Rinspeed BamBoo Speedster Heading to Geneva

Swiss company Rinspeed will be making an attractive appearance at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, as it plans to bring the BamBoo concept to the stand.Described as a “fun&sun car”, the Rinspeed BamBoo an eco-friendly vehicle has been tweaked by New York pop artist James Rizzi.

The vehicle has been jointly developed and built by Swiss engineering firms 4erC and Esoro, with color schemes applied by AkzoNobel, awhile the inside has been refined by Schoeller.

One of the highlight of the BamBoo is 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).

In addition, personal messages for the people in the vicinity of the car are displayed on the innovative “Identiface.” This screen-based section, developed by Daimler subsidiary MBtech in Stuttgart, replaces the radiator grille. Thanks to its Internet connectivity “Identiface” 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.

Inside the Rinspeed BamBoo we find a Bordeaux-red bench, whose sides are decorated with the “BamBoo“ logo and the “Rizzi bird.” The center seating surfaces are decorated with Rizzi drawings, and are made from breathable high performance synthetic „Laif“ material. Also, both rear seats are inflatable and stored in two aluminum cases on the open cargo bed.

The vehicle also boasts a futuristic VDO display. The far right of the glove box houses a seven-inch HTC tablet PC “Flyer” with docking station. The audio system comes with Harman JBL GreenEdge speakers in an avant-garde design.

Power comes from an electric motor generating 54 kW of power that propels the vehicle to a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The BamBoo sits on 17-inch AEZ three-spoke billet aluminum wheels with painted inserts and eco-friendly Goodyear “EfficientGrip” energy-saving tires. The battery’s capacity is enough for 105 km (65 miles).

autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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