Modern car designers are making sure that they turn up the design of cars up by a couple of notches and they are doing that with impressive results, day in and day out. It is also nice to see that the big guns of the motor world are encouraging up and coming designers by providing them with opportunities to show their skills on many grand stages across the planet. Here is one more wonderful car that falls in to exact same category.
Designed during a GM sponsored studio at the University of Cincinnati, the Riptide is a hybrid rally car powered by a turbocharged biodiesel engine and four electric motors, one on each wheel, that enhance acceleration and control. The two-tone body panels, made of lightweight aluminum and recycled plastic, reflect the dual nature of the power-plant. The Riptide challenges the notion that hybrid cars can't be aggressive or powerful by exploiting the benefits of both types of motors to make a quicker, more agile and ultimately, more intimidating vehicle for Chevrolet's first entry into the World Rally Championship.
Additionally, the environmental benefits of the car try to reconcile what is, although loved by millions around the globe, an ultimately destructive sport. It is not just about the sport but the creative brilliance of the designer that has caught the eye of one and all. From the basic sketch to the final product, we take a unique look at this car-backwards!