Bamboo is one of those surprisingly strong and versatile materials that often goes overlooked. It is so strong that in China, they even use it for construction scaffolding. So why not build a car from bamboo? Well, someone did.
Frank M. Rinderknecht, who runs the Rinspeed design studio, has just unveiled his latest creation with is set to debut at the 2011 Geneva International Auto Show…three months from now. Called simply the BamBoo, details on this crazy concept are few and far between.
So far, all Rinspeed has been able to say is that it resembles a “grown-up golf car.” The BamBoo will be powered by an electric motor, and many of the interior components are made from bamboo fibers. The top comes, giving you an open-air experience not unlike the Jeep Wrangler.
It reminds me of the Wrangler in other ways too (like those adorable headlights) though it is more beach-cruiser than off-roader. Still pretty neat, but I was kinda hoping the whole car would be made from bamboo. How cool would that be?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.