A lighter, cheaper and more efficient car.
Jason Tang, Joanna Zeng
Floor Location : M 107 N
Cars, a vehicle that we use, love, and depend on a daily basis. On Average, an American household spends 1,942 dollars on gas per year. It is almost common knowledge that a heavier car results in more gas consumption, as more weight puts on more strain on the engine. What if instead of eating up more gas to compensate for the heavy load, we make the vehicle lighter? Our problem is that we need to create a lighter vehicle which is reduced in weight and still maintains the safety and functionality of a regular car. We will incorporate the structure of the honeycomb, and also the aerodynamics of a kingfisher to reduce the weight and cost while maintaining the safety and functionality of the car.
Our new design can tackle most, if not all the problems of modern cars by using a honeycomb structure to build the walls of the car, minimizing the material cost, and also reducing the weight of the car. The honeycomb is shape is the second most material-efficient design, following the circle. It gives the shape a high area but with a low perimeter, thus reducing the material cost and overall weight. The tip of the car is modeled after the beak of a kingfisher, which is aerodynamic, allowing the car to glide through the air with minimal noise and drag.
We believe that this design will improve daily life by allowing cars to be manufactured cheaper, so everyone can afford them, moreover, this will also cut back on money spent on fuel.
But this design is not all sunshine rainbows and lollipops, parking spaces may have to be altered to fit a car this size. Although in the future the car may be resized to fit modern parking spaces
Overall, We think that adding features of a honeycomb, and a kingfisher we can create a lighter vehicle which is reduced in weight and still maintains the safety and functionality of a regular car.