See-through car

Posted on May 5, 2007 

See-through car

A Swiss car maker has invented a transparent car with a body made entirely of see-through material.

See-through car

The new Rinspeed ‘eXasis’ was produced by Frank M Rinderknecht to mark his company’s 30th anniversary.

It has a completely transparent body and floor made of a substance called Makrolon, developed in collaboration with the experts from Bayer MaterialScience AG.

It will be shown to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

“Everyone who sees the eXasis for the first time raves about the glass car, but they actually mean our transparent high-tech plastic,” says Ian Paterson, of Bayer Material Science.

The yellow chassis with the exposed wheels has room for two people, one behind the other, and because it is transparent there is an unrestricted view of the compact 2-cylinder 750 cc Weber engine, which, unusually, sits above the transmission.

The car weighs only 750 kg because of its lightweight plastic construction. It is fuelled by CO2-emission-reducing bio-ethanol.

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