Skip advert
Advertisement

EDAG Light Cocoon concept: Lightweight sports car due in Geneva

German concept vehicle highlights a potential automotive construction method of the future

The annual Geneva motor show is something of a crucible for automotive oddities, and engineering firm EDAG is set to continue that tradition with its Light Cocoon concept sports car at the 2015 exposition.

While light has some relevance to the concept’s glowing panels, it also refers to the car’s 3D-printed construction. This is where EDAG has taken inspiration from nature, creating what it calls a ‘skeleton-like, organic structure’.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Rather than a traditional monocoque, where metal formations and panels act as both the vehicle’s skin and load-bearing surfaces, the Light Cocoon has load-bearing architecture not dissimilar to the skin of a leaf.

Material not actually required to bear any load has been removed, leaving behind a mesh of alienesque forms.

To ensure occupants aren’t left open to the elements under this branch-like framework, relevant panels are wrapped in a material called ‘Texapore Softshell’, by outdoor clothing specialists Jack Wolfskin.

The textile is light, stretchable and weatherproof, as well as lightweight – a square meter of the fabric weighs just 19g. Finally, the skeleton and skin-like combination is back-lit, giving the Light Cocoon its unique appearance.

The rest of the car looks fairly conventional, with what appears to be a two-seat layout and glass doors like that of the early BMW i8 concept.

Further details – engine, drivetrain and the weight of the vehicle itself, haven’t yet been revealed. Information should be released closer to the show itself. The 2015 Geneva motor show opens on March 5, 2015.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

New BMW Concept Touring Coupe unveiled as reinvented Z3 M ‘clown shoe’ Coupe
BMW Concept Touring Coupe – front
News

New BMW Concept Touring Coupe unveiled as reinvented Z3 M ‘clown shoe’ Coupe

Evoking the Z3 M Coupe’s unmistakable body shape, the Z4-based Concept Touring Coupe debuts at this year’s Villa d’Este concours
19 May 2023
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?
BMW i4 eDrive35 – front
Reviews

BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?

BMW’s cheapest i4 gets a smaller battery, less power and a £50,755 price tag – is it a worthy alternative to a Polestar 2?
12 Apr 2024
Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior
Alfa Romeo Junior/Milano
News

Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior

Just a few days after the Milano's reveal, Alfa Romeo has been forced to change the car’s name entirely
15 Apr 2024
BMW M5 (F90) Fast Fleet test – 9 months with the 592bhp four-door
evo Fast Fleet BMW M5 F90
Long term tests

BMW M5 (F90) Fast Fleet test – 9 months with the 592bhp four-door

It may have been faster, more powerful and more complex that any M5 before, but the 592bhp F90 also managed to channel the spirit of some of its more …
12 Apr 2024