Küschall Launches Superstar, The World’s Lightest Wheelchair Made From Graphene
Küschall launches its vision for the Superstar — the world’s first graphene wheelchair. Industrial designer Andre Fangueiro and now project leader at Küschall for new developments has joined the Invacare company to redefine the rules of wheelchairs, by utilizing aerospace materials and working in partnership with formula 1 manufacturers to secure the most unprecedented and ultimate driving performance available on the market today.
The Superstar team are industry pioneers, making advancements in the wheelchair market through their development of the first lightweight wheelchair made from Graphene. Küschall are revolutionizing the performance of contemporary wheelchairs with a frame that is 30% lighter and 20% stronger compared to classic carbon wheelchairs, making the superstar truly unique.
The Superstar wheelchair aims to offer the most innovative wheelchair to date by using space-age materials, cutting-edge development technology and a new approach to biomechanics with its direct drive and biomechanical assessment.
The wheelchair features an X-shape geometry with road dampening properties that provides an increase in performance and agility by responding rapidly to every movement. it also features a bespoke backrest with the possibility of a tool-less adjustment, and a tailor-made seat with an integrated seat cushion to also help optimize propelling performance.
The Küschall superstar is built using a semi-metal known as graphene, the strongest material known to man. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and 10 times tougher than diamond, but still incredibly flexible and ultra-lightweight. It is made up of a single layer of carbon atoms, tightly bound in a hexagonal lattice.
The design aims to combat the 50-70% of wheelchair users who end up with upper extremity injuries after the first 10-15 years. In order to ease these chances the wheels have been positioned in closer proximity to the user which helps to increase propelling efficiency.
Industrial designer and project leader for the company, Andre Fangueiro, worked with formula 1 manufacturers to perfect the driving performance of the superstar. The wheelchair features an X-shape geometry with road dampening properties that provides an increase in performance and agility by responding rapidly to every movement. It also features a bespoke backrest with the possibility for a tool less adjustment, and a tailor made seat with an integrated seat cushion to also help optimize propelling performance.