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Greg from Cardesign.ru just sent us some info and several high-res pics of this concept vehicle by Alexey Bykov. Known as the Audi Quattroflex, it has won a "Best Use of Technology Award" in the Interior Motives Design Awards – 2006. The designer, Alexey Bykov, is a student of Ural State Academy of Arts and Architecture, Russia. While our Russian is limited, Greg's English translation is at least Borat-level so we were able to discern that Alexey's Quattroflex project first sprang to mind a couple of years ago, but this competition caused him to revisit and polish the idea.

The basic concept is two cylinders, front and rear, that house the mechanicals, with the passenger area slung between the two over a variable platform. A control joystick is used and centrally mounted to allow right or left hand drive on the same vehicle. Flexible materials would allow not only the wheelbase to expand or contract, but also for customizable seating with chaise-like sheets that can allow drivers to assume any position from perfectly upright in cargo-hauling situations, to fully reclined for relaxing cruises.

While it resembles a horseless carriage more than a futuristic Audi, the designer says that was intentional. Focusing on a theme of "Emotion in Motion", he wanted to unite interior and exterior while adding a bit of the romance of old-fashioned buggy travel, all with some Audi design cues. Oddly, the horse-collar grille is nowhere to be found. Click the images here and after the jump for larger versions.

[Source: Cardesign.ru via Greg]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      If something this ugly won I'd hate to see what lost.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Quite stylish! Were there any other vehicles in the Interior Motives Design Awards? Have you got photos?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stop saying it's bad because it looks old, have you even read the article? IT'S SUPPOSTED TO LOOK LIKE A HORSE-DRAWN CARRAGE.

      It won it's design because it's revolutionary, not because it looks good. Although I myself think it looks very futuristic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      interesting concept, what the devil are you supposed to do if it rains? :P
      • 8 Years Ago
      You're supposed to have another car for the bad weather. :) Very creative and beautiful concept.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Interesting steering system.
      • 8 Years Ago
      a car w/o a roof for 2020 yeah right
      • 8 Years Ago
      Quite nice! Like the pictures.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is some very creative thinking, that fellow deserves his award!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its the Segways cousin, the one with down syndrome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is some nice thinking????

      you got to be kidding,

      it looks like a horse carriage and early 1900 cars looked just like it. man this guy must be hot on design!!!! please, you all should look back in history before you comment, and maybe that's why this site shouldn't let anyone under 15 post any commments as they are usually ingorant on the issues at hand
      • 8 Years Ago
      is that Leatherface driving the car??

      Killer concept though.
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