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Somebody once told us that inspiration comes in many forms and once it hits, it can turn even the most mundane of things into masterpieces. Who knew that in the mind of designer Jiyun Seo, he could turn the principles of origami into an actual design study.

Strange as it sounds, that’s what Seo was able to accomplish by penning the Project Lexus Aileron. Seo based the car’s overall look on an accordion-like surface featuring sheets of paper that serve the purpose of an aileron, hence the name.

In the glossary of aeronautic terms, an aileron is actually hinged flight control devices that’s attached to the trailing edge of the wing to help the aircraft maintain control and stability. Seo wanted to take this principle and utilize it on his study, turning the body of the car into something that allows air to pass through thus achieving less weight while also increasing both its speed and fuel efficiency.

Combining this unorthodox system with a design that features an aggressive body made out of a bio-steel construction and layers and layers of swooping cars and you have a car that certainly has a place in the annals of awesome futuristic vehicles that we’ll probably never see in our lifetime.

Such a shame considering that all things considered, the whole principle of the Lexus Aileron Project, including the shape-shifting and the prevalent use of paper origami - we hope its waterproof paper, by the way - is something that would be most welcome in the future of the industry.

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Source: Car Design Community

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6 comments:

  (830) posted on 10.19.2011

It was too futuristic for this generation. I hope they wouldn’t bring this one on production’s yet, maybe it is better if after 3 to five years hereafter before they could put this one on the market. smiley

  (434) posted on 07.26.2011

I wonder why the color of the car is not balanced, other than that, I like the designs of the car, especially its wheel which is like an electric fan. You will never think that it came from the idea of folding paper.

  (399) posted on 07.14.2011

The design is pretty cool, but it is some kind of fancy. This is just a study, and I know it’s hard to construct it real world. I doubt if they can make it . I hope they can.

  (579) posted on 07.11.2011

Oh, this one is really futuristic. From its exteriors, you can see its inspired from aeronautics. I’ll be looking forward on this design. Hopefully, the project will materialize.

  (630) posted on 07.11.2011

I think Lexus is indeed making their way on the top. Releasing a world class type of models with futuristic appearance, I bet this company can someday be on the top.

  (320) posted on 07.8.2011

Pretty interesting and sexy design. And he actually has an interesting concept behind it all. But then again, let’s face it, this is just an idea and that we will not see it on the roads in the long run.

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