Exo-Audi Concept Car

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Exo-Audi Concept

As a driving enthusiast, I love the driver-vehicle connection. To me, there is no better pleasure (ok, almost no better pleasure) than driving down a smooth, curvy road at 20 mph over the posted limit in a proper sports car. The feeling of being one with the car that only a good manual transmission can give you. The feeling that you aren’t driving the car, rather you and the car are working together as a team to propel you down the road.

The new Exo-Audi Concept is an extreme example of this driver-vehicle connection – maybe even a little creepy…

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The Exo-Audi has no engine. Instead, it’s powered by the driver’s kinetic energy (movement.) “Taking advantage of the exoskeleton and nanotechnology evolution, we can create a potential energy source and produce a new generation of human powered vehicles: faster and stronger.”

I’m not exactly sure what that means, and I’m no scientist, but I do know that energy cannot be created or destroyed – only transferred and converted. This means that it would take an immense amount of effort for a vehicle powered solely by a human to travel at high speeds. Think of riding a bicycle – they’re small, light, and have few parts. They’re also powered solely by our own movement. I don’t know about you, but I get tired after riding a bike any sort of distance, and it’s most definitely not at highway speeds.

Obviously they had something more complex than that in mind, given the comment on evolving nanotechnology, but my point remains the same in that we as humans only have so much energy to use at any given point, and to create any more would require an external power source. I’d be interested in hearing more details on this concept.

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source: Yanko Design

Comments

4 Responses to “Exo-Audi Concept Car”
  1. frank says:

    Looks great!
    Design is very typical for Audi.
    When Exo-Audi is available on market i want a testdrive.

  2. Stijn says:

    It is possible to ride a human power vehicle at high speed the speedrecord with flying start over a distance of 200 metres is 130 km/h. The 24 h speed record is 1021 km distance travelled witch is an average speed of 42,5 km/h. With a perfectly chosen aerodynamic shape an a good amature or even better pro cyclist this is achievable. It is far from the highway speed but than only the musclepower has been used. And as you mentionned “but I do know that energy cannot be created or destroyed – only transferred and converted.” Energy can be converted. The human body wastes 75 percent of its energy on the production of bodyheat. So theoretically this heat can be used for forward motion of the HPV. And you are wrong that energy can not be created. A human being can store food and drinks on his/ her human power vehicle and by eating and drinking it can add new energy to the body. In the Tour de France the cyclists eat and drink while they ride and continue the trip. I think the biggest problem is that most people are conventional thinkers, they don’t seem to be able to think outside the box.

  3. Chris says:

    Stijn, thanks for the comment. That’s what I was saying – the energy a human wastes (like heat) would need to be used to its full extent to power this thing.

    Those food and drinks you mention contain energy (calories) which is then consumed by the human and converted into movement and heat. There is no energy being created there, only converted.

  4. Simon L says:

    No mater what you guys say or konw i know that riding my bicycle i do avrage of 50kmh for 1h no problem but the point is its free no need of gass and just the feeling of going high speed only by you own muscle power is so damn awsome (the feeling) add this too the critical planet situation and the massive body strenght you get after a wile :)