Designer Antti Eskeli has come up with a transforming car that can take on the changing Nordic road conditions: the Michelin Active Wheel Concept Maininki. This innovative car can serve as a comfortable cruiser or a compact hatchback as needed, by shifting the wheels closer together and angling the roof up for a shorter footprint.
Maininki is a Finnish word meaning “swell,” referring to a long-wavelength surface wave on a body of water. According to Eskeli’s website, “Swells are far more stable in their directions and frequency than normal wind waves, having often traveled long distances since their formation.” And that was the idea behind the Maininki: to develop a car with stable, reliable performance in any weather or driving conditions.
It’s not looking like the Maininki was exactly designed for any road conditions, but it is a beautiful take on a concept we are seeing a lot of lately–changeable chassis length for versatile driving performance. The Maininki concept was a Michelin Design Challenge finalist and was displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year.
Via Yanko Design