2015 ED Design TORQ Concept Racer Is Unusual, Conflicted Design Study



 2015 ED Design TORQ Concept

This is a curious one. The ED Design TORQ concept from Geneva 2015. A product of a growing Italian design consultancy, this concept is a look at future automated race-cars.

The most curious parts of the car are two:

— a total lack of glass. The view out is via surround-view cameras projected on an inner wrap-around screen projection.

— the seating for two and steering wheel

These two traits do not really match each other. A lack of glass makes sense when only sensors are controlling the driving action. But with passenger and a driver, monitors seem like a ridiculously complicated solution to just looking outward.2015 ED Design TORQ Concept 34 2015 ED Design TORQ Concept 35 2015 ED Design TORQ Concept 36

For a piloted-driving racecar that touts the benefits of automated driving, the seating for two is especially odd. Why bother, you might ask? The seating makes the passenger pod in white about twice as tall as it might be without them.

So while an ultimate-aero look at the future of racing is nice, the conflicting purposes and design briefs leave the TORQ looking like the best of no world.

2015 ED Design TORQ Concept

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