The GINA Concept Car By BMW is a concept for soar eyes. After seeing a temporary exhibition about flexible skin architecture at Material ConneXion, Design Director Chris Bangle was inspired to pursue the concept further, and soon began researching high-strength and tear-resistant textiles with our team of experts. This lead to "GINA" (an acronym for "Geometry and Function in 'N' Adaptations") -a visionary shape-shifting sports car made from polyurethane-coated Lycra material stretched over a wire aluminum frame. GINA's innovative design may just be a concept, but it has worked to inspire a new wave of sleek, lightweight, and fuel-efficient automobiles.
"...it dawned on me that we invest so much in sheet metal, we could be creating incredible
emotion at virtually zero cost....I dedicated a team to work around this idea of fixed tooling, and for that we went back to Material ConneXion, who we used as a very valuable resource to help us identify swatches that we could then develop into what would become the GINA." --Chris Bangle
November 3, 2010 10:11 PM | Cars