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BRB Evolution: Transforming Car Will Fold In Half

Posted in Concept Cars, Electric Cars, Fuel Cell, Newsworthy, Parking by Alan Harten | July 30th, 2008 | 1 Response |

Parking in London, or any of the world’s great cities, can be a nightmare – there is always one more car than there are spaces.

With space at such a premium, some parking garages, such as the one at the famous department store Harrod’s, have hydraulic ramps installed so that cars can be stacked on top of each other.

If only cars just weren’t so big. If they were half the size they are now, we could fit twice as many vehicles into the same amount of space. Or, we could come up with a radical design like 22-year-old Daniel Bailey did with his sleek new concept car he has crowned the BRB Evolution.

The idea is simple: if you could fold up a car just like a foldaway bike, it would halve the amount of space needed to park it. And that’s what this new “Transformer”-like car will be able to do. Not only that – but it doesn’t look like a geek/techie vehicle either.

Featuring inspiration from the Lamborghini Murcielago mixed in with a little Peugeot 908, the BRB Evolution produces sleek sports car lines like something straight out of Blade Runner.

BRB Evolution’s creator, Daniel, drew his inspiration from his native London and it’s two biggest problems:  lack of parking and pollution. His solution was simple: a fold away electric vehicle that didn’t pollute the planet and could be parked in a tiny parking space.

His concept is a very sporty looking two-seater that is low to the ground and that can even be parked facing the sidewalk in between two other normally parked cars.

The occupants get out of the car; the driver presses a button on his key ring and the doors lock. Then two small rollers would drop down below the rear of the vehicle these would then move forward folding the car in half on a hinge mechanism. The car folds forwards and upwards until it reaches about half its original length, it will then turn the car and it will then slide into a small parking space sideways.

Daniel is currently a student at Montclair State University in New Jersey studying industrial design, and is currently working on whether to opt for electricity or hydrogen fuel cell to power his Transformer vehicle.

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