Driving to work could become driving AT work, after a Huddersfield company designed an office - which fits inside a luxury car.
Car interior trim specialist Alpha Auto Concepts, based in Shelley, transformed a Porsche Panamera after being asked to take part in the TV show Supercar Megabuild.
The show challenged engineers to rebuild supercars from the inside out. The projects have to win the approval of top car-styling guru Afzal Kahn.
The mission was to turn a Porsche Panamera into a fuel-efficient executive supercar for the Chinese business market, creating a luxury office facility with full on board computer and internet connectivity.
Brett Wadsworth, owner of Alpha Auto Concepts, set about the challenge, and working with colleague Chris Pike designed an office which is so detailed it even includes a pen holder.
Brett and Chris came up with a removable office ‘pod’ which sits in place of the passenger seat and is secured using the existing factory fixing points.
The pod is equipped with full on-board Windows PC with 4G Wi-Fi connectivity, wireless keyboard and compact wireless Wi-Fi printer.
LED lighting is built into the footwell along with ambient side lighting. In its closed position the pod serves as a footrest, giving the executive a relaxed full leg extension whilst sitting in the back seat.
At the touch of a button, the foot cushion mechanically rises up to a working position and opens to reveal a 15” monitor and table.
The wireless keyboard with built-in mouse is housed within the unit and can be placed onto the table, which slides to a position to suit the user and opens fully to reveal a pen holder.
Brett said: “In the automotive industry there are people trying all sorts of different things.
“The real problem is trying to work around having such a lack of space. It’s quite compact, but we are very pleased with how it turned out. It’s a full pod, and it looks very smart.”