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Published on Mar 1, 2009
The Swiss auto concern, Rinspeed, unveiled the iChange, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. It's the worlds first car whose body adapts to the number of passengers on board. For Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht the vehicle is more than just a clever concept car. The „iChange is a symbol for the fundamental changes the auto industry undergoes worldwide.
The basic idea behind the iChange:: The energy demand of a vehicle depends mostly on its weight, the type of engine it uses, and its aerodynamic properties. The engineering-services company Esoro that traditionally builds Rinspeed concept cars has built an extremely lightweight car weighing in at only 1050 kilograms. To power the car, the Swiss specialists chose an electric motor. The idea of the pop-up rear end was conceived to account for the sizeable effect aerodynamics play in fuel consumption.