The BMW GINA Light Visionary ModelJune 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm | Posted in World News | 5 Comments
I found about the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model via Rick O’Shea’s blog (I’ve been thinking that he should get his own show on the radio). It’s the new concept car from BMW. It’s such a cool idea that it should’ve been mine. Hey, I did come up with the idea of a scented flashlight, remember? Here’s the official unveiling video:
Chris Bangle (the weird man in the video asking a lot of questions) explains that GINA is an acronym. He also explains that an acronym is “a set of letters”. GINA stands for “Geometry (that’s shapes) and Functions (how things work) and N…” [waves hands around] (N is a way of saying infinite number) of Adaptations meaning… there’s a lot change possible”. Wait, GFNA? I didn’t know “Functions” was spelt with an “I”? And this man is allowed to design a mutha ‘uckin’ car!? There’s hope for an imbecile like myself yet.
Something that hasn’t been shown in the video is the ability to shift shapes to a larger degree than just those freaky blinking lights. I’ve collected some images of the more extreme possibilities with context over dogma being my philosophy in designing the following:
The obvious ability: Build your own inappropriately large spoiler. I’m not sure what effect a spoiler would have on a car with a own shell made from some sort of fabric but it’ll sure please the malfunctioning boy racer demographic. Did you know that BMW cars are called Bimmers rather than Beamers? Let’s go laugh about people who wrongly say Beamers now that we’ve been enlightened by the infinite knowledge of the internet. And, as we all know, the internet is never wrong.
Did you also know that the batmobile is awesome? The following modified car is a tribute of sorts to the best detective in the world. Well, the best detective to ever dress as a bat:
What’s the next step to wings on a car? Why, breast implants on a car, of course! It’s pointless and very unnerving to look at. The only thing more unnerving than it would be the time I discovered upside-down typing by simply turning my keyboard the wrong way up:
˙ǝɥɔɐpɐǝɥ ɐ ǝɯ ƃuıʌıƃ sı sıɥʇ ˙ɥɐoʍ
Did you know that most crumple zones are 100% dependant on good frame design and materials? If that is the case, then whoever is driving the GINA is well and truly done for. Other disadvantages of the slip on cover include: It takes 2 full hours to pull the cover together/ If you are trying to key the car, you might just tear it/ The flexible fabric cover of the car will be flapping around like so:
One advantage of having a slip-on cover which you can change or modify… Tie-dye!
As much as I’d to have a recurring feature every week on conceptual roadsters, I fear that this post may have been a once off since it took me hours to write and draw the accomanying pictures. It’s one of many reasons that I’m not presenting Top Gear right now (due back on screens soon– yay!)