What will the Lamborghinis of the future look like? IED Barcelona has a few ideas

Barcelona – Spain is the second largest automotive manufacturer in Europe, and one of the top 10 in the entire world. That know-how, combined with Barcelona’s creative DNA, explains why many car brands reach out to the Undergraduate Degree in Transportation Design at the local outpost of the IED.

This year, for example, luxury carmaker Lamborghini asked the students a set of wicked questions: with the definition of luxury rapidly evolving due to consumers’ shifting attitudes towards fuel usage, material sourcing and inclusivity, what will a high-end sports car look like in 2035? And can wearables and other accessories enhance the functionality and the accessibility of a vehicle of this kind?

The Italian brand was interested in proposals for some unconventional new bulls. ‘Lamborghini wanted to see vehicles that would imply a true revolution for the automotive sector, and, above all, for future users,’ explained Jesús Iglesias, the programme’s coordinator. ‘At the same time, the undergraduate students had to meet these technical and social expectations, but also respect the brand’s values of robust style, cutting-edge technology and sophisticated personality with an innovative design. This was a thesis project, so we thought it was quite challenging while also being attractive, as Lamborghini is a brand many designers aspire to work with.’

From vehicles that question gender stereotypes to a future scenario where plasma engines can function at a car-sized scale, here are some of the proposals presented by the class.

FEDERICO ABASCAL: ERA
Abascal took the wearables instruction to heart, and rethought what drivers usually take for granted as an accessory inside the car: the textile elements. Using a parametric fabric, his one-seater electric car provides more functional flexibility, and the connected accessory links the driver to their seat.

Another element drivers take for granted? The sound of a sports car. The smart fabric is actually part of the bodywork, which features two rear turbines that stream the air flow in order to generate a new characteristic sound for the category.

FRANCISCA HAOUR: SHAIN
As the United Arab Emirates is a notorious market for sports cars, Haour conceived a four-seater that could weather both urban and desert driving – which is why she outfitted her proposal with two suspension systems per wheel.

Still not daring enough? The car also includes an off-road bike that is well adapted to ride the sand dunes. ‘That way, the driver can make the most of these two extreme sports,’ the designer explained.

 

DANIEL SHICHSHI: MAGMA
Here’s one for the wishlist of future Crazy Rich Asians: the insanely dense Singapore could use cars that can land on water. Shichshi proposed a monocoque-like vehicle with four retractable hydrofoils and a central section that rises from a platform in order to go from driving on land to floating on water.

And how would this energy consumption be sustained? With a small-scale plasma engine, currently only available for large aircrafts. ‘But it’s a type of sustainable technology that is likely to star in the future of the automobile industry,’ he predicted.

 

MARTA VALL-LLEBRERA: ETHEREAL
As urban populations continue to grow, Vall-Llebrera saw traffic congestion as an inevitable problem in future cities. Her vehicle, thus, is made up of two parts: an electric one-seater car, but also a motorcycle built into the central cabin.

But her Ethereal also aims to tackle another type of problem entirely. ‘This project is tied to an androgynous target audience,’ she explained. ‘I want to be able to overcome the gender conventionalities associated with the sports car.’

 

 

FABIO SÁNCHEZ HOLGUERA: VERTIGO
In 1985, the sci-fi comedy Back to the Future assured us that in 2015 we wouldn’t need roads for cars, as they would be able to fly. Hopefully, Sánchez Holguera’s similar vision can come true for 2035. His vehicle is divided into a platform and a cabin, which come apart when it takes off.

To make the experience even more thrilling, he designed exclusive spaces called Sentinels, which enable the brand’s customers to experience extreme sensations at designated facilities throughout the world.

 

JORGE MOLINA: ESPECTRO

As a city known for its exaltation of history, Paris would certainly be a fit audience for a retrofuturist car. Molina inspired his ‘cleaned-up nostalgia’ proposals on Lamborghini classics such as the Miura and the Diablo.

His future classic, though, is a thrilling partner called Ghost: it’s a companion robot vehicle that interacts with the main Espectro car, choosing the least busy and most drivable routes in order to programme customised tracks to race on.

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