(It’s green…) Rolling beer barrel


Published in weekly magazine “Der Spiegel” on October 21, 2009
Original title: “Rolling beer barrel”

[ok… but couldn’t he just have made it yellow or pink?]

Futuristic electro-project from Iran

Mohammad Ghezel, Iranian artist and designer, presents a futuristic study of work about an electric vehicle. The “eRinGo” resembles a beer or wine barrel and remotely reminds us of the rolling battle droids from the more recent Star-Wars-movies.

Two persons are supposed to fit next to each other in this extraordinary vehicle, which so far is just a computerized design model. An electric motor drives the three rings that surround the nacelle. Similar to the City Segway scooter, a gyroscope ensures that the eRinGo will not turn over during the ride.

The propulsion is usually only on one wheel, because the central ring has a considerably larger diameter than the two outer ones, which provide additional stability and allow for more narrow turnings, according to the designer’s vision.

Ghezel is not an unknown figure in Iran. For two of his former works he was awarded at the Iran Khodro Design Competition, an event hosted by the largest Iranian car manufacturer.

“I love futuristic design and believe that basically everything is possible,” said Ghezel in an interview with the online edition of the American technology magazine “Wired”. “Current technologies are found in existing vehicles, but we can shape the future. And perhaps engineers and scientists will be inspired by our work.”

The eRinGo – the name stands for “electric rings that make it go” – in principal can be controlled by both inmates. Once one of the two takes over the control of the vehicle, the control unit of the co-pilot is supposed to be disabled.

The design of this exceptional car is inspired by the basic part of most vehicles – the wheel. Into the wheel, Ghezel then integrated the drive and the passenger cabin. “Probably this form is inappropriate for today, but my motto is: Nothing is impossible. Imagination is unlimited”.

The eRinGo indeed looks fantastic, but there are already similar concepts. So-called Monowheels have been built since 1869 – at that time still with a manual drive. The first motorized unicycle was probably the Garavaglia Monowheel of 1904.


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