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Honda’s entry into the 2010 LA Design Challenge, the Honda Air Concept is “a lightweight open four-seater with a compressed-air powertrain and an essential design inspired by modern roller coasters.”
Created by the Honda Advanced Design Studio in Pasadena, CA, the Air concept is defined as “a vision of the future of lightweight and alternative fuel performance vehicles.”
Inspired by a combination of roller coasters and skydiver suits, Air is powered by a compressed air and pneumatic regulator system. The vehicle has a total weight of only 800 lb. It utilizes turbo vacuums and external air-flow to “regenerate tank pressure for extended range and increased boost for an estimated 100 miles.”
The Air’s chassis doubles as a master tank and all components, including the seats, are mounted to the central chassis/tank. This eliminates redundant structure to reduce overall weight.
Its body features vegetable-based polymer panels. Air’s cockpit and package is aimed at maximizing the open air experience.
In order to save on weight and increase performance, a hub-less wheel and drive system eliminates heavy drive train components.
Additional weight savings are achieved thanks to glass reinforced seating panels, urethane tire composition and skeletal sub-frame components. The main tanks can be filled quickly and safely using a simple generator and air compressor at home, or a tire filler at your local filling station.
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