26 ago 2010

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2010 (part 3)

BMW car (textile) prototype: GINA

The concept car, ever-so-catchily named the GINA Light Visionary Model, has no rigid body panels. Its minimalist space frame is wrapped in a spandexlike fabric to permit shape-changing features powered by hydraulic and electric controls. To adjust aerodynamics at high speed, the rocker panels morph for better airflow and a seamless spoiler rises at the rear. The grille can widen for cooling. And the headlights hide under fabric that opens, like eyelids, when needed.


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