2008 LA Design Challenge: Toyota Lemans Racer Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2008

Superior technology and staying power creates the ultimate race vehicle that never needs to stop. Besides its highly efficient hydrogen fuel cell electric motors, all of the panels of its body structure is implanted with photovoltaic panels that deliver electric charges when extra energy becomes a necessity. The car comes with two fundamental modes: High Speed and Cornering Modes.

The car narrows the distance between the body and the wheels in High Speed Mode to create less drag and resistance in order for the car to achieve its maximum speed of 350 mph.

In the Cornering Mode, the body transforms to create a wide and more stabilized stance with fully extended wheels, to produce the maximum contact and grip through tight turns.

In order to assist the driver when driving visibility is significantly decreased, such as in darkness or in unpredictable weather, the cockpit is a totally computerized environment complete with displays enhanced by virtual reality, computer trajectory plotting, collision prevention assistance plus a robot for a co-pilot, which controls the on-board systems and maintenance so that the vehicle can sustain its full speed all the way to the finish line.

"Technological superiority and endurance creates the ultimate race car that never needs to stop." said the press release.

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