The Concept

The Bionika is a mecan-organic car that uses muscle power to transport people. It consumes food scraps and rainwater, produces compost, and it’s even able to repair itself like any living organism, making it an eco-friendly way to travel while reusing waste.

The Background

In early March, I proposed to Xavier Gordillo the idea of building a car powered by muscle instead of combustion. The car would extract energy from the digestion of food as humans or animals do. The goal was to create a living car by using biological structures and mechanical elements.

How It Works   

The Bionika’s frame is made of a conductive graphene composite and rigid organic material. The living tissues are grown in a biotech lab and are assembled on a factory line. Basically it has a stomach that digests processed food scraps and feeds the energy to a powerful muscle designed to propel a crankshaft. The back-and-forth movement of the muscle would be converted into a circular movement and the excess energy could be store inside an organic battery (ORB). The crank would be connected to a mechanical transmission.

The Bionika has a circulatory system used to transport the protein to the muscle engine, and this system can also be used to heat or cool the car since it runs inside radiators. The car is a living organism that ages over time and needs to be well maintained, but it is not an animal per se since it wouldn’t have a brain. It could, however, be interfaced with a limited artificial intelligence (AI) to control and regulate its organs and systems.

Different components could be inspired by body parts. For example, the doors could open like a mouth or eyelids. The use of biological tissue for bodywork would allow for a flexible volume and allow moving parts to move more freely like the wheel’s movement. Suspension and steering could be controlled by muscles via the nervous system of the car, or earlier versions could use standard automotive parts.

 What It’s Used For

The Bionika could replace classic gas powered cars and offer a fully organic option that allowed you to reuse food that would otherwise have ended up in a dump. It might prove impossible to develop such a vehicle within the next 100 years, and it might be hard to justify the quantity of energy required. Nevertheless, this idea might simply succeed by inspiring another inventor to imagine or build a simpler bio-mechanical vehicle or device.

The Designer

I would like to thank Xavier Gordillo for creating the images of the Bionika concept. Xavier lives near Blansko in the Czech Republic. He studied Car Design at the Europe Design Institute (IED), and he works as a Freelance Industrial Designer. Xavier also created the images of the Kartum autonomous shopping cart and the Mujïn autonomous stroller.