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Old 06-12-2008, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Check out the BMW GINA Light roadster concept car



Ultra-light cloth body panels with a twist. Just wait till you see the "eyes" (~2:30).

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cool! intresting for sure. The only thing is how ould the skin cope with aerodynamics, and the pressures associate with it? It shure would shed alot of weight and cost!
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Yeah. I'm also interested in the coping with wind and air pressures. Also small debris. Things like rocks kicked up would pose a much more serious threat than "oh man, my paint" i mean hell seems more like a rock would bounce off potentially violently sending it off somewhere else.

Also, some of the lightness to it is negated by the motors to move the skeleton.
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dbl post.

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cool! intresting for sure. The only thing is how ould the skin cope with aerodynamics, and the pressures associate with it? It shure would shed alot of weight and cost!
works on aircraft, but I see your point as those fabric surfaces are fairly stiff and well supported where as these don't appear to be.
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yeah, aircraft or blimps have fabric stretched super tight. You could never really create a moving structure under the bound part of an airplane. or the folding trick with the doors.
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Slick... I like it.
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Super cool!
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i hate the smell of my own farts......i hate car designers.
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how does that cloth cope with heat? pretty neat, but you know we will never see that in production.
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I think it's badass, I can see potential in it, but once you wreck, you buy another one, therefore this type of cheaper car making will only make us more dependent on buying new cars more frequently...
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i hate the smell of my own farts......i hate car designers.
Brilliant! Ever met Chris Bangle? Apparently, his farts form the basis for dozens of French perfumeries.

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I think it's badass, I can see potential in it, but once you wreck, you buy another one, therefore this type of cheaper car making will only make us more dependent on buying new cars more frequently...
Didn't you hear? It only takes two hours to put the skin on. The skin could be removed, the space frame repaired, and a new skin put back on. Maybe I'm missing something, but that sounds easier/cheaper than repairing body panels. The body panel repair is a huge ***** of crash repair cost.
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Yeah, but body panels absord some impact and you don't always get frame damage, making it an easy fix. With no panels, all the energy goes straight to the frame resulting in total damage in most states.
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I would rob that thing on a daily basis. I'd cut the **** out of it, just cause i can. I'd pis son it and stain it.


i do like the headlights and the design of the lrear 3/4 of it.
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It needs less motors. The spoiler motor can go. as can the weird one between "hood" and fender. and the hood opening is trash, and needs no motors to make it work.

The good news is most designers who even have something new and different get a massive slap from engineers and more realistic people before anything hits production.
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