Shape Shifting Car

Submitted by: KoalaMeatPie 8 years ago

BMW builds a transforming shape-shifting car out of cloth.
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Female 91
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:50:38 PM
Noone payed attention to me. :(

you are a drating dumbass
are you happy now someone gave a reaction to you comment ? idiot

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Male 354
You are all drating morons.
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Male 77
Can you imagine how fragile that thing must be? At least with mretal cars, they`ll still work if someone keys them.
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Female 357
well if the sky suddenly rains fire, I`m not sure this car would be up to the task.
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Male 674
I fraking want one. When that var blinked that seale d the deal, that is the coolest concept car i have ever seen.
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Male 354
Noone payed attention to me. :(
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Male 11,740
Oh and osirisascend, next time try decaf. I don`t think tiredofnicks was trying to put you down, he was just making a statement. He wasn`t wrong and he didn`t call you a flaming douchebag or anything.
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Male 11,740
"By the whole, "sturdy frame" or whatever, if it reshape and deform, I`m sure they can twist and contract in a wreck."

It doesn`t really deform or reshape. The "reshaping" is just the way it moves as the doors open and close, or the headlights "open" and "close". Things like that. I didn`t see any other changes. It didn`t do a Transformers trick or change it`s overall appearance.

Good grief people. First off, it`s a concept car that will likely never see commercial production. But it could lead to some positive changes and just the fact that people are coming up with such great ideas should be applauded.

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Male 11,740
"I wanna see it in a crash test"

Like a BUNCH of people have said, the skin of a car does nothing in a crash. Metal crumples and twists, the frame under it makes the difference. You can take all of the outer panels off, crash a car, and have the exact same result. It`s decoration and protection for the internal parts.

"No protection against cuts, scratches, fires or high speed impacts."

Again, wrong. There are bullet proof materials, cut proof is not a problem. It`s probably as protected against scratches as the painted metal on cars now that can be scratched with a key, a rock, even a tree branch. Fire? Seriously? How a car with a metal skin any more protected? If it catches fire the car is pretty screwed anyway. I had one car totally go up in flames, and had a minor fire with another. The minor fire was out fast and did no real damage, but the metal skin had nothing to do with that. I just caught it fast.

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Male 3,057
Tiredofnicks, my point was merely to ILLUSTRATE that as fast as companies change hands in this twisted global economy, you`re never really sure WHO owns WHAT.

And for the record, when an auto manufacturer changes hands, they don`t pull up stakes and move the all the facilities to different countries. So what if an Indian company owns Jaguar now. The ones sold in the U.S. are still built here.

But thanks for your attempt at derision to make yourself look like you`re a really cool, sarcastic guy.

As for the link, I posted the first one I could find that had a list. It was an effective illustration of the point I was making, which really had nothing to do with who OWNED what, but WHERE it was built.

Some of us have more important things to do than sit on IAB all day and deconstruct others posts.

But, I guess that`s why YOU`RE here.

`nuff said

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Male 2,395
WTF Thats Freakin cool!!!
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Male 4,393
crash test???? :P
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Female 1,572
wow...so cool...
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Male 354
To the question about hot engines, polyurethane is actually used in some firestopping agents.
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Male 24
If you crash into a pedestrian ...wont that pedestrian go straight through the car?
And got help the owner if it gets windy!

But....none the less.....great idea!

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Female 465
Thanks Tiredofnicks, you saved me the better part of a post.

If you actually know anything about the manufacture and design of cars you know that the skin is designed mostly for looks and aerodynamics, and plays very little part in the solidity of the car.

I love the look of this, it`s almost replaced the Aston DB9 in my top spot ^-^

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Male 2,159
Just don`t drive it in the rain.

And what`s so advanced about moving parts covered in spandex-type stuff?

Still, it looks way too cool to not be in a Sci-Fi movie near you!!

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Male 5,094
osirisascends link is four years old and inaccurate, Jaguar and Land Rover is nowadays owned by an Indian company for example.
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Male 5,094
The "skin" of a car has nothing to do with crash safety, it`s the chassi and framework that provides that. If you get into a fender bender the material of this car would flex until it hit the underlying support bar, and then go back to its original shape with little or no damage sustained.

I`m surprised noone mentioned the hood though, what would happen when the engine gets hot?
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Female 4,197
I totally want one
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Male 1
Slashing cars is next instead of slashing tires LOL
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Male 337
By the whole, "sturdy frame" or whatever, if it reshape and deform, I`m sure they can twist and contract in a wreck.
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Male 354
It has a space frame. It`s perfectly safe unless something is small enough and manages to slip through all those bars.
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Male 337
Yeah, and the crumple zone from a fender bender would crush you, and a head on collision would reduce you to the size of a pancake in the road during the Million Man March.:P
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Male 354
AARGH
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Male 2,172
No protection against cuts, scratches, fires or high speed impacts.

No thanks.

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Male 137
there was a joke advert at some point of a dog crap with a bmw badge on it saying, "our fans will buy anything we put a bmw badge on"

NUFF SAID

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Female 60
Those guys sure are nifty. Blinking cars. I wonder what this will lead to next, I`ve never even thought of cars with a cloth skin.
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Male 354
Holy drat osirisascend is awesome. Also just read my posts at the top of this page for details on the materials.
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Male 3,057
Also, all of those who keep asking "What of someone comes along with a knife?" I`m mildly disturbed that so many of you would think that automotive engineers wouldn`t take that into consideration. There are MANY fabrics available that are cut and tear proof, or resistant. Spectra Fiber body armor is fabric, yet relatively bulletproof.
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Male 91
checktree-
wouldnt the car be able to be broken into very easily, like with a pair of scissors?

Isn`t your car easy to break into, like with a rock?

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Male 3,057
Goodbye777 most BMW`s sold in the United States are built here. The assembly plant is near Greenville, S.C. It`s the same plant mine was assembled in. They also build Mini Coopers in the same facility. In fact, with the exception of the Korean automakers, most cars sold here, regardless of make are built here. Don`t forget, Daimler-Benz owns Chrysler.You can see who owns who here.
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Male 108
i get how it the concept of a skin for the car will be cheaper, and allow some changes in appearance but what if the skin rips and y no top
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Female 182
completely nuts
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Male 244
That was awesome.
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Female 1,566
Want crash test video. :3

It`s cool looking though. Maybe if only parts of it were made with the cloth? You could re-enforce the front/back and probably get some sort of cage...

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Female 229
That is wicked cool, but I`ll pass on that car.

I can just imagine this car would come with 2 manuals. One for how to operate and the other for what NOT to do and the all the dangers for the car.

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Male 599
Because cloth could stop a nine millimeter bullet from... Oh wait not every bodies life is as exciting as mine.
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Male 1,036
how cool was that?
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Male 63
Why is there an American plugging this car?
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Male 67
i love it!! but duffytoler has a point. all it takes is some little punk looking to impress his friends to walk by and but knife threw your car and you... have a problem
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Male 354
Well polyurethane is made using diisocyanates and alcohols, and Lycra is made with mainly diisocyanates and glycols, so there`s practially no oil being used unless it`s to treat them for special purposes. And polyurethane is strong enough that it is used mainly in building and constructing, while Lycra can stretch to five times it`s resting length and can still recover back to it`s original length, while being lightweight and abrasion resistant.
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Male 1,584
so its like a plasticy fabric? but isnt this kind of a step back because it`s harder to recycle than regular metal like a car would be made of? also it takes oil to make plastic and we cant afford to be using up all our oil
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Male 354
Apparently the fabric is a polyurethane-coated Lycra and the frame underneath is aluminum and provides all the safety of a conventional car.
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Female 4,028
[quote]I wanna see it in a crash test[/quote] I wanted to see that, too. Neat concept though.
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Male 279
What are they going to do when it rains?
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Male 11,740
Very cool concept. I`m not sure that it will ever be commercially produced but it may lead to some interesting changes in other cars.
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Male 9,306
When the headlights opened, it reminded me of a monster seeking its prey...I am now scared of this car.
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Male 13
lol they called it GINA...*snickers* lol sorry
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Male 474
Either two reasons:

1) This car is not for everyday use, just something to see; it`s in the BMW Museum (There`s a car museum?!) and I don`t tihnk they`re gonna sell it anyways, so stop with those "What if..." comments.

2) If they have discovered a super-crazy-awesome alien fabric that can stretch and all but has the power of steel, and made a car with that fabric, then goodbye "What if..." comments.

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Male 354
They`re not going to make or car out of silk or cotton or some other pooty fabric.
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Male 29
wouldnt the car be able to be broken into very easily, like with a pair of scissors?
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Male 10
That car is beautiful, but I don`t think it`s beauty outweighs all the design flaws you guys are talking about.

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Female 15,763
I wonder if this`ll actually become something feasible and commercial. A lot of these innovative car ideas just go in the scrapbooks and list of cool car idea videos.
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Female 403
glowy`s right. plus you could always stith a patch on a tear. make it look like a bed sheet!! WIN WIN!
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Male 354
They can make cloth that`s really hard to cut, waterproof, and very durable. The poles inside the car could, if designed right, protect against crashes just as well as any normal car. Remember they`re trying to do something different here. They can figure it out.
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Female 251
I wanna see it in a crash test
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Male 380
automatic PFFt you cant even drive an automatic. the car drives itself.
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Female 15,763
...Is it water-proof?
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Female 1,212
If it`ll come in automatic, I`ll be interested.
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Female 532
Great...until you drive through mud and going to a car wash most likely isn`t an option.
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Male 369
I LOVE IT!!
BMW are soo ahead of everyone to be fair!
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Male 5,194
Suppose some jerk comes along with a KNIFE and decides to slice your beemer? Think getting keyed is bad? Fail.
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Female 4,225
Not convient to own, but even so, cool car. I`d like to buy it and put it on display.
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Female 512
i want one
what if it rained? or hail?
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Male 12
i wouldn`t want to crash in that thing...
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Male 3,301
Good god that car just blinked!!! It`s alive! It has skin...

Good in concept, though I wonder how easily that fabric would rip. And you couldn`t use a hammer or plunger to fix it then. And would it clean well?

Call it the condom car.

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Male 215
thats cool
i wanna see pictures of it
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Male 1,244
Wow tanks a lot Chris Bangle for your demeaning explanation
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Male 2,576
Link: Shape Shifting Car [Rate Link] - BMW builds a transforming shape-shifting car out of cloth.
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