BMW and public transportation are not exactly synonymous. So why is the luxury German brand building 97.5% recyclable aluminum subway car for Poland? Must be some leftover guilt from World War II. Sorry for the invasion, here’s a subway car.
I kid, I kid. I can probably count the number of actual subway rides I’ve taken on two hands (though I was a big fan of the London Underground). So while I’m not exactly qualified to say this, I’ll say it anyway; that is a damn good looking subway car.
BMW designed this subway car for the Metro system of the Polish capital of Warsaw Metro. Called the Inspiro, it is made from 97.5% recycled aluminum, making it very light and thus requiring a lot less energy to move. The inside is a mix of contemporary design with organic influences. Notice the tree-shaped hand holds, lit from above. It gives the enclosed space an almost outdoorsy feel. The doors are also wider to allow for better entry and exit, lit around the edges like some kind of Tron knockoff, and interior space is maximized by eliminating mechanics boxes. Pretty fancy stuff for a short ride. It could almost pass for the entrance to a fancy, futuristic hotel.
The system should go active sometime in 2012. I wouldn’t mind taking a ride in this subway car, but how do the rest of you feel?
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.