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Rinspeed is a Swiss automobile manufacturer and tuning designer. It specialises in restoring classic cars, and tuning and modifying modern cars such as Porsches and Subarus. Since 1991, they have also designed exotic concept and special vehicles for the Geneva Motor Show and other car shows each year, but do not enter into production.

Rinspeed was founded in 1979 by Frank Rinderknecht.

Concept cars[edit]

leftsQuba concept car at the Tuning World Bodensee 2008


Rinspeed zaZen is a Rinspeed concept car shown for the first time at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. It is based on the Porsche 911 (997) Carrera S platform and developed in collaboration with Bayer MaterialScience.

The zaZen is powered by a flat-6 engine that has a displacement of 3,824 cubic centimetres (233.4 cu in) and develops a maximum power of 355 bhp (261 kW) at 6600 rpm. The car is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach the top speed of 182 mph (293 km/h).[8]


Built around a Lotus Elise, the Rinspeed sQuba is a concept car that can 'fly' underwater and has zero emissions. It debuted at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, 30 years after its inspiration: the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. The sQuba was featured in the first episode of 14th season of UK motoring show Fifth Gear.


Rinspeed Splash photographed at the 2009 Montreal International Auto Show

The Rinspeed Splash is a concept amphibian vehicle with hydrofoil design capable of 45 knots on water or nearly 200 km/h on land. Propelled by a 750 cc two cylinder turbo-charged engine burning natural gas which supplies 140 hp (100 kW) at 7000 rpm and weighing just 825 kg, this strange-looking vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. It premiered at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. The Splash was featured in an episode of Top Gear. In 2006 it set a record for crossing the English Channel in a hydrofoil car, making the journey in 3 hours 14 minutes.[9]


April 2009

The iChange is a concept car that changes shape and configuration based on the number of passengers inside, up to three. It was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The car features are controlled by an Apple iPhone and it is powered by a 150 kW electric motor. The iChange has a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) speed of slightly over four seconds, and hit a top speed of 136 mph (219 km/h).[10]


The Rinspeed UC is a micro concept electric car that was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2010.[11] The name UC stands for "Urban Commuter" or "You see". It is a 2.5 metres long micro vehicle, operated with a central joystick. The electric motor delivers 124 Nm of torque. The concept car can reach a top speed of 110 km/h, and on-board batteries enable the car a capable of 120 km range in one charge.


: Geneva Motor Show 2015

Budii concept displayed at 2015 Geneva motor show is worked around the future possibilities of self driven cars. Budii displays experiments to include vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) radio-based communications, radar and motion sensing systems including advanced camera monitoring. It is also equipped with telescoping laser scanner on the roof called TrackView which can be raised by 70 centimeters and delivers a precise 3D perspective by combining data from all the various sensors to map the surrounding terrain. [12]


Ʃtos in the Geneva Motor Show 2016

Concept Ʃtos is a concept presented in the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016. It had as basis the BMW i8.[13]


Oasis in the Geneva Motor Show 2017

Announced late in 2016 and first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2017, the Rinspeeed Oasis concept car takes Rinspeed's 2015 Budii and 2016 Etos concept cars farther, integrating state-of-the art autonomous vehicle technologies, social media, and Mobility as a Service into a compact car described as a "living room" on wheels.[14] It also features floor to ceiling glass doors, a battery-electric engine, retractable steering wheel, solar panels integrated into the roof, and an augmented reality display. An unusual feature, for a car, is the dash-mounted garden with sensors to advise the user when to feed the plants.[15] It was also shown at the Detroit Motor Show. Partners on the project included Kostal (electronics), Harman (electronic controls), WayRay (infotainment system) among a wide range of other firms.

Modified / tuned cars[edit]


  1. ^ Archived [Date missing] at rinspeed.com [Error: unknown archive URL] (Herstellerseite)
  2. ^ Super-Mini mit Elektroantrieb - Rinspeed UC auf dem Genfer Autosalon auto-motor-und-sport.de, vom 16. Dezember 2009
  3. ^ Dock+Go, ein rollender Rucksack für Kleinfahrzeuge
  4. ^ MicroMax für urbanen Verkehr mit Schwarm-Intelligenz
  5. ^ Selbstfahrendes Concept Car "Etos"
  6. ^ Rinspeed AG. "Rinspeed – Creative think tank for the automotive industry. Where the future is reality – today". www.rinspeed.eu. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  7. ^ "Rollender Garten: Rinspeed Oasis: Stadt-Studie für die CES 2017 - N24.de" (in German), N24.de, http://www.n24.de/n24/Nachrichten/Auto-Verkehr/d/9248246/rinspeed-oasis--stadt-studie-fuer-die-ces-2017-.html. Retrieved 2016-10-10 
  8. ^ "2006 Rinspeed Zazen". topspeed.com. February 2, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  9. ^ Stuart Waterman (2006-07-27). "Rinspeed "Splash" sets English Channel record". Autoblog. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  10. ^ "Rinspeed iChange Concept - A Shapeshifting Electric Car". Automoblog.net.
  11. ^ "RINSPEED UC Electric Vehicle Concept Set for Debut in Geneva". worldcarfans.com.
  12. ^ "Rinspeed Budii Concept Revealed Ahead Of 2015 Geneva Motor Show". Motorauthority. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  13. ^ Hofacker, Angelina. "Rinspeed zeigt neue Fahrzeugstudie Etos mit Drohne an Bord". Springer Professional. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  14. ^ The Rinspeed Oasis concept is a funky living room on wheels, CNET.com. Retrieved February 8 2017
  15. ^ Alistair Charlton, "Breathe easy, this self-driving concept car has its own mobile garden, IBI Times, January 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.

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