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College Exhibition: Pforzheim University Summer Degree Show 2004

Tue, 28 Dec 2004 00:00:00 -0800

Transportation Design students at Germany's Pforzheim University displayed their work in the school's summer Transportation Design degree show in July, one of the two graduation shows per year.

The Pforzheim Transportation Design courses lead to BA and MA degrees. The exhibition included work from graduating Diploma and Masters students, exterior and interior projects by the 5th and 7th semester students, as well as work from students in the earlier stages of the diploma and masters courses.

The graduating Masters students were John Paul Gregory and Andrew Hart-Barron. The graduating Diploma students were Parys Cybulski, Michael D?rr, Philipp Eberl, Satoshi Hasegawa, Djunato Ko, Thorben Kochs, Nisan Kucam, Regina Nowack, Hendrik Schaefers, Daniel Scharfschwerdt, and Peter Varga.

Volkswagen Futura
Daniel Scharfschwerdt

At the Frankfurt IAA in 1989 Volkswagen revealed the IRVW Futura. The Futura 2004 is a 2+2, 4,65 meter long concept car. The proposal is to forget about the typical car design elements like grille, shoulder, DLO, sill etc and to find exceptional aesthetic solutions, focusing instead on unique solutions for the roof, windscreen, headlamp elements, door glass element, and roof wing. With a futuristic showcar, Volkswagen could show their increasing emotional orientation as well as their conceptual and aesthetic level.

Milan - a roadster with motorcycle style
Philipp Eberl

The Milan is a BMW roadster powered by a motorcycle engine. It is inspired by typical BMW roadster proportions. A long hood combined with a rearward positioned interior, a short rear end, and a short wheelbase promise fun. The main idea of the design is to show the technical parts. A very structured and harmonic arrangement of floating panels and slits cover the car, which make the car look much lighter and more aggressive. The slits also make the function clearer. The Milan combines the advantages of a roadster and the advantages of a motorcycle.

Maybach 'Luxuristic'
Djunianto Ko

The interpretation of the luxury in the future tends in this car more on the immaterial side: privacy, comfort and well-being. With large, elegant dimensions, the interior roominess is symbolized with emphasis on the cockpit through the proportion. The cockpit with a high floor gives comfort to access, and therefore hub electric motor with batteries in the floor are used. The windows and the sliding doors are integrated and made of polycarbonate with electrical plasma toning - fully adjustable from transparent through to the body colour.

The body is defined by large, flowing, tensioned surfaces. The front architecture line goes through the cockpit, gives the car lightness. The soft transition between rear screen and hood pushes the rear surface optically forward, and balances the first line. The hood and trunk surfaces continue under the windscreen and rear screen into the cockpit, in order to bring a feeling of safety. The fenders stand out from the cab, in order to protect the cockpit optically.

Interior for the next generation Hy-Wire
Michael Duerr

Drive-by-wire technology makes a new car architecture possible by the reduction in size of electronic components and replacement of force-connecting mechanical parts for weight reduction and safety reasons. So the car architecture can be modified to enhance the hydrogen fuel-cell technology for best performance and highest efficiency. For example an interior for a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered family car will be enabled to offer a new range of configurability to grow and adapt to the needs of young people. In this six-seat family car the front and the rear bench (three seats each) can be rotated around a centerpoint to enable a surprisingly various number of configurable seating (more than 16 different configurations) just by this single motion.