Menu
Clone of Alibaba (BABA) IPO Shares Jump 36%

Alibaba (BABA) IPO Shares Jump 36%

The Sexiest Halloween Costumes of 2014

The Sexiest Halloween Costumes of 2014

Mazda Miata 2016 model revealed

Mazda Miata 2016 model revealed

Miley Cyrus New Butt Gets in Trouble with Law

Miley Cyrus New Butt Gets in Trouble with Law

Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO of Oracle

Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO of Oracle

Rinspeed's Sweet See Through eXasis Concept Car

Apr 16 2007, 12:00pm CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Rinspeed's Sweet See Through eXasis Concept Car
 
 
Rinspeed has been making fast cars like the Porsche 911 faster for 40 years now. To celebrate their 40th anniversary Rinspeed has pulled the tarp off a sweet concept car called the eXasis which is a transparent car allowing you to see the road underneath you as well as ahead of you.

While the eXasis look s like it is made from glass it has a floor made of Makrolon produced by Bayer MaterialScience AG. "Everyone who sees the eXasis for the first time raves about the glass car, but they actually mean our transparent high-tech plastic," says Ian Paterson, the member of the Bayer MaterialScience Board of Management responsible for Innovation, describing the typical reaction to the prototype. "Many people only talk about innovation. We do it, in conjunction with our partners." In fact, nearly all the Bayer MaterialScience business units were involved in the development of the concept car, providing products such as surface coatings and polyurethanes (for molding tools). But it was the plastics experts from BMS with their Makrolon® polycarbonate who were responsible for the transparency of the eXasis. Frank M. Rinderknecht: "In this ethereal transparency, the true spirit of the eXasis becomes visible. An abstract idea becomes material, visions become a tangible car. Yet the eXasis still doesn't seem to have quite arrived in our material world."The clear body allows a nice view of the cars engine, a 750cc Weber which sits above the sequential shift 6-speed transmission. The tandem driving style along with the Weber engine and sequential shift transmission makes this car seem like it is part motorcycle. The chassis of the eXasis is made from aluminum and the seats are from Recaro. The engine has 150 bhp and is fueled by bioethanol.

Performance from the smallish engine should be quite good considering that he entire vehicle weighs only 750kg (about 1653 pounds). The length is 3700 mm, width is 1960mm, height is 1284mm and the top speed is a claimed 210 km/h (about 130 mph) acceleration from 0-100 km/h is 4.8 seconds (that is 0-62mph). Story and image via Rinspeed.

by Shane McGlaun

You Might Also Like

Updates

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Sony’s Google Glass Rival Going On Sale In March
Sony’s Google Glass Rival Going On Sale In March
The PlayStation maker has released the SDK.
 
 
Jameis Winston will sit Tonight
Jameis Winston will sit Tonight
Florida State suspended its quarterback, Jameis Winston, for the entire game against Clemson. He will sit and not be playing tonight.
 
 
Roman Reigns’ fight with Seth Rollins will have its Consequences
Roman Reigns to face Consequences of fight with Seth Rollins
Roman Reigns’ fight or rather SmackDown with Seth Rollins will have its consequences.
 
 
iCloud Drive For Windows Users Now Available To Download
iCloud Drive For Windows Users Now Available To Download
The iCloud Drive feature integrates seamlessly into Windows Explorer, showing up as another drive in the list of connected devices.
 
 
 

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.