Did you think that The Vision Next 100 is BMW’s first concept car? Well, not by a long shot. Actually, it’s not even the BMW’s first shape-shifting car. And that title goes to the 2008 GINA Light Visionary Model.
It was also a showcase for new weird ideas, the most distinct being the polyurethane-coated Spandex bodywork that formed an elastic, remarkably tight-fitting skin over a metal frame.
Yeah, you heard it right. Someone really thought the Future Car would be shrink-wrapped in Mr. Motivator’s trousers. Sorry, Mr. Motivator, I mean no offence. What was the main point in that?
They key was that aluminum outline, which was intended to stretch, abbreviate, extend and contract at the driver’s command. Need a massive wing for more downforce? Simply press a button, let the actuators do the task, and it will be done.
Need to lose the wing for increased maximum speed? Don’t worry about it. Favor slimming down for a tight parking space?
You get the idea now? So the bodywork must be stretchy in order to move with the shape-shifting chassis.
The Spandex was likewise somewhat translucent, so the taillights could sparkle directly through it, while around the front, little engines pulled back the skin to uncover the headlights. Whether it would have finished any crash tests is another matter en masse, however hey, you could at least resolve the scratches with this mighty GINA Light Visionary Model from BMW.