Rinspeed iChange

1 The fairly blunt nose is set back slightly from the sharp inner leading edge of the front fenders.

2 The low nose's tight ramp angle precludes entry to many driveways. For production, ground clearance would have to increase.

3 This nice, big outlet could be used to exhaust air entering under the front of the car.

4 Notice how the roof bubble is subtly flattened to allow more rear headroom.

5 The wheels have solid surfaces at their outer edges to reduce turbulence.

6 Sharp, hard line defines the rear-fender profile and moves inward to intersect the greenhouse.

7 Another hard line flows off the wheel opening and translates to the spoiler lip across the rear end.

8 The lower rear panel behind the fender skirt is almost perfectly flat in the vertical plane.

9 Entry conditions are, at best, difficult. One must step over the fender while ducking under the roof edge. It might have been better to fix the windshield and pivot the canopy from the base of the A-pillars.

10 When passengers are carried, a vertical, body-color panel pops up in this area to raise the back of the roof.

11 Twin passenger seats, subtly trimmed in gray and beige, look comfortable.

12 Call it a throne if you like. There's no question that an iChange driver would feel pretty much like the king of the road.

13 An underbody diffuser, similar to those on racing cars, helps keep the rather light (2315 pounds empty) iChange stuck to the road.

14 This cutline shows where the roof rises. When the roof is up, there is a body-color vertical band about five and a half inches high that tapers to nothing at the A-pillars.

15 This central transparent strip is rather odd because it doesn't provide rearward visibility, so there seems to be little purpose to it. But it looks cool.

16 This surface is almost something one could make out of a piece of paper, wrapping up and around from vertical body sides to the concave area ahead of the rear spoiler lip. A subtle and elegant development.

17 The roof is quite broad here, more than usual on a bubble canopy, so that passengers aren't squeezed inward. Side headroom is still pretty tight.

18 Like the body panels behind them, the fender skirts are also almost flat, in two planes this time.

19 Tall, drag-inducing stalks are needed to place sideview mirrors at a useful height.

20 Sharp, hard edges on the front fenders repeat the lines on the long rear fender form.

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