Rebellious Retro Rocket - the Tatooo.com
An Act of Rebellion
Imagine you are in
high school (if you aren't already). Your parents expect the best from
you so you stick to the straight and narrow. You make the bed, get good
grades and mow the lawn until one day you can't take it anymore and do
something rebellious. Not something small, but something that will make
your parent's hair stand on end. You get a tattoo. And not just any tattoo,
but one with flames coming out of it that can be seen a mile away. Can't
you just see the look on their faces? Feels great, doesn't it?
Now you know how
a bunch of normally buttoned down Swiss auto engineers must feel when
they unveiled their latest act of rebellion to the conservative European
automotive community - the Tatooo.com. The
Tatooo.com flies in the face of Europe's better known, reserved marques
such as Mercedes, Audi and BMW.
Rinspeed Design created
the Tatooo.com. Rinspeed is a small European car conversion and aftermarket
manufacturing company located in Zumikon, Switzerland. Each year they
bring a new creation to Geneva for the annual auto show.
Unveiled during this
year's Geneva Motor Show, the Tatooo.com's nomenclature is a pun that
'combines the emotional, erotic appeal of human body art with the three
zeros that have come to symbolize the new millennium.' It's the first
vehicle ever with an Internet address for a name. The name is also a website
for the vehicle.
How much further
away could you get from your father's S-class?
looks lie in the traditional American hot rod. Its lines are reminiscent
of the classic pickup trucks of the Fifties.
The front and rear
fenders barely cover the extra-wide tires. The windshield and side windows
are very low compared to contemporary production cars - just like a hot
door handles have been replaced by a slick electromagnetic opening mechanism
remotely controlled from a key fob.
The truck bed is
free of attached parts and its tailgate has been reduced to a frame with
a transparent and indestructible Lexan plate in the center sporting the
Under the hood beats
a modified version of the powerful aluminum 5.7-liter LS1 V8 engine found
in the Chevrolet Corvette. The Rinspeed LS1 pounds out 403 horsepower
and 409 ft-lb. of torque versus the Corvette's 345 horsepower and 350
ft.-lb. of torque.
The Tatooo.com does
0-60 mph in approximately 6 seconds and its top speed is over 150 mph.
Ultra wide and ultra
low Continental SportContact tires in sizes 245/35 ZR 20 and 295/40 ZR
20 provide the necessary grip for the enormous torque. For mounting the
tires, Italian wheel manufacturer OZ Racing created custom 20-inch rims.
An infinite number
of suspension settings are available at the push of a button. This offers
a couple of advantages. In addition to continuously adjustable ride firmness,
the suspension permits adjustments in ride height, depending on terrain,
speed or road conditions.
Still a Model Student
The interior of the
Rinspeed Tatooo.com is quite contemporary, contrary to its composite exterior.
Burg Design is responsible
for the Tatooo.com's seating and floor. The front bench seat is crafted
in a combination of Imitation African mamba snake leather and woven beige
Italian leather. The floor is terracotta-colored plastic and matches the
natural tones of the seats.
provided by Sony. Sony's MiniDisc digital stereo system keeps the driver
happy and a PlayStation game console keeps the passenger occupied.
is customized from the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma twins. The dashboard
has been plated with a chrome-like finish called SLC ("Surface Like Chrome")
using a new technology developed by Durovib.
In the back of the
Tatooo.com you will find 'B.O.B.', short for Breathing Observation Bubble.
The B.O.B. is essentially an underwater scooter capable of transporting
you up to 30 feet below the surface without any breathing apparatus.
If you don't like
to travel underwater you can also choose an optional Ducati Monster 900
S motorcycle with matching Tatooo.com paint job and chrome details.
To easily move your
B.O.B. or Duc into and out of the bed, the Tatooo.com also comes with
Rinspeed's handy X-Tra-Lift. The X-Tra-Lift employs a dual-arm cantilever
engineered to lift linearly without a center of gravity. A mechanical
drive, located below the truck bed, swivels both arms back and forth in
tandem, thus lifting or lowering the load platform in less than a minute.
The X-Tra-Lift's electric motor is powered by the vehicle battery and
can be controlled remotely. The system also incorporates all possible
safety features, including an inclination angle limiter. The "X-Tra-Lift"
was specifically integrated into the vehicle design. The tubular frame
offers protection against rollover accidents and visually integrates the
system into the vehicle body.
So next time you
picture a buttoned down, by-the-book European remember the Rinspeed Tatooo.com
and its rebellious group of Swiss engineers because regardless of their
noncomformity the Tatooo.com
is still fully street-legal and meets all current EU automotive
family: Aluminum V8 Displacement: 5.7 liters
Power: 403hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 409 ft.-lb @ 4350 rpm
Gearbox: Borg Warner Manual Gears: 6
Width: 75.1 in.
Height: 56.1 in.
Wheelbase: 118 in.
Ground clearance: 5.9 in.
Top speed: app. 152 mph.
0-100 km/h: 5.3 sec
Seating capacity: 2
Front brakes: 330 mm
Rear brakes: 305 mm
Front suspension: IFS/ pneumatic
Rear suspension: 4-link / pneumatic
Front tires: 235/35x20
Front wheels: 8.5 x 20"
Rear tires: 295/40 - 20
Rear wheels: 9.5 x 20"