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.
- The Nimbus is a bubble-shaped combination of curved glass, carbon-fiber, titanium, aluminum, and whimsy.
- A ladder and roof rack help evoke the classic VW Microbus.
- Galvani imagines the Nimbus would offer four drive modes, including 4WD. It would also have sensors for obstacle detection.
- The 130Kw (180hp) electrical engine would be mounted in the back and also powered by a gasoline engine.
- Alongside the roof storage, the Nimbus would have solar panels to help power itself.
- The central feature of the dashboard would be a multi-function, removable tablet.
- The Nimbus seats only five people, however, to better make room for the built-in refrigerator.
- The Nimbus has a proposed range of 200 miles and a max speed of 100 mph.
- Galvani says the Nimbus would have a "safe virtual position," with drivers and passengers situated high above the ground.
- The Nimbus could be the perfect vehicle for observing the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jeff Goldblum could not be reached for comment.