BMW GINA concept plays with textiles
BMW let loose their designers to create the weirdest possible concept car, and they came up with the GINA Light Visionary Model. GINA stands for “Geometry and Functions in ‘N’ Adaptations” and the car’s single most interesting feature is its outer skin, which is made entirely out of textile fabric, pulled tightly around a frame of metal parts and carbon-fibre wires. The best part of this BMW Z4 lookalike is that it can change shape.
The skeleton of the car is controlled by electro-hydraulic devices, which move and change the shape of the car beneath the fabric skin. The headlights can be hidden or hidden by the car’s skin, and the front hood splits opens at the centre to show off the engine. The interior also follows this theme, where the circular centrally-mounted instruments only show up when required, while they are hidden the rest of the time.
The scissor-doors lift up with no exposed hinges, as the fabric wrinkles up as the doors swing open. Also, the exterior can change shape to grow a ducktail rear spoiler on demand, or expose tail-lights as much as needed. The time is near when bodykits will become obsolete.