Sustainable transport may be just another task on environmentalists' to-do list, but for car designers it's a path to rethinking how automobiles are built, and from what they're made. That's the idea behind the "Stauro," a conceptual roadster with the horsepower of an exotic supercar, using recycled materials in its construction. The eco-friendly hot rod envisions a day when high-performance gasoline engines are replaced by powerplants using citrus-oil and steam. No, they're not kidding.
The Stauro concept is the product of industrial designer Taylor Welden of Austin, Texas and engineer Harry Schoell, leaders of a seven-person design team. The group designed the compact Stauro to operate within cramped urban parking spaces. The car's exoskeleton is envisioned as 100% recycled aluminum, with body panels made from ecoresin by 3form, a co-polyester material made from 40% recycled content. But what could be the most innovative thinking is under the hood. Imagine a steam engine that runs on orange oil, and is capable of churning out 700 horsepower -- or enough to send a lightweight eco-roadster into a low-earth orbit. The three-wheeled Stauro is designed to seat two passengers in comfort and safety. As for the car's fictional production; all manufacturing facilities and materials sourced would be within 500 miles of the company headquarters, for a super-low carbon footprint. Sounds like a plan for the new GM.
[via Taylor Welden]
Street legality? Range? Fuel cost?
That's a fun concept. I love orange juice!
Didn't the inventors of recycling, Sweden, announce this year that recycling is a failure? It doesn't work. It causes more pollution and waste than just disposing of the old crap and starting over. Didn't you guys get the memo? Where did you get your liberal art degree, Sears and Roebuck?
Iformation is nice. Insults, not so much. Why insult when, you can inform and re-educate? Provide sources, to back up your ideas. If you can sway someone to your side, instead of making an enemy, why make an enemy?
This article was created using a nearly three year old posting from Taylor Welden's professional portfolio site. As exciting as it sounds, I was not able to find any mention of the concept on Harry Schoell's website for his Cyclone steam engine. I would like to know if the PopSci has any new information regarding this venture. Otherwise, I think they're needlessly getting our hopes up using newly rediscovered, yet outdated information.
It would be pretty cool to drive a car that runs on orange juice. i agree with rlenston, orange juice is the shit!
Well if you love orange juice this would be bad news. Its gonna be a lot harder/more expensive to get your oranges when they're being used for fuel.