Exploder II by Cristian Polanco, Guatemala

2013: Half! Lightweight with Passion.



Cristian Armando Polanco, 26, was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He graduated with a degree in Industrial design at the Universidad Rafael Landivar.

He likes to design almost everything from product design to transportation design. He is always impassioned in every project that he develops. He gets very inspired by old school design style but always thinks about how it is going to be in the near future.  Trying to be better every day, he has won some local awards from artistic, illustration, and industrial design competitions. He always challenges himself to be one of the top designers from Guatemala.


Driving becomes more expensive due to rising fuel costs, tolls and parking fees in the cities. At the same time it makes less and less fun, because the roads are going to be congested and there are not enough parking spaces. In the future, people are going look for alternative, funny and ecological ways to move between long distances, maybe out of the roads. This Electric SUV becomes a nice excuse to trip out of the roads, been ecological without sacrifice the passion or the joy to drive.

The Exploder II It is easy to build and recycle and its materials can be re-used in new or different applications. The vehicle is very light weight, which allows it to easily reach high-speeds with small energy consumption.

The Exploder II has a four wheel drive system, each one of these wheels uses the Michelin Active Wheel technology and an individual electric motor that controls the vehicle direction linked to the steering wheel by a wireless system.

The Michelin Active wheels toe-in to allow the vehicle to rotate about a pivot point that is located at the center of the vehicle.

Lightweight electric SUV?

The main body of the Exploder II is made of stretched lightweight tensile fabric with integrated thin film solar panels on a tubular structure made of Thermoplastic Composite Materials. These new material are tougher, lighter, stiffer, and have an infinite shelf life, can be recycled and perform better during collisions in order to use considerably less energy.