Insurances.net
Insurances.net » Auto Insurance » Will The BMW GINA Ever Become a Production Car? by:Dirk Gibson
Auto Insurance
Life Insurance
Family Insurance
Health Insurance
Travel Insurance
Mortgage Insurance
Buying Insurance
Accident Insurance
Housing Insurance
Personal Insurance
Medical Insurance
Property Insurance
Mobile Insurance
Internet Insurance
Pregnant Insurance
Dental Insurance
Children Insurance
Baby Insurance
Employee Insurance
Liability Insurance
Pet Insurance
Boat Insurance
Cancer Insurance
Insurance Quotes
Others

Will The BMW GINA Ever Become a Production Car? by:Dirk Gibson


Will The BMW GINA Ever Become a Production Car? by:Dirk Gibson
Share:    

BMW is known for excellent engineering. The design elements of the company were traditionally a bit conservative, but the design of the cars has come a long way in the recent past. The foray into Formula One and the GINA experiment are given a lot of credit for that.

GINA is the experimental car built by BMW that iswell, very experimental. The car is built with an aluminum skeletal frame. This is overlaid with a spandex based cloth that is very strong, but very flexible. The skeletal frame is powered with small electrical motors that allow the car to morph into different shapes. This is done during driving by a computer to maximize efficiency, but also can be controlled by the driver to produce certain looks.

The general look of the GINA is based on the production Z4 shape, but has much more to offer. The flexibility allows for many unique characteristics. For instance, the car is a front engine design. How do you pop the hood? You do it from in the car by selecting the appropriate command. The skeleton under the "hood" then splits down the middle and opens up to allow access. The same occurs for the headlights, trunks and doors of the car in one form or another. It is a beautiful design and so unique that the first question is where can I buy one?!

Alas, the BMW GINA is not a production car. It isn't even a limited production car. The vehicle was designed by company to inspire its designers and engineers to think beyond the typical 3, 5 and 7 series looks. Put another way, you can look at it but you will never drive it unless you decide to buy the entire BMW Company or have some really interesting photos of the CEO!Will The BMW GINA Ever Become a Production Car? by:Dirk Gibson
Share:    


All is not lost, however. The elements of the BMW GINA design are almost certainly going to be incorporated in future cars. The biggest issue will be safety and product life length. The fabric and skeletal structure must be brought up to appropriate safety standards. All indications are this can be done without much problem. The bigger issue is making the car last. The skeleton should not be a big problem, but what about the spandex like material? Constant exposure to the sun, debris from the road and heat from the internal components could do some serious damage to the material. Given the advancement in materials, however, one can imagine a solution can be found.

Will the BMW GINA ever become a production car? Not likely. Still, many of the concepts behind the car will undoubtedly start appearing in production cars. Now, if they could get the performance of the BMW F1 car into a production car, I'd really be buying! 0 to 60 in 2.3 seconds

About the author

Dirk Gibson writes for http://www.dcjautoparts.com - your source for high performance auto parts and accessories for BMWs and other makes of cars.


Installing Great Body Kits - How Much Time Do You Need by:Louie Liu
Tail Lights - Wait Until Dark by:Louie Liu
High Tech Body Kits by:Louie Liu
Tail Lights - Safety And Style by:Louie Liu
Tail Lights - The Car Style Component by:Louie Liu
Headlights - Looks By Day Performance By Night by:LouieLiu
Zipcar Vs. City Car Share: The Battle Royale by:Jeremy Ambers
The Grey Area of Number Plate Tax by:Robert Steel
Buying A New Car - Where To Buy Your New Car? by:Seamus Cooley
What's In An Instrument Panel? by:Tanner Proctor
Review of KYMCO's 2008 ATV, UTV lineup by:Tom Kaiser
Corvette, Birth Of An Automotive Icon by:Robert Morgan
Power Couples by:Tom Kaiser

Write post

print
www.insurances.net guest:  register | login | search IP(3.95.131.97) / Processed in 0.017468 second(s), 6 queries , Gzip enabled debug code: 14 , 2903, 952,
Will The BMW GINA Ever Become a Production Car? by:Dirk Gibson