You Can Lay Hands to the United Nude Lo Res Car at Auction to Support Petersen Museum

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It looks a little like a car but more like a huge wedge of cheese that’s turned the corner in the fridge. But it’s so much more than bad groceries as this bespoke “Lo Res Car” is a fully functional auto modeled after - very loosely - a Lamborghini Countach.
The Countach was originally designed by Marcello Gandini, but this reimagined take has been subject to a certain degree of ‘deresolution.’ But in reality, the Lo Res Car looks like a precursor to the Tesla Cybertruck.

Rem D. Koolhaas, who just happens to be the nephew of the world-famous Rem Koolhaas, is a Dutch-born architect and designer and the creative director and founder of the women's footwear brand United Nude. His uncle, Remment Lucas Koolhaas, is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

So there’s a bit of familial lineage to the Lo Res Car.

Rem D. Koolhaas took on the idea of deconstructing a car, and he and his United Nude team hoped to achieve the purest shape possible for a car. What it meant in practice is a vehicle defined by an angular steel frame wrapped with smoked polycarbonate bodywork.

And this machine is entirely functional as a car. Lo Res Car does lack traditional doors and requires that the driver and passenger lift the body from the front of the vehicle for access to the interior. The polygonal-shaped car is essentially a transparent capsule designed to provide a full 360-degree view for the occupants, and the passenger sits behind the driver. It’s not exactly meant for the highway or the track as its electric engine is only capable of a modest 31mph.

Those amenities include a cockpit with a pair of seats, a stylish hexagonal steering wheel, and an electric drivetrain to move it along. The car received an award from Wallpaper Magazine back in 2016, and it has starred in music videos, including New Freezer by Rich the Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar.

A portion of the auction proceeds benefits the Petersen Automotive Museum, and that’s a good thing as the museum helps to preserve, show and facilitate a sustainable future through automotive history. will also benefit and it’s a public service initiative from Energy Independence Now (EIN), an environmental nonprofit organization combating climate change and air pollution by promoting hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

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