2009 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Rinspeed iChange Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

Rinspeed has unveiled its Rinspeed iChange Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show, as styled and constructed by renowned automotive jack-of-all-trades Frank M. Rinderknecht and his team of designers.

Rinspeed “iChange” concept -- a “1-2-3-seater” powered by a 130kw-electric motor – features a stunning body structure that adapts to the number of passengers using “electronic trick-tail.” The concept car could only seat the driver but it may accommodate two more passengers once its rear end rises to transform it from a sports car into a compact sportsvan.

This variable vehicle from Rinspeend and Rinderknecht is aimed at offering thought-provoking products for the auto industry. Rinderknecht remarked that the iChange concept is an extremely flexible vehicle, considering variability and the constantly changing energy demand.

Their endeavor has resulted to the creation of a zero-emission car with an extremely low weight and aerodynamic drag, which had lowered its power consumption.

Rinderknecht quipped that the name “iChange” means an effort on the part of consumers to change how they view cars and to preserve individual mobility in the future, highlighting a need to accommodate the ecological aspects. Thus, Rinderknecht said, the carmakers' reply for the “iChange” would be a strong “Yes, we can!”

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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.

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 130kw-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” woud be a strong “Yes, we can!”

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