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RACING WHEELCHAIR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION

Enhance the race experience for adaptive athletes learning to race wheelchairs by studying the learning curve, increasing independence, identity, and style, while fitting a range of users a cost-effective price margin. We cooperated with Dr. Cottingham, from the University of Houston, who is the expert in racing wheelchair for years.

Duration

Role

Tool

Materials

4 months

Concept generation

User research

CMF design

Production (Seat)

Rhinoceros

Keyshot

ID Sketching

Adobe Suites

Fiberglass

700 c Carbon Fiber

Steel

Rubber

00 CHALLENGE 01 02 03 04

HOW DO WE DESIGN A RACING WHEELCHAIR THAT EASIER FOR BEGINNERS TO START?

SPINAL INJURIES IN AMERICA

WHY WHEELCHAIR RACING?

Wheelchair Soccer

Wheelchair Golf

Wheelchair Racing

Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Basketball

Racing is the most popular wheelchair sport by far. Additionally, it is the only sport that paraplegic high school students are able to train and compete in alongside their peers. 

00 01 RESEARCH 02 03 04

PROBLEM: SIDE ENTRY IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS

The process involves leveraging your body weight on one arm while swinging your feet over the wheel. A difficult task for even able-bodied persons, this form of entry is what prohibits many riders from joining.

00 01 02 IDEATION 03 04

POTENTIAL SOLUTION: THE REAR ENTRY

The rear entry is significantly faster than any other transfer method but requires more experience

SKETCH
BRANDING

We took qualities from subcultures of extreme sports like skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding to ensure a youthful approach, as well as distinguish ourselves from current brands.

00 01 02 03 FINAL DESIGN

ANTI: ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY!

Anti = sub + counter + alternative Culture.

The brand is predicated on building a unique relationship with a customer base who is used to bland medical products. We design for athletes, not perpetual patients

A major barrier that new riders face when attempting wheelchair racing is the entry. Antigen offers an open cage design to welcome any level of racer.

Highlighted for improved visibility, the handlebar is a key component of entering the chair. For those athletes with little to no trunk mobility, it allows them to grasp the bar and easily slide into the chair from the safety of their own.

The majority of the race the athletes
posture will stay close to their knees for maximum thrust, however, to secure the athletes from the back, a neoprene strap was necessary.

It was important for us to ensure that
the process of entering the chair was
completely independent. Our kickstand,
which works well with all types of racing
chairs use two pressure points on the chair to stabilize the “tippiness” that beginners often face.

THE STRAP

THE SEAT

THE HANDLEBAR

THE KICKSTAND

FABRICATION

We spent one and a half month to build the wheelchair.

We split into two groups: framing group and seat group.

Material: 

700 c Carbon Fiber

Steel

Fabric​

Cabon Fiber