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Photos: BMW GINA Concept at BMW Museum

Interesting | September 14th, 2009 by 5
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Another attraction at the BMW Museum is Chris Bangle’s GINA LightVision Concept. Situated on the last floor, the GINA Concept is still one of the …

Another attraction at the BMW Museum is Chris Bangle’s GINA LightVision Concept. Situated on the last floor, the GINA Concept is still one of the most beautiful concepts designed to date by BMW.

GINA project started in 2001 and it was unveiled to the public for the first time in 2008. GINA stands for “Geometry and functions In ‘N’ Adaptions” and it was designed by a team led by ex-BMW’s head of design, Chris Bangle, who says GINA allowed his team to “challenge existing principles and conventional processes.”

What makes GINA Light Concept special are the surfaces covering the aluminum wire chassis. The flexible, stretchable water resistant translucent man-made fabric skin – polyurethane-coated Spandex, is resilient and durable. It resists high or low temperatures, does not swell or shrink and the movement does not slacken or damage the fabric.

Photos: BMW GINA Concept at BMW MuseumThe body changes its shape according to exterior conditions and speeds, and it also allows the driver to change its shape at will. The shape of the frame is controlled by electric and hydraulic actuators, for example, the headlights are revealed when small motors pull the fabric back in an eyelid like fashion.

At the rear-end, the taillights are visible through the soft material.

GINA features “bird wings” style of doors, a similar feature we’ve seen on the new Vision Concept. Access to the engine can be gained through a slit that can open in the middle of the bonnet. Seeing the GINA Concept in person makes it even more special and emotional and we came to appreciate the design language even more.

GINA Concept design has been rumored to serve as a base for many upcoming BMW models, from the movable parts to the design language.

As always, lots of photos are available for you, including some footage of the car.

  • Lance

    Has this car been driven by anyone before? The interior looks very fake to me. Also, I would like to point out that simplicity is good, but there are two types of simplicity regarding the interior design: The one used in the old Z4 lacks class as it was similar in concept to a Toyota interior. The new Z4 interior is simple yet classy, which cannot be cmpared to a Toyota interior. anyone agree with me on that? This Gina concept interior is going the old Z4 route… yet again, I guess the new Z4 came out after this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    what a car…its work of art…i just love the grill shape and the headlights,i hope it will be incorporated in some of new models…it looks alive…maybe you took some photos of mille miglia concept..?

  • marc

    Auto/ Stilista contro Bmw, Pm Roma delega indagini a Gdf

    Investigatori delle Fiamme gialle ricostruiscono vicenda
    Fonte: APCOM del 05/08/2009

    La Procura di Roma ha delegato alla Guardia di finanza accertamenti rispetto all’indagine nata dalla denuncia contro la Bmw, presentata da uno stilista secondo il quale la casa automobilistica teutonica avrebbe copiato l’idea del rivestimento in stoffa della carrozzeria. Quel progetto è stato per attuato in una concept car, la Gina, acronimo di ‘Geometry and functions in ‘n’ adaptions, presentata in alcune rassegne di auto di lusso e per molto tempo ospitata nello stesso museo della Bmw, a Monaco. Secondo quanto si è appreso il pm Marcello Monteleone, dopo aver ricevuto una consulenza tecnica di parte, ha deciso di vederci chiaro ed ha dato disposizione agli investigatori della Gdf, prima di sentire lo stesso stilista, Giuseppe Bianco, e poi di ascoltare tutta un’altra serie di testi che erano stati indicati nell’esposto che era stato depositato nei mesi scorsi a piazzale Clodio dal difensore del piccolo imprenditore, l’avvocato Carlo Cirillo. Nella denuncia si spiega che Bianco, nel 2005, ha ideato un esclusivo procedimento con il quale si poteva applicare qualsiasi rivestimento, dalla pelle, alla stoffa, ai materiali più tecnici, sulla carrozzeria esterna di auto e motoveicoli “rendendo i rivestimenti stessi impermeabili e resistenti agli agenti atmosferici”. Dopo la registazione del brevetto, l’esposizione al Motorshow di Bologna nel 2006, un servizio televisivo del Tg5, Bianco era tranquillo, sicuro di aver inventato qualcosa d’innovativo. Ma ecco che in pieno 2008 lo stilista scopre che la Bmw ha presentato la Gina. E allora ricorda la visita, nello stand che aveva a Bologna, di un manager della casa tedesca che si disse molto interessato alla sua scoperta. Nella consulenza svolta dal perito Corrado Cesaroni, si legge: “Il modello Bmw non ha capacità distintiva rispetto ai prodotti che incorporano il disegno o modello registrato da Bianco”.

    • Marco

      you need to translate …. Everybody need to know!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahriar.sayeem Shahriar Sayeem

    I’m not big fun of BMW but this revelation of imagination…

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