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The original concept for this vehicle was on display at the British Motor Show in 1996... for the future cars section. Students at Coventry University came up with the design. My model is a little different but the idea is the same.

The vehicle is powered by electric motors which can be recharged while it is on the move – perhaps by roadside senders in much the same way that a train receives current. But there are no wheels! The propulsion, suspension, steering and braking is the responsibility of a mysterious malleable, muscular material that does not yet exist. There’s also no driver… navigation is computer controlled and safe travel relies on roadside sensors.

Oh… and yes the environment looks totally unrealistic, but I wanted to get this piece done fairly quickly (1 day modelling, 1 day compositing )… so I just whipped up something simple. I think it does quite well to balance things out though.

60% LightWave 7
40% Photoshop 7
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Suu999 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. I first saw it in DK Books "future" , 1996. You are awesome sauce! Good rendering, btw^^
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Looks great, like the look of the vehicle.
SCHRAUBENZIEHER Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
inspirational :P
alkabeer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Nice work
TOUGH14 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006   Traditional Artist
very nice
mrecko999 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
1 day compositing ???? are they 2 seprate renders or are u talking about the sky
mashsmelo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, freaking awsome!
love the textures and everything! :D
good work!
disfractional Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2004
ooo i saw this in my book about concept cars. You rendered this well!
johnwarren Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2004
Ahhh yes - I remember this being on the news. It was described something like a "Snail" from what I can remember.
Quite an idea those Students cooked up - Seems we're still no where near anything like this though :giggle:

Nice re-creation/modification you've done though! Great job on the body, and the regardless of what you think about the background - It looks fine =)
ex-Balanque Featured By Owner May 29, 2004   Photographer
very cool, i dont use to comment this kind of digital art, but i am very impressed with this and the rest of your works.
dulux Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
Reminds me of a car in The Sleeper (Woody Allen), Excellent work.
someguy99 Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
Whoa, I can't believe it, I saw this car, or something VERY similar to it, in a Popular Science/Mechanincs magazine (can't remember which one) in like 1998.

According to them, it would have some sort of digital paint or something to that extent that would actively change colour according to its surroundings. It was supposed to be in production by this year. Just another example of how much humans overestimate themselves, I guess.
bmx3ry Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2004
wow this is very cool, i remember seeing a vehicle very similar in a book called how things work and it was in the futuristic transport section, very similar but i suppose theres loads of designs like that all over...great work!
tyrus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2004
I like this one better. The one at the show had weird curly bits that looked like they'd catch on something. And the black-silver colour scheme was too common. This one makes it look better.
sanfranguy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Simple but very nice indeed.
jaakobou Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
brilliant work

i could totally see this on a car magazine


chips :pringles:
kutuk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004   Digital Artist
i see you like cars....nice job.
hempingway Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2004
you do the most interesting models...
1nuyasha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004
i have one of those -.-

dotbat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004
this is so sexay i want to fuck it or get fucked by it...

you a lightwave user tooo... ooooo god, thought I was alone in this planet.
luiscds Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2004
I'm just reading it now... It took you just two days! Very fast! :nod:
russell44 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2004
Uhh this one rocks! A very brave try to make something different.
eot Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2004
thats awesome
ddmax2000 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004
hey .. nice work... i saw that show too... the vehicle moves because of a certain kind of rubber that vibrates due to some motors.. the whole concept is from a snail - how it 'wiggles' its lower body to move forward.. only here it'll be much much faster... i'm still waitin for them to actually demo the prototype... :P .. anyways.. cool work!
djcrab Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004  Professional General Artist
adlez Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004
hm, the image looks a bit noisy, but it's nice! very nice model, and cool colors =)
EE- Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2004
WOW! O_O That's really, REALLY good!!! XD I really like the 3-Dness of it all and the background and stuff. You're very talented! ^_^
marvnation Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
some good texturing there
Pulse-Battery Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2004
Awww, KAWAII!!! ^_^...............

*cough* great work oliviboi. The textures are fantastically placed and the modelling is just superb. The sky looks brilliant, gosh so much to look at, you've amazed me once again loth.
gpdesigner Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
nice work Loth
luiscds Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
Man... that's impressive... :jawdrop:

This might be such an expensive model... :-)
The lights are very good and all the scenary is very good too.
I like all the colors in it.
And the car is absolutely impressive, needless to say.
And, oh, the textures! Great use of textures :nod:
cranial-bore Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's cool, I really like the simple modeling style and the lighting works well IMO.
rdd Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
I'd like to drive with such a car :)
The textures look great!
Zilchius Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job man. I was expect something with wheels... but, hey. Although I must say, I liked the name Slugmobile better, ah well.
taldos Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
as always, exelent artowork. I love the background "setup"
kinetica Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
That's so realistic it's not funny. I honestly thought it was a photograph :p

Great sky too ;)
pixelprophet Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
haha!!! i remember this one! good old concept car book...

the building looks like something from thunderbirds
slud Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
BrassHeart Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
Really freaking cool. Great Job on this!
1nvision Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
Nice :)
demix Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
crazy, i like how it looks so clean and soft. and the slugmobile seems so familiar, but i can't remember where i saw it. great job man.
Vision-Eagle Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
GJ m8
syragon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
was the sky in LW or PS? ;)
loth Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah just PS. I'm not keen on how LW generates skies.
syragon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
ahh cool. i'm going to be spending more time in lw soon, i want to learn the program well :)
xgod-0 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
looks good, i would ride in it :-)
raumzeit Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
i love these rethro colors and look. great design of the "car". did you add the grain on purpose?

yeah, a :+fav:
loth Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea... just to prevent it looking too clean.

Thanks for the fav.
kinjiru Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
wow! very cool! looks like the scenario was made of recycled paper :D
Tjeemp Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004  Professional General Artist
pretty cool piece of work there :)

i always love new concept cars
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