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BMW Lovos Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

It must be fun to be a car designer. Unless, of course, your name becomes synonymous with a specific styling trend that very few seem to appreciate... but we digress. It definitely seems that 24-year-old Pforzheim University graduate Anne Forschner had a good time coming up with her BMW Lovos concept, which can alternatively look either like a frightened porcupine or svelte salmon, depending on its needs at the time.

The exterior of the Lovos – which somewhat ironically stands for Lifestyle of Voluntary Simplicity – is theoretically constructed from just one fully exchangeable part that recurs 260 times. Each exterior piece is covered in solar photovoltaic cells and can hinge on a substructure underneath to follow the sun or act as individual airbrakes. We can only assume the concept would be powered by electricity, as it makes our hairs stand up on end.

See the concept in all its glory in our gallery below and check out the rest of the story (in Russian or translated) at cardesign.ru. Thanks for the tip, Greg!

[Source: cardesign.ru]

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      they're totally gorgeous. they're probably even genius. they're the B.A.T.s of the 21st century. they're works of art. the way the scales/flaps/particles blend into the wheels on the top one is stunning. imo anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the mutated monster in The Relic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first, I didn't like the design at all. Then after looking a little harder, I think a slightly smaller front wheel would make this look a lot more aggressive.

      Also, the idea of having each flap as an air brake is awesome. A really creative idea!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this could be thought of as BangleSquared/PostBangle. His leadership and vision obviously led to this design freedom/integrity. While the man is gone, his thought process has morphed into the next generation. This is Bangle's Essence, as taught by the master. This is design clarity given free reign. This just might be the next normal. Car Design 2.0 .
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally agree. I think you perfectly hit her point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing is nuts, but it is so inspirational. If designers don't think big, we will never progress beyond the bland sameness that resides on the American road today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No male chauvinism intended. Honest to god no. I love women. I believe they are equal or greater creatures to the men. They are divine. My mum, sister & fiancee are prime examples of great cultured morally strong women.

      Seriously though when it comes to design they should either stick to wedding gowns or decorating the flower basket... I mean this is the definition of a butt ugly.

      Inspirational??? Brethren do you even understand what that means? This is far from inspirational. I mean the concept integrating air brakes & solar panels as part of the chassis is good but seriously that's like asking a woman to stand up & urinate into a urinal. It never works unless a man comes along & does it.

      Sorry but seriously this car doesnt even deserve a post on the autoblog wall because of the silly nonsense. I have seen women design the Volvo C30 I think & mate that is inspirational. This is what Shredder (TMNT) craps out every morning in his toilet.


      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it, it's absolutely brilliant!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What in the holy hell is that thing? Besides hideous, I mean. Are those little flaps supposed to be functional (ala Mitsubishi HSR-II) or are they just... plumage? (ha ha)
      • 5 Years Ago
      gotta love how the bonnet "scales" completely obscure the driver's view of the road when they go up.
      it's a bit sad that to get attention, designers need to dish out ideas that regularly make engineers facepalm...
        • 5 Years Ago
        engineers facepalm

        Thats all I could think about when they said its constructed of one interchangeable part repeated 260 times. Incredibly easy to write down. Incredible impossible to make happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally, some proper "shredder wheels" for Neff's new Taurus SHO
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeremy: please report the news and avoid generalizing your own opinion when it comes to Bangle, another designer or anything else. You don't like his style, fine. That doesn't mean that only "very few"appreciate it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find it very strange that there are still people in the car world who continue singing the old tired song regarding Chris Bangle. Just look arround you guys. Maybe what he did was controversial but since he started this design trend ,BMW has sold more cars than they imagined in their wildest dreams.

      And then go beyond BMW. Chris bangle, you like it or not, singlehandedly changed the face of the car design world. He made car design exciting and controversial. He has been an agent of change and renewal. Just take a look at all the cars on the road, they all have something from Bangle.

      What a way to disagree with a philososphy. Period.
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