Hyanide by Tilmann Schlootz and Oliver Keller, Germany

2006: California.

Scale Model on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


Tilmann Schlootz
Tilmann Schlootz, 26, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since 2002 he has been studying product design at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach, Germany. He also studied machine engineering at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt from 2002-2002.

In 2001, he took 6th place in the International Design Contest 2001 with his robot design Doublefighter. He took first place in two categories of hte IVM Intermot Motorcycle Design Award 2004. He also participated in teh 2003 motorcycle design project OFX in cooperation with Honda as well as the 2005 automotive design project Moton for GM autonomy platform in cooperation with Opel.

Tilmann has displayed his works at the following: Intermot 2004, Munich; Euromold 2004, Frankfurt; Hannovermesse 2005, Hannover; Gwangju Design Biannale 2005, Gwangju, South-Korea and Euromold 2005, Frankfurt.

Oliver Keller
Oliver Keller, 24, was born in Nurnberg, Germany. He is currently studying product design at HFG Offenbach in Germany. He recently finished a six-month internship at Puma footwear. Other work experiences include civil services at DSZ Coburg and an internship at Werkbund Werkstatt Nurnberg.


To realize the Baal and Hyanide Designs, a completely new vehicle concept had to be developed. It is based on a bendable rubber track that guarantees maximum traction as well as freely changeable directions. To make the handling more comfortable and interesting, the vehicle is steered by hands and feet.

Being intelligent and ground adopting by construction and material, the system does not need complicated sensor systems or adjustable suspensions. Providing much space for a motor, the frame construction allows the use of several engine concepts like conventional fuel systems or fuel cell systems.

The displayed models use 500 ccm ATV Motor which are already mass produced. In general, this engine concept makes many different terms of use possible. In this case, two of them were further developed.

Hyanide is designed as an everyday use vehicle for all areas in the world with harder climatic and geographic conditions such as Alaska, Greenland, desert areas or mountain regions like the Himalaya. It can carry two persons and provides much space to transport any kind of small to midsize goods.