Monday, November 16, 2009
BMW'S GINA HAS THICK SKIN
Zaha Hadid may be taking the vocabulary of fabrics to her furniture and architectural skins, but BMW has stepped up to the plate and designed a car worthy of the BMW flag ship museum by Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelblau. The GINA Light Visionary Model is a fabric-skinned shape-shifting sports car concept built by BMW. GINA stands for "Geometry and functions In 'N' Adaptions". It was designed by a team led by BMW’s head of design, Chris Bangle, who says GINA allowed his team to "challenge existing principles and conventional processes. The car is not all luxury as the new nano tech skin material is extemely drag resistant and aerodynamic. Not only does the hood open up like an elegant slip on body suit but at night the eyes of the cars open to reveal the high wattage tungsten fibre optic lights. The rear signal and brake lights are powerful enough to shine through the skin so that during the daytime they are completely hidden to the naked eye. Chris Bangle has incorporated the ridge line through out maintaining the new BMW signature style, while doors open upward creating a Manta like look. Its as if the car could swim away effortlessly like the dream that it is.