Following the debut of the James Bond-inspired Rinspeed Squba at the last Geneva Auto Show, Rinspeed plans to wow Transformers fans in Geneva with their iChange 1-2-3-seater concept.
The Rinspeed iChange concept uses what the company calls an “electronic trick-tail” to change the shape of the cabin to fit the number of passengers. When only the driver is on-board a lower profile provides a more aerodynamic shape. If others want a ride the vehicle will move up to provide more space for up to two more passengers. When not shape-shifting, the car runs on a 174 HP electric motor, and apparently hope.
Why do we say that? According to the press release, the name "iChange" is meant to imply that we all have to want to change to electric cars unless we want the world to end. So the gauntlet is thrown down with the statement: "The best possible answer the big automakers could find for the “iChange” would be a strong 'Yes, we can!'" Does that make any sense? Not really, but it sounds like a certain campaign slogan from a certain president-elect has inspired the designers and marketers at Rinspeed. Full, hopeful details in the press release below.
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 130 kw-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” would 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
Special Thanks To:
Subaru Deuschland GmbH - www.subaru.de
Lesonal GmbH - www.lesonal.de