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See-through concept car makes it easy to look under the hood

Employees at the local car wash probably wouldn't know where to begin (or end) if a customer drove up in the new eXasis, a transparent concept car created jointly by Swiss auto maker Rinspeed Inc. and...

April 1, 2007   Canadian Plastics



Employees at the local car wash probably wouldn’t know where to begin (or end) if a customer drove up in the new eXasis, a transparent concept car created jointly by Swiss auto maker Rinspeed Inc. and Bayer MaterialScience (BMS).

Externally, the vehicle has a completely transparent body and floor made from BMS’ Makrolon polycarbonate (PC) resin. The outer Makrolon shell is underlined by a chrome effect finish based on the company’s Desmodur and Desmophen polyurethane (PU) resins.

Inside the car, the two occupants sit in seats molded with transparent Makrolon ribs. The vehicle’s dashboard has transparent indicator and function displays that are touch screen controlled and formed from Makrolon coated with Baytron, BMS’ electrically conductive polymer material. And to finish the surfaces of the knobs and levers, BMS developed a new soft-feel coating based on waterborne binders.

Bayer Inc. — Division of Bayer AG (Toronto);

www.bayer.ca; 416-248-3067


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