Even for talented South Africans, becoming a car designer for a major manufacturer involves huge personal and financial sacrifice. Add in an overseas stint, earning a degree in transport design and it’s a bridge too far for most. Fortunately that’s not enough to kill an enthusiasm for car design, as countless amateur car designers will attest. One such talented South African is Jozi-based Industrial Designer Alp Germaner. His conceptual design study for a personal fun tool, called Capsule, is an innovative, adventurous vehicle in perfect synergy with South Africa’s ‘outdoorsy’ mindset.
In Alp’s own words, ‘The idea was to unite a crowd of people with the same interests, using a vehicle that offers them freedom, fun, technology and style. The project was inspired by Kawasaki’s cult bike, the KLR 650 and my personal trips on outback rides. I wanted the Capsule to be as capable, but safer.’
Alp also envisages the Capsule as a roaming i.p. address, with always-on satellite-based internet connectivity. A fully-equipped mobile office in the bush or a life-line in an emergency. The connection also means that you could relay live video of your epic off-road adventure via the frame-mounted, rotating video cameras. They double as rear-view mirrors when required, displayed on two internal LCD screens. Of course they’ll also record any wipeouts when you’re dune jumping.
Capsule is powered by an electric motor, using roof-mounted solar panels as chargers. A true multi-purpose vehicle, the daily commuter/fun off-roader features modular outer panels that can be quickly transformed using different colour, texture combinations. One kit for the city, one for the rough stuff.