It was about time to post some updates on the EIDO Concept. Since leaving the Design Studio of Aston Martin, I finally have some time to look back at my own design projects.

First of all, me and Peter had to put a stop on the exterior design development. We have some thinking to do before we go back and continue with the exterior. All this is due to the strange and unusual layout/specs of the car. The front mounted internal combustion engine working on liquid hydrogen and powering the front wheels plus electric motors aiding the rear wheels combined with the 3 seater layout, make it quite a challenge in terms of “engineering” (please excuse me for using this word so freely). There is no point of playing with the exterior of the car at the moment if the basic internal structure hasn’t been resolved. Since the goal of the project is to develop a highly-detailed design of a vehicle with the above mentioned challenges, I deem it to be a necessity to start developing the internal structure first.

To mention a few things we’ve been thinking on: The internal combustion engine working on liquid hydrogen will be front mounted. However I think the best solution so far is not to use anything larger than V6 cyl engine due to size restrictions. The challenge here though is to squeeze a decent space for a gearbox since the mid-passenger (the driver) is sitting quite forward in the centre of the car and his feet may end-up being inside the gearbox. This is something we have to work on and may cause additional joggle with the layout.
The electric motor powering the rear wheels is at the back of the car – similar construction to the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell. The single Electric motor placed in the middle of the car, between the rear wheels (in plan view) will power the rear axle thanks to ordinary drive shafts. That’s a much better solution instead the in-wheel-motors that leave no space for proper sports car suspension and wheel design too. The electric motor will be managed by power electronics sitting behind it. The positioning of the batteries is not a huge issue, as this is a short-range conceptual vehicle and big bulky batteries are not considered.
As for the carbon fibre chassis – this will be shaped according to all those functional elements and more. For the moment I am pulling and stretching the carbon fibre chassis in Alias, making sure there is enough of space for all the passengers and mechanical components in the car. It is a lot of work but it’s cool and exciting!!!!

To summarise: what you can see from this post is the initial design of the carbon-fibre chassis. It will give you an idea of the internal structure & assembly of the car. There are also sketches showing first designs on the interior as well..

More updates to follow before Christmas!

any comments anyone?

miro

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The purpose of the blog here is to upload some random sketches, WIP on projects and News update too.

The latest news is that I left Lotus to join another prestigious British Car Manufacturer with focus on design and performance vehicles. From the beginning of May I started working at Aston Martin where new challenges lay ahead of me. The new design team seems pretty good and I am looking forward to great results in the future…

I would like to express my gratitude to all my friends and colleagues I met at Lotus Cars, it was an amazing time being in the studio and having fun everyday as we’re building sports cars. You won’t find more friendly environment in the design world that’s for sure! And last but not least important – to be part of the Design Team that shaped the new Lotus line-up presented at the Paris Motor Show last year was unforgettable experience. I had such a great time in Lotus! Thank you all!

Below is a picture of the Lotus Design team shortly after the Paris Motors Show 2010.

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afternoon sketch for this website: http://cardesignsketch.tumblr.com/

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Here above are couple more sketches on the Lancia Rally Car theme. I am not quite sure yet what the car’s proportions should be, however I fancy small beefy hatchback with the long bonnet covering V6 engine. Still looking for the one..

The virus of sketching cool rally cars does spread around indeed and here are two contributions from my friends and colleagues at Lotus – Mihai and Adil. They’ve made their versions on new Lancia Delta HF. Enjoy their work!

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Back on it again!!!!! Recently me and Peter found couple of weekends to spend on this project and here are some screenshots and sketches of the initial Work-In-Progress on the EIDO Concept. We’re still pulling and stretching the wire in order to get the right proportions of the car, so everything is still considerably conceptual. Proper a-class surfacing will be done when the design freezes. There is sooo much work to be done on this project that it’s just incredible but spirit is up and we’re nearing 1% completion :) Thanks Peter!

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Here is one more for the Lancia, the fashion is very likely to continue! I love sketching with this brush!

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I stumbled upon this amazing video last night – it reminds me how powerful, proud and influential were the designers years ago! Nowadays it’s a real shame how the car design is being dictated by marketing and sales specialists who know nothing of building cars!!! Enjoy the video everyone!

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Got bored and decided to test some Photoshop brushes and ended up with Lancia’s on the canvas. Good old days when Lancia was something amazing!

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Wow, would you believe that! I am finally posting a sketch, after more than a year of creative absence on my blog! I’ve realised I never sketched Porsche before…..so here is one to compensate.

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A friend of mine sent me this…. I couldn’t find any better description of this Jaguar’s front :)))))

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Lotus is back with a BIG hit! Those ones attached to the car industry knew that the sports car manufacturer was about to present new concepts outlining its next generation of cars. However the company exceeded people’s expectations and presented not one or two, but six models at the Paris Motor Show this year. There is no doubt Lotus was the biggest star of the show and the bold move from the British car company shocked everyone! With few other good looking concepts, the rest of the Paris Motor Show 2010 was super dull and depressing – full with potato shaped vehicles that will never succeed in making you excited, not to mention any desire to drive or own one of them! Sad, very sad for our industry!

On the positive side I can’t help it but to feel proud and excited being part of the design team that shaped these cars for less than one year. I call that an incredible achievement! I must admit that all of us in the studio worked very hard to deliver these prototypes on time, it was flat-out work process from start to finish. After all that hard work, when you stand near the cars and observe all those journalists and photographers hassling around the models you’ve been part of, you realise all this crazy toil was worth it and every bit of you is proud to be part of this historical event!!! Thank You Lotus for the opportunity and many thanks to all guys from the Lotus Design Team too, I am so happy working with you chaps!

Image credits: Lotus Cars, Autoblog and Google Images.

THANK YOU LOTUS!!!!

Image credits: Lotus Cars, Autoblog and Google Images.


Lotus Esprit Concept
Lotus Esprit Concept is the re-placement of the much-loved and long anticipated British icon from the past.

 

Lotus Elan Concept
With this yellow beast Lotus promises to deliver the best-in-class performance for a mid-engined two-seater, competing with Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

 

Lotus Elite Concept
The front engined Lotus Elite is future competitor to cars like Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 599 etc.

 

Lotus Eterne Concept
Lotus plans to enter the four-door luxury sports car market with this stylish fifth model from its product range.

 

Lotus Elise Concept
This is the re-placement of the current Lotus Elise that we all know. No need for introduction here.

 

Lotus City Car Concept
The sixth car on the show stand was the Lotus City Car Concept.

Also Make sure you check out the live coverage from the Paris Motor Show at: http://live.lotuscars.com/videoplayer/

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Busy times recently have kept me away from my blog which has resulted in me not posting here. Just now I have to say I am very proud to announce my new design position. Since January 2010 I joined the design team of Lotus Cars based in England and I am very excited to work for a sports car manufacturer with such a great history. The Lotus Design Team is very professional, as well as very fun and enjoyable to work with. Lotus’ return to Formula One racing is one of the things which indicates the company intensions to return back to glory……

I left Ferrari in December 2009 with positive impressions only. It was an outstanding experience being a part of their design studio and working on projects like Ferrari 599XX, Ferrari 458 Italia and some others you’ll see in the future. I had the opportunity to be surrounded by cars such as F40, F50, Enzos, 430 Scuderia…599s and especially the Classical Beauties. If you have the chance to visit Maranello, make sure that you go to Galleria Ferrari – their museum where you can find their super and F1 cars. Make sure you try their Cafe Espresso too!!!

I take this chance to thank the colleagues I worked with in Ferrari! ….It will be great to see you again!

miro

Image Source: Google & Internet

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Time for an update!

I am sharing couple of WIP images on the Aston’s rear as well as some work made by Peter on the wheels. Peter has started initial 3D model on the wheel/rims design as you can see and although there are some corrections needed, I thinkg it’s getting there already. With a little input on my side, I think we’ll be able to close the wheels soon and move on to the exterior as there are many things to be sorted out there – especially the body side.

I am still not showing you the interior of the car, that will come shortly after Christmas. Before that I have other things to share with you on this project and more to see of Peter’s work too!

Oppinions anyone?

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Oh yesss, the time has arrived to show you this…. finally!!!!! The Aston Martin V8 HydroElectric-Hybrid Concept!!! A project of my portfolio that I started a long time ago, but just now is the moment to share with you the development process of this car. That is going to be a serious team project involving in-deep design process and here on my blog you will see everything – sketches, renderings, 3D Model, technical…all the stuff! You can comment, criticize…worship or even damn the project if you like.

How It Started?
It started back in the 2006…well, I did a sketch of something I liked…but I just didn’t know what do do with it, sure… that didn’t stop me of making even more sketches on the topic. The problem was that I wasn’t quite convinced with the car, so I decided to give it some time until this thing takes a further shape in my head.  Then again in 2007 I continued with it, thinking at the time I had it resolved….well, I didn’t! The problem wasn’t just sketching it, I wanted to create an interesting and an unusual car, therefore instead of endlessly drawing something I am not too sure about, I decided to wait once again because I really liked this one and I wanted to finish it all-over!

Design and why Aston Martin?
If that thing looks wrong to you from the first sketches…..hmmm…you’re probably right! Or maybe not! When I decided I want to name this vehicle Aston Martin I realised…hold on, I am not going for the journey in persuading the ultimate beautiful and elegant car. Without doubt the Astons are pretty looking vehicles and so they have always been, however in my opinion it’s a brand that’s hardly been “investigated” design-wise. Most of the works I’ve seen for Aston are some design ques that keep repeating on and on (particularly after the AMV8 Concept came out in 2002). Therefore, instead of making another boring car for my portfolio I thought some fun is needed and here we are – doing something out of the box and driven on the contrary of what the Aston Martins are all about.

While doing sketches in the year of 2007 (as mentioned above), Lamborghini showed their Reventon to the public and I was quite annoyed to see they had explored the Aeronautics kind of design language. I was already on the subject of applying that kind of design language on the Aston – it was fitting very well the body shell with multiple braking surfaces changing directions and giving the car this Stealth look. I continued doing few things here…few things there then I stopped and waited until better times arrive for this one. However, those of you who visit Car Design News regularly may have encountered this project featured in my online portfolio at the CDN – I refer to the 4th image in the gallery bellow. The first three images are some thumbnails sketches showing how this project began. (2006 & 2007).

After giving it the break for 1-2 years, I started thinking of the Aston again at the end of 2008. Peter already proposed me to combine our skills together and create something cool and I thought this is the perfect opportunity. Knowing what kind of work Peter is capable of, that boosted my imagination further and I began thinking of even more details and in-deep design development of the car was implemented. I let my mind go free in terms of package and the idea of having alternative fuel used in the car was also quite appealing to me. All this resulted in a 3 seater sports car keeping more or less the same design language with hard brutal surfacing, but now what’s more interesting is how the car is put together. The unusual package of the car measures about 4.65m in length, 2.0m width and 1.15m in height (or a little bit less). It is capable of fitting 3 passengers (1 driver in the centre and 2 passengers on each side of the driver – much like McLaren F1 layout). The vehicle has interesting structure inside made from carbon fibre and reinforced in places with casted Titanium or Aluminium bits. It is powered by front mounted V8 hydrogen internal combustion engine (HyICE) driving the front axle and two in-wheel motors fitted in the rear wheels of the vehicle. The car should be capable of running on liquid Hydrogen or electric power individually as well as utilizing both power sources at the same time – running on the internal combustion engine and benefiting from the instant torque of the electric motors while accelerating – something like K.E.R.S. in the Formula 1 cars. There will be more to see with the next posts where additional sketches and information will be revealed.

To give more light on the team subject I think it’s appropriate to introduce my partner on this venue – Peter Tarkanyi. He is a great guy I must say and you will have the pleasure to enjoy his amazing work throughout the project. You will see what I mean with this, really, just be patient with us! For your information the Aston Martin will be a mix of Hi-End poly and NURBS modeling using different software during the project.

Before ending today’s novel, I would like to point your attention in some technical but interesting facts related to my car. There are also some links of existing hydrogen internal combustion vehicles. Enjoy reading!

Liquid Hydrogen – physical facts /source Wikipedia/
Hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicle – definition of the HyICE engine /source Wikipedia/
HydrogenCarsNow – Website featuring a good list of vehicles using this source of energy
BMW H2R Concept Car – BMW Official Website
BMW H2R Concept Car – /source Car Design Online/
Italdesign Vadho Concept – Images

NEXT – More sketches of the Aston Martin showing what’s inside the car /sections for example/ and basic 3D Alias model for proportions…

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It was about time to have new posts here, but I wanted to make sure my blog is working well before continue with posting! There used to be some issues with IE users but it’s all fixed now. I am in the process of conducting a global improvement/enhancement to my blog which may result in some changes in the layout at times.

In the meantime, here are some drawings I did almost year and a half ago – NVidia Game Vehicle. I hope you like them :)

 

 

 

 

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