In Depth on Kumho's Epoch Green Motorsports Concept

As much as we'd give our left one for motorsports, others consider racing the ultimate antisocial activity. Its consumptive attitude toward fossil fuels and laissez-faire emissions standards set the pick in that regard. But following the FIA's lead, some of the world's designers and engineers — and the companies that employ them — are setting off to redefine the formula car sans dino juice. While the F1 fields plans for more hybrid-drive systems on Grand Prix tracks, Kumho tires has its own vision. Kumho could be the only tire company with a dedicated car designer on staff, and he — Rob Dolton — came up with a forward-looking prototype for a green race car. Its called the Epoch, and it combines a body made from bamboo with an interior of recycled tires (natch) and in-wheel electric motors. It doesn't quite have the panache of a late-'60s Lola, but it'll do for 20-30 years in the future. [Car Body Design]