A new concept in car design - BMW's GINA Light Visionary Model

A new concept in car design – BMW’s GINA Light Visionary Model

Most of the concept cars churned out these days boast of being “more” or “better” in more ways than one. Sadly, some of them are all hype. Here’s a new concept for you: a concept car that is definitely worth our attention because the innovations it presents are ambitious, yet highly beneficial and ground-breaking, should it ever see the light of mass production.

BMW’s sports cars are always worthy of note, but with their latest concept – the revolutionary GINA Light Visionary Model – it is clear they have loftier ideals than simply producing faster and sleeker sports cars. 

BMW's new sports car concept.

BMW’s new sports car concept.

GINA stands for “Geometry and functions In ‘N’ Adaptations”. And, speaking of adaptations, this car challenges most of the preset conventions in car manufacturing by foregoing the use of metal and plastic in the coach and bodywork of the car. Instead, the designers, led by American auto designer Chris Bangle, went for polyurethane-coated Spandex for the fabric body.

A fabric body made from Spandex.

A fabric body made from Spandex.

What makes this fabric body one of a kind? Polyurethane-coated Spandex is basically a man-made material that possesses the characteristics of being both stretchable and water-resistant. That means there is no fear of the fabric shrinking or swelling in response to extreme low or high temperatures. It is durable and, at the same time, resilient. Depending on the driving conditions outside and the speeds it will be subjected to, the fabric body has the ability to change its shape, thanks to the movable frame made of aluminum wire that it is stretched over.

Durable and resilient - BMW Gina

Durable and resilient.

Above, you can clearly see how the engine can be easily accessed through a slit that can be opened in the middle of the bonnet. The two side panels look great against the seamless fabric skin, and the doors open in a butterfly style.

Seamless skin and side panels - BMW Gina

Seamless skin and side panels.

Doors open in a butterfly style - BMW Gina

Doors open in a butterfly style.

Another thing you ought to know about the fabric body. Polyurethane-coated Spandex is translucent, so the taillights will shine through the fabric itself. Meanwhile, entering the car is easier, thanks to the central positioning of the steering while on the center console.

Easy entry and exit, thanks to centrally-positioned steering wheel - BMW Gina

Easy entry and exit, thanks to centrally-positioned steering wheel.

Plenty of room for the driver - BMW Gina

Plenty of room for the driver.

This concept is a perfect example of man defying boundaries and his willingness to cross and recross lines in order to come up with innovative products and items that will not only make life easier, but also to do it in a more efficient and effective manner, without compromising on both style and comfort.