Designed to influence: BMW build GINA a Shape-Shifting Car Out of Cloth
July 23, 2010 Leave a comment
This is such a futuristic concept and is now over eight years old! Yet in terms of innovation and forward thinking it is still my personal favourite. Instead of steel, aluminum or even carbon fiber, the GINA Light Visionary Model has a body of seamless fabric stretched over a movable metal frame that allows the driver to change its shape at will. GINA — which stands for Geometry and functions In ‘N’ Adaptions. The car — which actually runs and drives — is a styling design headed straight for the BMW Museum in Munich and so it will never see production, but building a practical car wasn’t the point. Designed with the intention to steer creativity and research into new directions. BMW says the fabric skin – polyurethane-coated Lycra – is resilient, durable and water resistant. It’s stretched over an aluminum frame controlled by electric and hydraulic actuators that allow the owner to change the body shape. Want a big spoiler on the back? Wider fenders? No problem. I love how the headlights wink open and shut, almost seducing on coming traffic.