This futuristic car was almost entirely designed by computer algorithms

Using a technique called parametric design or generative design, automotive designer Ayoub Ahmad created the HV-001 by defining a set of conditions and allowing 3D algorithms to create an organic-looking automobile to fulfill those conditions. If the design almost looks like a skeleton, that’s no coincidence because natural evolution also works the same way – it designs skeletons based on a certain set of conditions. Humans have strong heels and tailbones for standing and sitting, birds have light skeletons for flying, and goats have strong skulls for occasional head-butting.

The car’s chassis itself becomes its body, with an exoskeletal framework so organic and beautiful that it would be a shame to hide it under a fairing. The unique exterior of the HV-001 attempts to achieve strength and aerodynamics with as little material as possible, resulting in open spaces where material is not needed and connective pillars in places that experience gravitational stresses, physical loads or mechanical pressure. As for the surfaces, the HV-001 opts for an almost mesh-like surface that has its own dimples or negative spaces to eliminate unnecessary materials and reduce the weight of the car, making it more energy efficient.

Designate: Ayoub Ahmad

The car’s unique skeletal design is reminiscent of the Formula 1 perfume bottles that Ross Lovegrove designed in 2019 (he also used parametric design). With such complicated shapes, it’s almost axiomatic to rely on 3D printing to build your creations. The design of the car clearly hints that it is 3D printed, with the number of undercuts, contours and intricate surfaces all over its exoskeleton. The unique organic design isn’t limited to the car’s chassis – its wheels have organic 3D-printed rims, and the car’s cockpit (even its steering wheel) echoes the same organic generative design language. I wasn’t kidding when I said that the HV-001 was designed almost entirely by algorithms!

The three most common parameters that define such designs are A. Strength, B. Minimum material/weight, and C. Aerodynamics to limit drag and increase efficiency. Just looking at the contours of the car helps you understand which path the air would take as the car passes through it. The vehicle has a defined contour running along the sides and an abundance of air inlets and outlets to keep the vehicle cool even when reaching top speeds. The rear fins also help cut and channel air, and the lack of a traditional exhaust system is enough to make an educated guess that the HV-001 is powered by an electric or hydrogen-powered drivetrain. The car is conceptual, however, and is probably just an exercise in form by designer Ayoub Ahmad, a Dubai-based car designer.

Sharon D. Cole