Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: BMW’s Lightweight Cloth Car


Early last week, German giants BMW unveiled the GINA Light Visionary Model, a highly anticipated concept set to transform the boundaries of traditional car design. ‘GINA’, an acronym for “Geometry and Functions In ‘N’ Adaptations”, has a seamless outer skin made entirely from a textile fabric (polyurethane-coated Lycra) pulled taut around a moveable frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. This lightweight design requires far less energy to produce than traditional BMW models and the overall car weight is significantly reduced, making it far more fuel-efficient.

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  1. juan266 June 9, 2009 at 7:27 am

    this car is unique i like that in a car the fabricaded body the carbonfiber inside the car gives it a light weight car AWSOME

  2. juan266 June 9, 2009 at 7:23 am

    this car and the design is unique i like that about a car.

  3. notjustpretty June 23, 2008 at 12:49 am

    awesome! this is practically eco-fashion

    what a cool idea… lightweight and aerodynamic…

  4. Jac June 18, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    it’s fugly…unless you keep the doors closed all the time

  5. pumpkinescobar June 17, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I agree, Not very impressed at first… A car wrapped in Lycra? Can’t be that practical… but I was really amazed when I went to the website and watched the video. Very impressive.

  6. Chas June 17, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I really wasn’t impressed by this until I went to the website & watched the video’s…..then I was amazed.
    what a cool concept.

  7. csven June 17, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Surprised you didn’t link it to interactive architectures or the seemingly never-ending effort to develop modern morphable aircraft surfaces (as opposed to early “wing warping”). There appear to be a number of similarities.

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