Thursday, November 18, 2010

Honda Air Concept

My lack of posting yesterday was due to my internet connection being down, sorry about that! I'm back in business now, and wanted to showcase the Honda Air Concept, which was created for the 2010 LA Design Challenge. As the name suggests, it runs on compressed air!


It utilizes turbo vacuums and external air-flow to regenerate tank pressure for extended range and increased boost for an estimated 100 miles. The chassis doubles as the master tank and all components, including the seats, are mounted to the central chassis/tank to eliminate redundant structure and reduce overall weight. The body features vegetable-based polymer panels and fairings. I'm actually a bit concerned about this design... if there was an accident or physical impact, would it not explode under pressure?


The main tanks and reserves can apparently be filled quickly and safely using a simple generator / air compressor at home or a tire filler at the local filling station. If this is the case, it would cost substantially less than even electricity! I can foresee compressed air at gas stations becoming more expensive if this is concept actually sees production, though. 






All in all, it's a pretty interesting concept car, and not a lot of information is currently available for it. Nonetheless, the pictures are awe-inspiring.

all pictures for this post were from megamachine.info

54 comments:

  1. It looks cool but at the same time really fragile...

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  2. Neato! I bet it takes on a whole other level of "Fuck!" when it comes to getting a flat.

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  3. looks amazing. Can't wait to see more of it

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  4. Looks too flashy for my taste. I'm really tired of these "futuristic" designs.

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  5. Interesting looking concept....kind of ugly at the same time.

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  6. Man I want a flying car already :D

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  7. First one looks a bit like Speed Racer's ride.

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  8. running on compressed air. the concept is sleek, but to much ahead of its time. but thats just my opinon. the pictures are wonderful to look at.

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  9. i bet that thing goes really fast

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  10. Whoa. :O That's all I can say haha.

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  11. this pretty much works for me.

    smoochies n' poopies. :*

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  12. A very futuristic design but I'm a bit skeptical about the fuel source. I am doubting the yield of a simple generator and compressed air as a power source. If generating energy was that simple, there would be no need for advanced fuel technology such as hydrogen fuel cells.

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  13. well that is a pure Honda...i am in love

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  14. nice i like your post!
    Following you bro!

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  15. i want to see it out on the streets

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  16. wow, the world needs more cars like this! Its 2010 and no flying cars :[

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  17. Very smart idea with using compressed air. I can imagine that there is virtually no pollution produced when running this type of energy source.

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  18. Looks like a sweet ride, but I really wonder what kind of mileage one would get on a tank of air. Cool idea though, lots of air on Earth =)

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  19. looks futuristic and good but because it's to ahead of it's time there are tons of problems that could show up so to much money to maintain

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  20. I'm not sure I like the look, but it's really awesome that it runs on air.

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  21. i like the white/orange color scheme. very nice post.

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  22. this car makes me hyperventilate :(

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  23. One day everyone is going to own one of these and minivans are going to be classic cars. SO CRAZY!!

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  24. great post! i like it
    supportin & folloing you!

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  25. WTF?! the car looks so awesome! dang it

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  26. Thats really neat. I am glad they are looking to alternatives besides gasoline. However, I doubt this will ever catch on.

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  27. That looks like the Mach 5 from Speed Racer.

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  28. I will drive whatever form of automobile that will save me from wasting money or lives using gasoline, whether it's powered by electricity, air, or I'm carried around by a fat person.

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