Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lightning-powered Yog Concept Vehicle By Arun Thomas Design

Conceptualized obviously by an Indian designer – Arun Thomas –, the Yog trike is somehow related to the physical and mental discipline that Hollywood stars like so much to brag about practicing, Yoga. The shape of this futuristic trike is supposedly derived from Yoga, so is it rightful asking if the riding position induces a certain state? Because nobody certainly doesn’t want to start meditating at 100mph as I understand the thing is meant to go fast too.

The Yog personal transport vehicle looks like a whole bunch of fun and one mean ride. Indian designer Arun Thomas proposed the trike design concept, powered by a modified jet engine driving a propeller, and with electrical energy from batteries, as an entry to the Michelin Design Challenge 2010.

The “Yog” is a futuristic vehicle that harnesses lightning to provide sustainable commutation without compromising on power. Powered by artificial thunderstorms created in a closed system that converts lightning into electricity, the vehicle concept moves with the forward thrust produced by a simple tuned-up aircraft engine with an electrically driven propeller. Steered with a skid steer mechanism, the Yog locates the battery, which juices up after receiving electric energy from the power source, neatly within the vehicle.

Running on wheels made of an elastic wheel hub and an elastic rubber, freely connected to the hub enclosed by elastic composite materials, the three-wheeler uses air and magnetic repulsion power to define its shape. The form, together with its name, of the vehicle is derived from yoga, a path to join the individual self with the Divine, Universal Spirit through Physical and mental exercises, which reflects Indian values.