2030 Infiniti Le Mans — Tao Ni, a Chinese designer, is the Michelin 2017 Challenge Design “Le Mans 2030: Design for the Win” competition winner. Being the Michelin design challenge winner, He proposes a design that makes other future concepts look lame. It integrates new technology and future expectation on automotive, and it suggests that the race will evolve. Here is the full detail on the concept.
2030 Infiniti Le Mans Specs
Features, Exterior, and Interior
Tao Ni takes an Infiniti car for its concept. But, this one is a lot safer and faster than any currently existing prototypes. The main concept still considers the main ideas of the race which are endurance, safety, and performance. Therefore, the concept features a design that suggests the driver, or racer in another word, to drive during the whole day and leave it to the autonomous driving system during the night. On the outside, the car looks distinctive. Based on the concept image revealed, this car is finished mainly in blue with super low ride height, and it isn’t tall at all. The car body is filled with aerodynamic elements and body parts including advanced air tunnels, and big numbers of air intakes, fins, and wings.
This look hasn’t been found on any car before. And yet, it looks very promising for a race car, as long as the racer won’t suddenly get claustrophobic on the super low roof cockpit. This Le Mans 2030 car concept is expected to offer major down-force on car’s weight as well. So, speed improvement is totally on the table. Besides the entire finish, this car also counts on the advanced autonomous driving system, which makes one of the main cores of the car performance.
If it is safe enough, it is predicted to change the race in the future. Tao Ni, who is a design student, has been officially invited to next year 24 Hours of Le Mans race. While three winners, including Tao Ni, will be recognized during North American International Auto Show in January 2017.
Winners of the 2017 Michelin Challenge Design:
- First place: Tao Ni of Wuhu, China, for design entry “Infiniti Le Mans 2030”
- Second place: Daniel Bacelar Pereira of Vila Real, Portugal, for “Bentley 9 Plus Michelin Battery Slick”
- Third place: Kurt Scanlan of Toronto, Canada for “Cierzo C1”
Finalists of the 2017 Michelin Challenge Design (in alphabetical order):
- Mehdi Alamdari and Vahid Shahvirdi of Victoria, Australia, for design entry “Audi R28”
- Carlos Eduardo de Carvalho of Sao Paulo, Brazil, for “Embraer P1 Phenom Hybrid with Michelin Tire Wings”
- Josh Gadomski of Caledon Village, Ontario, Canada, for “Hydracross”
- Guilherme Kataoka, Luiz Ortega and Marcelo Toledo of Sao Paulo, Brazil for “Bentley Speed X”
- Vruttant S. Phatak of Maharashtra, India, for “Neuraura”
- Vladislav Semenov and Maria Ryadno of St. Petersburg, Russia, for “Bugatti Wimille”
- David Voltner of Zlin, Czech Republic, for “Citroën C030 LMP1”
Powertrain, Engine — 2030 Infiniti Le Mans
The powertrain used in the concept isn’t revealed. But, it should be safe to guess that the powertrain hasn’t been particularly specified yet. In the alternative, it can use one of Infinity engines, which will be out-dated in 2030.
2030 Infiniti Le Mans Price and Release Date
Pricing and release date of the concept are unavailable as this concept is purposed as competition material.
The design is extraordinary. However, considering only very few of the concepts feature autonomous driving system, it is only logical that Tao Ni makes the winner. While building a concept is entirely different to putting it on real production version car, we shouldn’t hope too much on the Michelin design challenge winner even though he is good.
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