Emergent's Semi-Rigid Car Makes Its Own Fuel from Algae

 - Jul 17, 2011
References: dezeen & designbuzz
The Semi-Rigid Car looks like an alien vehicle, and for good reason. Made out of cartilage, it makes its own fuel from algae. Considering that movies about extraterrestrials often imagine their modes of transportation as organic, and even living, makes this real-life attempt at creating one truly astonishing.

Conceived by Los Angeles architects Emergent, the Semi-Rigid Car is a bioengineered vehicle that would be grown rather than built. Its synthetic skin would make it easier to transport because parts of it would be able to bend like a limb. Designed to explore futuristic manufacturing processes, the Semi-Rigid Car would specifically be 3-D printed from a mixture of organic materials, polymers, rubbers, resins and silicone.