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Audi’s sports car of the future can repair itself and change colour at the press of a button

Spanish designer Daniel Garcia has proposed a concept design for Audi, which he’s named it the A9, that’s straight out of a sci-fi film. Not only does the A9 possess an extremely futuristic outlook, it also has the ability to repair itself and can automatically change colour at the touch of a button.

The A9 was inspired by the architectural style of the Santiago Calatrava’s buildings found in ‘La Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias‘ (The City of Arts and Science) in Garcia’s hometown of Velencia, The Tron-like tyres of the A9 share similarities with the buildings at night.

The A9 has a single-piece windscreen and roof, made of nanotechnology materials which is yet to be developed by researchers. Garcia’s envisions this material will possess self-repairing abilities and will be adjustable for colour as well as opacity.

The bodywork of the A9 will feature unique ‘electronic painting’ technology, meaning the driver would be able to change their car’s colour.

When Garcia’s design was revealed to the public in 2010, many people thought it was just too advanced, claiming that the concept would not be possible. Now in 2015 we have 4D-printing technology that can create shape-shifting objects, as well as self-repairing technology that “endow inanimate objects with life-mimicking healing abilities”.

So does the A9 still sound as implausible as it used to?

All images via AutoBlog.

Further designs for the A9
Further designs for the A9
Check the roof/screen
Check the roof/screen
A side view
A side view
Digging the Tron wheels
Digging the Tron wheels

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    lee.mason

    Tuesday 10 February 2015

    Amazing.

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