|The boxfish, the aerodynamic model for the concept car, is also a prime example of rigidity and light weight. Its skin consists of numerous hexagonal, bony plates which provide maximum strength with minimal weight and effectively protect the animal from injury.
In the EU driving cycle the concept car has a fuel consumption of 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres – 20 less than a comparable series-production car. In accordance with the US measuring method (FTP 75) the range is around 70 miles per US gallon (combined), which is about 30 percent more than for a standard-production car. At a constant speed of 90 km/h the direct-injection diesel unit consumes only 2.8 litres per 100 kilometres– corresponding to a range of 84 miles per gallon in the US test cycle.
40 percent more rigidity to be achieved in the external door panelling than would be possible with conventional designs. If the entire bodyshell is calculated according to this bionic principle, the total weight is reduced by around one third with undiminished strength and crash safety.
Yes the future of technology atleast in Mechanical engineering is found in nature.This stuff is called bionics.The car is not so sleek and sharp in its looks but it not completely ugly either.Compared to all the futurecars we have seen as used in DemolitionMan,MinorityReport,I-Robot etc this fits into the same category.
And the fuel efficiency if achievable at that rate then the oil_crisis atleast in automobile sector of the world will be a thing of the past.
I cannot believe that such a big-boxy car has a lower air drag less than most of the low height,sleek ones.Not only is it spacy and less-thirsty but the design is stronger too.Box-fish is for sure one of the wonders of the undersea world.
What are they gonna discover next?-A Starfish Car.