BMW construye auto de tela
11.06.2008 @ 17:09 \05\Wed, 11 Jun 2008 17:09:44 +0000\44 +0000 UTC
BMW construyó un auto prototipo cubierto de “tela” basado en el Z8 y tiene como propósito retar los actuales principios y procesos convencionales en la industria.
La revista Wired publicó un artículo al respecto
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.”
Y de hecho el prototipo no es nuevo:
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.
Además la forma del carro puede modificarse dinámicamente:
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.
Y hasta un vídeo: