Mitsubishi proposes a new way of driving with MMR25 rally concept car.
Anyone who has ever seen a rally race and has enjoyed it would like to become a rally driver and learn how to make the car go sideways with absolute control. Well, according to Mitsubishi, by 2025 anyone will be able to drive like that, but only if behind the wheel (or any other control system) of MMR25.
CRAZY WEIRD CAR DESIGN – MITSUBISHI MOTORS MMR25 CONCEPT RALLY CAR PICTURE
This project, which has been created by Jon Hull for Mitsubishi in order to take part at this year’s edition of LA Auto Show Design Challenge, would apply eight electric engines to each wheel. And wheel is only a way to express what really moves MMR25 ahead, something close to it, but not even remotely adequate. The eight engines compose the surface of this “wheel” and turn independently, allowing the car to move forward no matter in which direction the car nose points.
Besides the propulsion idea, MMR25 also uses Oblique Aerodynamics, or else, the car can move in any direction with the same properties it would have if moving forward. A centre wing adjusts to the directions the car takes. We just wonder how can it be driven with no windshield at all, but this should be no problem for cameras, if this is the idea.
Will MMR25 ever reach a rally race? We doubt it, but we would surely like to give it a try.
Mitsubishi breaks from convention and introduces the MMR25.
While the look is shocking, the multi-terrain, omnidirectional wheels consist of eight independently-controlled motors, allowing for “8 x 4” wheel drive so that the car can be driven forward while pointing in any direction. The MMR25 drives sideways into a corner and points the nose of the car outwards before even reaching the apex of the curve while driving sideways or backwards.
The MMR25 also uses special Oblique Aerodynamics to give the vehicle aero advantages. The center wing acts as a spoiler, actuated by pneumatic and fabricated from Memory Metal Alloy while the front and rear spoilers double as suspension blades which are able to control stiffness and ride height.
LA Auto Show Design Challenge you will be able to admire an interesting new concept from Mitsubishi, the MMR25 Rally Racer. This futuristic race car is an all-electric race car powered by four lightweight, high-efficiency, in-wheel electric motors whose output is boosted with the help of eight supplemental motors. The battery packs are positioned low to the ground in the center and on each side of the vehicle, enhancing the stability and lowering the center of gravity.
The interesting thing about the MMR25 concept is the omnidirectional wheel design that allows the vehicle to be driven forward while pointing the nose of the vehicle in any direction.
The concept has no window, reducing the vehicle weight, but the driver’s cabin has a 360 degree panoramic screen that displays the images taken by the outside cameras.
You might not have noticed, but this collection of tyres happens to have a car attached – the Mitsubishi Motors MMR25, concocted by designer Jon Hull for the LA Design Challenge. The ‘omnidirectional rally concept’ utilises no less than 32 tyres, with eight at each corner.
It’s a shame the MMR25 doesn’t preview the Evolution XI, because blowouts would be a whole lot easier to deal with, as would speed bumps and tall kerbs. The all-terrain concept can be driven forward while pointing in any direction, according to the Japanese maker, and it features ‘oblique aerodynamics’, which is a fancy way of saying the spoiler is in the centre and can move around pneumatically.
Also impressive is the fact that the front and rear spoilers act as suspension blades to control ride height and alter the car’s stiffness. It’s certainly striking, and in a bizarre way some of its features might form the basis of something useable in future… or perhaps not. But it is different, and that’s what these things are all about, isn’t it?