To be showcased at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed and Bayer have jointly developed the zaZen concept car.Rinspeed will put the exciting zaZen on show for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. The zaZen concept car has once again brought together the Swiss design company Rinspeed and Bayer MaterialScience, one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest plastics producers. Both the companies have been working together for some time on this revolutionary new concept car that will point the way to enlightenment for future generations of automobiles. Like any concept car, the ZaZen looks out of the world and quite unusual. It sure looks aggressive in the mould of a futuristic sports car and as if from nowhere, the conspicuously large third brake light shines out of what looks like a floating, transparent teardrop roof. The technical revolution in the carÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s design is that the transparent rear window has been turned into a luminous holographic area. The world premiere of the zaZen, with its holographic brake light and smoothly contoured single-section roof dome made of the high-tech polycarbonate Makrolon(R), marks the beginning of a new era in lighting technology in vehicle design. This, at any rate, is how Ian Paterson, the member of the Bayer MaterialScience Board of Management responsible for innovation, sees it. The innovative light is also an important step for RinspeedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s boss, Frank M. Rinderknecht, on the way to attaining automotive enlightenment. Interesting as it may sound, Frank has always been interested in experiments and exploration where very few like to venture. He found Rinspeed garage in 1977 with the import of sunroofs from the U.S. And conversions of cars for handicapped drivers. Rinspeed made its first appearance at the 1979 Geneva Motor Show, with the launch of the VW Golf Turbo based on the GTI. The same year, Rinspeed Inc. was found. In 1981, the company shifted from KÃƒÂ¼snacht to the city center of ZÃƒÂ¼rich and presented the Rinspeed Ã¢â‚¬Å“AliportaÃ¢â‚¬Â, the internationally renowned VW Golf with gull-wing doors. The next year, Rinspeed became the AMG-representative and exclusive distributor for Switzerland. At the 1983 Geneva Motor Show, the company put Rinspeed Porsche 939 Targa on display. In 1985, the company launched the Rinspeed R69 Turbo based on the Porsche 911 Turbo with inspiration of the Ferrari Testarossa. In 1988 the company became the exclusive distributor and representative of AC SCHNITZER for Switzerland. The same year the company for the first time employed PES-(Poly-Ellipsoid)-projector-headlights on a Porsche it displayed. In 1990 company entered into a co-operation agreement with Mercedes Benz and AMG while moving office to larger and modern facility in Zumikon, close to ZÃƒÂ¼rich. Rinspeed introduced the Porsche Turbo Speedster, the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fastest version at the 1991 Geneva International Motor Show. In 1992, Rinspeed created the Nissan Ã¢â‚¬Å“SpeedArtÃ¢â‚¬Â by Rolf Knie, hand painted with 420 circus horses. In 1993, the company presented the Viper Ã¢â‚¬Å“VelenoÃ¢â‚¬Â in a striking green colour. In 1994, the Rinspeed Bugatti Ã¢â‚¬Å“CyanÃ¢â‚¬Â was introduced at Geneva. In 1995, the company introduced the exciting Rinspeed Roadster R and SC-R as own make at the Geneva Motor Show in addition to the first introduction of Rinspeed Formula One World. At 1996 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed introduced Yello Talbo in co-operation with the famous music group Yello. In 1997 the highly exciting single-seater Rinspeed Mono Ego was introduced in cooperation with the French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac at Geneva. In 1998, Rinspeed display the single-seater concept, E-Go Rocket, at the Geneva Motor Show. The X-Dream concept came in 1999 as a unique and inventive Multi Utility Vehicle concept. The year 2000 saw Rinspeed introduce the Tatooo.com - a 50s hot-roddish pick-up truck with the Ã¢â‚¬Å“X-Tra-LiftÃ¢â‚¬Â. The Advantiga Rone environment friendly and lowest sports car in the world materialized in 2001. The Presto versatile city car and roadster powered by a bi-fuel engine, in 2002. The oriental quick-change artist, Rinspeed Bedouin, powered by natural gas went on air in 2003. The year 2004 saw Rinspeed introduce the Splash. In 2005, Rinspeed collaborated with Bayer MaterialScience to develop the Senso (see box) and display the concept at Geneva.With the ZaZen, Rinspeed and Bayer are reflecting the overall attitude with which both companies are driving the entire project forward. The name zaZen means Zen, which borrowed from Buddhist teaching, is a special form of insight that is only attainable if one is prepared to give up preconceived ideas. This highly transparent four-wheeled creation, the product of one vision and many imaginative ideas, is currently taking shape at the Swiss engineering specialistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s facility, Esoro. It is an automotive interplay of veiling and unveiling. The entire roof dome down to the belt line is made of a single sheet of transparent Bayer polycarbonate. The amazing thing about it is that the material can be made non-transparent at the press of a button to protect the occupants from curious gazes. Because the transparency can simply be switched on and off, it means that any superfluous knobs and displays on the dashboard can be simply faded out so that the driver can concentrate on what is most important, the speed indicator, instead of being bombarded with unnecessary information. And instead of a living-room atmosphere, the occupants sit in Ã¢â‚¬Å“glass-likeÃ¢â‚¬Â plastic seat shells in a bright and friendly orange colour. The interior is an invitation to meditative unity for man and machine.Everything has been reduced to essentials, to what really matters. The extremely organically designed body does not assault the eye with harsh colors but exerts a quiet fascination with its mineral-white color. This is achieved in an understated yet breathtakingly beautiful manner through the use of millions of tiny precious Swarovski crystals protected by a self-healing polyurethane clear coat. In its made-to-measure suit, the ZaZen will make its first appearance at the end of February at the Geneva Motor Show.Other than Esoro AG, CW Fahrzeugtechnik, Strahle + Hess GmbH & Co.KG, Recaro GmbH, KW automotive GmbH, D. Swarovski & Co, Protoscar SA and Sharp Electronics are partners in the ZaZen project. BOX item Rinspeed showed the Senso concept at 2005 Geneva Motor Show. Developed in co-operation with Bayer MaterialScience, one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest plastics producers, the Senso, which sought the co-operation of experienced engineering specialist Esoro, aims at radical and sensuous, run as it does on environment friendly natural gas. The driver sits alone in the middle of the front row, flanked behind by two Recaro seats. Custom made by MP Design, the Senso sees good use of carbon parts in both the interior and exterior. The exterior shape of the vehicle intends to create a tension-filled dynamic between moving and non-moving objects with the two-part structure at the rear, reminiscent of bold roof constructions and deep chasms between ranks of skyscrapers. To produce these contours, the makers used a number of hi-tech materials like Makrolon polycarbonate for the striking windscreen. The whole project is based on an elaborate sensory system that forms the heart of the vehicle. It consists of a number of sensors that have the job of gathering data about the driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s condition. Firstly, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Firstly, there is a biometric Polar watch to measure the driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pulse. A Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mobile EyeÃ¢â‚¬Â camera records his driving behavior, how well and how often he changes lane and how close and at what speed he approaches the cars in front. A HP board computer evaluates the data and establishes, with the aid of special algorithms, the driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current state of mind. The developers of the concept car speak, not surprisingly, of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Zen-sorialÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with reference to Far Eastern meditation. On the basis of the measured data, the driver now receives various impulses to his senses that put him in a state of relaxed attentiveness. The idea of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcommunicating surfacesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ stems from Andreas Fischer, a designer who developed the Ã¢â‚¬Å“zenMotion conceptÃ¢â‚¬Â at the Institute for Computer Sciences at the University of Zurich in close cooperation with the Institute for Psychology at the University of Innsbruck. The inspiration for the development came from studies by scientists dealing with the emotional effect of moving patterns on people. In the Senso, depending on the condition of the driver, four small LCD monitors emit stimulating (orange/yellow), relaxing (blue/violet) or neutral (green) colour patterns into the driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s line of vision. They are integrated into the futuristically designed interior paneling, which lights up over the entire area and bathes the cockpit in dazzle-free ambient light. It is all made possible by an innovative electroluminescent film technology developed by Bayer MaterialScience and the Swiss electronics specialist, Lumitec. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the Senso we are showing what breathtaking possibilities this new technology can open up for car designers. The glowing material can be made into any shape and does not need electric bulbs or LEDsÃ¢â‚¬Â, according to Johannes Seesing, who specializes in automotive applications at Bayer. The hi-tech surface is computer controlled and depending on the applied voltage, shines green, blue or orange. The optical stimuli are reinforced by especially composed sounds stored digitally on a computer. In addition to the eyes and ears, the nose is stimulated, by scents developed by fragrance specialist, Voitino CWS. The scents flow into the car through the ventilators. Courtesy the tactile senses, should the central computer establish any symptoms of tiredness in the driver, electric motors integrated in the seat would shake him awake by vibrating. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The driver and not the technology should be the focal point of a car,Ã¢â‚¬Â says, Frank Rinderknecht, summing up the fundamental idea behind the Senso.The SensoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chassis was developed by KW Automotive and can be adjusted for height and hardness. in.pro provided the innovative lighting technology where eight light units awaken associations with scenes from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Star WarsÃ¢â‚¬Â. Genesis Technology provided an optional FBI Bio Drive with integrated finger print recognition, which stores all personal data of the driver and allows an individual adjustment when starting the vehicle.