Here’s what Vespa scooters will look like in the future according to a concept designer

“What will a Vespa look like a hundred years from now?”

It isn’t the sort of question I usually ask myself, but now that Artem Smirnov’s posed the question, I’m forced to imagine what perhaps my favorite two-wheeler brand will look like a century from now. Smirnov’s answer to the question is to simply take Vespa’s attributes as a brand and carry them to the year 2120. In short, look for answers to questions like – What will classical Italian automotive design be in a hundred years? Hundred years since the debut of the Cybertruck, will there be any curvilinear vehicles? And if there are, will they look like the Vespas of today, or maybe a little more modern? Most importantly, will Vespas of the future look ‘cute’? And what exactly will the word ‘cute’ even mean in our technofuture world?

Smirnov’s iteration of the next-gen Vespa surely raises some eyebrows. It looks nothing like the Vespa we see on the road today, but in all fairness, cars today look nothing like they did in the 1920s, so it seems futile to really argue that the next-gen Vespa looks radically different. It, however, does capture a few elements that answer the questions I raised in my previous paragraph. The next-gen Vespa by Artem is clearly an e-scooter. Interestingly enough though, it comes in the format of an e-bike, but still retains that hollow leg-space that scooter designs are famous for – with a rear suspension capping it off. The seat, for the most part, is cantilever, resting directly on the suspension at the back, while the Vespa logo on the front plays a double role of branding as well as being the vehicle’s headlight. On the overall, the vehicle still retains curves in the right places. I could imagine a future where the next-gen Vespa sits in the status quo of ‘cute’, although my only gripe is the absence of that vibrant color palette! What do you think?

Designer: Artem Smirnov

Bugatti’s most realistic Formula 1 race car was designed by a talented intern

The Bugatti Type 35 revival is a great example of two things – A designer’s ability to push boundaries and create concepts that capture their passions, and those concepts sometimes being powerful enough to actually pave the way forward for something bigger. Little did Andreis van Overbeeke know that his desire to see Bugatti compete in the Formula 1 series would result in him landing an internship at his dream company. The desire to actually see a Bugatti-branded F1 car pushed Andries to create a concept that he published on Reddit. The images ran their course, reaching Bugatti’s execs, who then went on to invite van Overbeeke to their headquarters in Molsheim, France, for an internship… resulting in a much more fleshed out concept car with the Type 35 revival. The image above shows the Type 35 revival in its glorious avatar standing right beside Bugatti’s own Vision GT vehicle – its spiritual predecessor.

The Type 35 Revival pays tribute to Bugatti’s eponymous winning racecar from the 1929 and 1930 Monaco circuit races. Styled with a similarly long nose and short tapered rear, the Revival echoes the iconic design cues of the 90-year old racecar, while carefully sticking to Bugatti’s signature details which include the horseshoe grille and that absolutely sweet blue and black paint-job. “The car has a powerful high revving internal combustion engine (see the exhausts on top) and was designed to be a fan car with a suckdown system (similar to the Chaparral 2J and Brabham BT46)”, says Overbeeke. He also pointed out that as a hat-tip to the company’s consecutive 3-year win at the Monaco circuits, the Type 35 Revival comes with a graphic of the Monaco racetrack on the side along with its laurels.

While the French automotive company isn’t planning on entering the F1 any time soon, the Type 35 Revival’s design isn’t just a concept for your eyes… You can actually take it for a spin in PlayStation’s Gran Turismo!

Designers: Andries van Overbeeke, Achim Anscheidt, Sasha Selipanov, Etienne Salomé & Frank Heyl.

The Rimac Scalatan is a stunning concept car with a 3D-printed chassis that ‘breathes oxygen’

Built for the year 2080, the Rimac Scalatan concept by Max Schneider gives us a unique window into what our world and the transport industry could look like over half a century from now. Known for their advanced hypercars powered by cutting-edge innovations and technology, Rimac’s brand image literally screams futuristic… and the Scalatan concept capitalizes on that, with a combination of features that make it incredibly enticing. The car comes with a stunningly aerodynamic carbon-nanotube graphene outer surface that sits coolly on top of a generative-design chassis made from 3D-carboprinted titanium graphite. This organic looking chassis gives the car its structure and strength, while also being hollow on the inside to store the car’s lithium-oxygen batteries. These batteries react with oxygen (from air that passes through the chassis as the car drives) to produce lithium oxide that’s converted into energy… in short, the Scalatan actually BREATHES air like a living organism.

The Scalatan champions renewable energy like all of Rimac’s hyper-mobiles… the concept runs on air-powered lithium-oxygen batteries, but also features a unique induction-charging aero-fin base that has the capability of charging itself through the road as it drives, a feature that supports the Li-O batteries by offsetting some of the car’s energy demands and pulling electrical energy right from the induction-ready road. The car’s wheels embrace futurism too, and while the chassis relies on being hollow to allow air to fill it up and charge the batteries, the wheels don’t share the same distinction. The Scalatan’s airless wheels (like most of the car) come 3D-printed too, using a unique lattice structure to absorb shock, just like air-filled wheels; while resisting wear-and-tear and being completely puncture-proof.

Schneider’s design process for the Scalatan involved a two-pronged approach – A future study, to understand how a car in 2080 would be built and how it would operate, as well as a detailed study of Rimac’s own design language, in order to help the car capture the Croatian automotive company’s brand DNA. The Scalatan, in that regard, does a pretty remarkable job of showcasing future technologies while entirely embracing Rimac’s design playbook. It comes with the unique cutaway shape in front of the rear wheel, a detail that’s common to all of Rimac’s cars, while going for the sleek headlights, and amping up the beauty with edge-lit floating taillights that look mesmerizing from any and every angle. The Scalatan, like all of Rimac’s cars, also packs doors that give you a dramatic entry and exit to and from the vehicle. The doors form a part of the car’s front surface panel, and open upwards from the front, instead of from the side. This reveals the car’s aggressive chassis, almost like a predator revealing its teeth before it attacks its prey. Gaps in the side of the chassis (as well as the front) allow you to enter the car’s interiors, which seat the driver and passenger one behind the other in a 1+1 arrangement, much like a fighter jet… which seems like a pretty apt metaphor for a car that’s designed to absolutely ‘take-off’ on roads, leaving nothing but a cloud of dust behind. If the future is even half as cool as Max imagines it to be, I have a vested interest to live till I’m a hundred.

And there’s even a Hyperloop-enabled version of the Scalatan that you can see on Max’s project page.

Designer: Maximilian Schneider

This inclusively designed electric mobility vehicle is Tony Stark’s hoverboard

You know the bright future is here when we see design concepts like MÜV (pronounced “move”) – a purely electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle concept that grants you true omnidirectional maneuverability. To simplify it, think of it as a hoverboard with a seat but you don’t have to worry about balancing it! MÜV may have started as inclusive design but it quickly adapted itself to fall under the universal umbrella even though it will still benefit the disabled demographic more as was it’s original intention.

It has been designed with the latest robotics self-balancing technologies to give the rider intuitive navigational control so they can ride with ease. MÜV is fitted with a spherical drive system that gives it its distinctive omnidirectional maneuverable abilities that lets the rider lean, twist or tilt in any direction while the vehicle gently follows. It is similar to what my ski instructor taught me – just move your body in the direction you want to go and the skis will follow.

“To evolve the way people move by spreading joy and ease of movement” ​​​​​​is what the designer set as his motto when working on the vehicle. The primary goals were improved safety, comfort, aesthetics & maneuverability. Additional details such as range, affordability, and overall user-friendliness were also important factors that had to be considered. It is charged wirelessly, unlike traditional competitor products, which makes it portable and convenient. This is what an inclusively designed mobility vehicle would look like if Tony Stark ever made one. And for you DC fans, this is the batmobile of electric mobility vehicles. Let’s take a ride down the design process for MÜV.

Designer: Neutron Her

Safety was the number one priority followed by comfort. It has footrests for when the user is cruising with adequate clearance around the user’s legs for emergency stops. It is fitted with multiple sensors and advanced control algorithms that collect the physical rotation/translatory intention data to make sure MÜV adapts to your moves for an effortless experience.

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Understanding where this vehicle fits in the market, alongside the typical engineering systems inside these vehicles gives us a strong starting point to develop accurate, honest industrial design solutions; forms that can be realistically achieved while satisfying the goals.

The high-tech mobility vehicle comes with a modern chair that blends in with the rest of its body. Ergonomics were a big part of MÜV given that it is an assistive mobility vehicle. The CMF was picked to give the user a sense of its sturdy, robust, and reliable form.

It’s built using two major housing casings; both made of polyamide (nylon) reinforced with fiber-glass and each injection-molded in one single operation. The metallic painting on the convex form reflects its surroundings, adding a sense of slenderness. The parting line where black and titanium meet simply flows along the neck, making the body look slimmer.

A two-tone color scheme creates a minimalist, yet striking design. The front panel is full depth colored semi-matte obsidian black to convey a sense of utilitarian ruggedness yet remaining sporty and modern. Complemented by a sleek titanium painted finish back panel.

MÜV gives the freedom of movement to the elderly and disabled demographic who can’t drive, won’t have to depend on someone to push the wheelchair, and wouldn’t require the strain of walking using walkers/canes. This allows for more fluid and safe movement giving them a chance to live independently.

To reduce bulkiness, the interior dead space is minimized by organizing printed circuit boards, fans, filters, and motors tightly together without compromising any functionality.

It uses a wireless charging method by tilting its wireless charging pad located below the battery onto a wireless charging station. This surface also doubles as a stable resting pad during stops/short breaks. At this angle, the electronics enter a sleep mode to conserve power. When tilted back for use, the system powers up and begins automatically stabilizing at full power preparing for the rider to safely mount.

The MÜV’s battery level is indicated by 7 white LED along the front neck of the vehicle.

The lithium-ion battery pack is placed at the front for optimized cooling, proximity to the charging pad, lowered center of gravity, and convenience. It can be easily swapped for a full battery or kept attached and recharged on-board by tilting the wireless charging pad on an MÜV charging dock.

The center of gravity remains low, providing great stability while improving control. Ground clearance is sufficient for tight turns and obstacle avoidance during daily joy rides.

A designer fused a Lamborghini, Cybertruck, and DeLorean into one badass automobile

The fusion automotive concept is so cool, humans don’t deserve to drive it.

Meet the E.V.E. Countach, a Lamborghini with strong Back To The Future vibes. Envisioned by Khyzyl Saleem, the car comes designed for the year 2090, and packs airless tires, DeLorean-style thrusters that lead me to believe the car is a portal into the past and future, and perhaps the most important detail, a cockpit with no space for a driver, because the E.V.E. Countach is capable of navigating the four dimensions on its own.

The car comes with an edgy aggressive design that can be attributed to Lamborghini’s DNA, but with a touch of the Cybertruck. A metallic paint job, edge-lit headlamps and taillights, and exaggerated polygonal body panels give the Lamborghini a strong Brubaker-meets-Tesla appeal. The concept automobile seats just one, but it’s sure to give you quite the ride. Large windows and a sunroof allow you to observe your surroundings in stunning detail as you drive on roads, highways, and interstellar time portals… plus there are even rear-view mirrors, just for good measure.

Designer: Khyzyl Saleem

This emergency warning light device could save your life

Isn’t it surprising that over 50% of accidents cause further accidents?! That’s a considerable number of calamities that could easily be avoided if a driver was given enough warning well in advance, and no, traffic cones or blinking indicators aren’t warning enough. A majority of these accidents happen due to the lack of proper alarm-signaling, especially high-visibility alarm-signaling at night. Imagine you’ve got a car that’s broken down and you’ve taken it into the service lane on a highway. It’s past sundown, so you switched your blinkers on as an alerting signal, but they aren’t strong enough to give an oncoming vehicle enough of a warning. It isn’t hard to imagine how something like that could easily lead to a pileup.

Kono Corporation’s solution to the problem is a simple coupling of two words. Increased visibility. The S.Light, which should be as much of a standard carry-on accessory as a car-jack or lug-wrench, is a signaling beacon that allows drivers know that there’s a broken-down vehicle ahead, from as far as 200 yards away, giving them enough time to react by either change lanes and avoiding a collision, or pulling up near you to help you out. The S.Light, which stands for Safe-Secure-Signal is a portable, flexible signboard that uses a rotating LED display for high visibility at night, and a collapsible reflector panel during the day. The emergency signboard comes with a strong, magnetic base and a flexible goose-neck upon which lies the rotating LED module.

The device easily mounts onto your car, securely snapping onto the roof or the back, or even the side, allowing you to flex the sign and point it anywhere. The rotating LED display features a variety of warning signals (both verbal and pictorial) that allow it to universally work across all international highway codes and guidelines. The rotating LED display runs for 2 hours on 3xAAA batteries, and spins at 260rpm to create a dynamic signboard that’s over 2.6 feet in diameter, giving you the advantage of both size and brightness in low-light conditions.

During the day, the S.Light even comes with a collapsible Yield sign fashioned from reflective fabric that you can mount onto the stand, allowing you to set up a board that’s as big and visible as any roadway signs. Designed to be an integral part of your car’s repair kit, the S.Light is a massive call-to-action that lets drivers behind you know to proceed with caution while you try to fix a tire, look under the hood, or give AAA a call.

Designer: Kim Kono

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S.Light – An Emergency Situation Warning Light

The portable S.Light uses after-image technology to warn drivers behind you of your emergency and prevent a fatal accident from happening to you.

The S.Light’s flexible signboard uses a rotating LED display for high visibility at night. It comes with a strong, magnetic base and a flexible goose-neck upon which lies the rotating LED module.

The warning light message is about 2ft tall, making it easy to see from over 200 yards away.

Minor Incidents Often Lead to Another Accident

How it Works

Stick the strong magnetic bottom of the S.Light on the top of your car or opened trunk (or on the side of a bus or truck) and then adjust the visible angle with the flexible pole. This keeps the light’s signal at eye level and very visible to cars following you.

Adjust the pole’s angle for visibility.

At night, power on the S.Light to help warn and direct upcoming traffic.

During the day attach the warning triangle board to the S.Light for easy visibility during the day. This is much easier to see than cones or signs on the street.

Additional S.Light Features

Waterproof. Whether you’re stuck in a rainstorm or on a boat, your S.Light is safe.

Its magnetic base is strong enough to attach it securely to the car, while gentle enough to not leave a scratch.

S.Light’s power lasts more than 2-hours with three AAA batteries, giving you plenty of time to handle any emergency situation.

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This Formula 1 car-design bridges the gap between race-cars and fighter-jets

What’s the difference between an F1 car and a fighter jet? One of them has weapons.

Essentially, both vehicles are powered by incredibly capable and efficient engines, both focus on pure speed, aerodynamism, and minimal air-drag, resulting in forms that somewhat look similar… barring the presence of wheels on one, and wings on another. Andries van Overbeeke decided to bridge that gap a bit with his F1 car design that sports an almost jet-inspired outer form, with an elongated nose that cuts through the air like hot knife through butter, and a closed cockpit that doesn’t just resemble jet, it also complies with future F1 norms. The car makes use of high-performance metal alloys, with carbon fiber in limited places. Most load-bearing stress-absorbing components are generatively designed, to minimize mass while maximize performance, and by far the most interesting detail is the car’s nose, which comes with a unique hollow drill-shaped air intake that guides air into the car to keep it cool while it drives literally at breakneck speeds!

Designer: Andries van Overbeeke

The Porsche 907 Spyder Revival concept redefines the term ‘sleek’

If you’re getting strong Eva (from Wall-E) vibes, you’re not the only one. The Porsche 907 Spyder Revival evokes that sort of feeling given the way it absolutely embraces clean surfaces along with the absence of color-segmentation, part-segmentation, and even the limited use of grilles and parting lines. The car’s appearance (which is an homage to the 907 Spyder racecar) is ghostly, with its incredibly sleek white surface that transitions seamlessly from bumper to spoiler, with barely a headlight or air-intake breaking its overall surface.

The headlights, in fact, come hidden beneath a white cover, which appears opaque externally, but allows light from the headlamps to pass through when powered on. The only discernible air intake can be found before the rear wheel, and the car, which comes with a single-seater open cockpit, doesn’t even have doors. Just hop into the car (which is especially easy considering its ridiculously low ground clearance) and give it a drive.

The car’s interiors and dashboard are just as minimal as its exteriors. The dash sports a black and white Stormtrooper-inspired color combination, with a speckled CMF board, and RealCloth-inspired interiors… features that hardcore designers will definitely appreciate… you know, aside from the 907 Spyder Revival Concept’s outer aesthetic, which has an incredibly eye-catching, smooth, porcelain-like quality to it.

Designer: Abraham Chacko

Meet the world’s first 3D-printed Hypercar

The Czinger 21C is a pretty impressive hypercar. The completely American-made automobile comes with an in-house developed 2.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which supplies it with 1250 hp and takes it from 0 to 60mph in a staggering 1.9 seconds… like I said, that’s pretty impressive for an automobile, especially considering the 21C is also the world’s 1st 3D printed hypercar.

Designed and built in California, the 21C is best described as one of the most unique hypercars ever built. Most of the car’s chassis, for starters, is 3D printed to achieve strength while saving costs on tooling. Made with aluminum and titanium alloys for the most part, with a few pre-fabricated carbon-fiber tube parts making their appearances wherever possible, the entire car’s chassis is like an organic skeleton. Moreover, it achieves exactly what it needs to, by saving materials wherever necessary, reducing cost by avoiding tooling and molding, and giving you the best combination of strength and aerodynamics. This unique ability also allows the 21C to have the kind of cockpit it does… because while most hypercars have two seats arranged side by side, the 21C uses a 1+1 layout by putting its driver in front and the rider right behind. This unique seating layout comes personally from founder Kevin Czinger’s love for bikes and their seating arrangement. There’s a sense of control and focus when you sit in the 21C’s driver seat which comes from the seat’s central alignment, almost like being in an F1 racecar’s cockpit, with all your controls at arm’s length. For the most part, the car’s steering wheel and dashboard sport the same organic styling associated with its 3D-printed approach, while being fabricated from carbon fiber, just like the car’s outer body. Two butterfly doors on either side of the 21C give you access to both the driver and the rider seats at the same time, while the car’s incredibly narrow cabin allows its front wheels to have massive air exhausts right behind them. Move to the rear and the car’s rear panel is almost entirely a grille, allowing air to easily pass through, barring probably the 3 taillights which lend a strong character to the car’s rear, and a unique 3D printed rectangular exhaust tip (right beside the branding), which shoots X-shaped flames as you rev its engine… because why not – which seems to be an underlying theme in the 21C

The 21C is limited to 80 units, which will be manufactured at Czinger’s unit in California. From start to end, the entire vehicle is an amalgamation of possibilities, showcasing the sheer power of 3D printing combined with top-notch designing and engineering… after all, with a top speed of 236mph, and an acceleration of 0-60 in just 1.9 seconds, the 21C definitely deserves a world of credit for pushing both boundaries as well as performance!

Designer: Czinger Vehicles

The Bugatti Spartacus SUV gives the company its own ‘Lamborghini Urus’ moment

When Lamborghini debuted the Urus, I was a part of the demographic that went “Wait, they did what?!” Never in my lifetime did I think Lamborghini would ever even want to pursue the SUV category, but given that the brand supplies some of the most elite police forces in the world with cop-cars, it probably makes sense to have an SUV that could overtake a roadster on a highway… the Spartacus SUV concept (with its fitting name) hopes to do the same for Bugatti.

The Spartacus hulking SUV concept that ticks the same boxes as the Urus. It feels a lot like its parent company’s design language was seamlessly adapted from sports cars to much larger vehicles, in a way that makes them a class apart. The Urus looks like a Lamborghini, but it doesn’t look the same as say an Aventador or Huracan… the Spartacus is the same way. It has every bit of Bugatti’s DNA in it, but it feels like the company branching out.

In its signature Blue and Black color combination, the Spartacus wears its Bugatti identity on its sleeve. The car sports the iconic horseshoe grille on the front, while the C-bar detail on the side doesn’t just exist, it defines the car’s rear, guiding the back and rounding it off in a complementary way. The car comes with a pretty voluminous body, but its razor-thin headlamps and taillamps help bring about sleekness.

Another interesting detail with the Spartacus is the fact that even though the horseshoe radiator detail remains present on the automobile, behind it lies just an extension of the car’s carbon-fiber bumper, hinting at the fact that this is a first for Bugatti in not one, but two categories – SUVs, and electric vehicles. Just imagine, though… If this thing were painted black and white and came with a shining beacon on top and the word “Police” painted on the side, would you really want to even attempt to mess with it??

Designer: Sajdin Osmancevic