Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP Worldwide > The International Automotive Scene

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 16th June 2008, 14:10   #16
kpbhatt's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 347
Thanked: 23 Times
Post BMWs Shape Shifting Car

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

Shape-shifting concept car made from cloth.

BMW just unveiled its latest design philosophy — via a radical concept car — that will sure to raise some eyebrows in the automotive industry. Touted as the "game changer" for the "development of tomorrow's mobility," the new concept centers around the GINA principle, for Geometry and Functions In "N" Adaptions. What this means is the ability for BMW to think outside the box and innovate maximum ideas with mininum amount of the usual constraints associated with car design.

[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/kalpeshb/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.jpg[/IMG]Detailed Rtickle here :

BMW-GINA-Light-Visionary-Model- Yahoo! Autos Article Page

Note from Team-BHP Support : Thread closed. Please use the search feature before creating a new thread on a topic that might already exist. Please continue your discussion in this thread. This will keep all the relevant information in one place and make it easier for readers in the future.

Last edited by Jaggu : 16th June 2008 at 22:36. Reason: Existing thread
kpbhatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2008, 15:41   #17
Bullfrog's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 162
Thanked: 24 Times
Default Is this the car of the future ?

Is this the car of the future? BMW builds roadster made from cloth

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:36 AM on 13th June 2008

A car covered with cloth is something you would associate with the Flintstones, not the cutting edge of 21st century automotive design. But BMW's latest concept car is exactly that - and it can change shape at the touch of a button. The Gina - which at first glance looks like any other flashy sports car - is encased in fabric instead of metal panels.

Stretch limo: BMW's latest concept car has a cloth skin instead of metal

Open the door and the slinky fabric creases and wrinkles like skin. Turn on the headlights and the covers peel up like giant eyelids - designed to make the sporty roadster more aerodynamic. And its seamless skin - a single piece of durable fabric - can be morphed at the flick of a switch to suit its owner's mood, offering an aggressive or classic look.
BMW's Christopher Bangle said: 'This revolutionary solution opens up new design and production potential. The outer skin can move and do things a metal skin couldn't do.' The German car maker's pioneering vehicle is based on the chassis of a BMW Z8.

Open sesame: The car doors wrinkle and the bonnet opens like a doctors' bag

Its skin is made of a silver expansion-resistant textile which stretches across movable metal wires controlled by hydraulics. The Gina (Geometry and Functions In Adaptions) has no bonnet, roof or boot.

Instead, a single sheet of cloth is layered over its frame, cocooning the driver in the ultra-modern cabin. Movable parts are controlled by hydraulics operated from a driver's console 'The high-precision fit of the material to the metal mesh also allows surface changes without slackening the tension, a spokesman said. It has a major impact on the interaction between driver and car and enhances it by offering a variety of entirely new options.'

Shut eye: Fabric 'eyelid covers the headlights

There is no need to lift the bonnet to get a look at the engine of this flexible motor - it opens from the centre like Hulk Hogan tearing off his T-shirt. Opening and closing is similar to the mechanism on a doctor’s traditional medical bag, where clip-lock fasteners are held together in the middle by a rail.

Eye see: The piercing beam of the lamp is revealed

That is until it rips. Gina won't be coming to showrooms anytime soon, but BMW hopes the overall design philosophy will rub off on some of its future models. In the meantime, you can see the car in the flesh at the BMW museum in Munich.

Source: Home | Mail Online
Bullfrog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2008, 17:35   #18
gopinathann's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 765
Thanked: 20 Times

very good concept, so dont' have to worry about scratches, do they have any solution so that the car always looks new.
gopinathann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2008, 18:28   #19
Senior - BHPian
vivekiny2k's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: cincinnati, jabalpur,chennai
Posts: 1,247
Thanked: 184 Times

Originally Posted by gopinathann View Post
very good concept, so dont' have to worry about scratches, do they have any solution so that the car always looks new.
use ezee and a fabric softener as required
vivekiny2k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th June 2009, 11:32   #20
Senior - BHPian
greenhorn's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: CT
Posts: 6,960
Thanked: 1,519 Times

Name:  velorex_oskar_59.jpg
Views: 2302
Size:  39.0 KB
heh. guess the concept isnt as visionary after all

Last edited by greenhorn : 13th June 2009 at 11:33.
greenhorn is online now   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tata Aria Prestige - Pearl White, Fabric Trim crazycardude198 Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 54 7th February 2012 12:00
How to clean fabric mats ? anku94 Modifications & Accessories 3 7th March 2010 19:41
New BMW uses fabric instead of steel! mjothi The International Automotive Scene 2 2nd July 2008 13:10
Interior fabric change possible? thalavoy Modifications & Accessories 5 10th March 2007 15:53

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 23:35.

Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks