I kept coming across these images of futuristic concepts of Santa’s Sleigh and thought, “What the heck… I’ll throw something together for fun to share with my fellow race fans. After all, it IS Christmas.”
After all, if it goes FAST….
So don’t take any of this seriously…it is for FUN. Please share with any young race fans, as I’m sure they will get a kick out of it and maybe even add a thing or two to improve these concepts.
ABOUT THE SLEIGH….
Graphic from http://web.ncsu.edu
Santa’s sleigh incorporates an array of advanced technologies.
Santa’s sleigh is far more advanced than any modern form of air transportation. The truss of the sleigh, including the runners, are made of a honeycombed titanium alloy that is very lightweight and 10 to 20 times stronger than anything we’ve ever seen in a lab.
But there’s more to it than that. The truss can also morph, altering its shape slightly to improve its aerodynamics – allowing it to cut through the air more efficiently. The runners on the sleigh, for example, have some flexure. This allows them to tuck in to be more aerodynamic during flight, and then spread out to provide stability for landing on various surfaces – such as steeply pitched roofs.
The sleigh is also equipped with electronics that are beyond military-grade, including laser sensors that can detect upcoming thermals and wind conditions to find the optimal path. This makes the flight smoother and more energy efficient and, as all aerospace engineers know, efficiency is key.
The focus on efficiency and a smooth ride has also led to the development of a nanostructured “skin” for the sleigh that is porous and contains its own low-pressure system, which holds the air flowing around the airborne sled onto the body, reducing drag by as much as 90 percent.
GE’S EXPERIMENTAL SLEIGH
Graphic from green.autoblog.com
GE could make Santa’s reindeer obsoletein this General Motors concept sleigh. GE claims the addition of sodium batteries in power packs are only intended to offer the Reindeer much-needed breaks from pulling the sleigh.
Santa’s Sleigh also features self-powered OLED lighting so that there’s no chance of him missing your chimney. Moreover, the sleigh is assembled from lightweight composites, including a set of Ceramic Matrix blades and a body molded from carbon fiber.
CONCEPT SLEIGH by JAGUAR and LAND ROVER
Concept sleigh for Santa by Jaguar and Land Rover. Graphic by autoblog.com
Jag’s design features the unlikely addition of twin, rear-mounted propellers (which might make rooftop landings a little difficult — and noisy), snowspeeder-thingys particle accelerators and a painted mascot on its forward flanks that is definitely not Mrs. Claus. Plus, Santa wouldn’t have a reindeer in the front seat…
Graphic by autoblog.com
Bentley designers took to the drawing boards and mixed a Bentley with the snow-covering ability of a downhill toboggan, complete with rifled tailpipes and exposed Bentley Blitzen powerplant as well as a sleigh with quad-outrigged headlamps and a goggled Santa.
LEXUS’S CONCEPT SLEIGH (Graphic Only)
Graphic by autoblog.com
FERRARI DESIGNED SANTA’S SLEIGH (Graphic only)
AUDI’S CONCEPT SLEIGH
Graphic by autoblog.com
The ICC is a top notch sleigh designed by the German manufacturer specifically for Santa Claus. The ICC acronym comes from Intergalactic Christmas Concept, and Audi believes that this is the perfect transport for a modern Santa Claus. Team members of Audi’s design team promises it to be the fastest, safest and most technological advanced of all sleighs. The ICC is inspired by a trimaran boat and is made of carbon fiber; it also features the e-tron Hyperdrive technology which allows you to travel around the world within minutes and without polluting. Another equipment that is part of this ultra-modern sleigh is the climate control system, which guarantees that Santa travels from the North Pole ice to other more torrid regions like Mexico without any major problems.
TECHNICAL EXPLANATION of SANTA’S SLEIGH & REINDEER
Graphic by The Comic King
FORD ECOBOOST CONCEPT OF SANTA’S SLEIGH
Graphic by Green.autoblog.com
Ford has figured that Santa’s road crew drops a knee-wobbling 214,670 tons of CO2 each year while delivering presents. The Ford design team started with the Evos concept morphed into an imaginary Santa-worthy sled. Under the hood rests a 123-horsepower, 125 pound-foot 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that reduces CO2 by 191,843 tons.
JUST ANOTHER CONCEPT FROM AN AUTO ARTIST
Graphic by Bernie Walsh
Looks pretty cool, but the engine designed for coal burning….
BREAKDOWN OF SANTA’S SLEIGH
Graphic by Howstuffworks.com
So how does Santa do it? The most logical explanations is science and technology. Santa could have mastered the power of antimatter and that Santa and his elves would have to outfit his sleigh with a Stardust Antimatter Propulsion Engine. This device would allow Santa to deliver toys around the world in one night and be back to the North Pole.
LET’S GET TECHNICAL, REALLY TECHNICAL… THE TECHNO SLEIGH
So how does Santa do it? Here are some ways in which chemistry can help Santa meet his deadline:
Graphic by CHEMISTRYVIEWS.COM
While the mechanism of reindeer flight remains unclear, many theories have been put forward in the literature including magic acorns , stardust antimatter , and that heat and energy generated from air resistance powers flight . However, Santa himself notes that reindeer only fly on Christmas Eve , leading us to consider some kind of astronomical event that occurs annually on that date. One fact is clear, however; a team of sleigh-pulling reindeer traveling at 3.5 million miles per hour will generate a lot of air resistance and will need to dissipate the resultant heat energy if they, and Santa, want to last the night.
VAUXHALL CONCEPT (European)
Graphic by perrys.co.uk
Vauxhall seems to have the engines worked out – although perhaps the turbocharged jet engines featured on the Jaguar C-X75 concept (and set to appear in very limited versions of a production version in future) would probably give the sleigh a bit more speed to get around billions of homes in just one night.
- Satellite Navigation (A top-spec TomTom satellite navigation.)
- Ford SYNC (If Santa were to forget a present, he could use the communication technology package to speak to the elves at the North Pole and put in any last minute orders.)
- Start/Stop (Designed in cars to turn the engine off when the car is stationary in traffic lights. Santa’s route means plenty of starting and stopping and the technology could help him save a fortune in fuel costs.)
- Flex7 (The system allows all of the seats to be manipulated in several different ways and each can be folded or moved. In a sleigh, this could be a valuable addition.)
- Five-Star Safety (This means front, passenger and side airbags in the event of a collision, seatbelts with pretensioners and even Electronic Stability Control (ESC).)
Merry Christmas, everyone!!!
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