Volvo Air Motion design study
22nd November, 2010
Volvo will display a scale model of the Volvo Air Motion
concept car, developed by Volvo's design centre in California, at the Los Angeles Motor Show. The
concept was developed to participate in the Design Challenge Competition.
Lighter than a Formula One racing car tipping the scales at under 1,000 lbs, the Volvo Air Motion
Concept has been designed like a clam shell and sculptured from ultra light carbon fibre.
Minimising weight and complexity, while maximising driving enjoyment, is the philosophy behind this
vehicle. Thousands fewer components are employed than in a traditional car thanks to the powerful yet
simple compressed air motors that replace a heavy internal combustion engine. The motors cool down
under load rather than heat up, thus removing the need for heavy cooling systems. An integrated
approach to designing the chassis, interior and suspension also contribute significantly.
To compress the air needed for the centrally mounted air tank, Air Replenishment Sites are used.
Powered by air turbines floating 1,000 ft in the air they harness the power of the wind and convert it
to electricity to provide the compression.
Aimed at the driving enthusiast, the Volvo Air Motion demonstrates the beauty and purity of
Scandinavian design and delivers a guilt free, raw driving experience.
Introducing a new form of exhilaration. The Volvo Air Motion.
Facts about Volvo Air Motion - LAA
A 1/4 scale model will be displayed in the display area of the concourse that connects the South
and West Halls at LA Motor Show.
Facts about VMCC
Volvo Air Motion has been developed at Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC) that opened in 1986.
VMCC is situated in Camarillo, California. VMCC Air Motion Team: Chris Benjamin, Dean Bakker, Steve
Goodrich, Bjorn Wessman, Doug Frasher, Dean Shaw and Geza Loczi.
Facts about the Design Challenge
Each year for the past seven years, a topical theme is chosen and the major Southern California
automotive design studios are invited to compete in the Design Challenge. For the first time studios from
Germany and Japan will join the competition adding an international dimension to the contest. The highly
anticipated challenge allows studios to flex their creativity and explore new ideas in automotive
The theme this year addresses society's shift toward minimising consumption of the earth's resources.
The objective is to envision an efficient, light-weight, four passenger vehicle (not to exceed 1,000
lbs.), that is both comfortable and safe, while delivering satisfactory driving performance without
sacrificing the styling consumers demand.