Lexus launches a new concept for a zero-D moon slide bike and a new space age SUV fleet
Lexus introduces new space-themed conceptual vehicles, including the lunar slider that uses “magnetic levitation” to fly over the ground and travel at speeds of more than 300 mph
- The luxury car manufacturer has revealed a new futuristic set of designs intended to travel in outer space
- The ceterpiece is a motorcycle-style accelerator called ‘zero gravity’ that uses magnetic levitation to stay afloat.
- Other concepts include a gyro bubble vehicle and a six-wheel SUV with removable housing
This month, the European Advances Studio for Toyota and Lexus revealed seven new designs that offer an idea of what the luxury car manufacturer’s products would look like if there were a commercial market for space vehicles.
The designs were part of a new issue of the Document Journal, which commissioned ten designers to create a “Lunar Portfolio”, imagining what life on the moon would be like.
The design presented is called “zero gravity”, a single-driver style vehicle that uses speculative magnetic levitation technology to drive the vehicle as it moves just above the moon’s surface.
The Lexus Zero Gravity (pictured above) is powered by magnetic levitation and can travel at speeds of more than 300 mph, all without touching the ground
“The design reinterprets the Lexus axle grille and uses the motorcycle’s driving style to employ the new concept of Tazuna (which means” reins “in Japanese): the fundamental philosophy centered on the human being,” Lexus explained in a statement launched along with the new design portfolio.
“Inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between the horse and the rider, direction control provides an active driving enjoyment created by direct communication between humans and machines.”
The magnetic levitation system will allow zero gravity to travel through rocky and irregular terrain at speeds of more than 300 mph.
The Lexus Cosmos is designed as a massive observatory, the equivalent in outer space of a double-decker tourist bus intended to provide a contemplative group experience, with a separate capsule designated as a “space pool”, where passengers can float in low gravity .
Another design called Bouncing Moon Roller features a central cabin surrounded by a clear and flexible graphene bubble that allows the vehicle to roll and bounce across a wide range of terrain. The cabin is kept stabilized by a gyroscope.
The Lexus Cosmos (pictured above) was designed to give passengers a contemplative tour experience and is equipped with a ‘space pool’ that allows people to float in low gravity
The Moon Roller (pictured above) is a central cabin stabilized by a gyroscopic system and propelled by a flexible graphene bubble wheel.
The Lexus Lunar Cruiser (pictured above) can drive on the surface of the moon or take off using thrusters and fly through the sky while its wheels lean out
The Lexus Lunar Cruiser is a type of hybrid vehicle designed to drive on the surface of the moon like an SUV with four-wheel drive, but it can also fly by turning its wheels outward at a 90 ° angle and taking off using small thrusters below Your chassis.
The Lexus Lunar Mission is a reflective vehicle designed exclusively for sky travel. “The design integrates a liquid lateral body, which can reflect the universe while flying towards the moon,” the statement said.
“The wings have the iconic spindle shape integrated with the Lexus symbol mark as the main geometry.”
The lunar mission of Lexus (pictured above) is designed just to fly and could be useful on planets without a sold surface
The Lexus Moon Racer (pictured above) is built with a flexible hexagonal tire concept that will allow the vehicle to navigate severe and rocky terrain without losing traction
The Lexus Lunar (pictured above) is a type of SUV designed for outer space, with a rugged six-wheel design and a separate camper-style housing that can be separated from the vehicle to form an outpost or temporary settlement .
There is also a Moon Racer, a type of lunar sports car with wheels covered with a flexible hexagonal tread mesh to ensure you have maximum grip and traction on unpaved surfaces.
The final design is simply called Lexus Lunar, a six-wheeled transport vehicle, whose upper cabin can be separated from the drivable section to create a small lunar settlement.
In addition to Lexus, the portfolio also included a series of Nike-designed shoes, electric scooters created by the frog’s design and a complete orbital city created by the Dutch architecture firm OMA.