By Diane Small
When we think of cars of the future, we think of the weird and the wonderful. Sure, the Tesla Model S is one of the highest rated electric vehicles in the world and harnesses incredible technology that would require an entire manual to understand. But while the Model S is high tech and electric, it looks, well, like a “normal” car. Where have all the bizarre and eccentric designs gone? Never fear, it turns out there’s now an electric car that will fulfill all your futuristic dreams.
The Lo Res Car by United Nude is part of the United Nude Lo Res Project, which started several years ago and has become a kind of trademark of the brand. The Lo Res design method is based on the principle of re-designing the same object in a series, each time lowering the 3D resolution, resulting in a more fragmented and abstract design each step of the way. The Lo Res car shape came from lowering the 3D resolution of the iconic Lamborghini Countach, a Marcello Gandini (at Bertone) design from the early seventies. The Lo Res car is a conceptual design experiment, rather than a conventional car. Its abstract appearance makes it look like a moving sculpture.
The Lo Res can fit two people (with the passenger sitting behind the driver), and doesn’t contain any doors, but instead the body of the car lifts up to let you in. Another distinguishing feature is the hexagonal steering wheel made out of stainless steel, which one would hope would stay cool on a hot day. Definitely a car that’s more built for looks than practicality and speed then, as the Lo Res’ top speed is a mere 50km per hour. The concept vehicle is expected to be shown very soon in exhibitions in Los Angeles.
Although some claim electric cars are no cleaner than gas fueled ones if they’re plugged into carbon based electrical grids, and even if companies like mister auto are producing cleaner exhausts, forward-looking countries such as Germany are planning to spend billions on expanding the electric car industry, whilst phasing out coal based power, making the green transport movement more promising than ever. And with United Nude’s sleek, zero waste 3D designs, it seems the future of car making is greener than ever before.
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