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Bayer's Newest All-Plastic-Car 'eXasis'

SpecialChem / Mar 1, 2007

Swiss automotive futurist Frank Rinderknecht's Rinspeed concept car, 'eXasis,' was recently introduced at the Geneva Auto Show. The collaboration in concert with Bayer MaterialScience AG celebrates Swiss based Rinspeed AG's 30th company anniversary and Bayer's 40th year from introduction of its first all-plastic car, 'K67,' at Dusseldorf's 1967 K Fair. The eXasis, aka 'glass' car, has a completely transparent body and floor made of Bayer's Makrolon polycarbonate (PC). The outer Makrolon PC 'eXasis' shell, molded by the Swiss firm Mecaplex and coated in yellow by the German hard coatings specialist, KRD, highlights the vehicle's load bearing aluminum chassis. The chassis looks as if it has been cut from a solid piece of material, and in fact the bulkheads have been. Despite this, the entire construction has a sense of lightness, underlined by a Lesonal chrome effect finish based on Bayer MaterialScience's Desmodur and Desmophen urethane coatings. The eXasis is not based on a production line vehicle.

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