Sidewinder-Hybrid Dakar Support by Jordie Lewis, Canada

2011: Plus 10. The Best is Yet to Come!


Jordie Lewis is a recent graduate of the Industrial Design program at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and have lived in Canada his entire life. He has been interested in transportation and motorsports, rally especially, for as long as he can remember. It is his belief that most automotive technology stems from various strands of motorsports, so it is no surprise that he is a firm believer of function over form. Much of his design inspiration and thought process is driven to overcome current problems with out of the box thinking.


Due to the increased political danger of running Dakar through Africa and some parts of South America. This vehicle would be well equipped to compete in a Dakar rally held in the arctic tundra across the northern plains of Canada.

The hybrid electric driveline provides enough power to remain competitive while being over 40% more efficient. The airless wheel system allows the vehicle to have minimal impact on the environment while giving it the much needed grip to tackle the rough terrain without the threat of punctures.

The support trucks of Dakar today are averaging close to 100 liters per 100 kilometers, which by any standards is atrocious. By implementing a hybrid diesel electric drive line the fuel consumption is cut by roughly 40%. It also gives the vehicle the unique ability to act as a power station to run equipment at the race checkpoints.

The hybrid diesel electric system does not require a traditional drivetrain. In-Hub electric motors reduce the need for driveshafts, transmissions and transfer cases. This makes the vehicle lighter as well as reduces the likelihood of mechanical failure.

The adaptive wheel system allows the vehicle track to widen, giving the vehicle more grip when needed, or lowering rolling resistance at higher speeds. The honeycomb wheel is resistant to punctures and reduces the need to carry spares, maximizing cargo the cargo area

The body is styled to allow for the greatest approach, break over and departure angles. Open wheel wells prevent snow and other debris from accumulating and clogging vital components. The roof mounted air intake allows the mid mounted engine to remain cool and prevents the likelihood of water entering the engine. Both interior and exterior roll cages protect the crew in the event of an accident.

While the problem does not directly lie in my country, the solution does. Recent political concerns have prevented the legendary Dakar race from running. This proposal is to run the event and expand its borders to the north. This new type of terrain will challenge both man and machine and push them to the limits. The Sidewinder Support truck be ready and will provide the means to keep both crews and race cars in top form in their quest for glory.