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Click above for an extensive photo gallery of the work in progress...

Polyurethane, the wonder-polymer used in everything from appliances and textiles to electronics and footwear, is apparently the car building material-of-choice for this "sculptor" in Lithuania. You'd recognize his particular mixture of the foam as the same type of messy stuff we use to fill cracks and gaps around windows. Tossing all OSHA and DOT regulations out the window (no problem in Lithuania), this crafty coach-builder mixes up batches of PU foam in 2-liter soda bottles before "applying" them to the framework of his creation. Held in place by scrap cardboard until it sets hard, the foam can then be sculpted, sanded, primed, and eventually painted.

Our best guess is that the rolling "donor" chassis was once part of the Mercedes-Benz family. Do yourself a favor and check out the huge photo gallery, and take particular note of the 30-inch rear wheels (not nearly as gaudy as the jacket this guy is wearing) and the upholstery treatment on the inside A-pillar. Regardless of what the designer was thinking, with that much self-expanding foam inside the cabin, airbags are most likely unnecessary. And, wind leaks are probably non-existent. Flammability, however, might be a problem. Thanks for the tip Kevin!


[Source: English Russia]



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      Heval Bulut
      • 2 Months Ago

      a very sensible use for polyurethane foam. poliüretan köpük

      • 7 Years Ago
      Side view is great, but the back aint great and finally that grille kills it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What could be safer? The entire car is made outta Nerf!
      • 7 Years Ago
      A fine example of when "because I can" just isn't enough justification.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I did this a few years back. I rebuilt he fount end of my Dodge Dynasty(AKA the D Y Nasty, AKA my Sh*t box, AKA that god-awful $300 POS) after I hit a deer. I think when all was said and done I had $70 worth of spray-foam and bondo in to it. The problem was I couldn't change the head lights because the foam dripped down onto the light sockets.
      I "lucked out" becuase the motor died before the head lights blew.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This vehicle is exactly what the world needs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love (HATE) the Maximum Overdrive grille.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's got buck teeth out the yin-yang!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice the Chrysler LHS in picture 40 (of the interior) kind of an odd site in Lithuania.
      Kermit Compeau
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am liking very much the car design foam. Hot babes with mammary glands very large will be liking to go places hot with me. Too rich I would be looking now.
      Seriously, whatever the substance this guy used, he's a helluva sculptor and has a better grasp on design than most of the big-bucks car companies out there. Go Barkev my friend...or whatever his name is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't the Blob supposed to be purple?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think his BMW version looks a ton better that this thing,, His designs are a bit off for my tastes,, specially the glitter interior of the BMW and the crystal doorknob shifters in the Mercedes.. Eesh.. Must be Soviet Block Styling...
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's nothing wrong with this technique. Most concept cars have their bodies CNC milled out of blocks of foam (like this http://www.tarus.com/styling.htm), the covered in a hard substance (usually described as 'clay', but it's not) for final styling.

      Molds can then be made for a fiberglass shell or you can just paint it like these guys did.

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