Bentley Has Royal College Of Art Students Envision Its Cars In 2050

Automakers are always working on future projects, but Bentley has teamed up with the Royal College of Art’s Intelligent Mobility program to envision what cars from 2050 could look like.

Since technology is rapidly changing, students in the program where challenged to “imagine how elements of physical materiality, technology and craftsmanship can be curated to create a truly luxurious grand touring experience.” Unsurprisingly, their creations look like nothing else on the road today.

While 24 designs were submitted, just four of them were deemed to be “particularly thought provoking.” Among them was Kate NamGoong’s Material Humanity concept which is a retro coupe with a streamlined body and massive wheels.

The retro theme continues even further as the car is envisioned to have an internal combustion engine and a steering wheel that will enable owners to drive the coupe. That doesn’t sound very revolutionary, but the future is increasingly looking electric and fully autonomous.

Jack Watson’s Stratospheric Grand Touring is the most extreme of the vehicle concepts as it looks more like a UFO than a car. There’s a pretty good reason for this as the vehicle is billed as a “luxury stratospheric transport” which can take-off and land vertically.

One of the more unique entries was Irene Chiu’s Luxury Soundscapes. Rather than a complete car, it’s a high-tech interior that can filter out undesirable sounds and stressful noises. She says this could help to improve the health and wellbeing of passengers in autonomous vehicles.

The final “thought provoking” model was created by Enuji Choi. Dubbed Elegant Autonomy, the concept focuses on the “etiquette of ingress and egress, and how it has evolved over time.”

According to Bentley Design Director Stefan Sielaff, “We wanted ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently.” He added, “These second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future … That’s why the results of the challenge are so exciting.”

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  • Mill0048

    2nd picture: How do we stow the human?

  • Six_Tymes

    Wow! great work

  • benT

    do the designers ever drive a car?
    art students are the poorest of the thousands I have met…………

    • they actually use their feet

      • benT

        COOL !!

  • I SEE SOME INTERESTING DESIGNS HERE. SOME SEEM TO GOING FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN BENTLEY. #6 LOOKS MORE LIKE A BUGATTI. 12 AND 13 ARE USING NISSAN’S C-PILLAR KICK-UP/FLOATING ROOF. 15, CADILLAC PERHAPS?

  • the picture of thumbnail looks more maybach than bentley
    but that’s the idea of having art students involved: having a different perspectives.
    not saying that these work but Bentley gives the image of an openminded brand

  • sidewaysspin

    It’s interesting that they are actually worried about the future.

  • MarketAndChurch

    car design students and architecture students make me hate car design and architecture. most of their projects never have a “soul” or look beautiful.

    • Big Black Duck

      I think they look unique and interesting…and also beauty is in the eye of the beholder,,,i found couple of designs here pretty … also inanimate object don’t have a soul … and that goes for some people too..

  • Exotics

    If it has exhaust pipes the students are fools.

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