2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Smart and chemical engineering giant BASF have teamed up on the Smart Forvision concept that is bound for the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- The Smart Forvision showcases such futuristic advances as all-plastic wheels, exterior paint that can reduce heat within the cockpit by up to 4 degrees Celsius on a hot day and a transparent glass roof with photovoltaic cells.
- Daimler says that some of the features on the Forvision "have a realistic chance of entering series production."
FRANKFURT, Germany — The Smart Forvision concept bound for the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show showcases such futuristic advances as all-plastic wheels, exterior paint that can reduce heat within the cockpit by up to four degrees Celsius on a hot day and a transparent glass roof with photovoltaic cells.
It is the brainchild of Daimler and chemical engineering giant BASF.
The Smart Forvision is unlikely to see the light of day, but Daimler said in a statement released on Thursday that some of the features on the city car "have a realistic chance of entering series production."
A new Smart Fortwo model is expected to debut in the coming years and may feature some of the items on the Forvision.
The main themes of the concept are energy efficiency, lightweight design and temperature management.
The photovoltaic cells on the roof can generate enough energy to power the car's multimedia system and three climate-control fans, said Daimler in a statement. Organic light-emitting diodes are located under the solar cells and light the interior when the door is opened.
Daimler says the all-plastic wheels are "suitable for high-volume production." The wheels can save nearly a total of 28 pounds on the vehicle compared with conventional alloy rims. The Smart Forvision's doors are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced epoxy resin, a composite material that also contributes significantly to weight reduction.
Other details include faceted side doors and jetlike rear lights inspired by aircraft turbines. Inside the lights, small propellers convey the air from inside to the outside. The white special-effect exterior paint has glass flakes to reflect light from the sun and keep the cabin cool.
The cabin gets new, lightweight seats and a white steering wheel designed to look like an aircraft yoke.
Edmunds.com says: Look beneath the surface of the Smart Forvision for the real message — which is all about using chemical engineering to make strides in energy efficiency and lightweight design.