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Z-Car I

  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2005 – 2008
  • Kenny Schachter / ROVE
  • Concept
  • Length: 3.8m
  • Width: 1.8m
  • Height: 1.7m

The Z.Car is a hydrogen-powered, zero-emission city car for two people with a three-wheel base, whose streamlined form combines functionality, quiet operation and aerodynamic performance.

Its distinctive curvilinear profile is generated by an innovative inclined passenger pod, which switches between two modes according to the speed at which the car is travelling. At low speeds, the body of the car is in the upper position to optimise the driver’s view of the street and to shorten the wheelbase, so that it takes up less space for parking. At higher speeds, the pod lowers on the hinged rear suspension, moving the car’s centre of gravity closer to the road for safer handling and improved aerodynamics.

The project harnesses the organic language of the studio to transform the aesthetic and functional qualities of emission-free car design, inside and out. The lightweight carbon fibre composite body integrates a large, asymmetric glazed hatch door that reveals panoramic views. Inside the car, driver and passenger sit side by side and the control panel sweeps around to face the driver in a bold sculptural gesture. Anticipating and responding to new technological advances, the steering wheel is integrated with the vehicle’s ‘drive-by-wire’ system.

 

Architect

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Designer

Jens Borstelmann

Design Team