The Bowler Raptor concept is the work of Ryan Skelley, a 2009 graduate of Coventry University’s Automotive Design course. Previous work from Skelley featured on diseno-art.com includes theSunbeam Tiger sports car concept.
The Bowler Raptor was designed to compete in the grueling Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off road race held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Essentially it is an extreme dune buggy developed to cope with the demanding and harsh terrain of the desert race.
The angular bodywork of the Bowler Raptor takes inspiration from both modern architecture and superbikes. The result is an aggressively styled machine which also features a highly functional body panel system. The body panels, which are held on by easily accessible hex-head bolts, are all independent of each other and can be replaced quickly when damaged.
The Raptor utilizes a number of clever and unique features including an exposed carbon fibre chassis which was designed to bring the occupants closer to the action and heighten the sense of speed. The lack of A-pillars and a dramatic cantilever roof provide an almost completely unhindered view from the driver’s seat. The alloy wheels of the Bowler Raptor were designed to match the aesthetics of the bodywork. While the tires were designed to create a contrast by using a combination of both dune buggy paddle tires and digital technology as inspiration. The tire and wheel rim are designed to interlock conveying a sense of strength and solidarity. The design also incorporates eco-conscious materials to create a truly exceptional off-road buggy.
The electric drivetrain of the Bowler Raptor consists of two Lithium-Titanate battery packs which are rechargeable through both a standard wall socket or a dedicated high voltage outlet. The batteries can also be quickly and easily replaced using the Raptor’s unique “hot-swap” battery system, allowing for the old pack to be replaced with a fresh, fully charged battery in just 1 minute. The batteries send their power to a next-generation Siemens electric motor coupled to a single speed transaxle.
The interior of the Bowler Raptor concept features a pair of deeply recessed bucket seats which have significant levels of lateral protection in both the body and head areas, essential for a dedicated off-road racer. Mounted in the centre of the dash is a large navigation screen, and located just above this is a mounting point for an iPhone which provides a constant internet connection as well as acting as a secondary screen. The phone allows the occupants to receive course and weather updates, race statistics, GPS data, and a provides a communications link to the rest of the team.