Wednesday, July 2, 2008

BMW - pushing design boundaries

Codename: GINA

Though this blog post was straight-up copped from the BBC's blog, I couldn't help it...this is some pretty sick design.

BMW has designed a car that uses fabric rather than carbon fiber, aluminum or some other material most cars are made of. In what can be called a shout-out to the Zeppelins of the 1920s and 30s, this design brings to light some interesting ideas. The flexibility and opacity of the material creating new possibilities. Though merely a concept car, I cannot avoid thinking of the Hindenburg disaster. Fabric has little structural strength to it, I am curious as to how this aspect will be approached.