• Feb 22nd 2011 at 7:57PM
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Rinspeed BamBoo – Click above to watch the videos after the jump

Rinspeed's oddball creations are as much rare birds as they are strange ones. Every year we arrive in Geneva and take a good long look at the latest one before moving on, and then the cars are never to be seen again. And we wouldn't expect any different from this year's bizarre concept car.

Called the BamBoo, it's the Swiss firm's vision of a modern-day, all-electric, open-air beach buggy of sorts, and, like its predecessors, bears little in the way of resemblance to any other car on the road today. Well, maybe the old Fiat Jolly, Mini Moke and any number of fiberglass-bodied dune buggies...

So if you want to take a closer look at the BamBoo in its intended natural habitat – Saint-Tropez – check out the quartet of videos after the jump. Because the show will soon be over, and so will the car that Rinspeed built for it. Oh, and guys: looks like the driver above is single... says so right at the front of the car.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Some needs to give these Rinspeed designers a blanket party. How do these guys stay in business?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      Please get a new commenting system. I had an account that stopped working normally but would work in a hacky way, now it's completely screwed and I've had to make a new account.
      NOTHING about your system is likeable. Engadget had a far better system and even they replaced it with Disqus, I suggest you do the same.

      Regards,

      Indefinite Implosion
        • 4 Years Ago
        AB's commenting system does have the suck, but after seeing the disaster of a redesign that happened over at Jalopnik, I just simply don't think AB's site is that bad anymore.

        Jalop, Giz and the rest of the Gawker sites are just unreadable now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hazdaz: ever heard of Disqus? It's the system Engadget is using right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I completely agree. Steal enadgets system. They're corporate AOL cousins, should be easy to swipe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      headlight of mini cooper? tail light of Suzuki swift?
      some funny body structure? look so fragile, look so plastic....
      oh, look, it Bambooooo!
      who's really care? it's like a advanced version of golf course buggie.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Take that back! There is no reason to insult the buggy I keep at the hanger with such a comparison. At least it serves a purpose. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Rinspeed,
      Ummm...really?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool, interesting, intriguing, etc. bla bla yadda I still don't know what this company actually produces and how it survives (none of their yearly Geneva concepts I can remember reached production in any form). Please please enlighten me kthxbye.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Finally... something. Thanks!
        • 4 Years Ago
        http://www.rinspeed.com/pages/content/frames_e.htm

        http://www.rinspeedart.com/

        http://www.rinspeed.com/pages/rag/Rinspeed_Story_english.pdf

        On the PDF, focus on the years 1982 and 1988 and the activities on the bottom. Also a big focus to the employees also at the bottom.

        Generally they do a lot of work for manufacturers and suppliers, they offer marine applications and of course also the event marketing-consulting.

        And once in a while they come up with a concept car of their own. Which basically showcases their capabilities in working with different materials and technologies. These concepts are not meant to be produced but to show what they can do for actual manufacturers.

        Let's say you want a prototype built to show your new model, you can ask them and they do it.

        On top of that they also restore classic cars...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't we just see a similar article last week? I just don't get this thing. Speaking of "things", I loved the VW thing as a fun, hip sort of vehicle that looked a little odd but had appeal. This thing makes bile rise in my throat. Is it really that difficult for their designers to come up with something a little more appealing?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This has Homer Simpson's design style all over it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll take the girl on the left from Geneva to Saint-Tropez.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the love of god, someone get those girls a brownie, stat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car, looks like the perfect thing to drive round in an exotic country...just imagine going to the Bahamas and being given this to circle the island in. Wow! Would not work in rainy old England though, definitely need to have a vehicle with windows, and central heating :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will come in handy if you need a camp fire on the beach.
      "Hey the fire's going out, go rip a fender off."
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's just another overpriced glorified golf cart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With all the noise about this , I would say it would be a good low volume hit. 10 -15 K a year worldwide could be feasible.

      No, it doesn't do 0 - 60 in 4 sec or traverse mountain roads. It will bring back the fun of the
      drive to the beach or explore the vacation town you're in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't FIAT do something like this in the Fifties and Sixties?
      If you get one of these wouldn't you consider yourself bamboozled?
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