written on: November 06, 2008 by Mechanic Schools Directory

German automobile manufacturer, BMW, unveils a revolutionary concept in automotive design.

"BMW presents GINA, a new take on car design, materials, and flexibility. The GINA replaces the traditional metal/plastic skin with a textile fabric skin that's pulled taut around a frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. Even the shape of the car can change. Fascinating and creative design study." -37Signals.com

I've always been a big fan of BMW and the way they put so much attention to detail. It is my belief that BMW is the leader in creating automobiles for a true car lover. They always seem to find ways to apply the latest automotive technology while continuously raising the quality and class of their vehicles. And they're not afraid to take risks!

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BMW has shown this drive for innovation once again with a revolutionary cloth-like skin, but many questions are raised about the car's practicality. How well would it hold up in a collision and who would be able to handle collision repair on such a unique design? How will this innovative "skin" hold up in high winds? How durable will the body be against dings and scratches from everyday use?

On the mechanical side, how will the reduced body weight improve the BMW's fuel efficiency? Is this lighter "skin" more practical on alternative-fuel vehicles for inner-city driving? How eco-friendly is this new material, and what is its re-use potential?

No matter the answers, one thing's for sure. BMW isn't afraid to raise the questions.

For more about BMW's design and innovation process I encourage you to get information about Universal Technical Institutes BMW Step Program. UTI is the official school for BMW Manufacturer specific automotive training.

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