Those mad Swiss scientists up at Rinspeed are cooking up a new concept for the Geneva show that's Zen themed and typically high-tech. The zaZen, which appears to be a take on the Porsche 911, is yet another joint project between Rinspeed and plastics supplier Bayer MaterialScience. Among other developments, the zaZen sports a novel, holographic brake light and a contoured single-section roof dome fabricated from a polycarbonate dubbed Makrolon . That material can be made transparent or opaque at the touch of a button. Dashboard displays can be faded in and out as needed, and occupants sit in "glass-like" plastic seat shells tinted a "bright and friendly" orange. A self-healing clearcoat made up of tiny crystals protects and adds luster to the paint scheme. The Zen part comes from the company's bid to abandon preconceived notions of what a car can be. Personally, we've already spent the morning running around the house not thinking of "wolf," so we, you know, "get it."
Geneva Premiere: Rinspeed Senso [internal]