BMW has finally revealed the radical concept car which has already influenced all of its current production cars and will continue to shape future models such as the soon-to-be-launched X1 mini-SUV.
The car, called the GINA Light Visionary Model, is a revolutionary fabric-skinned sports car concept —which can change its shape radically and quickly, according to desires or to conditions and speeds.
Amazingly the concept dates from as early as 2001 but BMW’s design chief Chris Bangle claims that it was the first fruit of years of work by BMW Design teams to cater for what they see as buyer demands in 10 years’ time.
The concept, though built on the now defunct Z8 roadster, was conceived to show that it may be possible one day for owners to be able to choose from a variety of outer shapes and functions offered around one broad mechanical envelope.
The GINA roadster designers also believe the car’s enhanced adaptability to a driver’s needs increase the emotional connection between driver and car. It could also, he believes, be a way of enticing more young people to car buying – a sector of the market that is increasingly choosing not to run a car.