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A video posted to YouTube shows what looks like an E90-generation BMW 3 Series driving slowly in a parking lot. The car then turns and stops with the front end facing the camera. It’s at this point that we realize this BMW is more than meets the eye. The front fenders and doors extend outward and the front half of the car hinges up as the front fascia folds down to form the robot’s chest. We can already see the humanoid body taking shape when the head emerges and the arms begin slowly dropping down into position. The Transformer then demonstrates surprising hand dexterity, with enough articulation in the fingers to grip something—we’re hoping a laser rifle or sword. Afterwards, the shape-changer begins the long transition back to car mode. The custom license plate reveals the masterminds behind the project: Turkish R&D company Letrons. Photos published on Twisted Sifter show the build process and give us a glimpse of the robot from the side, arguably its least flattering angle. Though this Transformer probably doesn’t have what it takes to fight actual bad guys, it’s still one of the best 1:1-scale transforming cars we’ve seen.
originally posted by: seattlerat
a reply to: lostbook
I like it... it would be even more thrilling if the transformation was faster, but, this isn't alien technology so I understand that humans use the tools/materials/tech that is currently available. Yes, in 20-30 years this might be even more like the comic/movies/cartoons- but, other than entertainment value what is it good for? It would be kinda cool to see a jet do this in mid-air, though, I can't conceive of how they would deal with air/wind resistance during the transformation process.