G.R.U. by Jano Insperger, Hungary

2008: Smaller. Safer. Better.

Drawings on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


Janos Insperger, 26, a Hungarian national, currently lives in Budapest, Hungary. He studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

His interests include industrial and vehicle design and he is currently pursuing a career as a freelance product designer.


The G.R.U.’s main features are the four electric engines with independent suspensions that lift the cars body at a frontal or a rearward impact (instead of destruction zone dissipates the energy). These four engines drive the wheels and change their position that results in smaller parking sizes, and higher ingress and egress position that is necessary for elder passengers. In the base position, the shaft distance is larger which results in better road holding on highways.

There are three sterling seats and one foldable at the back as a carrier rack. The driver’s seat is in the middle of the front side of the car, resulting in better visibility. Since there is no larger motor area in the front, there is a closer interaction between the driver and the surrounding elements.

Because the driver sits in the middle, the side mirrors can be inside providing favorable aerodynamic conditions.

All passengers have their own doors. Due to the special location of the seats, there are doors at the front and the rear of the vehicle. The air can ventilate if all of the doors are open, thus, minimizing the evolution of allergic sickness.

G.R.U. has projector indicators in addition to the lights. They project signs onto the road.

Design Elements:

  • Four independent electric engines and suspensions
  • Suspensions lift the cars body with the same motor that drive the wheels
  • Three plus one seating
  • Doors on four sides of the car