Bio Top – an electrical and fashion urban car by Luis Pinheiro de Lima

2009: Brave + Bold. America’s Next Iconic Vehicle.

Drawings on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


Luis Pinheiro de Lima, 28, was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He is currently a five year Industrial Design student at “Universidade Estadual Paulista”.

Besides being a finalist of the 2009 Michelin Challenge Design, he is semifinalist of the 2008 Volkswagen Brazilian Design Contest, a finalist of the 2008 Brazilian General Motors Design Challenge, and he had three articles of design, nanotechnology and environmental sustainability at the 2006 P&D Design, the major Latin America Congress of Research and Development of Design.


Bio Top is the next iconic American Vehicle. It’s formed by interactivity, nanotechnology, lifestyle and sustainability. Today the people desire cars that express modernity and their personality.

It is an electric vehicle designed for two people with two wheels in front and a sphere in the back. In this sphere is located an interesting electric battery that charges as the car goes and the energy goes from the battery to the car through the “wireless electricity” technology.

This vehicle presents a new form of dirigibility: brake and speed are located on the steering wheel where there is also a display that presents all the information the driver needs. With this characteristic, driving is more comfortable.

New materials and superficial finishing highlight the color & trim and the shape, and reveal the desired aesthetic refinement. Because the nanotechnology a person can modify electronically the color of the transparent part on external shape to express her emotion.