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BMW Unveils New 'fabric shell' shapeshifting Car

Zilla360Zilla360 Spaaaace!In Space.Registered User regular
edited June 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
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And it's name's not KITT, but GINA. :winky:
(Wired,2008) Concept cars give automotive designers a chance to let their imaginations run wild, often with outlandish results. But even by that measure, BMW has come up with something as strange as it is innovative -- a shape-shifting car covered with fabric.

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. 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.

Chris Bangle, head of design for BMW, says GINA allowed his team to "challenge existing principles and conventional processes."

"It is in the nature of such visions that they do not necessarily claim to be suitable for series production," company officials said in unveiling the car Tuesday. "Rather, they are intended to steer creativity and research into new directions."

Giving Bangle and his team that latitude to design so radical a car "helps to tap into formerly inconceivable, innovative potential" to push the boundaries of appearance and materials as well as functions and the manufacturing process, BMW says.

Bangle and is team actually built GINA -- which stands for "Geometry and functions In 'N' Adaptions" -- six years ago, but BMW kept it under, er, wraps until Tuesday. It's built on the Z8 chassis and has a 4.4-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission. 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. "The drastic reinterpretation of familiar functionality and structure means that drivers have a completely new experience when they handle their car," BMW says.
http://www.bmw-web.tv/en/video/gbiXGRR/BMW%20GINA%20Light%20Visionary%20Model%3A%20Premiere

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  • GreeperGreeper Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    The last machine named Gina was hotter.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Cool as hell. I love concept cars. I also guess I have a hard-on for BMWs. People bitch about Bangle's designs, but I like 'em.

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  • Zilla360Zilla360 Spaaaace! In Space.Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    It does look better with the doors and hood closed, I'll agree.

  • ÆthelredÆthelred Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Keyings ahoy.

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Oh that is frikkin awesome.

    They way the hood opens though maybe Gina was not a good name. What with two ways to pronounce the letter I and all.

  • TachTach Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Transform, and roll out.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    So uh, how would this hold up in a crash
    I just wanna see that

    Also this is "mad ill"

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  • AdrienAdrien Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Tach wrote: »
    Transform, and roll out.

    A transformer that turns into a cooler looking car.

    Yes.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Great. Wonderful. Make my electric car, kthxbye.

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  • ElJeffeElJeffe Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited June 2008
    I wonder what the canvas looks like clipping along at 80mph. Does it look cool, or ripple and look retarded?

    But man, this is potentially awesome. Would using some sort of canvas in lieu of fiberglass/aluminum/whatever appreciably affect weight? If they could make it virtually tear-proof, that would rock.

    [While watching popcorn in the microwave]
    Maddie: "Look Riley, the bag's as big as your head now!"
    Riley: "Hahaha, yeah!"
    Maddie: "Look, now it's as big as your butt!"
    Riley: "Omigosh, it looks just like my butt!"
  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    So uh, how would this hold up in a crash
    I just wanna see that

    Also this is "mad ill"

    I've seen some stuff on 'Modern Marvels' that would be perfect for this application. Has the strength of steel when a field of something or other is applied to it, and then returns to its normal properties when the field is dissapaited.

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    I wonder what the canvas looks like clipping along at 80mph. Does it look cool, or ripple and look retarded?

    But man, this is potentially awesome. Would using some sort of canvas in lieu of fiberglass/aluminum/whatever appreciably affect weight? If they could make it virtually tear-proof, that would rock.

    I imagine Kevlar or synthetic spider thread( that's real right?) is what they would use if this caught on.

    Edit how did I forget the best example of a Car that turns into another car

    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/prizangel/Gadgetmobile-InspectorGadget.jpg

    Ugh it's supposed to be the gadget mobile. The link won't work though.

  • MayGodHaveMercyMayGodHaveMercy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Needs a different extension and more frames.

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  • TL DRTL DR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    The thing about kevlar is that it's great at dissipating kinetic energy (a bullet, for example) but doesn't do much against an edged weapon.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    The thing about kevlar is that it's great at dissipating kinetic energy (a bullet, for example) but doesn't do much against an edged weapon.
    Hilariously, virtually nothing does. The best stab proof vest will apparently still fail vs a determined attack from say, a bayonet.

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  • FeralFeral Who needs a medical license when you've got style? Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Malkor wrote: »
    So uh, how would this hold up in a crash
    I just wanna see that

    Also this is "mad ill"

    I've seen some stuff on 'Modern Marvels' that would be perfect for this application. Has the strength of steel when a field of something or other is applied to it, and then returns to its normal properties when the field is dissapaited.

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    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.
    the "no true scotch, man" fallacy.
  • ElJeffeElJeffe Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited June 2008
    Doesn't the body of a car not really provide any protection, anyway? I thought the frame is what absorbed all the force in a collision.

    [While watching popcorn in the microwave]
    Maddie: "Look Riley, the bag's as big as your head now!"
    Riley: "Hahaha, yeah!"
    Maddie: "Look, now it's as big as your butt!"
    Riley: "Omigosh, it looks just like my butt!"
  • AntimatterAntimatter if you want to talk to me look elsewhere.Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Tach wrote: »
    Transform, and roll out.

    More than meets the eye...

  • DelzhandDelzhand motivated battle programmerRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I... I think I'm attracted to her. Not in a car-sex-fetish sort of way, but I've always been really leery of people who treat cars and objects as beings, and this almost makes me see how they think.

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  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    I wonder what the canvas looks like clipping along at 80mph. Does it look cool, or ripple and look retarded?

    But man, this is potentially awesome. Would using some sort of canvas in lieu of fiberglass/aluminum/whatever appreciably affect weight? If they could make it virtually tear-proof, that would rock.


    It's not canvas, it's polyurethane-coated lycra, which is pretty much what people wear when competing in luge, skelton, bobsledding, and speed-skiing competitions.

  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    The thing about kevlar is that it's great at dissipating kinetic energy (a bullet, for example) but doesn't do much against an edged weapon.
    Hilariously, virtually nothing does. The best stab proof vest will apparently still fail vs a determined attack from say, a bayonet.

    Historically, the best defense against such an attack has been to shoot the pointy-object-wielding offender before he comes within arms reach.

    This will likely remain true for the foreseeable future.

  • IncenjucarIncenjucar QA Tester -> Game Producer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    That's very cute, but I can't imagine it's all that practical to own.

    Especially if you have pets or trees.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Incenjucar wrote: »
    That's very cute, but I can't imagine it's all that practical to own.

    Especially if you have pets or trees.

    I'm thinking it'll be a case of putting it in the garage next to your 15 other toys.

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  • FatsFats Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    It's cool, but I'm really interested in the structure underneath it all. Seal up the electronics and I'd drive it around without the "body", like a big fat Ariel Atom.

  • AdrienAdrien Registered User
    edited June 2008
    You guys really need to go look up "concept car".

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Plenty of concept cars have made it into production in some form.

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Adrien wrote: »
    You guys really need to go look up "concept car".

    Just because it's destined to be put in a museum as a one-off piece, doesn't mean it isn't a bad-ass piece of engineering.

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  • IncenjucarIncenjucar QA Tester -> Game Producer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Malkor wrote: »
    Incenjucar wrote: »
    That's very cute, but I can't imagine it's all that practical to own.

    Especially if you have pets or trees.

    I'm thinking it'll be a case of putting it in the garage next to your 15 other toys.

    Wait are you saying the car has a vibrate function? :winky:

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  • AdrienAdrien Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Malkor wrote: »
    Plenty of concept cars have made it into production in some form.

    Where's my damn Jeep Hurricane?

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  • TL DRTL DR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    The thing about kevlar is that it's great at dissipating kinetic energy (a bullet, for example) but doesn't do much against an edged weapon.
    Hilariously, virtually nothing does. The best stab proof vest will apparently still fail vs a determined attack from say, a bayonet.

    I disagree.
    Spoiler:

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User
    edited June 2008
    How much longer before what we think of as "car" is something completely different anyway?

    Buildings can't be moved, so we need to fit more traffic on existing lanes. Then of course fuel efficiency and environmental issues will lead to altered designs. Networking, robotics, and more automated technology could lead to cars that communicate and drive themselves.

    And of course all this could become obsolete once jet-pack technology is improved :P

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  • AntimatterAntimatter if you want to talk to me look elsewhere.Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    jet packs will never work. think about the idiots that crash while only moving on an x and y axis. imagine the screwups when they can access the z axis D:.

  • TL DRTL DR Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Well really, the most efficient method of mechanical people-moving we use is the standard elevator. So hopefully we'll start building up instead of out.

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  • ElkiElki hegemon globalSuper Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited June 2008
    Ahhhhhhhh!

  • Zilla360Zilla360 Spaaaace! In Space.Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Delzhand wrote: »
    I... I think I'm attracted to her. Not in a car-sex-fetish sort of way, but I've always been really leery of people who treat cars and objects as beings, and this almost makes me see how they think.
    The GPS will also feature the voice of a famous porn star.*
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I'm actually surprised that hasn't happened yet.

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    This is cool...

    Until some asshole throws a cigar out of his window and burns a hole in your hood... the cigar then slips in the hole and jiggles around the inner workings igniting things.

    Wait, nope.

    Still cool.

  • KrunkMcGrunkKrunkMcGrunk Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    Doesn't the body of a car not really provide any protection, anyway? I thought the frame is what absorbed all the force in a collision.

    Yep. That's the point that Bangle was getting at in the first video.

    Cool car.

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  • DelzhandDelzhand motivated battle programmerRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Antimatter wrote: »
    jet packs will never work. think about the idiots that crash while only moving on an x and y axis. imagine the screwups when they can access the z axis D:.

    I think the bigger threat is people crashing into the XY plane. In theory, access to the Z axis would exponentially decrease the likelihood of a collision, because there's exponentially more space to exist in.

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