Since 1929, Villa D’este on the shores of lake Como, Italy, has hosted the world’s most elegant historic cars, every year. The rich & famous attending, often witness new car launches as well. So no shortage of past & present automotive beauty!
A sketch of Ivo's Jaguar SVO Project 9
That is where the Michelin Concourse D’Elegance 2050 comes in. In this virtual future event, visitors can marvel at cars from 2025 that have by 2050 already become classics. It’s a challenge for designers, companies & institutes to show off their vision on future elegance.
“I want to show how driving passion can continue in the future (considering future technology and standards) with intentions to drive on the race track and not be scared of the consequences”
So, although spectators may be looking at his car through VR glasses in 2050, it’s meant to be driven for real. The result is a sleek racer that combines typical Jaguar proportions with future technology.
Sadly though, it happens all too often that a stunning concept car like this is toned down to match safety standards, production requirements and emission regulations. So it is ever more crucial to get insight in these topics early on in the process and cope with it before the car loses Its magic! But how? If only few details on the technical side are available, let alone a 3D model for computer simulations?
To demonstrate how things can be sped up in terms of aerodynamics, the Lahti Institute cooperated with AirShaper: they took a 3D scan of the clay model of the car and fed it directly into the AirShaper platform without a single modification to the 3D model. Days later, Ivo was looking at an aerodynamic analysis of his baby, instantly able to spot areas for improvement regarding for instance air resistance and thus energy consumption.
3D clouds indicating sources of wind noise
So instead of having to witness elegance being sacrificed for functionality later on, and losing time in the process, Ivo can now flip things: find the balance between aerodynamics, beauty and technology early on in the process when there is still enough room to do so!
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