In March 2009 at the Geneva auto show, Swiss automotive design and tuning firm, Rinspeed, will be unveiling their newest creation, the Rinspeed iChange Concept car, to the viewing public. Powered by the 130 kw (174 horsepower) electronic motor, at first glance the iChange appears to be nothing more than another plug-in hybrid. Appearances, of course, can be deceiving. Described as a “1-2-3 seater,” the Rinspeed iChange has been designed with an “electronic trick-tail” that allows interior seating capacity to be adapted to accommodate either 1, 2, or 3 passengers.
While we’ll reserve the bulk of our scathing ire for the actual live reveal, we will say that the Rinspeed iChange’s initial debut is a little too pie-in-the-sky to be believable. While the engine is lackluster enough to easily transfer into a production version, we seriously doubt anything that has the ability to transfer into a “sportsvan” will look as good in the flesh as it does on paper.
World premiere at the 79th International Motor Show in Geneva March 5th thru March 15th 2009
Swiss off-the-wall thinker Frank M. Rinderknecht constructs concept cars with fully variable body design.
“iChange“ – 1-2-3-seater with “trick-tail”
Zumikon – World premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 5th thru March 15th 2009): with the “iChange” the Swiss designers of Rinspeed present a “1-2-3-seater” powered by a 130 kw-electric motor. The concept car’s striking body structure adapts via “electronic trick-tail” to the number of passengers: while the sporty and streamlined teardrop shape seats only the driver, two more passengers may join him once the car’s rear end has risen as if by magic. In the blink of an eye the full-blooded sports car turns into a compact sportsvan.
With the Rinspeed “iChange“ the automotive jack-of-all-trades Frank M. Rinderknecht and his partners aim to provide thought-provoking impulses for the automobile industry: “Thinking about variability and the constantly changing energy demand, we have created an extremely flexible vehicle.” The result is a zero-emission car featuring both extremely low weight and aerodynamic drag, thus further reducing the power consumption.
For Mr. Rinderknecht the car’s name “iChange” means more than a flowery phrase: “If we want to preserve our individual mobility in the future, we have to re-think our conception of cars – above all we need to accommodate the ecological aspects.” The best possible answer the big automakers could find for the “iChange” would be a strong “Yes, we can!”
The partners and suppliers in the “iChange” project are:
AEZ Leichtmetallräder GmbH – www.aez-wheels.com
Carl F. Bucherer – www.carl-f-bucherer.com
Die Agentur, Werbeagentur GmbH – www.dieagentur-group.com
J. Eberspächer GmbH & Co. KG – www.eberspaecher.com
Esoro AG – www.esoro.ch
KGS Diamond Group AG – www.kgsdiamond.com
Leaseplan (Schweiz) AG – www.leaseplan.ch
Harman/Becker Automotive Systems – www.harmanbecker.com
Motorex Bucher Langenthal AG – www.motorex.com
Schoeller GmbH & CoKG – www.schoeller-wool.com
Siemens AG – www.siemens.com
Strähle + Hess GmbH & Co. KG – www.straehle-hess.de
Special Thanks To:
Subaru Deuschland GmbH – www.subaru.de
Lesonal GmbH – www.lesonal.de