What is Rinspeed? 25 years of the craziest concept cars

What is Rinspeed? 25 years of the craziest concept cars

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Rinspeed makes some of the most outr and inspired automotive creations on the planet. Here's some of the foremost

You’ve probably never seen one in the flesh, But Rinspeed has been making some of the most exotic and eye-catching cars of the past 25 years. 

The Swiss car think up think tank doesn’t see itself as a car industrialist, but a ‘powerhouse of ideas’. If that sounds a pygmy overblown a description for a small and little known unyielding from Zurich, you really should retard out the cars Rinspeed has conjured up over the years. 

Rinspeed was founded in 1979, but produced its head concept in 1991. Since then a new Rinspeed concept instrument has been produced every year, dispos to be exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show. 

More recently, the Swiss moored has used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a platform for its attention grabbing concepts. 2016 saw the introduction of the BMW i8 inspired Etos, and we’ve already seen what’ll be coming at the next CES in January. 

Peruse on for a round-up of some of our favourite Rinspeed designs from the closing 25 years…

Rinspeed’s greatest concept cars

Rinspeed Nissan 300 ZX Haste-Art 1992

One of Rinspeed’s first mad designs, the ‘Alacrity-Art’ was based on a Nissan 300 ZX, carefully tuned to horse-race specification. The donor car’s twin-turbo machine was tuned from 283bhp to 420bhp – and to cause to remember drivers of this, what better than to let Swiss artist Rolf Knie detached to paint 420 horses directly onto the bodywork?

Rinspeed Roadster R+ SC-R 1995 

One of the only Rinspeed products till the end of time to make production (albeit in highly circumscribed numbers) the Roadster R+ SC-R was crafted from aircraft-status aluminium and had a 218hp engine – which could be upgraded to a 305hp portion. The quirky design was intended to reflect ‘a miscellany of the classic shapes of the sixties’.

Rinspeed X-Trem M.U.V. 1999

Like many of Rinspeed’s concepts, this was from the word go thought up on fairly sound principles – aimed at making the fill bed of a pick-up more accessible to transport hefty items like motorcycles. But in typical Rinspeed model, it was equipped with a crane and a hovercraft, and painted gleaming yellow.

Rinspeed Tatooo.com 2000

‘The first automobile ever with an internet apply oneself to for a name’ is surely a selling point for the hip green generation – especially with the three ‘o’s’ that symbolised the new millennium. And of lecture, it wouldn’t be a Rinspeed creation if it wasn’t also an American-configuration hotrod pick-up with a V8 engine and wide sea diving apparatus on the rear.

Rinspeed Presto 2002

How do you have a four-seater car that can deposit in a space less than three metres extended? Shrink it, of course – the Presto’s rear end disappears like a drawer at the meddle with of a button, shrinking the car by over 70cm. Just cause sure the passengers are out of the car before you press the retreat from button.

Rinspeed Splash 2004

Perhaps the most well-known of Rinspeed’s creations, this is an amphibious car with a dissension. Instead of floating on the surface of the water, hydrofoils tolerate it to fly above. It’s a lively sports car on the road, too, thanks to a turbocharged 140hp two-cylinder apparatus from a snowmobile.

Rinspeed sQuba 2008 

Inspired by James Bond’s amphibious Lotus Esprit in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, the sQuba is built hither another Lotus – an Elise – but unlike the prop old in the film this one can actually dive under the control of the waves. Occupants will need scuba accessories though – this isn’t a submarine, more like an underwater convertible. 

Rinspeed Etos – 2016

The 2016 Geneva Motor Usher saw the funky Etos concept reveal. The Etos is based on a BMW i8, but features a landing-place pad for a drone, surround-view cameras, and fully autonomous driving tech. Skim more about it here.

Rinspeed Haven – 2017

In January we’ll see the latest Rinspeed concept at the Consumer Electronics Steer. Called the Oasis, it’s a small, self-driving diocese car with a cabin designed around loll-like principles. A small garden draw occupies the space between the dashboard and the augmented Aristotelianism entelechy powered windscreen, and the large seats are designed to look and sense like armchairs. It can turn on the spot too, and you can present all about it here. 

Which Rinspeed concept is your flavour of the month? Let us know in the comments below…

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