Is this the future of Le Mans racers?
With input from Audi designer Kris Vancoppenolle, design graduate Eric Kim created this avant-garde Audi endurance racer dubbed the Airomorph. The Audi racer echoes past and present Audi endurance racers, notably the R18 and R15, in the styling. But this design study is clearly looking to the future. It features adjusting fabric panels that hone the Le Mans racing car’s aerodynamics as it laps the circuit.
Using technology inspired by catamaran racing, Kim claims the body is made from a single piece of expansion-resistant material that’s stretched over a frame. Movable cables anchor the fabric to the wheels, front and rear section of the racer with hydraulic actuators pulling the wires to fine-tune the aerodynamics as required.