Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tesla Model Y design change

Tesla has released the highly anticipated model Y and unfortunately my fears have been realized. The vehicle looks like a bloated model 3 and has virtualy all parts in common with the model. While I understand the decision from bussines perspective it is quite underwhelming from design point of view. They could have easily used this opportunity to slightly updated the interior design instead of using the same model 3 interior that is rather unatractive.

So here is a proposal for the model Y. It has slightly higher ground clearance and longer rear overhang which gives it a more SUV like proportions. I do not dislike the current design, while not that much different than the 3 they could just call it model 3 Plus, add it to their lineup and continue developing the Y further. The competition will be ramping up after this year and Tesla will have to keep up with the styling offerings from the upcoming OEM entries in the field.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Spacex Second Stage Reusability Concept

     Something different this time around: a concept for Spacex' upper stage. The idea was to integrate all elements of the second stage into a single structure that can return to earth.
     To make the vehicle compact, Merlin engine was replaced with twelve SuperDraco engines that are placed on the side of the rocket, similar to their position on Dragon crew capsule. This configuration provides the vehicle with enough power to reach the orbit. Fairings are part of the vehicle now, although the top part can be switched to acommodate Dragon capsule. To save on weight there are no landing legs, a precision landing on a special platform that can safely catch the vehicle is used instead.

Dragon Crew capsule on the left with cargo configoration of the Falcon 9 rocket next to it. The third Falcon 9 carries the redesigned upper stage in cargo config and crew version on the far right.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tesla Steering Wheel Design

     I've never quite liked the Tesla interior design. It looks like something from the fifties with an iPad glued on top. I thought they would improve the interior styling on the new vehicles, but with all the recent observations of the upcoming model 3, that doesn't seem to be the case. I guess the frustration with Tesla's choices draw me to make my own take on some of the interior elements - the steering wheel in particular.
     The design is nothing special with no autonomy or any other features in mind. It is just the current design language in the automobile industry applied to Tesla. I made two versions for different preferences. Performance and Elegance.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tesla Semi

This is a very conceptual look at an all electric Tesla semi truck. Just something for fun...