Rinspeed, the well-known Switzerland-based coach builder revealed today its latest work called Bamboo, a new car that will be unveiled in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the new car looks like a beach buggy and it is inspired by the ‘70s, wearing colors from salmon to lobster and yellow, shimmering in the sunlight.
And if you thought that this is only a toy car, think again as the Bamboo is fitted with the latest technologies available. One of these is the innovative ‘Identiface’, a screen-based section developed by Daimler subsidiary MBtech in Stuttgart which replaces the radiator grille and can display the occupants’ Facebook pages, news from around the world, the manufacturer’s logo or an offer for a ride from A to B.
In combination with the famous color-changing “Rizzi bird“ on the rollover bar (green = I am single; blue = I am in party mood; orange = I need a break) it creates an entirely new automotive form of communication beyond deafening noise attacks.
“Rizzi bird“ instead of flipping the bird. The car also features a seven-inch HTC tablet PC “Flyer” with docking station and Harman JBL GreenEdge speakers in an avant-garde design. Furthermore, the car features the vent of an electric high-voltage heater from German supplier Eberspächer catem.
As expected, the car is powered by an electric motor delivered by German Fräger Group (German e-Cars) with 54 kW of power. With a total weight of 1,090 kilograms, the car can reach a top speed of 120 km/h.
The design of the Bamboo is completed by the 17” AEZ three-spoke billet aluminum wheels with painted inserts wrapped in eco-friendly Goodyear “EfficientGrip” energy-saving tires in 17”. The battery’s capacity is enough for 105 kilometers.
The Rinspeed BamBoo has an interior that is simple yet highly refined. The name speaks for itself: The Bordeaux-red bench sides include the "BamBoo" logo as well as the "Rizzi bird," craftly woven using bamboo thread by Weisbrod, a weaver from Zurich.
The synthetic seats at the center, which are made of breathable and high performance “Laif” material, have Rizzi drawings. The 2 inflatable rear seats are hidden in aluminum cases found on the open cargo bed. Best of all, they can be taken along to the beach.
The dashboard is shaped like a giant breadbox, which has a fine cover created from braided plastics by Ticona, a polymer manufacturer. Just like a breadbox, it opens to expose the futuristic VDO display and control components. To the right side of the glove box is a HTC Flyer 7-inch tablet PC that has a docking station.
To keep up with the times, the tablet PC and smartphones of the passengers make sure that Rinspeed BamBoo and its occupants are connected anywhere they go, at all times. The “bread bin” is sandwiched by Harman JBL GreenEdge speakers in a state-of-the-art design.
The top provider of the finest sound and infotainment systems focuses on connectivity using its scalable entertainment system as well as an "Aha Radio" application. The vent of the German branded Eberspächer electric high-voltage heater is found in the center thrones. Incidentally, the Rinspeed BamBoo’s began with army knives, which is Typically Swiss.