Concept Flashback – 2006 RINSPEED ZaZen is Porsche 911 with Clear Bubble Hardtop



RINSPEED ZaZen GIF

This concept from RINSPEED in 2006 is actually quite magnificent.

A clear polycarbonate hardtop and a variety of innovative supplier solutions round out what is a very intriguing concept car from RINSPEED.

The rear fenders and nose treatment with Ferrari 612 lighting elements is interestings, but the RINSPEED ZaZen is absolutely hideous from the pure nose and tail angles. An unusual and sloppy mess of amateurish block shapes.

 

2006 RINSPEED ZaZen

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Rinspeed “zaZen”

Rinspeed and Bayer MaterialScience jointly develop new concept car

“zaZen” – Automotive enlightenment on four wheels – Revolutionary lighting technique and
transparent hardtop at the Geneva Motor Show

February 28, 2006, will mark the world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show of the
Rinspeed concept car, “zaZen”, created by the famous Swiss designer, Frank M.
Rinderknecht. It represents his vision of the car of the future and will be showcased as a
kind of “automotive enlightenment” on four wheels. The vehicle was produced in
cooperation with Bayer MaterialScience, one of the world’s largest plastics producers. It
also embraces a technical revolution in car manufacture, with the transparent backlite
being turned into a luminous holographic area. As if from nowhere, the third brake light
shines out of what looks like a floating transparent hardtop.
The world premiere of the “zaZen”, with its holographic brake lamp and smoothly
contoured, transparent, one-piece roof dome made of high-tech Makrolon, marks the
beginning of a new era in lighting technology in vehicle design. For Ian Paterson, who is
responsible for innovation on the Board of Bayer MaterialScience, this novel lighting
system represents a small step on the way to building the car of tomorrow: “Together with
Rinspeed, our goal is to get people thinking about the car of the future. 

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We contribute our
high-quality materials and the combined creative know-how of our engineers.”
The name of the new concept car – “zaZen” – has been carefully chosen by Rinderknecht:
“After all, Zen – borrowed from Buddhist teaching – is a special form of perception: You
only get there if you are prepared to give up preconceived ideas.”

Both partners went out
of their way to emphasize that a concept car presented at a motor show can only be a
snapshot taken from an unceasing development process. For example, the work on the
switch-on/off transparency for three-dimensional forms is always ongoing.
The breathtakingly designed vehicle concept was born at the Swiss engineering
specialists, Esoro, from one single vision and many imaginative ideas.

The entire roof dome down to the belt line is made of Bayer’s transparent Makrolon polycarbonate. A
glass-clear elastic sealant from Revoflex AG has been used to achieve an optimum joint
with the body. The striking hardtop is light in both senses of the word. Not only does it
appear to float airily above the rather chunky body, it is also weighs many kilograms less
than glass – not that it would be possible to make it from glass in the first place.
The lightness of the roof construction ties in with the surface coating of the “zaZen” – a
white mineral shade based on the Bayer raw materials, Desmodur and Desmophen.

It is certainly not gaudy, but unassumingly beautiful through the millions of tiny precious
Swarovski crystals protected by a self-healing polyurethane clear coat. This so-called
“crystal skin” finish was developed and applied by the Austrian surface coating specialists,
Karl Seelos. The Lesonal company was responsible for producing a perfect substrate.

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In a nutshell, the future driver can expect to find a muscular body in a sophisticated, tailored
suit – a suit that has been given an exclusive touch though Swarovski trimmings on the
front, side and rear lamps and the wheel rims.

But the crystal manufacturer came up with
a real masterpiece in the design of the seemingly never-ending 3D rear decorative panel.
The interior fittings of the “zaZen” are also dominated by this ethos of transparency and
reduction to essentials, cleverly combined with strategically placed highlights. The
transparent plastic seat shells of Makrolon® fitted with Technogel ®
upholstery were produced in cooperation with Recaro.

A bright, friendly mango-orange color has been chosen for the rest of the leather/fabric interior trim. It was made by hand by Strähle &
Hess, SC Schäfer, OesterleSLR and Sellner. Together with the Luoro Faia plantation
wood – also in the dashboard area – it creates an interior that radiates warmth and
relaxation.

The “zaZen”, which weighs 1,495 kg, is powered by a 355 bhp 6-cylinder boxer engine
from the Porsche 997 Carrera S. It has a top speed of 293 kph and accelerates from 0 to
100 kph in exactly 4.8 sec. Should the “zaZen” be built in a small series at some time in
the future, Rinspeed will consider – in line with its tradition – offering it with an
environmentally friendly natural gas propulsion system.

At 6,600 rpm, the engine has a maximum torque of 400 Nm, which is transmitted to the
rear axle via a manual six-speed transmission. The necessary traction is provided by
Dunlop tires with Touch Technology (245/30-20 at the front and 305/25-20 at the rear),
mounted on lightweight Rinspeed five-spoke rims (8.5 x 20” at the front and 11 x 20” at
the rear) made by CW Fahrzeugtechnik (Borbet Group).

The body – for which the molds were produced using Obomodulan ® modeling foam – sits
on a 4x adjustable chassis specially designed by KW automotive. Here, the designers
have managed to perform the rare feat of creating an outstanding synthesis of drive
comfort and sporty handling.

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Another small work of art connected with the “zaZen” is currently taking shape in Berlin at
the eyewear designers, “ic! berlin”. The company’s owner, Ralph Anderl, who also acted
as the model during the photo shoot, was so taken by the new Rinspeed concept car that
he designed an eyewear collection specifically to go with the car. Now you can not only
drive the “zaZen”, you can also wear it.

Swiss made
Esoro
Frank M. Rinderknecht used highly advanced technology and a Swiss-based network of
top automotive specialists for his project. Although there is no automobile production in
Switzerland, there is a very active automotive supply industry there. Many highly innovative prototypes
have been developed and manufactured in Switzerland.

engineered by Esoro – What you dream is what you get

For the seventh time the Swiss engineering company Esoro was hired to serve as general
contractor for the entire vehicle project. Esoro was responsible for project management,
implementation of new technologies, engineering, design and manufacturing of the
Rinspeed “zaZen”.

Esoro realized the concept with the help of its highly competent suppliers Schwaller AG
(metal works) and Protoscar (styling). Starting with initial concepts, it took the highly
skilled development team just six months to realize the entire project.

Esoro has been a contract developer in the areas of automotive production, lightweight
design and plastics technology for 15 years. During this time it has gained a well-deserved
reputation for excellent efficiency and innovative solutions not just in these but also in
other fields, including fuel-cell vehicles and prototype design. Esoro has impressively
demonstrated its expertise with numerous extraordinary prototypes.

Another recent development from Esoro is the new E-LFT production technology
developed for Weber Fibertech. E-LFT makes large scale production of high-strength and
lightweight composite parts affordable. E-LFT composite parts weigh 30-50 percent less
than comparable steel parts. The first industrial part produced with E-LFT will be
introduced with the new Smart for two in 2007.

Furthermore another production process for niche markets, like high performance cars,
trucks and caravans is now introduced by Esoro to several OEM’s. The new and patented
process called Melt Embossing does offer the possibility to produce high end
thermoplastic composite parts with low initial invest for structural and semi-structural
applications. Esoro is able to offer the entire service starting from topological optimization
and explicit FE calculations trough to the delivery of the serial parts.

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Strong partners for the future

Gasverbund Mittelland AG, Swiss Energy, Rinspeed and Volkswagen – four strong
partners – have the goal to develop vehicles that can be used on an everyday basis but
that also depict automotive visions for the future. The exhibited vehicles are operated
ecologically with natural gas or biogas as the fuel of choice. With the exception of the
zaZen which can also be converted to natural gas operation.

The power supply company Gasverbund Mittelland AG has promoted the marketing of
natural gas as a fuel in Switzerland for many years first-hand and also as gasmobil ag’s
partner. Natural gas is currently the only available, sensible and environmentallycompatible fuel alternative that contributes significantly to a decrease of noxious
emissions in particular in heavily populated regions. Furthermore, noxious particles can be
further reduced in combination with the CO2-neutral biogas.

Speed limits as result of critical particle emission values would be less of an issue. The most important arguments
for natural gas and biogas as fuels are: more than 60 percent reduction of noxious
emissions compared to petrol or diesel; even less fuel consumption for mixed operation.
This results in savings of 30 to 40 percent of fuel costs. Tests have shown that natural gas
vehicles are just as safe as the same models with a petrol or diesel motor.

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