Rinspeed Understands What Autonomous Cars Need To Be

I have to hand it to Rinspeed. The Swiss company that's usually best known for creating delightfully bonkers concept cars has a new concept for an autonomous car, Budii. And, while it's still a bit bonkers, it realizes something about autonomous cars that most carmakers still haven't accepted: An autonomous car is a… » 12/09/14 9:43pm 12/09/14 9:43pm

The Rinspeed Splash Hydrofoil Actually Exists

Remember this little guy from 2006, the hydrofoil car Rinspeed CEO Frank Rinderknecht drove, if that’s the right word, across the English Channel? It’s real. The Rinspeed Splash was on display in Geneva. And while it will never cease being surreal to think it’s a hydrofoil car it’s hydrofoil car it’s hydrofoil car » 3/08/13 2:45pm 3/08/13 2:45pm

The Rinspeed Micro Max Is A Mini-Sized Bus From The Future

Frank M. Rinderknecht's creative powerhouse joined forces with infotainment company Harman to create the perfect urban traffic system. The Micro Max electric vehicle is part of the revolutionary idea, using Cloud technology with real time navigation functions while balancing between the functions of personal and… » 2/19/13 7:32am 2/19/13 7:32am

Rinspeed sQuba Concept Surfaces in Geneva

Get it? It's also a submarine! Right, so the master-level geniuses at the Swiss fantasy and tuning shop Rinspeed unveiled the sQuba concept. That's the one designed as amphibious transport for secret agents certified for diving equipment — maybe you've seen it on Keith Olbermann. Anyhow, here it is, ready to go. All… » 3/04/08 11:45am 3/04/08 11:45am

The Rinspeed Bedouin: A Shooting Brake For All Seasons

This may actually be one of the most Jalopnik cars in existence and, as a shooting brake, it fits within our day's wagon theme. What makes it such a Jalopnik ride? Start with the fact that it's based on the Porsche 996 Carrera but upgraded to use natural gas, giving it 420 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. Then… » 2/20/08 1:00pm 2/20/08 1:00pm

The Rinspeed "X-Treme" Is A Swiss Extravaganza

The mad Swiss at Rinspeed, known for both Porsche tuning and underwater Lotus tuning have set their sights on the Porsche 957 Cayenne and the results are extreme X-treme. The Rinspeed X-treme is much wider and lower than the stock Cayenne thanks to the bulging arches and matching side skirts. The whole package is also… » 1/07/08 9:45am 1/07/08 9:45am

The Rinspeed sQuba Dives Into Our Hearts

There's something about Lotuses that make designers want to submerge them in water, which is fine by us. While we've heard of no Lotus/Bond deals, the Rinspeed sQuba concept makes a fine heir to the swimming Louts Esprit that submerged in The Spy Who Loved Me. While these are obviously computer animations, a real… » 12/17/07 11:15am 12/17/07 11:15am

Rinspeed to Show "Glass Car" in Geneva

The Swiss concept-car scientists at Rinspeed are readying another experiment in materials chemistry for the Geneva show this year — this time in honor of their 30th anniversary. It's called the eXasis — a "glass car" made from the latest plastics. While the errant upper-case letter in its name denotes super high-tech,… » 12/18/06 8:42am 12/18/06 8:42am

Swiss Tuning: Rinspeed's Porsche Cayman, 911 Tweakers

Auto mod house Rinspeed may be best known for such outrageousness as the Zazen concept, with its holographic brake light, and single-section roof dome fashioned by space-age materials by Swiss elves, but it also builds more accessable tuners. Take the new Cayman Imola (above), which sports a 997-Turbo-look body kit… » 9/25/06 9:08am 9/25/06 9:08am

Make a Left at HMS Dorsetshire: Rinspeed Splash Breaks Record for…

Frank Rinderknecht, CEO of Switzerland's bonkers tuning company, Rinspeed, recently drove the company's Splash amphibious prototype across the English Channel in 193 minutes, 47 seconds — a new world record for crossing — dodging freighters and supertankers to get 'er done. That feat landed him in the Guiness Book… » 7/27/06 8:19am 7/27/06 8:19am