This Smart Hybrid Car is Made Out of Err… Cloth
We’ve previously covered vehicles made out of odd materials like this ‘affordable’ Lamborghini, but this latest one is made from an even more ductile material: a cloth. Yep, you read it right, a piece of cloth.
A little ways back, throngs of media flocked to a narrow side street in the upmarket Omotesando District in Tokyo to witness the inauguration of a smart hybrid car, but were surprised to discover that the entire exterior of the car was made from cloth!
Created by the ingenious Kota Nezu (who has previously created a wooden car), the car that’s called Rimono has heavy waterproof polyester cotton on the outer body. The fabric material surrounds a tiny car that has a 5 KW electric engine and a 4 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery. While it can’t reach the same heights as the world’s renowned Tesla Model S in terms of power, the creativity involved in structuring its exterior using a cloth is unreservedly jaw-dropping.
On the inside, this cool “cloth car” can sit two adults, has an iPad in the cockpit and a handlebar for a steering wheel. You shouldn’t confuse it for a “road kimono” or rather a traditional Japanese garment on the road because it can clock a top speed of 45 kph (28 mph). Looks like we’ll be able to ‘dress’ our cars sooner than we think.