UNO by Juan Alberto Cruz Gomez, Edgar Lozano Sandria, Hector Eduardo Muñoz Regalado, Karla Dennis Soriano Farfån and Francesca Sasso Yada, Mexico

2007: Sharing the Road.

Drawings on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™

Design Team:

Juan Alberto Cruz Gómez
Edgar Lozano Sandria
Hector Eduardo Muñoz Regalado
Karla Dennis Soriano Farfán
Francesca Sasso Yada


The project leader, Juan Alberto Cruz Gomez, 22, was born and raised in Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico in 2006.

Gomez has participated in numerous design competitions over the past few years. In 2005-2006, he submitted works for the Ideas on Wheels for the Norman Rockwell School, Toluca, Mexico. In 2004, he participated in the Automotive Drawing workshop by Concept Car for SEAT sponsored by Industrial Designer, Roberto Heredia.

Other design competitions include: High Performance Vehicles workshop (2003) and Concept prototype at the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (2002).

Besides being selected as a 2007 Michelin Challenge Design finalist, he was classified to the second round of designs evaluated in the 2006 Interior Motives Awards.

He is proficient in numerous design skills and is fluent in three languages.

A designer for Uno, Karla Dennis Soriano Farfan, 22, was born and lives in Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico in 2006.

She has a great interest in transportation design including concept design, virtual model construction and interiors. She has organized and participated in the planning of different events in Industrial Design among others.

In 2006, she participated in “Congress of car design and engineering” concept car design by Tom Peters, Designer General Motors, Monterrey, Mexico. In 2005, she had an internship in “Air Design” Design and automotive parts in Morelos, Mexico. In 2003, she participated in “automotive drawing” dream about design and the high performance vehicles by Julio Castro Karg, Master in Transportation Design.

Farfan was also selected as a finalist for the 2007 Michelin Challenge Design and is proficient in many design software.

Hector Eduardo Munoz Regalado, a designer for Uno, is 27 years of age and was born and currently lives in Mexico. He is a student of Industrial Design at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City.

He is a 2007 Michelin Challenge Design finalist and also participated in the “Trazos y trozos de la urbe”, with Ludic Space Montage in Arzobispado Museum. In addition, he took part in the “Esgrafia detalle infinito”, a course and exposition of works with visual artists and plastic artists in Palacio Nacional Museum.

Edgar Lozano Sandria is another designer for Uno. He is 25 years of age and was born and currently lives in Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City in 2006.

He is currently pursuing a career in the automotive and product design industry. He is working at Riviera Group in Mexico City while freelancing as a conceptualization and product designer.

Besides being chosen as a finalist for the 2007 Michelin Challenge Design, Sandria was a finalist in the Braun Prize Mexico and was among the Top 70 for the Braun Prize International.


UNO is a one-seater vehicle designed for the urban style in 2025. It utilizes a hybrid system with hydrogen propulsion cells and independent electrical engines on each one of its two wheels. Each wheel has a LED’s based interior illumination system that allows the use of indicator lights, headlights and break lights from the same illumination circle.

The vehicle has an exterior chassis that resembles the exoskeleton on the outside of the insect’s body. In addition, the chassis is built of detachable panels made from recycled materials (PET).

UNO has a wide vision spectrum in the front to help reduce the “blind spots” typically found in a regular vehicle. The windshield makes up 30% of the total structure and is the main access to the vehicle.

UNO is designed to resist high-impact crashes and in the event of collision, it allows an immediate driver’s release. The external structural design protects occupants by absorbing the impact during rear and side crashes. It comes with an occupant’s shelter safety system shaped by the airbags in the driver’s compartment. When activated, the airbags system unlocks the exterior panels making it easier to detach the panels making it safer for the occupant. The polyurethane oversized wheels provide high impact absorption in front and side crashes.

The visual range provided by the compartment gives the driver a major interaction with the surroundings, thus increasing the response on detecting pedestrians and objects in a 180 degree angles.

UNO is a clean vehicle powered by hydrogen cells. UNO produces condensed water (H2O) rather than pollutants.

The exterior panels used for the driver’s compartment are conceived to be exchangeable and made of recycled material (PET based), which is easy to manufacture at a low cost emphasizing the ecological nature. UNO provides a smooth driving experience while adapting to the several uses and requirements for a public transportation and personal use vehicle.

UNO has a Gyroscopic based motion system to provide exceptional stability still and in motion. The hydrogen cells power systems makes it an ecologically friendly vehicle, compact, safe and economic with an average autonomy of 300 kms/ltr. The exterior detachable panels in the driver’s compartment allow for quicker release time in case of collision. The interchangeable parts provide the owner with the freedom to customize the vehicle according to their lifestyle.

UNO’s manufacturing characteristics include: environmentally friendly PET exterior panels; laser cut aluminum frame for easy assembly; high density polyethylene tires; aluminum wheels; aluminum engine support with a polycarbonate shield; central support for the seat is made of aluminum with polycarbonate fibers; high resistance airbags made of natural fibers and the windshield is made of a PET and silica combination.

Technology Applications
UNO’s technological applications include: gyroscopes powered by an internal electrical 12V engine; hydrogen cells with 10 Ltrs capacity; polycarbonate fibers used in the electrical engine shield, steering controls stand and seats frame; wireless ignition system controlled from the control panel; auto expandable system, collision activated that unlocks chassis panels; LED’s lighting system and wireless Bluetooth technology to control Illuminations, tire pressure, alternating Hydrogen-Electric-Hydrogen transmission and speed controls are located in the centralized panel.