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This is the car you'd drive to explore national parks on Mars

The dream of the VW Microbus lives on in this concept car

Brazilian designer Eduardo Galvani has put together renderings for a concept car he's dubbed the "Nimbus." It's a bulbous, van-like hybrid that evokes the nostalgia we feel for the classic VW Microbus, but lives in a future world where car design is free to be whimsical — if not a little weird.

Galvani also imagined the features and the details of how the van would operate: a rear engine paired with an electric motor, big knobby semi-cross tires, a tablet-based center panel display, and of course a mini-fridge with room for eight cans of your beverage of choice. Though Galvani says it would weigh about 3,570 pounds, what it really weighs is nothing; it's as solid as the CAD rendering file it was made with, as hefty as our dreams of touring a national park on Mars while ensconced in a glass-and-metal orb.

You can see more of the Nimbus below, or visit Galvani's site for a full gallery.


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