Ah, Rinspeed... what more can we say about the company that has previously unleashed such concept vehicles as the sQuba and the eXasis? Seriously, these outlandish machines speak for themselves, though what they seem to be saying is that they'd never, ever see the light of day in production form. No matter, Rinspeed carries on undeterred for 2009 and will bring the iChange, the company's latest automotive concept, to the Geneva Motor Show. Of course, it's powered by an electric motor, but that's to be expected. What really sets this concept apart from its more traditional peers is its ability to morph from a single-seat sportscar to a three-seat mini-MPV. The central structure appears to be independent from the four wheels and can reportedly rise up "as if by magic" to reveal the extra set of seats. Unfortunately, there is no indication that the car can morph into a submarine. What's up with that?
World premiere at the 79th International Motor Show in Geneva March 5th thru March 15th 2009
Swiss off-the-wall thinker Frank M. Rinderknecht constructs concept cars with fully variable body design.
"iChange" - 1-2-3-seater with "trick-tail"
Zumikon - World premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 5th thru March 15th 2009): with the "iChange" the Swiss designers of Rinspeed present a "1-2-3-seater" powered by a 130kw-electric motor. The concept car's striking body structure adapts via "electronic trick-tail" to the number of passengers: while the sporty and streamlined teardrop shape seats only the driver, two more passengers may join him once the car's rear end has risen as if by magic. In the blink of an eye the full-blooded sports car turns into a compact sportsvan.
With the Rinspeed "iChange" the automotive jack-of-all-trades Frank M. Rinderknecht and his partners aim to provide thought-provoking impulses for the automobile industry: "Thinking about variability and the constantly changing energy demand, we have created an extremely flexible vehicle." The result is a zero-emission car featuring both extremely low weight and aerodynamic drag, thus further reducing the power consumption.
For Mr. Rinderknecht the car's name "iChange" means more than a flowery phrase: "If we want to preserve our individual mobility in the future, we have to re-think our conception of cars - above all we need to accommodate the ecological aspects." The best possible answer the big automakers could find for the "iChange" woud be a strong "Yes, we can!"
The partners and suppliers in the "iChange" project are:
AEZ Leichtmetallräder GmbH - www.aez-wheels.com
Carl F. Bucherer - www.carl-f-bucherer.com
Die Agentur, Werbeagentur GmbH - www.dieagentur-group.com
J. Eberspächer GmbH & Co. KG - www.eberspaecher.com
Esoro AG - www.esoro.ch
KGS Diamond Group AG - www.kgsdiamond.com
Leaseplan (Schweiz) AG - www.leaseplan.ch
Harman/Becker Automotive Systems - www.harmanbecker.com
Motorex Bucher Langenthal AG - www.motorex.com
Schoeller GmbH & CoKG - www.schoeller-wool.com
Siemens AG - www.siemens.com
Strähle + Hess GmbH & Co. KG - www.straehle-hess.de
Speziellen Dank an:
Subaru Deuschland GmbH - www.subaru.de
Lesonal GmbH - www.lesonal.de