Transparency is the name of the game for Rinspeed’s latest concept, which seems actually conservative compared to its recent offerings — like cars with wings. Next year’s Geneva motor show will host the unveiling of the Rinspeed zaZen, a concept that promises enlightened auto thinking along the lines of Zen principles. A transparent roof made of polycarbonate plastic is the signature piece of the concept, which uses part of the roof structure as a holographic area. The entire roof can be darkened at the touch of a button, too. Passengers sit in plastic see-through orange shells like a serving of hipster Oysters Rockefeller — an apt metaphor since the whole car is coated in Swarovski crystals protected by clearcoat. Like all Rinspeed concept cars, this one’s as reality-based as an average episode of Survivor.
December 18, 2005
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