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 Xeno III - The Personal Concept Car

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Xeno III concept sketch by Nick Pugh
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The Xeno III, the culmination of a decade of design and engineering development, was unveiled at Art Center College of Design on January 26. Designed by Nick Pugh, a graduate of Art Center, the Xeno III represents a new class of vehicles which Pugh describes as 'the personal concept car', a one-of-a-kind machine designed and built around the ergonomics and taste of its owner.

The unique form and specialized construction of the personal concept car stands in sharp contrast to those of the mass-produced cars of today. It represents a future time when new manufacturing and distribution technologies will allow the average person to have a uniquely designed car of his or her own.

The fundamental concept behind the design of the Xeno III is that a car is a robotic skin that you wear, and just as your body features and fashion identify you as an individual so should your car design. According to Pugh, "the nature of assembly line production and mass marketing has created an automotive landscape populated with homogenous design clones." The shocking style and forms of the Xeno III identify it as something as unique as the character of its individual owner.

The most obvious features of the Xeno III are its sharp-faceted forms and jagged shapes. Contrary to first impression, it is not a stealth inspired design. Pugh explains, "the surfaces of Xeno III present the possibility of mathematically pure forms that combine simple geometry with 'subset fractal proportioning'. Its aesthetic represents the most logical probability of what the first generation of carbon diamondoid materials may look like."

This new diamondoid material would have 60 times the strength of steel at a fraction of the weight, could be transparent and could also have animated surface qualities. The body styling of Xeno III blends transparent areas with opaque regions and exotic textures to illustrate this potential.

The Xeno III combines two seemingly contradictory ideas in its fuel system/power plant setup – incorporating clean alternative fuel and high performance.

Conceptually this combination represents an important futuristic idea. Today’s vehicle is fueled up, it uses this fuel to drive it, and gives out some sort of emission as a by-product. This can be called an “open loop system” . Pugh proposes a closed-loop system, where the emissions will be captured and recombined into usable fuel through solar power on board or while the vehicle is parked – producing no by-product other than heat.

The Xeno III is not a closed loop system, but with its high performance and low emissions, it represents the possibility of closed loop technology, where high power and cleanliness could exist simultaneously.

The engineering and style of the Xeno III are balanced equally - the chassis and body are woven together in a complex anatomy with no dominant component.

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Last updated: Mon, Apr 15, 2002