The Tesla T1 Concept is a new electric car that was made for the 2030 24 Hours of Le Mans Race. Designer Omar Alfarra Zendah created the Tesla T1 Concept. He had the help of a group of transportation design students from the IED Barcelona Design School. The team developed this concept for the Michelin Design Challenge 2017.
Although the 2030 Le Mans is quite a ways off, this design provides a glimpse of the future of race cars. The concept is based on the Gorlov vertical wind turbine concept. It uses future technologies, such as wind advantages that help it produce excellent acceleration and energy.
Individual turbines were incorporated into the wheels of the Tesla. These turbines push air through the ducts into a fifth turbine that located at the back of the vehicle. The forced air causes the T1 to shoot forward with power and acceleration. This concept is thought to produce up to 1,000 kW of power, which is equal to roughly 1,340 horsepower and 1770 lb-ft of torque. This is quite a bit of power for a car that weighs just 900 kg and would translate to a top speed of roughly 410 km/h.
Other features include a Dynamic Axis System that allows the car’s axles to move independently. This system results in superior agility, allowing the T1 to tackle the sharpest corners with ease.
The Tesla T1 rides on a set of Michelin tires that are 3D printed from titanium, magnesium and graphene at each corner. These tires would provide more than enough traction for the Tesla T1 Concept to tackle any race.