that results solely from shapes that can only be created and produced through means of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies 

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