The BMW GINA Light Visionary Model is a concept car with a difference; instead of a skin of steel, it’s covered in a sheath of cloth. And if my thinking is right, I may have fabricated an idea that could help their car go the distance…
As it stands, any car covered in cloth is unlikely to be given the green light by any road agency in either Europe or the US. So for now, the BMW GINA is purely conceptual. But what if there was a way to keep the cloth?
What do you get when you cross a BMW GINA Light Visionary Model concept car with a bullet-proof vest?
Seriously, this is no joke. DSM is a Netherlands-based materials’ specialist, who — among other things — has developed a material they call Dyneema SB61, which is a material that boasts some remarkable properties:
“Weight for weight, it is 15 times stronger than steel and 40 per cent stronger than that other staple of the bulletproof vest, Kevlar. American Body Armor of Los Angeles is using the new fibre to make flexible, concealable vests just 5 millimetres thick for US police forces.”
Now, see this cool video of BMW GINA.