Friday, June 13, 2008

The Origami Car

BMW has unveiled the Gina Light Visionary Model, a car that changes shape. Waterproof and temperature-resistant 'hybrid' fabric cloaks a carbon fibre and metal mesh.

"The headlights, for example, are hidden until switched on, when the fabric at the front of the car prises apart on either side of the signature double-kidney grille to reveal the double lamps. Indicator and tail-lights simply shine through the translucent fabric cover. If the engine needs to be accessed, the bonnet can be unzipped down the middle to create a half-metre-wide gap. Some body changes are automatic. For improved aerodynamics at higher speeds, the Gina roadster will generate extra downforce by deploying a rear spoiler."

The end is nigh for panelbeaters.