• Feb 16, 2006

Designer Frank Rinderknecht has been freebasing the styling clay again. Or perhaps not. Either way, the eccentric and his posse at Rinspeed have come up with yet another wild and wacky concept, the "zAZen," which apparently is Rinspeak for "automotive enlightenment on four wheels."

Either way, the Porsche-based 997-based concept, set to debut on February 28 in Geneva, was produced in partnership with the polymer prodigies at Bayer Materialscience. The result is a gigantic transparent canopy made of Makrolon®, which turns 'into a luminous holographic area' that projects the third brake light 'as if from nowhere.' Why, we're not quite sure... but Rinderknecht's mad scientist creations have been about gloriously blue-sky thinking, and we're not about to start arguing now. Swarovski detailing, clear seat inserts, and bespoke body paneling ensure that extrovert owners will likely never encounter a similar car on the road.

(More photos and details after the jump)

For those interested in more visceral than visual drama, the zaZen weighs just under 3,300 lbs. and is motivated by the 355 bhp six-pot boxer powerplant, donated (along with many other bits) from Porsche's 997 Carrera S, all of which is lashed to a '4x adjustable chassis' designed by KW Automotive.

A small production run is being toyed with.

[Source: Rinspeed]



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      bascoiu
      • 8 Years Ago
      STEAUA - CEA MAI BUNA ECHIPA DIN EUROPA.
      VA VOM DEMONSTRA.
      SI VORBA AIA: LIGA CAMPIONILOR - INTERZISA CAINILOR
      FORTZA ARMATA ULTRA
      FORTZA STEAUA!
      CAMPIONII DIN GHENCEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      NR 1 MEREU VOM FI!
      M J.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think its awsome.. not very logical but it looks like it'd be a fun weekend car for someone with waaayyy too much extra cash. If it were cheap.. yea I'd buy it!
      Jeff
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool looking, but imagine what the temperature of your car is on a hot summer's day and multiply it by 100. That would be how this car would feel on a hot summer's day with that clear roof.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That looks like ass. I think a 14-year old got to be in charge of a design studio for a day, and made something "way cool" in his eyes.
      Keri
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, I Love It! My dream car! The ultimate moon roof. The heat wouldn't be an issue because you have the option of the air conditioning. Convertibles are almost non-existent in Texas because of the heat. This car would be the answer. I'm sure the inside ambience is beautiful. Very Sexy style! And, I'm not a kid. I'm a mature, sexy 45 year old female. I want one in pearl while please!
      • 8 Years Ago
      HOT!!!!! It's so neat lookin and it catches your eye, but too bad it doesn't have backs seat, no where to put the kids!, oh well , hopefully it's succesful, when i'm 70 i'll have enough money to pay for it by then! Awsome car
      • 8 Years Ago
      this car is a death trap. the name of the car should be death on wheels. what would happen on a side impact shiiiit. what would this car do when faced with a shelby mustang NOTHING!!!!! and the shelby is at 6 times cheaper price
      • 8 Years Ago
      no picture of the 3rd brakelight out of nowhere?
      kickinmdrums
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a real piece of shit......try driving that car on a hot summer day with that rediculous roof . Apparently they`ve never been to Arizona . Looks like the brainchild of some 13 year old retard . Please give me a break......NEXT .
      • 8 Years Ago
      I always wondered where the designers of the pacer and gremlin went after American Motors shut down. I hope the 4 wheel green house has a good air conditioner. At least in a convertible you have the wind to cool you.
      Harvin .A
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car is sweet...but i also agree that it's a little close to the ground. If they can lift it a little it would make a good ride. Another thing was that if they can drop some of the weight on it and add some better upgrades like some carbon fiber it would be awsome!! Other then that this car is so sweet!! I can't wait until it comes to the U.S!!
      bascoiu
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is the best looking car ever made in the history.
      i was at Geneva and i can tell you for real.
      this baby will rock the world.
      no need to talk about the power or the accesories.
      bug mafia!
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