The Mini CarSharing concept shows how transportation must evolve along with ever-changing cities

The Mini Cooper is ostensibly a proud, Brit-made car designed for the cities… but as cities grow larger, and a growing population adds more pressure on resources, roads, and other infrastructure, transportation needs to evolve. Daniel Pokorný’s Mini City CarSharing concept shows how the tiny humble hatchback can evolve to become an icon of urban commuting.

The goal was to create a fully electric vehicle ideal for car-sharing fleets that could be easily cleaned after every use. The design integrates Mini’s values, combining a minimalist and practical interior with an exterior that highlights contemporary automotive design. Outwardly, it’s unmistakably a Mini. Aside from the fact that the Mini logo is emblazoned across the front, the car boasts of Mini-esque proportions, the signature round headlights, and a design that’s both comfortable yet compact.

The compact car sports large windows to make up for its small size, these quirky proportions lend to the car’s ‘cute’ demeanor, while also providing a nice view to the passengers on the inside. The CarSharing concept comes with an incredibly short bonnet, characterized further by a large air-intake beneath it. Daniel calls this a cognitive element that communicates the electrified nature of the car. With a minimal front overhang, the car’s front is finally made complete with two ring-shaped headlights divided by thin LED stripes, and the Mini logo.

The two-seater hatchback comes with ample boot space for luggage, making it perfect for long commutes or even journeys to and from the airport/station. The rear hatch opens up in two parts, quite like the Mini Rocketman Concept from a decade ago, giving you easy access to the back to add or remove heavy bags. The top even comes with a fin that reads ShareNow, making the car instantly identifiable from a distance… and the roof boasts a transparent design, supported by pillars that resemble the Union Jack, once again hinting at the car’s British origins.

The car’s dashboard is incredibly minimal, with a two-spoke steering wheel, a small digital instrument cluster, and a smartphone dock attached to it. The car immediately recognizes the user based on the smartphone, working almost like an authentication device that then allows the car to customize its settings according to your preferences. Additionally, since the vehicle’s more suited for constant use (given its ride-sharing nature), it features a removable/replaceable battery, so the car doesn’t need any off-time for charging.

Designer: Daniel Pokorný

8 of the most thrilling Automotive Designs from the iF Design Award global design community

The iF Design Award has been consistently hand-picking the best, most innovative designs since 1953, honoring top-class achievements in categories spanning Product Design, Transportation Design, Communication Design, Packaging, Service Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Professional Concepts, and UI and UX for 67 years in a row. The entire iF Design Award program saw as many as 10,000 submissions this year, which were evaluated by 98 international design experts from 21 countries, on the iF Jury.

Just this year alone, 1,744 designs received the iF Design Award for their creative accomplishments across various categories, while an additional 75 designs went on to win the highly-coveted iF gold award for their outstanding work. The iF Design Award always culminates in a grand ceremony in Berlin, although owing to the pandemic and global travel restrictions, award-winning products and projects this year are being celebrated digitally with an international content campaign encapsulated by the slogan “The CreatiFe Power of Design” in cooperation with popular design platforms and seven renowned design museums.

Over the course of the next few months, Yanko Design will be curating and featuring winning designs from this year’s program too – we’ve hand-picked eight award-winning designs from the ‘Automotive and Transportation’ category below! All the iF Design Award winners can also be viewed on the newly-launched iF Design App that gives you access to a grand database of award-winning design projects and their creators, right at your fingertips!

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Award-Winning Bicycles & Travel-gear from the iF Design Award 2021

ELectric Unicycle V11 by Inmotion Technologies Co., Ltd.

Meet the ELectric Unicycle V11 – the world’s first shock-absorbing unicycle! Its rather radical design gives you something that’s as adrenaline-rushing as a skateboard, with the smooth ride comfort of a motorcycle. Designed for fun short trips and last-mile commutes, the ELectric Unicycle V11 is compact and flexible, with two modes of riding – a comfort mode, and a classic mode. Heck, it even comes with a motorbike-grade headlight and a taillight to make it legit enough to drive/ride on roads!

BMW Concept i4 by BMW Group

The BMW i4 is the brand’s first electric vehicle focused squarely on the dynamic flair of the driving experience. The perfectly resolved Gran Coupe proportions create an authentic, modern, and confident appearance. The car comes with its signature kidney grilles – they’re an iconic part of BMW’s form language, even though the i4 is powered by an electric drivetrain. Slated for a 2022 release, the i4 is all about electric luxury, from that beautiful satin-gold paint job to even the car’s rims, which have been designed exclusively for the BMW Concept i4 and blend aerodynamic and lightweight design.

Pendel-Stehsitz für Schienenfahrzeuge (Pendulum Seats) by Siemens AG

The Pendel-Stehsitz or Pendulum Seats, are a crazy redesign of the kind of seats you’d see on public transport. Designed for short train/subway/metro rides, they come in a rather unique compact avatar that allows them to open in either orientation, facing front or back. The modular and multifunctional seat concepts for local trains come with a pivoting backrest on top, and a bolster-shaped cylindrical seat at the bottom. The seat orientation is controlled by the train’s driver, who can easily orient the seats to face in any direction based on which way the train’s traveling. During rush hours, the seats can stay shut too, to create more space for people to stand. Designed by Siemens, the Pendel-Stehsitz is patented for being the first electronically controlled seating solution.

5th Generation Waymo Driver by Waymo

A subsidiary of Alphabet, Waymo is leading the charge on autonomous automobiles. You see, humans are great drivers, but they can get distracted, sleepy, drunk, or just simply stressed… unlike an autonomous machine that’s always performing at its very best. The Waymo Driver’s latest hardware suite includes three sensing technologies (lidar, cameras, and radar), and features 360-degree vision, with cameras that can see up to 500 meters away. The result is a highly capable and safe driver that can power multiple vehicle platforms, from SUVs to class 8 trucks, across various use cases, including ride-hailing and goods delivery.

UNAwheel Maxi by ART UP Studio for SupremeMotors

Designed to turn the wheelchair into a makeshift electric trike, the UNAwheel clamps onto the front of a traditional wheelchair, allowing the occupant to ride around like a kart. The purpose of the design is to “help overcome some of the main mobility challenges faced by people with disabilities”, say the designers. It comes with an adjustable handlebar and a replaceable rechargeable battery pack, and can quickly be attached to and detached from the wheelchair.

Ferrari Roma by Ferrari S.p.A.

Created by the Ferrari Design Centre in Maranello, the Ferrari Roma features harmonious proportions, clean/symbiotic forms, and elegantly balanced volumes which fall wonderfully in line with Ferrari’s front-engined grand touring tradition. Timeless and sublimely refined, the Ferrari Roma’s signature Italian styling is a contemporary reinterpretation of the carefree lifestyle of the 1950s and ‘60s Rome, after which the concept is named.

Ferrari SF90 Spider by Ferrari S.p.A.

The SF90 Spider, like the Roma, comes from the Ferrari Design Centre, headed by Flavio Manzoni. The Spider (or convertible) version of the SF90 was revealed at a digital event, armed with a hybrid powertrain and a retractable hardtop (RHT) that not only gives you the thrill of an open-air ride, but also ensures speed, aerodynamism, and noise-insulation when closed. The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and record-breaking performance as the SF90 Stradale yet also adds further driving pleasure and versatility to the mix, thanks to the latest iteration of Ferrari’s signature retractable hardtop architecture.

Eli ZERO by Eli Electric Vehicles

Eli reimagines the personal vehicles of the future by creating compact, efficient, clean, and affordable micro-EVs. The first in Eli’s line of automobiles, the Eli ZERO is half the cost, half the size, and 3–10 times more energy-efficient than conventional compact cars. In fact, its makers even go so far as to call it the “iPad of Cars”, comparing cars to laptop, while positioning the Eli ZERO as something that’s just as advanced and capable, in a ridiculously compact form factor! “It communicates a new vision of mobility and urban lifestyle that is friendlier, more engaging, less intrusive, and more sustainable”, say the designers at the LA-based Eli Electric Vehicles.

To view all these designs and many more, visit the website of the iF DESIGN AWARD.

The Lamborghini Countach gets a GORGEOUS minimalist redesign after nearly 50 years!

ARC Design Studio has refined an Italian classic, and I’m sure Gandini would be impressed with the result!

Some could argue that the Countach was the car that defined Lamborghini‘s future. Unveiled in the early 70s, the radical design was the handiwork of Marcello Gandini of Bertone, following the commercial success of the Miura. However, the Countach was nothing like its predecessor. It had that wedge-shaped angular design that became Lamborghini’s brand DNA and a signature element in all their cars moving forward. The designers at ARC Design gave the nearly 50-year old Countach a modern facelift by retaining its futuristic design while simplifying the surfaces and making it even more of an icon. The resulting Countach 50 looks like its original but on Botox. The surfaces are smoother, the edges sharper, the parting lines smaller, and headlights and taillights… well, they’re arguably the same, but also a lot more modern.

They say a design becomes more realistic as it goes from sketch to prototype. Parting lines come in, tolerances increase the gaps between different components, proportions change, the real world constraints add their ‘imperfections’ to the design. ARC Design’s Countach 50 looks exactly like something Gandini would have sketched back in the 60-70s. Its silhouette is just incredibly well-balanced, and that contour line running along the side couldn’t be more perfect. The car comes in a matte gold paint job that enhances the minimalist design – because you don’t get distracted by all the reflections on the flat surfaces – and it also sort of pays a tip to the bronze paint-job on the Lancia Stratos Zero, the Countach’s spiritual ancestor.

The transparent vents on the rear give a peek into the car’s internals, showcasing its engine, while the taillights are an absolute exercise in design minimalism 101. They retain the original Countach’s familiar hexagonal shape, but instead come with edge-lit light strips in the signature Y-shaped pattern. The front ditches the familiar pop-up headlights for a minimalist feel, capitalizing on the narrow strip on the front, with edge-lit indicators on the top.

ARC Design’s Countach 50 is unmistakable in its appearance. It doesn’t take more than a glance to recognize the familiar shape and form of one of Lamborghini’s most famous cars, even when it’s not in its familiar red color. However, you notice something different. It feels a lot cleaner, more refined, polished.

Although the Countach 50 upgrades certain aspects of the design, it retains a few favorites too, like the scissor doors, and the vents on the side that pop out when the car’s driving and sit flush against the surface when parked. The interiors use an all-leather design too, from the seats to the dashboard, and even the insides of the doors. There is, however, a significant upgrade in the central interface, which sports a massive display and the palpable lack of a stick-shift.

Designer: ARC Design

The Countach 50 is a fan-made concept. ARC Design isn’t affiliated with Lamborghini. The use of the Lamborghini logo is purely for representative purposes.

These flashy automobiles pay the perfect tribute to Daft Punk’s helmets

Consider this a timely tribute to an untimely breakup. It’s been nearly 2 months since iconic electronic duo Daft Punk called it quits after nearly 30 years of creating music together. The two musicians, famous for hiding behind their robotic personas, are arguably responsible for shaping an entire genre and a generation with their music… so it’s safe to say that the news of their disbanding affected a lot of people. Automotive designer Tom Suhas was clearly one of them.

With his tribute, Suhas combines his love for automotive design with his awe and respect for Daft Punk. The Punkmobiles (a term I coined myself) are a pair of concept vehicles modeled on Daft Punk’s iconic helmets. Each car takes key elements from either of the helmets, translating their unique features into automotive details perfectly.

The Punkmobiles have a distinct Daft Punk vibe that’s apparent almost instantly. One of the cars comes in a remarkable all-chrome finish, with details modeled on Thomas Bangalter’s helmet. The other is a golden beast, with smoother curves and a panoramic tinted skylight that’s a perfect representation of Guy-Manuel’s headpiece. Go to the back and the car even has wires as seen in Guy-Manuel’s helmet in more classic 90s variants. It’s safe to say that even though the vehicles are conceptual, they are, like their creators, electric-powered. Thomas’ car sports massive gullwing doors that extend all the way to the front, while Guy-Manuel’s vehicle sports a single-piece door that opens frontwards, lifting the glass windshield with it. Both cars come with slick headlights and taillights, while even sporting the Daft Punk branding on the wheels. I wouldn’t blame you if you had an ‘Instant Crush’ on these beauts!

Designer: Tom Suhas

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