Wind Powered Sail Drives Student Car Design

Peter Tabeling, a senior design student in Cincinnati, has posted his idea online for a vehicle that utilizes wind power called the Køre. There are little technical specifications of the concept, but the inovation hinges on a retractable sail that can rotate in different directions to harness the wind in the most effective manner.

The car has two modes, one for the highway with the sail open and rear wheelbase extended, and one for the city with the sail down and wheelbase contracted. Tabeling has created some other car concepts, and like the most recent, all focus more on the design than the details.

image via Peter Tabeling

For dream’s sake, let us say the concept car seen in the image above is made of a light-weight bioplastic, powered by a decent 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery system, and equipped with an 80 kilowatt electric engine, like one proposed in a BMW-inspired electric motorcycle concept we noted earlier this year.

In order to be partially propelled by the wind, the Køre concept would need to be fairly light in body and powertrain, and in order to be a viable highway vehicle would also need to have a range of over 100 miles, all while being able to power an automatic system to lower and raise the sail, along with other components. So, automotive engineers, get to work, we’ll be waiting to take a test drive.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.