Saturday, October 1, 2011



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The GINA Light Visionary Model by BMW is a concept featuring
a flexible fabric skin stretched over an articulated
metal frame, meaning the car can change shape

Developed by BMW Group Design and unveiled yesterday, the concept
 is meant to provoke discussion about the possibilities
 of car design in the future.

Doors open upwards and outwards, creating folds in the material that disappear
when the doors are closed again


For maintenance, the engine cover opens along its center.

Features such as headlights are hidden beneath the skin and only
 become visible when needed.

The seamless car body of the GINA Light Visionary Model

The body consists of only four elements. The largest component extends from the front of
the vehicle to the edge of the windscreen and down the sides to the rear edge
of the doors. The large side panels start at the front where the rocker
 panels emerge and run across the rear wheel arches into the rear.
 The fourth component is the central rear deck element.


The most striking example of this is the headlight design. In normal position,
 when the headlights are not active, i.e. when there is no necessity to 
illuminate the road, they are hidden under the special fabric cover. 
As soon as the driver turns on the lights, the contour of the front end changes. 
Activated by the metal structure that lies beneath it, the previously 
closed fabriccover opens to the right and left of the BMW
 kidney grille and reveals the BMW double head-lights. 
The rear and the rocker panels of the 
GINA Visionary Model can also adapt both the shape and function to
 the driving situation in hand. Both can change the shape of their outer 
skin to meet the driver’s requirement for 
particularly dynamic motoring.

he rocker panels demonstrate the formal versatility of the GINA Light Visionary 
Model with an equally impressive performance. The air duct can be optimised 
if required. A corresponding movement of the metal structure results in an 
adjustment of the rocker panel contour to allow for better airflow. 
At the same time, an additional protruding rocker panel line emerges.
 The aerodynamic optimization and the length of the line 
can be infinitely adapted to the driving situation at hand.


Innovative body structure introduces new functional dimensions

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