The solar car of an industrial design student has actually been prototyped
Few industrial design students can expect, while still a student, to design an entire car, both interior and exterior, that will actually be prototyped. But this is exactly the opportunity sought by Daniel Rauch, who was studying identity at Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany in 2017. Together with Bochum University of Applied Sciences, German industrial engineering conglomerate Thyssenkrupp was developing the third generation of their cruiser.blue, a solar-powered car, and called on Rauch for the project. Thyssenkrupp and the university then built a working prototype of Rauch’s design.
“The design of the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser combines the silhouette of a classic coupe with a clear, modern design language.”
“As a student at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Daniel Rauch designed the entire vehicle (exterior, interior, color and trim) on his own. He has accompanied the process from the first sketches and concepts, through simulation CAD models and production data, to the final design and ensure the implementation down to the last detail. “
“More efficient and practical on a daily basis than ever, the new four-seater has a spacious and modern interior. Innovative lightweight steel structures characterize the development of the bodywork: the trellis frame with roll bar, the specially developed steel rims and the rear seat in LITECOR sandwich material represent the increased use of steel and have the advantage of making the car particularly light – without compromising on safety.In addition, as in any other sports coupe, there are special features such as distance warning, central locking, information display, heated seats and suspension to electric adjustment for maximum driving comfort. “
I wonder what happened to the car, but the website because it does not mention its current state or its location.
Today, Rauch is a full-fledged industrial designer with his own business. You can discover his work here.