- Jan 12, 2007
Wheeled Spaceship - Volvo BeeVan concept
More after the jump.
We have pictures in our head of motoring along the US's vast expanses of highway, landscape fringing the arc of the windshield while we enjoy the driver-centric environment. Who doesn't love a big 'ol chair with buttons in the armrests (buttons! In the armrests!) that greets you like an excited puppy. If we had one of these things, we'd never want to leave, it's like the uber car geek's dream come true. The Bee-Van is set up so you don't have to leave very often. There are bunks and a dinette, not to mention plenty of storage. Much attention has been paid to keeping the driver comfortable and coddled, so he or she can perform at his or her best. Volvo's designers also applied their noggins to the greasy bits. Radiators are located at the base of the A-Pillars. Air from the high-pressure area at the base of the windshield is directed through the radiators and exits up by the roof. That keeps engine compartment temperatures lower, improving the engine's efficiency. Forget the little weekend speedster, with this thing you could haul around the whole racing team - the race car's cockpit may pale in comparison to the Bee-Van, though.