Rinspeed must have been encouraged by the reaction to the 1999 X Dream because they carried on turning out barking mad concept cars. Mind you, as mad as they are, they do have a concept, even if its not a good one. In 2002 they created the Presto, a car that could stretch by about two feet.
This sounds like a pretty neat trick, but it doesn’t impress the girls. How do I know that? Easy. Because neither of the guys in the back could get a date for the photo shoot.
Stretching the car was done with a set of rails and an electric motor. Rinspeed claimed it maintained the structural integrity of a roadster. I believe that’s code for “floppy.” Still, I doubt the people who would be attracted to this sort of thing are the ones that’d be found at a track day meet going sideways.
The car did have a another neat trick, as you can see in the next picture.
So, I hear you ask, did it have other notable features? What, teleportation not good enough for you?
Ok, one last thing. Instead of the tried-and-true brake lights this had LEDs that glowed STOP.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m thrashing along behind some funky convertible the last thing I’m expecting to do is read some tiny print on the rear to know the bloody thing is stopping. Give me a big, bold, everyone-knows-what-it-means, stop light any day. My suspicion is that if these things had ever been put on the road, a lot of them would have been whacked from behind and crushed up into the two seat configuration by short sighted motorists.
Now you know the details, what do you think? Do you want a car that could be a couple of feet shorter at the touch of a button (or an 18-wheeler)? Do you think the teleportation thing is just another outrageous advertising claim? (actually on my part, as Rinspeed never mentioned it). And more importantly, have you ever held hands with anyone while dancing on a high wall?