Securabbit by Tomasz Biel, Poland

2007: Sharing the Road.

Drawings on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


Tomasz Biel, MSc engineer of architecture, graduated from Silesian Polytechnic High School in Gliwice, Poland. He is currently working as an architect but also works part time as a graphic and advertising designer.

He has been interested in cars and product design since childhood. But, he finally decided to act on his passion and has recently begun entering design competitions around the world. The list of successful Polish automotive designers is very short, but he hopes to increase that list with his work.


The project for the 2007 Michelin Challenge Design is designed as a four-seat compact car. With a longitude of about 4.4 meters, it may compete with cars like the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Caliber or Honda FR-V. The project is called “secuRabbit” because its silhouette resembles a rabbit and that it has a mounted advanced security solutions that can secure a crew and other traffic users.

The project includes three solutions that increase safety:

Street situation informing system (active safety): It is based on a chain of a transmitters/receivers located along the roadway. Each of them can see the neighboring transmitter and receive its wave that travels by straight line (just like photocell, or laser ray). If a traffic user violates the line, a signal is sent out to all nearby vehicles. The special display mounted in the car shows this information to the driver. This solution helps the driver avoid dangerous situations like being overtaken by other cars, cars pulling out, cars entering on crossroads or trespassing by pedestrians.

Running down pedestrian safety (passive safety): It is a more advanced version of an existing (in Citroen C6, or Jaguar XK) lifted-up bonnet system. In my project, the bonnet is a two-piece: vertical face-part and horizontal upper part. During an accident, the upper part is lifted up while the pedestrian elbows a front part in. The flexible body of bumper can protect the shins of the pedestrian. This solution may be useful in “squareness” styled cars, like the Cadillac.

Expanding side-squeeze zone (passive safety): All doors will be equipped with elements, which after receiving information about any danger through the special sensors, they become thicker thanks to built telescopic sliding elements and a mechanism similar to airbag explosion.