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BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

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The BMW GINA Light Visionary Model that was seen via video being installed in the BMW Museum in Munich last week has finally been revealed, and the futuristic design study shows how BMW designers are thinking outside of the box when it comes to the materials that make up a car and also how the car relates to the driver. GINA stands for "Geometry and Functions in 'N' Adaptations", which basically means that designers from both BMW and BMW Group DesignworksUSA were allowed to throw out the rulebook. This is most evident in the GINA Light Visionary Model's outer skin, which is made entirely out of textile fabric that's pulled taut around a frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. The skeleton of the car is controlled by electro-hydraulic devices and can actually move and change shape beneath the fabric skin. For instance, the headlights of the concept can be exposed or hidden by the car's skin just like blinking eyes, and the hood opens from the center as the fabric parts to expose the engine. This idea extends to the interior, where BMW designers have made visible only those instruments that are required at a certain time, while the rest of the time the same fabric interior "blinks" them out of view. The car itself looks somewhat like a Z4 Roadster, though after viewing the extensive gallery of high-res images below, you'll be amazed how much the outer skin looks like normal sheetmetal. Until, that is, you see how the doors open. They lift up in a semi-scissor fashion and since there are no exposed hinges, the fabric artfully binds up as the door swings open. While the design of the GINA Light Visionary Model is very Bangle-esque with concave and convex surfaces intermingling everywhere you look, it looks appropriate and natural here. The car is very much a concept, meant more to inspire BMW's own designers and engineers rather than excite the public, but now we're excited about shape-changin, fabric-covered cars, anyway.

UPDATE: In addition to the 84 images in our high-res gallery, we've also added a video of the GINA Light Visionary Model produced by BMW after the jump. We highly recommend watching it to understand how unique this concept is.

Source: Autoblog

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I think it is an absolutely amazing concept. It really looks alive (and they play off of that). You have to admire BMW for pushing the envelope of what's possible with a car. I wonder how durable the material is (no sound at work to hear what they are saying in the video).

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As a concept it is very interesting! :thumbsup:

I just lol-ed at the name: Gina is the name of some sleazy porn magazine :lol:

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That's awesome. I wonder if you can get some surfaces to ripple in the wind at speed.

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I think it is an absolutely amazing concept. It really looks alive (and they play off of that). You have to admire BMW for pushing the envelope of what's possible with a car. I wonder how durable the material is (no sound at work to hear what they are saying in the video).

You didn't miss much without sound - it's just Chris Bangle failing to be coherent. Again.

That said, I do love the concept of this thing. The pop-up headrests and invisible taillights are the coolest features, in my opinion.

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That car makes me feel funny. In a good way. I love it. It really is very emotional.

It's funny how airplanes started out fabric-covered and flexible and evolved to rigid and metal covered, and BMW has just done the opposite with this car.

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How will this car survive a knife fight?

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