BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

June 11th, 2008

The BMW GINA Light Visionary Model is quite a revolutionary car study. GINA stands for “Geometry and Functions in ‘N’ Adaptations”.  The outer skin is a textile fabric stretched over a structure of metal wires, some parts are moveable so you can change the appearance of the car. The headlines can be hidden or revealed, but I guess that the doors show it off the skins feature the best. As always a video is the best way to see and understand this, so watch it.
You can find more images here.

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

8 Responses to “BMW GINA Light Visionary Model”

  1. Neeksleep Says:

    That’s pretty damn cool and all. And looks cool….but, man, i couldnt see anyone surviving a car crash in that.

  2. today and tomorrow - pieter Says:

    I couldn’t either, but in the movie they mention that a metal skin isn’t that import for crashes … But the moving parts are very cool.

  3. Jeff Werner Says:

    Like the Smart car and its monobody skeleton, which is in many ways safer than a much larger car. If you’ve ever had to repair a regular car’s bumper after a mere 5km/h fender bender, you know just how little the skin of most cars does for your protection.

    I also wanted to say that, while I’m not a huge fan of Bangle’s usual work at BMW, I appreciate the way he talks about the GINA in this video. It’s more than just marketing-speak: his love for design, his familiarity with car culture, and yet his ability to still reconceptualize something so ubiquitous, comes through in not just the GINA as an object but also in his voice and demeanour in talking about the thinking behind it.

  4. today and tomorrow - pieter Says:

    Jeff, thanks for your comment! Indeed, you can really tell that Bangle isn’t a marketing man.

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  6. vishi which is cool Says:

    cool car

  7. Bryan Says:

    As an engineer I assure you metal panels hurt during accidents the frame absorbs all of the crash energy. Panels hurt you on weight which adds to kenetic energy that you have to release during a crash. A tube frame is 10x stronger than a unibody frame. Think NASCAR or F1 the bodies are paper thin the frame is tubular.

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