With concept cars there is quite often a sense of originality, wild design and contemporary ideas. But spend a few years watching the concept cars released by various car manufacturers worldwide and you will realise that the real head turners, the ideas that heavily change everything we know about cars today don’t come around so often.
The BMW Gina, released this week is a car which more than fits these alternative shoes. The BMW Gina is a good example of a new idea, G i n a is supposed to stand for “Geometry and Functions in ‘N’ Adaptations”, however like the abbreviation avoids the inclusion of the F from “Functions” so does the concept sports car avoid the need for a shell. Using a textile fabric BMW have created the first concept car that seems to mimic the human form.
The first thing you will notice when you look at the Gina Concept is its styling. Look at a standard 1 shot photo and you may be forgiven for thinking its just another devilish car from BMW, but the lines and curves of this concepts bodywork are not created with steel or aluminium. Taught textile fabric acts as a skin like barrier, tightened around a space frame made from a mixture of carbon and metals.
Although it sounds basic BMW have taken this concept one step further than simply wrapping an aerial atom with lycra, as well as a car with skin they also gave it movable features. The lights open and shut like a wild cats, the “bonnet” can open at the middle seam showing just a hint of a large BMW engine and an artificial rib cage, the doors – not to be outdone – don’t open but twist and contort to allow entry into the bespoke all in one seats. The skin is the one big factor in this concepts creation, it allows new and interesting mixtures of both concave and convex body panels, made with a material that looks very much like traditional steel panels. In true BMW style it continues along the progressively angular design, with a stunning moveable flared spoiler to cap off a stunning rear end.
All in all the BMW Gina is a fantastic concept car, recently housed in the BMW museum it will go on show and perhaps influence BMW cars to come. We can’t wait to get our hands on a real production equivalent, but that might take BMW some time.