The Cloth, Shape-Shifting BMW Convertible

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Gadgets, Sports, Technology

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In attempting to forge a closer relationship between driver and car, BMW has cooked up a game-changing concept simply called ‘GINA’.

GINA eschews carbon fiber and steel for a high quality water and temperature resistant fabric skin that is customizable by the occupant.

The durable, expansion resistant polyurethane-coated Lycra blend is snugly coated in four parts over a transformational aluminum frame that’s controlled by electric and hydraulic actuators.

The futuristic concept sits on a Z8 chassis with a 4.4L V8 engine and six speed automatic transmission. GINA is currently on display in the BMW museum in Munich.

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In it’s current form, it will never be manufactured. It’s purpose was to “challenge existing principles and conventional processes” says BMW design head Chris Bangle. GINA serves as proof and inspiration for an amazing automotive future beyond the wildest dreams of our predecessors.

GINA stands for “Geometry and Functions in ‘N’ Adaptations”, with N standing for infinite possibilities. Some of the stand out features include side spills to optimize airflow under specific driving conditions, headlights that slyly expose themselves only when necessary, engine previewing hood and butterfly-suicide hybrid doors.

The cloth skinned technology found on GINA is built on a space frame that BMW says provides all the safety of a conventional car. Though GINA isn’t the answer today, it’s the adaptation we’ve sought for the future.


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