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70 Responses to Shape Shifting Car

  1. Profile photo of KoalaMeatPie
    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
    2578 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 2:38 pm
    Link: Shape Shifting Car - BMW builds a transforming shape-shifting car out of cloth.
  2. Profile photo of BlackiPod
    BlackiPod Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm
    Wow tanks a lot Chris Bangle for your demeaning explanation
  3. Profile photo of sfeagles
    sfeagles Male 13-17
    215 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm
    thats cool
    i wanna see pictures of it
  4. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:36 pm
    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.

  5. Profile photo of RebelSheep
    RebelSheep Male 13-17
    12 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm
    i wouldn`t want to crash in that thing...
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    specialque Female 13-17
    512 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm
    i want one
    what if it rained? or hail?
  7. Profile photo of Turnshroud
    Turnshroud Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm
    Not convient to own, but even so, cool car. I`d like to buy it and put it on display.
  8. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:41 pm
    Suppose some jerk comes along with a KNIFE and decides to slice your beemer? Think getting keyed is bad? Fail.
  9. Profile photo of matt1119
    matt1119 Male 18-29
    370 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:41 pm
    I LOVE IT!!
    BMW are soo ahead of everyone to be fair!
  10. Profile photo of Aqua_Bird
    Aqua_Bird Female 13-17
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm
    Great...until you drive through mud and going to a car wash most likely isn`t an option.
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    Tekno Female 30-39
    1212 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm
    If it`ll come in automatic, I`ll be interested.
  12. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm
    ...Is it water-proof?
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    xboxman Male 13-17
    381 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm
    automatic PFFt you cant even drive an automatic. the car drives itself.
  14. Profile photo of crazydaiz
    crazydaiz Female 18-29
    251 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm
    I wanna see it in a crash test
  15. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm
    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.
  16. Profile photo of supersassyk8
    supersassyk8 Female 18-29
    403 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm
    glowy`s right. plus you could always stith a patch on a tear. make it look like a bed sheet!! WIN WIN!
  17. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm
    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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    UPS_Express Male 13-17
    10 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm
    That car is beautiful, but I don`t think it`s beauty outweighs all the design flaws you guys are talking about.

  19. Profile photo of checktree
    checktree Male 18-29
    29 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm
    wouldnt the car be able to be broken into very easily, like with a pair of scissors?
  20. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm
    They`re not going to make or car out of silk or cotton or some other pooty fabric.
  21. Profile photo of DarkProdigy
    DarkProdigy Male 18-29
    474 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm
    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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    Allurbase Male 13-17
    13 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm
    lol they called it GINA...*snickers* lol sorry
  23. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm
    When the headlights opened, it reminded me of a monster seeking its prey...I am now scared of this car.
  24. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm
    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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    b3nzyme Male 18-29
    279 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm
    What are they going to do when it rains?
  26. Profile photo of dragonshadoz
    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm
    I wanna see it in a crash test I wanted to see that, too. Neat concept though.
  27. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    Apparently the fabric is a polyurethane-coated Lycra and the frame underneath is aluminum and provides all the safety of a conventional car.
  28. Profile photo of CaptainPat
    CaptainPat Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2008 at 6:17 pm
    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
  29. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 6:37 pm
    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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    philycheese Male 13-17
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    June 10, 2008 at 7:21 pm
    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
  31. Profile photo of goodbye777
    goodbye777 Male 13-17
    64 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm
    Why is there an American plugging this car?
  32. Profile photo of richoricho
    richoricho Male 40-49
    1036 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 7:58 pm
    how cool was that?
  33. Profile photo of DavioMagnifi
    DavioMagnifi Male 13-17
    600 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 8:05 pm
    Because cloth could stop a nine millimeter bullet from... Oh wait not every bodies life is as exciting as mine.
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    jen00384 Female 18-29
    229 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 8:06 pm
    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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    leesah Female 18-29
    1566 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 8:13 pm
    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...

  36. Profile photo of jeswra
    jeswra Male 18-29
    244 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm
    That was awesome.
  37. Profile photo of Infinity838
    Infinity838 Female 18-29
    182 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 8:34 pm
    completely nuts
  38. Profile photo of dss6290
    dss6290 Male 18-29
    108 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 9:33 pm
    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
  39. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3045 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 9:50 pm
    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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    asquared Male 18-29
    91 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm
    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?

  41. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3045 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 9:54 pm
    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.
  42. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm
    Holy drat osirisascend is awesome. Also just read my posts at the top of this page for details on the materials.
  43. Profile photo of electrikburn
    electrikburn Female 13-17
    60 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm
    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.
  44. Profile photo of shepherd
    shepherd Male 30-39
    137 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm
    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

  45. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
    2172 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 11:05 pm
    No protection against cuts, scratches, fires or high speed impacts.

    No thanks.

  46. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 11:16 pm
    AARGH
  47. Profile photo of hampoofegg
    hampoofegg Male 18-29
    337 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 11:17 pm
    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
  48. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 11:23 pm
    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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    hampoofegg Male 18-29
    337 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm
    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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    godkind Male 18-29
    1 post
    June 10, 2008 at 11:52 pm
    Slashing cars is next instead of slashing tires LOL
  51. Profile photo of Shellie84
    Shellie84 Female 18-29
    4197 posts
    June 10, 2008 at 11:53 pm
    I totally want one
  52. Profile photo of Tiredofnicks
    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5097 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 4:10 am
    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?
  53. Profile photo of Tiredofnicks
    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5097 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 4:16 am
    osirisascends link is four years old and inaccurate, Jaguar and Land Rover is nowadays owned by an Indian company for example.
  54. Profile photo of Mikeado
    Mikeado Male 18-29
    2159 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 am
    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!!

  55. Profile photo of no_need
    no_need Female 18-29
    465 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 9:01 am
    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 ^-^

  56. Profile photo of RzrBlade
    RzrBlade Male 13-17
    24 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 10:04 am
    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!

  57. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 10:04 am
    To the question about hot engines, polyurethane is actually used in some firestopping agents.
  58. Profile photo of angelicamber
    angelicamber Female 18-29
    1572 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 11:34 am
    wow...so cool...
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    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
    4394 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    crash test???? :P
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    luckyse7en Male 13-17
    2397 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm
    WTF Thats Freakin cool!!!
  61. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm
    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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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 9:35 pm
    "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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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2008 at 9:38 pm
    "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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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 9:40 pm
    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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    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm
    Noone payed attention to me. :(
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    Pilanus Male 18-29
    675 posts
    June 12, 2008 at 12:59 am
    I fraking want one. When that var blinked that seale d the deal, that is the coolest concept car i have ever seen.
  67. Profile photo of Vanwa
    Vanwa Female 13-17
    357 posts
    June 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm
    well if the sky suddenly rains fire, I`m not sure this car would be up to the task.
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    Valark Male 13-17
    77 posts
    June 17, 2008 at 11:38 am
    Can you imagine how fragile that thing must be? At least with mretal cars, they`ll still work if someone keys them.
  69. Profile photo of Glowy
    Glowy Male 18-29
    354 posts
    July 9, 2008 at 12:52 am
    You are all drating morons.
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    Queen-Neve Female 18-29
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    February 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    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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