No that’s not a futuristic movie car starring in some upcoming horror flick, it’s a concept built to showcase the future of lightweight automotive construction.
“We are pursuing the vision of sustainability as demonstrated by nature: lightweight, efficient, and without any waste,” said EDAG’s head designer, Johannes Barckmann. “The result: the ‘EDAG Light Cocoon’ presents a stable, branch-like load bearing structure from the 3D printer, which only uses material where it is absolutely necessary.”
Set to debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, engineering firm EDAG has revealed what it’s calling the “Light Cocoon,” a concept car that features a weatherproof textile outer skin panel. According to EDAG, its designers took a leaf as their inspiration for the project creating the “ultimate, lightweight outer skin” and employed the assistance of outdoor specialists Jack Wolfskin for the material that supports maximum lightweight design requirements with minimum weight.
The material is about about four times lighter than standard copier paper, according to EDAG chief technical officer Jörg Ohlsen and this is actually not the first time its been used on a concept vehicle. In 2008, the BMW GINA Light Visionary concept also had a similar idea, but employed a different chassis. EDAG on the other hand, stretched its weatherproof fabric over a 3D-printed skeleton-style body that has been backlit to give the coupe its subtle glow.