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Is this the future of off-road driving? Bizarre electric concept car ‘The Huntress’ has wheels that can rotate autonomously to handle uneven terrain

  • The Huntress is an electric off-road concept car designed by Connery Xu
  • Independent suspension system allows each wheel to move autonomously
  • Half of the car’s body can run off-road under various conditions
  • The car is still a concept and it remains unclear when and if it will become reality

If you’ve ridden off-road before, you probably remember bouncing on the back of a 4×4.

But the days of clinging to dear life could soon be a thing of the past, if a new concept car has anything to offer.

The concept vehicle, called The Huntress, has wheels that can rotate autonomously to handle uneven terrain.

If you’ve ridden off-road before, you probably remember bouncing on the back of a 4×4. But the days of clinging to dear life may soon be a thing of the past, if a new concept car is something to pass up.

The concept vehicle, called The Huntress, has wheels that can rotate autonomously to cope with uneven terrain

The concept vehicle, called The Huntress, has wheels that can rotate autonomously to cope with uneven terrain

The Huntress is an electric off-road concept car designed by Connery Xuthat wouldn’t look out of place in the Transformers franchise.

The two-seater vehicle has an independent suspension system, which allows each wheel to move autonomously in response to different conditions.

Half of the car’s body can also run off-road in various conditions such as uneven terrain and bumpy roads.

The Huntress is an electric off-road concept car designed by Connery Xu that wouldn't look out of place in the Transformers franchise

The Huntress is an electric off-road concept car designed by Connery Xu that wouldn’t look out of place in the Transformers franchise

The front of the car has an unusual set of headlights that can rotate horizontally, according to Mr. Xu .'s sketches

The front of the car has an unusual set of headlights that can rotate horizontally, according to Mr. Xu .’s sketches

The front of the car has an unusual set of headlights that can rotate horizontally, according to Mr. Xu’s sketches.

As the lights rotate, they reveal a different set of headlights, giving drivers better visibility in dark or foggy conditions.

Meanwhile, the electric motor has been placed at the rear of the car, with spare tires also placed between the two rear wheels.

Unfortunately, the car is still a concept at the moment, and it remains unclear when or if it could become a reality.

Half of the car's body can also run off-road in various conditions such as uneven terrain and bumpy roads

Half of the car’s body can also run off-road in various conditions such as uneven terrain and bumpy roads

Unfortunately, the car is still a concept at the moment, and it remains unclear when and if it can become reality

Unfortunately, the car is still a concept at the moment, and it remains unclear when and if it can become reality

However, it offers an interesting look at what the future of off-roading could look like.

The Huntress isn’t the first concept car to hit the headlines in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, Hyundai’s ‘walking car’ concept came a step closer to reality after the automaker unveiled a new $20 million (£16 million) development center to accelerate its arrival.

Opened in Montana, the US, the goal of the New Horizon Studio is to build vehicles for prospective customers who want or need to travel over terrains that are challenging for conventional ground vehicles.

The Huntress concept car offers an interesting look at what the future of off-road driving could look like

The Huntress concept car offers an interesting look at what the future of off-road driving could look like

It will focus on the development of Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs), including a car with legs that can easily walk over anything it is difficult to drive over.

The South Korean company previously showed designs for UMVs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2019.

Similar to the All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) walkers in the Star Wars universe, the Elevate concept combines a traditional wheel with a leg that unfolds for dangerous terrain.

Elevate: Hyundai’s ride-on concept

The Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the ability to interchange different bodies for specific situations

The Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the ability to interchange different bodies for specific situations

The Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the ability to interchange different bodies for specific situations.

The architecture of the robot leg has five degrees of freedom plus drive motors in the wheel hub and is powered by the latest electric actuator technology.

This design is uniquely able to walk both mammals and reptiles, allowing it to move in any direction.

The legs also fold into a stowed riding mode, cutting power to the joints, and the use of an integrated passive suspension system maximizes battery efficiency.

This allows Elevate to travel at highway speeds just like any other vehicle.

But no one else can climb a five-foot wall, step over a five-foot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and reach a 15-foot track, all while keeping the body and passengers completely flat.

Furthermore, the combination of wheeled motion with articulating legs opens up a new paradigm of mobility by enabling faster walking speeds, unique dynamic riding positions and torsion control at the end of each leg.

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