• Dec 1, 2010
Rinspeed BamBoo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ah, Rinspeed. The crafty Swiss design house that has brought us funky creations like the UC?, iChange and sQuba has just given us a preview of its latest creation, the BamBoo. Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year, the BamBoo is a sort of "grown up golf cart" (Rinspeed's words, not ours), and as its name would suggest, many of the interior components have been constructed from bamboo fibers.

So, what's the purpose of the BamBoo? Beach assault vehicle? Tropical resort cruiser? Rinspeed offers this as an explanation:
"This open-top vehicle awakens the longing for sun, summer, for lightness and easiness, the desire to be at the beach. It is a reminiscence of the Seventies, of the south of France and St. Tropez. And one would expect to find Brigitte Bardot behind the wheel with playboy Gunther Sachs at her side heading towards Tahiti beach."
Sounds lovely, but the Swiss designers have left out practically all of the nitty-gritty details about the BamBoo, including powertrain, interior accommodations and plans for production (if any). Nevertheless, we'll get the full scoop at the Geneva show in March. In the meantime, check out Rinspeed's latter-day Fiat Jolly/Volkswagen Thing Acapulco in our gallery below, then follow the jump for the press release.



[Source: Rinspeed]
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Car Visionary Rinderknecht's Focus at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 is on Back to the Roots: "BamBoo" - the Pure Roots of Mobility

The names of the concept cars from Swiss car visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht are more than marketing-driven slick onomatopoeia that polls well with focus groups. At Rinspeed names often have a deeper meaning. That is also true for the latest creation from Rinderknecht. "BamBoo" is the name of his latest 'baby' that resembles a grown-up golf cart and is bound to evokes plenty of admiration at the next Geneva Motor Show which runs from March 3rd through 13th, 2011.

Nomen est omen - the name says it all - is immediately apparent: Many interior components are made from bamboo fibers. But the four-seater "BamBoo" takes it to a whole new level – to the Meta level so to speak: This open-top vehicle awakens the longing for sun, summer, for lightness and easiness, the desire to be at the beach. It is a reminiscence of the Seventies, of the south of France and St. Tropez. And one would expect to find Brigitte Bardot behind the wheel with playboy Gunther Sachs at her side heading towards Tahiti beach..

Anyone who might think that this is simple retro design for nostalgia's sake underestimates the boss of the Swiss concept powerhouse. Yes, Rinderknecht incorporates the automobile references of the time. But he doesn't leave it at that. He reinterprets them and evolves them into the future. And he focuses in them the yearning to get back to the roots, paired with the absolute desire to be in harmony with creation. That makes electric drive, also for the onboard foldable two wheeler for the last "mile", a must.

Anyone not blinded by horsepower orgies, chrome tinsel and top-speed frenzy should take a closer look. "BamBoo" pushes the 'reset' button, clears the mind for a new way of thinking. It sports simple, clean lines. No bells, no whistles. Nothing is superfluous. Plain aesthetics in their purest form. As stated before and even in a figurative sense: Nomen est omen. Simply bamboo.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Tonka and Hotwheels got company I bet one can be built with Lego ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks very much like a Citreon Mehari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another lovely design firm that doesn't really know how to design good looking vehicles. There are actually schools for this sort of thing. They should think about sending their employees to one. This looks like it was done in an afternoon. 3 spoke wheels? Really?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a hearse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rinspeed always comes up with interesting stuff but never anything I'd ever actually want to buy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rinnspeed does only research funded by industry.

        rinnspeed does tune some ordinary cars.
        but all the propertary models are not for sale, that means ... even if you would offer 10 million for this model, it's still NO!

        i would like to have his job
        : )
      Jay
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is not new. They had Bamboo cars on Gillligan's Island long ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      C'mon...forget the yellow unidentified type of vehicle and see the frugal clad girls!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rinspeed always makes the funkiest stuff. Thats why I always look forward to their concepts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How do people make a living doing this stuff?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It runs on fun.
      CheckTheseOut
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, modern automotive design has just taken a huge 180 back to the 50s...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CheckTheseOut
        I think a lot of people are missing a key factor "many of the interior components have been constructed from bamboo fibers".

        This car is a research project. The design itself is not particularly earth-shattering but they are breaking into new ground with bamboo fibers used as a construction material inside the car. Every auto company is looking for ways to use renewable resources and put on a green face. Bamboo is an almost too easy step in the direction.

        It is a fast growing grass that has very strong, flexible and elastic fibers. It can be used in millions of application inside a car; dash trim, the whole dash, bamboo fabric on the seats and doors, etc.

        Oddly, they offer no interior shots through...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a tuk-tuk from a movie made in the early 80's set in the the distant future of the year 2000.

      As negative as that may sound, I actually really like it. It's not hard to imagine these things in Santa Monica or Laguna Beach.
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