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One of the great automotive design challenges is reducing drag and improving efficiency while keeping a stylish look.Saab's ...
design team gives you an inside look at the design behind the 9-X BioHybrid Concept.
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Richard Shaw: We start with concept of the cold direction with a clean sheet of paper. What could be this whole direction façade taking its heritage of doing it in completely different way.
Tony Lo: The first sub we call the o-sub is actually equated by SAFNA air craft engineers and this car has probably the most aerodynamic shape of its kind. Since subs coming from its plane heritage, the aircraft heritage, we’ll do something on the decoration.
Boris Jakob: My name is Boris Jakob and I’m the chief exterior designer from the Saab.
Tony Lo: But first of all, I think we start it off from the rather aerodynamic shape. It has a lot of plate that we call a vehicle plate if we look at the car from before and with this all ready, a very sharp vertical rear end. So, we’ll produce that in the future as in this place with the important role in the Saab products.
Male: We had everything that we could do to improve the efficiency of the vehicle.
Tony Lo: The drawback of having a car in this very complex dimension is that there is not enough length of the car so by having a physical extension of the car which we have on the rear corner just extends the car physically by almost 100 millimeters and this really improves the aerodynamic efficiency by up to ten percent.
Boris Jakob: We have minimized every thing that could have an impact on aero so it us become aware and chosen because they are a lot smaller than a low mode mirror.
Richard Shaw: We have already Camaros with aerodynamics car to try and keep the track in the exterior as efficiently as possible so the resulting interiors having to package them in this. I’m Richard Shaw. I’m the chief designer in the Enhance Design Area in interiors.
Now, this particular vehicle with all its own interiors. We’re really trying to do something fast and progressive and we’re creating a whole new direction for solid interior where we tap a complete design as possibly for the whole new pressure points. Instead of the classic set of console with extensive Kentucky fresh and scrap this in a more horizontal light creating a wide interior and taking the instruments straight into the door.
Tony Lo: We integrate a lot of the controls into their steering wheel. It’s a fixed-up steering wheel. It is also that something is new and gives us something good for the top end.
Richard Shaw: We’ve verified the color of simplicity and major forms that will vary on the strength and simple. It’s still progressive and dynamic. I think I have a mixture of challenges and functionality, practicality, far heritage that we’re tapping in a new way. There’s a lot to bring kind of thing. Some people are simple
Tony Lo: The aero-X is this ambition for the Saab then. The 9 X Fire Hybrid is something that we can imagine taking some of the cues from the Aero X whether this is the fun of end that really vote from end and also the ice block concept heath land and adapted to a package which you can put tensionlessly as something on the road in a relatively shorter time.
Richard Shaw: I think people looking at this car think they should just have that feeling of profoundness and its objects of feeling just by discoloring this tone as desired and etched it for the Saab I think I really focused to.
Mark Adams: Two years ago in this very venue, we launched the Aero X concept car and that was deliberate to really set the stage in the iconic design value where we wanted to take this sub-brand which the way I look at it has got half an eye on history looking back to the old 999’s capturing some of the spirit of those vehicles that bring them in forward in a much more contemporary modern way.