The Geneva Motor Show is just a few months away, which means it’s about time for something wild to appear from concept-car maestro Frank M. Rinderknecht and his Rinspeed company.
Three years ago it was sQuba submarine car. Two years ago, the shape-shifting iChange.
And last year, the diminutive UC?, ready to roll right off the street and onto a train.
For the March 2011 Geneva exhibition, Rinderknecht is taking a bit of a nostalgic turn, evoking innocent, laid-back fun in the sun with the BamBoo, an understated, open-top, electric vehicle that Rinspeed calls “a grownup golf cart.”
So is it made of bamboo? Kind of.
“Many of the components are [manufactured] from bamboo fibers,” the company says.
But the bamboo element doesn’t seems be part of the design as a revolutionary use of the fast-growing fiber.
Instead, it deepens the emotional impact of the car.
“BamBoo pushes the reset button, clears the mind for a new way of thinking,” Rinspeed says.
It sports simple, clean lines. No bells, no whistles. Nothing is superfluous. Plain aesthetics in their purest form.
As stated before and even in a figurative sense: “Nomen est omen. Simply bamboo.”