Royce De Souza is one of those bright design students whom Launchpad Academy will treasure for a long time to come. Royce completed his BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) from Goa College of Fine Art, specializing in Illustration. Currently working as a Visual Designer in an IT firm, 24 year old Royce plans to pursue his career in transportation design and is hoping to get into one of the top design schools in India. ‘It’s actually a childhood thing/wish. I have been crazy for cars from the very first time I saw them. So all I drew was cars and nothing else than cars!’ says Royce about his passion for cars and car design.
Royce De Souza belonged to Batch 2 of our Diploma in Car Design course. ‘I got to know about Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course through a friend from Facebook. After talking to one of their student coordinators and clearing my doubts regarding the course, I was eagerly hoping to join. The course helped me to a great extent and more importantly, gave me a platform to showcase and improvise my works’ says Royce. Speaking about Sathiya Sir, Royce goes like this ‘I learnt many things about transportation design from Sathiya Sir. He explained car design and sketching concepts to students in a very convincing manner and made sure we are on the same page as him. Also, he is a very patient teacher’
As a part of his final project and assignments, Royce designed an urban vehicle that combines the benefits of a 2-wheeler as well as a 4-wheeler. According to Royce, Indian city roads are crowded, chaotic, dusty and polluted. While 2-wheelers offer the benefit of squeezing through tough traffic and reaching the destination faster, 4-wheelers come with great comfort and seating space. However, 2-wheelers are unsafe and uneasy to drive, and at the same time, 4-wheelers are unnecessarily big for a single passenger, that occupy a large amount of the road causing traffic. So the challenge was to create an urban vehicle that can combine the good features of a 2-wheeler and a 4-wheeler. And we think Royce has done as excellent job on the challenge he was given. See for yourself and be ready to be blown away!
As shown in the above image, Royce recognized the good features of a 2-wheeler such as agility, small footprint, quick getaway and also the perks of a 4-wheeler such as comfort, safety and luggage space. Royce’s concept city car is a beautiful blend of both these features offering additional features like 360 degree turning, dual riding positions and airbags for safety.
The concept car runs on fuel like every other car that we see today and has a powertrain to rotate the 360 degree turning wheels. It has seat lifts, sliding doors and footsteps that open automatically for easy accessibility. Below the handle bar, Royce has ensured that there is enough foot space for operation and also place for tool kit and luggage. The handle bars are adjustable for ease of operation, and airbags, seat belts and automatic breaking systems (ABS) are included for safety.
The car also offers great handling capabilities, owing to its 360 degree turning wheels feature.
Launchpad Academy aims to help car design enthusiasts irrespective of their age and educational background by giving them the right training and platform to design cars. We hope to see more and more talented and creative designers like Royce De Souza in our Academy and see them reach great heights in the design world. All the best Royce, for all your future design ventures and dreams! Launchpad is proud of you!
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