The Editor fabricates a new Theme for June.
Metal, Glass and Rubber were once the main materials used in any car, plus leather or cloth on the seats and roof and, probably, a bit of timber, either used superficially, as decoration, or maybe structurally. Except for the odd sliver of mica or ceramic and a bit of horsehair, that was it.
Today’s cars draw from a wider reserve, in particular more sophisticated plastics and alloys. Yet still we are seldom surprised. BMW’s GINA prototype suggested a fabric covered body which in itself was far from a new concept, but the way it used the flexibility of a fabric to minimise shutlines was interesting. But, generally, with the tiresome exception of carbon fibre whose unadorned surface has become such a cliché, basic material differences are virtually invisible on the cars we actually drive.
Even the Trabant which, when East Germany was a mysterious place of dark legend to the West, was thought by many to be made of edible cardboard, turned out to be constructed of a rather disappointing type of reinforced plastic
So, is there a topic here for June’s Theme? We think so.