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’.

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.

Recommended

Porsche 965 – Dead on arrival
Porsche 965
Porsche

Porsche 965 – Dead on arrival

In the second instalment of our series looking at evo cars that never made production, we spotlight a troubled 911 Turbo successor that fell victim to…
3 Feb 2021
Goodwood cancels 2020 Festival of Speed and Revival
motor show

Goodwood cancels 2020 Festival of Speed and Revival

As expected, Goodwood has abandoned its big summer events season due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
16 Jun 2020

Most Popular

All-electric Ferrari confirmed for 2025 reveal
Ferrari badge
Ferrari

All-electric Ferrari confirmed for 2025 reveal

Ferrari has confirmed its first EV, but first three new models are due in the coming months
15 Apr 2021
Mercedes-AMG Project One spied on the 'Ring
Mercedes-AMG Project One – quarter
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG Project One spied on the 'Ring

AMG’s F1-derived hypercar is nearly ready to rival the Valkyrie and T.50
16 Apr 2021
Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41
Jaguar

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021