VW Rootech Concept: a futuristic all-terrain vehicle with a hydrogen powertrain

Article by Christian A., on June 9, 2016

Behind every successful automaker is a brilliant team of engineers, developers and of course, designers. Not one concept will come to life, or rather, not one of these concepts will even become a concept itself if not for these people. The small beginnings of a simple idea geared towards innovation become the catalyst that will set things in motion. If not for these very creative people, the world would be a dull place to live in.

There have been quite a few extraordinary concepts that have been assembled. There are those 4x4 concepts that have been made by students from different parts of the world that have attracted attention from the automotive world. This generation, which has heavy exposure to technological advancements, is actually composed of many young minds that could potentially come up with the most brilliant automotive innovations ever conceived.

A few of these out-of-this-world concepts that we have encountered include the Range Rover Hunter that was created to push limits. This concept was designed under the idea of pushing the Land Rover to further extremes; it has been “repurposed” to be able to generate downforce. It was also fitted with active aerodynamic panels similar to a Pagani Huayra’s. Hypothetically, the Range Rover Hunter will come with an all-wheel drive and a raised height to up to 30 cm (with a push of a button) to cover rough terrains.

Another bold and creative 4x4 concept car that won’t be out of place in a science fiction movie is from automotive designer Carlos Bueno. Fitted with caterpillar tracks similar to that of Ken Block’s Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX, Bueno’s version of a sci-fi Volkswagen Rootech is one for the books. It is conceptually powered by hydrogen powertrains which is already found in some of today’s production cars. The Rootech is also conceptualized as an amphibious car.

Basically everything about the Rootech it is already found in today’s production cars but what sets it apart is the way it acquires energy to make it move. It has “genetically modified roots” that are found behind the passenger cell that extracts the hydrogen in aquatic environments. Hydrogen is stored inside the Rootech and is used by its fuel cells to propel the vehicle once it hits dry land. How this technology would actually work is something we’re all excited to know.

The cars of today were once just concepts that were drawn in paper but have been patiently developed as time goes by. We’ll never know how the concepts that we have mentioned above would come to life, but we are eager and hopeful for something of a similar concept. Until then, let’s support those people who are brave enough to push boundaries.

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