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|Reduced aerodynamic drag
allows us to drive efficiently, saving on fuel and
emissions. Downforce, a type of drag, provides traction,
allowing you to corner safely. The aerodynamics of your
car is the result of a compromise between these two
Laminar 2 is the second iteration of a design concept that investigates the use of a adjustable front wing system to increase a vehicles aerodynamic efficiency and down-force without a compromise on either.
The Laminar 2 concept is a blend of these two aerodynamic profiles. When its front wing is rotated down to a 40 degree angle to the road, air is deflected upwards pushing the car into the ground for safer cornering. Rotating the wing up to a 0 degree angle allows oncoming air to flow easily around the streamline cabin increasing efficiency for straight freeway driving.
Features such as driver to passenger mirrors, a central driving position and large glass cockpit have been retained. Along with some new features such electroluminescent hubcaps for night visibility, and a rear panorama camera and HUD to replace the rear-view mirrors.
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- Drive system is two in wheel electric motors.
- Lithium-ion cells powers all the electrics.
- Car is a three seater with the driver seated centrally up front and two passengers seated behind. Located on either A pillar ahead of the driver are passenger mirrors allowing line of sight communication with passengers.
- Adjustable wing sits on a curved bearing system, with the wing being adjusted by a series of motors for quick transitions between streamline and down force modes.
- Profile of body entirely streamline to prevent wind resistance.
- LED headlights and tail lights.
- Open transparent canopy made of strong polycarbonate.
- Regenerative brakes regain lost energy.
- Hubcaps have two electroluminescent rings one larger one for night visibility and a smaller one to serve as an indicator.
- Touch sensitive panels stretching either side of the interior allow for controls such as GPS and air-con settings.
- HUD provides the driver with a panoramic view of behind the car in place of rear view and side mirrors.
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With its 3 1/2 seater occupancy this concept caters to the small car market, possibly small families.
With an increased range due to its reduced drag profile, this concept would better cater for the fringe of users who would opt for a petrol driven vehicle as current electric vehicles don't have the range for their requirements.
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- After the completion of the first of this series of concepts, there were a number of things that worked well and a number of things that needed to be addressed. Namely complexity in the doors and front wing that were unnecessary and the open wheel format would be unsafe for pedestrians. The original concept also had unfeasibly large wheels with the front wheels running on orbital rims, which would be both impractical and inefficient in this application.
- The major change has been to the styling. As the original concept was for a competition, and styled to an existing brand, this one would have its own unique styling aspects.
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