Rinspeed eXasis

Concept Cars 18 Dec 2006
Rinspeed eXasis

To celebrate its 30th anniversary Swiss company Rinspeed has created eXasis, a concept vehicle with open wheels and a cigar-shaped body made of transparent hi-tech plastic.


Rinspeed eXasis

This original "glass" concept car will be unveiled by Rinspeed at the next Geneva Motor Show on March 2007.

The
insect-like body and the floor pan consist of a
transparent high-tech plastic with a tinge of pale yellow.

The “eXasis” has open wheels, a cigar-shaped body with fore and aft tandem
seating, and has elements of the legendary Auto Union race cars from the first half of
the last century combined with a modern Baja-1000 off-road vehicle.

The transparency “dematerializes” the car to a large extent. Behind the seemingly
fading matter the spirit of the “eXasis” reveals itself.

The ideas, thoughts and
imagination that were the basis of its development.

For Rinspeed boss Frank M.
Rinderknecht
the “eXasis” symbolizes this development process, a process that
takes immaterial spirit and turns it into matter, transforms a mere vision into a
concrete car: “And in all its transparency the “eXasis” still seems as if it hadn’t
arrived fully yet in the material world.”

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Technical features

Rinspeed eXasis - Dimensions

The engine is a compact and
two-cylinder 750-cc engine that delivers about 150
hp and that can run on bioethanol in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

Thanks to plastic lightweight construction the eXasis has a total weight of about 750 kg, with a Porsche-like weight-to-power ratio of 5 kg/hp.

Rinspeed eXasis – Technical Data

Measurements
Length 3’700 mm
Width 1’960 mm
Height 1’284 mm
Wheelbase 2’500 mm
Track front 1’700 mm
Track rear 1’700 mm
Ground clearance 325 mm (245mm)
Empty weight approx. 750kg
Performances
Top speed 210 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h approx. 4.8 sec
Engine
Engine family Weber Motor MPE 750 Turbo
Displacement 750 ccm
Stroke 66 mm
Bore 85 mm
Cylinders 2
Valves 4
Compression ratio 9:1
Power output 150 PS
   at    7500 /min
Max. torque 150 Nm
   at    4500 /min
Type of fuel Ethanol
Powertrain
Transmission Rear wheel drive
Gearbox Manual sequentiell
Gears 6
Suspensions
Chassis Aluminium
Body Plastic
Seating capacity Recaro Innovation
Front brakes 380 mm – 6 piston
Rear brakes 355 mm – 4 piston
Front suspension Double wishbone
Rear suspension Double wishbone
Dampers/springs KW automotive
Steering Rack & pinion
Tires
Front tires 265/30-22
Front wheels AEZ 8.5 x 22“
Rear tires 295/25-22
Rear wheels AEZ 11 x 22“

 

(Source: Rinspeed)

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