Zaha Hadid Architects | Z Car I
The Z.CAR is a two-seater city car with a three-wheel base. Using Hydrogen as a source of energy it is a very quiet zero-emission vehicle. The inclination of the passenger pod is speed adjusted. At low speeds it is in the upper position and gives the driver a better street vision. A shortened wheelbase then also requires less parking-space. At higher speeds the pod lowers on the hinged rear suspension, moving the car’s center of gravity closer to the road for safer handling and improved aerodynamics.
Reflecting the organic language of the office, the shape of the car is streamlined in order to generate a fl uid design with minimum wind friction. The body consists of lightweight carbon-fibre composite with a large asymmetric door hatch giving the passengers a panoramic vision. The interior design is based on ergonomics embracing both driver and passenger that sit side by side. The steering wheel connects with “drive-bywire” technology to motors that operate the steering mechanism and it holds controls that manage other functions.Location: London, UK Design: Zaha Hadid Architects | Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher Program: design of a concept car
Client: Kenny Schachter
Project designer: Jens Borstelmann
Size: 3.80m length * 1.80m width * 1.70m height