tesla t1 concept turns wind into energy to power round the track at full throttle
 

tesla t1 concept turns wind into energy to power round the track at full throttle

 

the tesla t1 concept is a new electric competitor designed for the le mans race 2030. the vehicle concept looks into future technologies, working the design around wind advantages in order to earn energy and increased acceleration. dreamed up by five IED barcelona students as part of what could be ‘the future of le mans,’ the tesla t1 concept is based on the gorlov verticle wind turbine concept. the designers have incorporated individual turbines into each of the four wheels, which in turn direct the air through ducts into a fifth and final turbine at the back of the vehicle. as well as enabling the machine to run on renewable wind-generated energy, the turbines boost the t1 forward with increased acceleration and power. designer omar alfarra zendah has released new design images, showing a polished of the model.

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the t1 model incorporates batteries to start up the car before the wind power gets going, and the vehicle also packs a engine modulus to provide traction. each of the turbines are 3d printed from aerogel, enclosed between high strength magnesium wheels and graphene tires. a so-called ‘dynamic axis system’ allows the tesla t1 to turn from the centre of both axis, giving the model an advantageous ability to turn curves faster and more effectively that its competitors. since both of the axis turn, the wheebase shortens, making the vehicle far more agile.

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  • A very interesting concept. But would those wheels be considered movable aerodynamic devices?
    How does this affect the development of downforce?

    raymondo says:
  • This breaks the laws of thermodynamics. You’ve just designed the fabled ‘free energy machine’ – you can’t generate power from wind turbines that also drive the engine that provides motive power. All this would do is massively increase drag, which is not desired for a race car. Come one DesignBoom, this isn’t design, and its not even good fantasy. It’s first-year-student fluff.

    Edifis Quoll says:
  • Edifis is exactly right. This is the kind of B.S. that gives designers a bad reputation for being out of touch with reality.

    Robert Fletcher says:
  • Are there no professors at this school who could have explained Newton’s Third Law to the students?

    c-dub says:
  • I have to agree with the previous comments on breaking the laws of thermodynamics, and shortening the wheelbase during the driving is mechanically possible but not by turning in the centre of both axis. etc. etc., but…design is pushed by science and pulled by fantasy, and as a fantasy it has some merits. It would be good if students were made aware of the dangers of this kind of “fake news”…No, I am not using a political term, the world of design and even more so the world of advertising has been a world of fake new long before it entered the political vocabulary.

    Koen De Winter says:
  • Printed from earogel??? What kind of nonsense is that…aerogel is the lightest material available, transparent and has no sufficient strength. I think this is a late april fools hoax. Besides the questionable physical principals.

    Dirk says:
  • Wanted to follow-up Edifis with a +1 on their comment about how ridiculous this is as a concept. It shows no grasp of first principles. I was also highly amused by the break-down of a wheel. Let’s choose some fancy, expensive, cutting-edge sounding materials for an extremely pedestrian use—materials which aren’t even well suited for the role. An aerogel turbine? Really? It’s a wheel. It’s subject to tremendous vibration and abrasive loads. Do you really want to try to put some kind of precision energy-capture device in the portion of the vehicle which comes in contact with the asphalt? What happens when you hit a pothole or some debris from a crash, or even just a rock? And what the hell does the graphene even contribute to the tire-rubber? How does that leverage graphene’s tensile strength or electrical conductivity? Titanium pistons and screws? Why? Why do you even need pistons in a wheel? Titanium is lightweight, springy, a pain to machine, and not terribly hard so it’s prone to wear poorly in such an application as a piston, and would be far better suited for springs or structural members. It’s difficult to produce to tolerances and VERY EXPENSIVE in the first place. These are just buzzwords for the ignorant, by the ignorant.

    What the students HAVE done that is worth note is some fancy CAD work, which is admirable in it’s own right, but let’s just let it be that. Is that so hard?

    Let’s stop making students come up with all this bull-crap fluff about the context when they clearly have NO IDEA what they’re talking about… OR, better yet, let’s teach them about the actual strengths, weaknesses, costs, and limitations of the materials and structural forms they’re envisioning. Perhaps a modest course or two of engineering fundamentals would be in order as well, no?

    JDK says:
  • Actually, I’m not even done yet.

    Have they even considered what’s involved in having a vehicle capable of steering on both front and rear axles, and what use cases that’s appropriate for? The first vehicle that comes to mind is the ill-fated Jeep Hurricane concept vehicle, which wanted to use it for low-speed rock crawling. When you’re traveling at high speeds the second axis of motion introduces an opportunity for misalignment and vibration that far outweighs any benefits that a tighter turning radius could offer. Turning radius on the axles isn’t the problem when racing at speed—it’s having sufficient traction to make the turn and not lose control of the vehicle. In order to do that you want to increase the down-pressure on the vehicle to stick it to the road; which is what fancy spoilers are for.

    Let’s come back to that turbine idea. This presumes THE WIND IS DRIVING THE WHEELS, as wind would drive a turbine. When will that happen with sufficient force to have any impact whatsoever on a race-car? It’s just creating drag and slowing the car down.

    If you want to have some kind of air ingestion concept, use it to generate down force and/or feed and cool an engine. That’s believable.

    JDK says:
  • People are quoting the law of thermodynamics, but what I’ve taken away in my 12 years of designing a very similar system, is that it doesn’t take away from the laws that help to define physics. It doesn’t break any of the rules of thermodynamics or claim to. Thermodynamics refers to isolated systems, or two systems heat transference, which doesn’t even go into the dissipation into the surrounding environment. Heat is generally transferable as a term with energy when talking about the principles of thermodynamics for sure, but understand that third law of thermodynamics is talking about the transference of energy. That’s it. It basically states that once you take energy from a source given no other energy input, the initial energy is transferred into the new host. If left unchecked it will do so until it creates a balance of energy or heat levels and then the motion of heat/energy will stop.
    The laws of thermodynamics that everyone likes to quote as the end all for a project like this doesn’t even touch base on the system at hand and was never designed to.
    I’d say to truly understand this device, or mine for example is to look at the way that generators work in the first place and then think about drag on a vehicle. Honestly, what’s funniest about this is that it took a vertical turbine system (because those are the best at catching air) and placed it in the most inefficient way possible. It streamlines the design and makes it too aerodynamic, losing a lot of the potential force created from the drag. There’s a couple of other flaws as well…but I’m keeping my 12 years of design phases and mathematics to myself. Congrats on a very, very similar thought process. All I can say is great minds think alike and as it has time to develop, I’m sure they’ll work out their kinks.

    Ian says:
  • I would love to see the force diagram (lift, drag, resultant) for this concept. I bet it has a miracle happening somewhere.

    nando says:
  • This concept is a joke because it breaks ‘Newton’s Third Law of Motion’…that is every action has a reaction. And the propulsive concept has it backwards. You cannot power the vehicle when it is standing still by using ‘rotating wheels’ because they aren’t moving. Thus, you can never get the energy required to start this vehicle, as designed.

    Now, lets say they overcome the ‘starting problem’ by using an electric motor. Ok, fine…but your wind turbines will still only generate a fraction of the power of the oncoming flow. No wind turbine is 100% efficient, so this essentially means you are ‘robbing’ power from the vehicle to travel forward, instead of using the power to travel forward. If you had a battery pack connecting the wind turbines to the electric motors you would be constantly depleting MORE ENERGY than you generate from the turbines themselves. You will have created a less efficient electric vehicle.

    Now, some aspects of this design could actually be used on a vehicle. At high speed, when aerodynamic forces are great enough, you could ‘deploy’ a small wind turbine to generate electricity. But, ask yourself, why would you go through all this trouble of using a wind turbine, when you could just use an ‘in-wheel brake regeneration system’? It doesn’t make sense. The brake regen is a much more efficient use of the same kinetic energy. And, we already have the technology. So, no…this ‘wind turbine powered car’ will die a humiliating death….on the Internet, which it will forever remain.

    joe says:
  • lf nothing else you could use it as a prop in the next “Bladerunner”

    Earl Simmins says:

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