Toyota Fosters Young Automotive Designers

Picture: The innovative amphibious Amphi-X concept won the Toyota People’s Choice Award at the Target 2030 Automotive Design Awards.

A revolutionary concept car, created by Monash University industrial design graduate Beichan Nan, is a vision for the year 2030. Designed to ease traffic, the vehicle is operational across both land and water, and has won a prestigious automotive industry design award sponsored by Toyota.

With the key philosophy being future cars should not be limited to driving on roads, ‘Amphi-X’ designer Nan, 24, said the inspiration for the concept was a way to prevent traffic choking our cities.

The cutting-edge, innovative concept features a “tunnel hull” design and four claw-like wheels which provide traction across a variety of surfaces.

Operating as a traditional car, the the Amphi-X becomes a water-borne vessel when the wheels begin to act as impellers.

“Each wheel has its own motor, which can propel the vehicle on land or water. The wheels feature a number of rubber ‘rollers’ which provide two key functions – firstly, they shrink in size in the water which creates less drag, and they also enable the wheel to move in more directions than simply longitudinally. ” Mr Nan said.


Mr Nan was presented with the Toyota People’s Choice Award at the VACC’s Target 2030 Automotive Design Awards, by Toyota Australia’s design chief Paul Beranger.

One of Australia’s most talented and experienced automotive designers, Mr Beranger, said Target 2030 was important in stimulating interest for working in the industry.

“Toyota’s enthusiasm for being involved with Target 2030 is part of the company’s commitment to developing the research and development skills and abilities of future generations. Through this competition we can promote the industry and encourage young people to consider pursuing a career within it, helping to create a viable Australian automotive industry for the long term.” said Mr Beranger.

The aim of Toyota’s People’s Choice Award was to get the public involved on the future of motoring, said VACC executive director David Purchase.

“VACC is proud to create this unique opportunity for automotive industry professionals, students, parents, teachers and Government ministers to come together and support automotive careers. We are delighted that Toyota has become involved with Target 2030 in providing us with a member of the judging panel of the ilk of Paul Beranger, and as sponsors of this year’s awards.

The People’s Choice Award attracted  hundreds of visitors to Federation Square, with voters choosing their favourite student entry.