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Drivers will be able to change their vehicle color at the flip of a switch

Nissan is truly doing wonderful things in the automotive arena. The company recently unveiled its highly-anticipated 2009 GT-R. The vehicle pumps out an impressive 473 HP and an equally impressive 434 lb-ft of twist from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine.

Now that development is winding down for what is likely Nissan's most advanced road car ever, the Japanese-based company is turning its attention to more "mundane" matters when it comes to choosing a vehicle: color.

Choosing a color when purchasing a new vehicle can be a gut-wrenching endeavor. Many cars look good in black, but the color is a pain to keep clean. Silver often best shows off the curves of a vehicle, but everyone chooses silver these days. Pick a color like beige, and you'll blend in with the rest of the anonymous Toyota Camrys darting in and out of traffic with the right blinker still on.

Nissan hopes to give car buyers the ability to choose whatever color they like for their vehicle -- at any time. Nissan has developed what it calls a "paramagnetic" paint coating -- a unique polymer layer which features iron oxide particles is applied to the vehicle body. When an electric current is applied to the polymer layer, the crystals in the polymer are then interpreted by the human eye as different colors.

Depending on the level of current and the spacing of the crystals, a wide gamut of colors can be selected by the driver. However, since a steady current is needed to maintain the color effect, the paramagnetic paint doesn't work when the vehicle is turned off -- instead, the vehicle would revert back to a default white color.

If you may recall, Ford offered a similar paint option on its mid-90s Mustang GT and Cobra (Mystic) and 2004 Mustang Cobras (Mystychrome). In both cases, the vehicle appeared to be either green or purple depending on the viewing angle.

Nissan is hard at work on the paramagnetic paint and hopes to have it on production vehicles by 2010.

Paramagnetic paint isn't the first time that Nissan had ventured into ways to improve paint technology. The company also developed a self-healing "Scratch Guard Coat" to apply vehicle paint. Thanks to the advanced coating, vehicle are nearly impervious to superficial scratches caused by carwash brushes, fingernails or other minor surface scratches.

Any scratches that are made on the vehicle are "healed" within one day to a week depending on the depth of the scratch.

Nissan's Scratch Guard Coat is currently available on the 2008 Infiniti EX35 luxury crossover utility vehicle.



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434 lb-ft of twist
By Martimus on 11/9/2007 12:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
What is twist? Is that similar to torque?




RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By jackedupandgoodtogo on 11/9/2007 12:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's the author's synonym for torque, which does mean the amount of rotational force.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By James Holden on 11/9/2007 1:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually a very common replacement for Torque when describing rear-wheel drive vehicles.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Martimus on 11/9/2007 2:52:49 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks. I had never heard that term before as a synonym for torque.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Samus on 11/10/2007 5:59:43 AM , Rating: 2
I thought the author put an interesting twist on the word torque.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By bldckstark on 11/9/2007 12:07:27 PM , Rating: 2
It is not a very accurate replacement for the word torque, but that is what it is used for in this article.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By theapparition on 11/9/2007 12:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure there's many words in use that are not accurate replacements, but twist is commonly used in the industry as slang for torque.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Cobra Commander on 11/9/2007 12:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
Common? Let me check back through my 20 year collection of Automobile, Motor Trend, Car & Driver...

nope...no, "twist". :P


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By theapparition on 11/9/2007 1:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
Try sitting in the pits at a Nascar event.

I'm not trying to justify it, but I've heard it many times before.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By andrewsdw on 11/9/2007 1:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
Enough said "Nascar".


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By bigboxes on 11/9/2007 4:10:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Enough said "Nascar".


LOL


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By A5un on 11/9/2007 5:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yep.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By MajorPaver on 11/9/2007 7:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. Just found it 5 times in the last two issues of C and D. So sorry. No dice.

This is slang that has been around for years. For CAR guys.

As far as accuracy, why not? Torque as supplied via an automobile essentially creates a twisting motion at the tires (ever watch a high-speed camera view of a dragster taking off?)


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By johnsonx on 11/10/2007 12:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
I know some Car and Driver writers regularly use the word 'twist' for torque.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By jtemplin on 11/9/2007 2:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
In support of the common use of twist, I googled "automotive journalism torque twist" in google and easily found some usage. I know I have observed this term for torque being used countless times and I'm not really that old...

http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/jk/020327.h...

http://jalopnik.com/cars/frankfurt-auto-show/frank...


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By InsaneGain on 11/9/2007 1:03:26 PM , Rating: 1
I knew twist was referring to torque without a second thought, considering torque and the inertia of the car are applying a twisting force to the drive shaft.
I'm surprised this wouldn't occur immediately to anyone, and I'm surprised this subject was even brought up. I'm thinking it is more likely that some people are sticklers for technically correct details and are more than a little retentive in the anal region.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Martimus on 11/9/2007 1:27:15 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, good for you.

I have never used the term "twist" when working on motors. We measured torque, but never "twist". I asked if it was torque, because of the units he used. It also makes some sense since torque is sort of the twisting force of the shaft. But in the few years that I was an automotive engineer, I never heard anyone refer to the torque output as "twist".

As for your surprise, I am even more surprised that you took offense to my question of what he meant by "twist". I am sorry that I didn’t know the slang that he used for that unit of measure. I guess being ignorant and anally retentive are equivalent in your eyes.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By jtemplin on 11/9/2007 2:29:05 PM , Rating: 3
Martimus, what he just said was pretty much my first thought at seeing that comment. Many people who would be trying to sarcastically flame the author would post a comment just as you did, with no supporting details. You claim ignorance, but you ask is it similar to torque? How you can pretend to be ignorant when you seemed to realize the authors intention? What number always follows HP and might be characterized as a twisting force? And your negative attitude
quote:
Wow, good for you.
quote:
I guess being ignorant and anally retentive are equivalent in your eyes.
doesn't exactly exonerate you.

If you were truly naive and curious I find it hard to believe you would lose your cool so easily...


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Martimus on 11/9/2007 2:51:16 PM , Rating: 4
You find it difficult to believe that an insult would make someone lose their cool? I kind of doubt that. I asked if it was like torque because of the units (lb-ft) that he used. I said that in my response. I am not sure what I would need to be exonerated for, but then I didn't understand why someone would insult me for asking a question to the author in the first place. I guess it is best to act omniscient and go look up the answer somewhere else, but I thought it was prudent enough to ask the person who actually said it what he meant.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By bigboxes on 11/9/2007 4:14:38 PM , Rating: 2
Twist just sounds ignorant. Why not use torque? It's a word that is not too hard to spell and is the appropriate word to use. For the record, I have never (until now) heard the word twist as a synonymn for torque.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Etsp on 11/13/2007 3:12:25 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you asking him? he isn't the one that used the term twist. he was asking if the term twist referred to torque


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By aeroengineer1 on 11/10/2007 1:01:06 PM , Rating: 2
I guess that aerospace engineers are smarter than automotive engineers because I understood perfectly what the author was trying to say. Don't be an idiot and and continue to defend a question which was meant to make you seem superior to the author because of your engineering knowledge.

Aeroengineer


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Martimus on 11/10/2007 3:59:57 PM , Rating: 2
Superior? Right, because my question made me sound like I was trying to seem superior.
quote:
What is twist? Is that similar to torque?
That sounds SO condescending. Why on Earth why I want to sound superior to someone I have never met, and never plan to meet? And who would I sound superior too? A bunch of anonymous jack-asses like you? What would that accomplish? Would I get some magical crown, and be king of the jack-asses? I mean honestly, did you even think before you put down this completely baseless opinion on the net? This is why I usually avoid posting on forums, because I let trolls like you get me upset, and I feel the need to respond. I hate it because truly HATE arguments that include insults, and I really don't want to have one in a public forum. Quit trying to insult me because I had the audacity to ask for an explanation of a piece of jargon I didn't understand. I have never considered myself a smart man, but that won't stop me from asking about things I don't understand. Stop being so smug and looking down on me because you understand something I don't. I doubt anyone who reads any of this cares how smart you think you are, so just be polite so you don't make yourself sound like an idiotic ass.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Martimus on 11/10/2007 4:05:28 PM , Rating: 2
Aeroengineer; I am sorry for being a little upset after reading your comment. I am sorry if I insulted you with that response. I should have just let it go.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By TimberJon on 11/9/2007 12:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
The author is using a play on words. Yes twist is synonymous with Torque usually when the vehicle being talked about is a RWD vehicle, as the chassis tends to want to "twist" a bit under a high-torque load.

My question is, What if you dent it?

Another question is, are they planning on offering the V8-TT version for the US?

An additional question is.. What are the model numbers for the engine, and its drivetrain components, so that I can drop them into my car.

Aluminum block??? pishh.. It had better be reinforced. We need another Iron block 3.0L that takes twin turbo's without heavy modification and that isnt 10 years old!
A newer version of the RB30DETT or the 2JZ-GTE.


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By treehugger87 on 11/9/2007 3:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
it has the units lb-ft ergo you don't need to know automotive jargon... just basic physics :P


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By opterondo on 11/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Calin on 11/12/2007 6:28:57 AM , Rating: 2
No, it's similar to screw


RE: 434 lb-ft of twist
By Adonlude on 11/13/2007 7:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
My god, I can't believe that there are like 50 replies here all arguing about the twist vs torque thing.


An interesting side effect...
By Symmetriad on 11/9/2007 11:54:24 AM , Rating: 5
This definitely sounds cool, but I have to wonder whether this'll be legal everywhere: What happens in the case that the police need to find somebody driving a certain car due to a hit-and-run or something similar, and the perpetrator can just change the color of his car? Putting a call out for "a blue Camry" might no longer be useful. This invention might be deep-sixed for cars before it even enters the market.

Plus, it'll make things too easy if you can automatically reduce your wanted level. :)




RE: An interesting side effect...
By jackedupandgoodtogo on 11/9/2007 12:04:02 PM , Rating: 5
There are lots of technologies and items out there that can be used for illicit purposes (cell phones, encryption, wigs, makeup, clothes, 2nd car, etc.). Doesn't mean the general, law-abiding public shouldn't be allowed access to it just because it could be used for devious purposes.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By AraH on 11/9/2007 12:17:57 PM , Rating: 5
see: guns


RE: An interesting side effect...
By Hoeser on 11/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: An interesting side effect...
By Symmetriad on 11/9/2007 4:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying that they should be restricted. The thing is, there seem to be different tiers of risk/non-risk associated with different categories of products. Technically, you can use almost anything to commit a crime of some sort, but most things are intended for and most commonly utilized for other purposes. Then, there are certain things which have a narrower scope of utility and a higher risk for misuse; for instance, guns arguably have a lower number of tasks they can accomplish and a far higher risk for misuse, therefore many states and countries restrict them (note that I am not saying "should" or "should not" - I don't want to start a gun debate).

This invention, as cool as it is, arguably has a low number of potential uses - looking cool, hiding dirt, and evading the police - and a high potential for misuse. Note that I'm not advocating the restriction of this invention - I'm just saying that law authorities will probably see a high potential for misuse and seriously consider restrictions in order to minimize that risk.


By ThisSpaceForRent on 11/9/2007 4:53:39 PM , Rating: 2
We should also ban sharp sticks. I got poked with one once, and it left a scratch and a bruise. One of these days man will create a stick so big, and pointy, he'll skewer the earth!

We should also ban crowbars. They're too useful.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By Runiteshark on 11/9/2007 5:45:30 PM , Rating: 4
I'm going to kill you with my tea cup.


By murphyslabrat on 11/13/2007 6:04:49 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, only Uma Thurman and Vin Diesel are allowed to do that.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By rdeegvainl on 11/10/2007 7:17:24 AM , Rating: 2
I guess the whole point is that, since it has legitimate legal use, it will be allowed. The high potential of misuse of a pc is many times greater, but since it has a legit use, we get to keep our pc's.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By jackedupandgoodtogo on 11/10/2007 2:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
If I was a mastermind criminal and really wanted to have a getaway planned, I wouldn't use paint changing as the key part of my escape. I'd have a 2nd car ready, and obfuscate the plate check and the model check, not just the paint color check. If I'm just a punk and commit a crime (like a gang bang or something like that), I'd bet the driver will give himself away, even if the paint color changed because the cops would probably be aware of that potential on a given model and the guy would just look nervous or suspicious. But the criminals wouldn't be able to change the model or the vehicle or the plates very quickly.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By mindless1 on 11/12/2007 5:31:49 PM , Rating: 2
YOu're putting a bit too much thought into this. IF you were seen committing a crime in a (for example) blue Nissan and your car had a switch you could flick to change colors once out of sight, I'll bet you'd flick it unless there were sufficient precedence that doing so was considered an evasion tactic, even if you did have another car waiting somewhere.


By ThisSpaceForRent on 11/14/2007 8:20:30 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
and obfuscate the plate check


How dare you use large words, and make me feel small minded. Otherwise good post. =-)


RE: An interesting side effect...
By troublesome08 on 11/9/2007 12:31:35 PM , Rating: 3
that's the first thing i thought of! Coppers aren't going to like this at all..neither will insurance companies, since red's the most expensive, just say your car is white! and then when you want to turn some heads, flip it over to red...cool.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By HighWing on 11/9/2007 4:56:32 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
.neither will insurance companies, since red's the most expensive,


If I'm not mistaken, I don't think the insurance companies do that in all states.

But regardless I'm sure this kind of paint would replace red for price. Not just because of the ability to be any color, but think of the cost involved in "re-painting" the vehicle after any kind of accident. I'm sure this kind of paint won't be cheap by far.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By glitchc on 11/9/2007 8:27:34 PM , Rating: 2
What's to stop the cops from utilizing the same technology? In fact, I can see an excellent use for this paint in unmarked cars, which can now really appear unmarked unless required. The poor sap will think he lost the cops, and then WHAM! He gets surrounded by innocent looking Maximas ;)

Furthermore, I suspect such paint will cost an arm and a leg for quite some time, this ensuring its use in only two major groups: rich individuals and government agencies. I see the latter adopting them first, since they have the resources. The former, due to their wealth, can circumvent the law anyhow. Don't need color changing paint when you can just get your ticket dropped.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By rdeegvainl on 11/10/2007 7:22:48 AM , Rating: 1
Actually that is an awesome idea, normal sedan driving behind you, then BAM, lights and the car now has official badges and pulls over all the speeders.
I think that is a great idea, and if more people stopped speeding, everyone would be safer. cars would be more likely to be going optimum speed for gas mileage, pollution goes down, global warming stops, NOBEL prizes are handed out, and snowboarders around the world rejoice.
Oh and people will think twice about blowing past my plain white Taurus on the highway when I AM going the speed limit.


RE: An interesting side effect...
By mindless1 on 11/12/2007 5:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
Unmarked police cars with the concealed or LED lighting systems are already inconspicuous enough that by the time you were close enough to ID one, it's too late unless you happened to be behind one and saw the license plate at a distance.


By murphyslabrat on 11/13/2007 6:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
Or, when you join two or three cars going 70 MPH in a 60-zone, only to have the rear-most car sprout a siren....


Very, very cool.
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2007 11:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder, however, if changing the color will instantly reduce your wanted level.

Questions to ask Nissan:

1. How much?

2. What colors?




RE: Very, very cool.
By theapparition on 11/9/2007 12:10:10 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Questions to ask Nissan:

1. How much?

When released in several years, you won't be able to afford it.

quote:
2. What colors?

You'll only have a choice between two, white and another. When the current passes through, and the particles re-align, it will have the apperance of another base color. But forget about getting a rainbow of colors the flick of a switch.


RE: Very, very cool.
By sviola on 11/9/2007 2:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You'll only have a choice between two, white and another. When the current passes through, and the particles re-align, it will have the apperance of another base color. But forget about getting a rainbow of colors the flick of a switch.


Nothing some hacking can't solve.


RE: Very, very cool.
By Oregonian2 on 11/9/2007 2:43:48 PM , Rating: 3
Later models will have the current controllable in small sections (to be called pixels) then people will buy "skin" files that produce exterior color photos on the car, or perhaps 'art'.


RE: Very, very cool.
By Symmetriad on 11/9/2007 4:45:17 PM , Rating: 5
Great, like we don't have enough car accidents without people plastering their cars with porn.


RE: Very, very cool.
By HighWing on 11/9/2007 5:02:52 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Great, like we don't have enough car accidents without people plastering their cars with porn.


LOL I didn't think of that but I'm sure that would be the first thing to happen if they ever did start making the paint like LCD screens.


RE: Very, very cool.
By johnsonx on 11/10/2007 12:39:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You'll only have a choice between two, white and another


That isn't what the article says. It says the color produced depends on the current passing through the paint. Now I imagine it isn't capable of a complete rainbow of colors, but clearly you get more than just 2 colors.


RE: Very, very cool.
By theapparition on 11/12/2007 7:11:17 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
but clearly you get more than just 2 colors.

Now who's reading way more into the article? What your talking about is differential states, where particles only partially allign based on the amount of current being passed through. This is something that hasn't been accomplished for even currently available LCD technology, and you think your going to see that on paint in the near future?

No, what your going to see (if ever available) is an "on" and "off" mode. When off, it will be white, when on, it will have the color of the base coat (albeit, not nearly as glossy/bright either). This is simple LCD technology, no need to read more into it than that.


RE: Very, very cool.
By mindless1 on 11/12/2007 5:37:05 PM , Rating: 2
When off it will need be a lighter color and when on a darker one that still includes the base color as a mix of the new color. It need not necessarily be white, there are lots of custom color options beyond primary colors.


RE: Very, very cool.
By johnsonx on 11/15/2007 11:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
Quoth the article:
quote:
Depending on the level of current and the spacing of the crystals, a wide gamut of colors can be selected by the driver.

Sounds like more than 2 colors to me.


RE: Very, very cool.
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 11/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Very, very cool.
By exanimas on 11/14/2007 2:28:44 PM , Rating: 1
It's OK Kristopher, I got the Beerfest reference.


Anti-theft device?
By Polynikes on 11/9/2007 12:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
What if you found a way to jack up the current (provided you had the battery power to sustain it) that gave people a small shock upon touching the car? That would be neat, but of course the next thought that comes to mind:

Lawsuit.

Then you'd have to have a big sign on the roof saying the car's electrified and by touching it your forfeit your right to sue the owner or something stupid like that.




RE: Anti-theft device?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 11/9/2007 1:09:35 PM , Rating: 5
Hah - just make your lo-jack turn the car pink when you detect it's been stolen.


RE: Anti-theft device?
By NEOCortex on 11/9/2007 2:03:09 PM , Rating: 5
Better yet, have it display the words "STOLEN" in big red letters on the side.


RE: Anti-theft device?
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 11/9/2007 3:23:33 PM , Rating: 2
Any unattended contraption that is meant to harm people indiscriminately is called a spring gun in the literature.

Research the law on that sort of device, and I think you will have the answer here.

Why would you want to do this to people anyway?


RE: Anti-theft device?
By CyborgTMT on 11/9/2007 7:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why would you want to do this to people anyway?


Try having 4 head units, 2 sets of subs, 3 amps, and your convertible top cut to shreds over the past 2 years and you'll appreciate the idea.


RE: Anti-theft device?
By mindless1 on 11/12/2007 5:56:41 PM , Rating: 2
Who said indiscriminately? Do you assume an inherent right to come in physical contact with someone else's property?

Regardless yes it will be illegal because people are irresponsible enough to assume they can do whatever they like until explicitly told "no".


RE: Anti-theft device?
By murphyslabrat on 11/13/2007 6:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Posting clear and unmistakeable warning signs as well as making entry to spring-gun guarded premises difficult for innocent persons...are significant ways to reduce potential tort liability

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring-gun
that would be the problem, that the potential thief could claim to have accidentally set it off.

If it is in your garage, with a warning sign on it, that would be a different case entirely.

Alternatively, you could just have the base paint job be the warning. ^^j


Bird Doo Doo Fires...
By iFX on 11/9/2007 2:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
So when the electric current passes over the paint and hits the dried bird doo doo and causes it to burst into flames - then what?




By Master Kenobi (blog) on 11/9/2007 3:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
It burns itself off and continues.


RE: Bird Doo Doo Fires...
By treehugger87 on 11/9/2007 3:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
the current is going to be very minimal, plus the clearcoat/ polymer will probably protect you from getting shocked. Also, the electric current only passes through when the cars on...soo how often do people touch your car while driving? only in HIT AND RUNS!!!!!!assuming the door handles have no charge


RE: Bird Doo Doo Fires...
By geddarkstorm on 11/9/2007 3:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
Makes me want to yell "Polarize the hull plating!" during rush hour, but I doubt it'll give extra strength to the car's exterior. Darn Suliban-- I mean, suburbans.


RE: Bird Doo Doo Fires...
By mindless1 on 11/12/2007 6:52:49 PM , Rating: 2
There is no chance of the current being significant through the bird doo. There would have to be a ground path through it which there would not be, as well as no current limiting in the system which there inherantly is.


Fuel economy
By GreenEnvt on 11/9/2007 2:16:37 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how much power this would use, and how that would affect fuel economy.




RE: Fuel economy
By EricMartello on 11/9/2007 4:01:36 PM , Rating: 2
hahahaha Fuel ecomony... If you were buying the car this option was available on, cost of fuel isn't going to be much of a concern.


RE: Fuel economy
By mindless1 on 11/12/2007 6:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone seems to be thinking this must cost a lot. That's not necessarily true, there was already substantial research in car paint and it already cost quite a lot. Add the right compounds and put in a low cost power board and switch, and it could add a trivial amount to total cost of the car since it's not as if the car wasn't going to be painted otherwise.

They might still reserve the feature for higher-end cars but that mostly to distinguish them because frankly, higher end cars are not worth their extra expense in many cases, it's more of a perceived increase in value than a manufacturing difference until you get into exotic materials and a paint like this shouldn't be considered exotic except in the visual result.


RE: Fuel economy
By EricMartello on 11/13/2007 4:47:53 AM , Rating: 2
Regardless of actual manufacturing costs, you won't see this kind of paint-job on your Chevy Aveo anytime soon...just like xenon headlights, horsepower and sex appeal - things like that only come on cars that people would actually be proud to own. :D


Now all you need...
By JasonMick (blog) on 11/9/2007 11:51:10 AM , Rating: 2
Is some revolving/morphable features and a revolving license plat stand with two plates and voila! Instant gettaway from speeding charges. Just make it to a parking garage and you'll be all set!

"He went that way officer, in his Black Nissan!"...(chuckles and get in his gray Nissan w/ different spoiler)

(Alright...so that is a bit fanciful, but it IS a cool tech, and I could see it being used in such a use in a new movie)




RE: Now all you need...
By killerroach on 11/9/2007 4:12:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I was thinking along a similar lines...

Considering that it is a Japanese car maker, I wonder when they'll come up with thermoptic camouflage now... (those who have seen Ghost In The Shell know what I'm talking about)


RE: Now all you need...
By Manch on 11/9/2007 6:17:01 PM , Rating: 2
Custom Paint Jobs?
By Hase0 on 11/9/2007 12:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
If you could change the paint to almost a full spectrum of colors it be sick if you could program it to show different graphics, and decals on the car, would also open up a new career option for some people too.




RE: Custom Paint Jobs?
By HighWing on 11/9/2007 4:59:25 PM , Rating: 1
LOL

My first thought when reading this was that you would have a screen displaying a white "blank" car and then you could just draw all over it and have that be reflected on the paint. Could you imagine what it would look like if a 3-yr old got a hold of those controls? lol


RE: Custom Paint Jobs?
By rdeegvainl on 11/10/2007 7:27:05 AM , Rating: 2
NO DRAWING ON THE CAR KIDS!!!!


Viper
By Aikouka on 11/9/2007 1:16:16 PM , Rating: 2
Kind of reminds me of that old show, Viper, where the car would change colors when it went into "Uber mode" or whatever you want to call it. I remember wanting one of those color changing cars when I used to watch that show.




RE: Viper
By darkpaw on 11/9/2007 1:51:01 PM , Rating: 2
Sad thing is this was the first thing I thought of when reading the article too.

Damn I watched some real crap tv as a teenager.


THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
By JonnyDough on 11/10/2007 6:42:24 AM , Rating: 2
White for summer, black for winter, fluorescent orange when you're in stuck on the side of the road. Keeps your car cool, warm, or noticeable, depending on what you need. Awesome. Oh yeah, and it's got a really neat bling factor.




RE: THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
By junkdubious on 11/11/2007 2:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but does the car transform! Now I feel dirty...


Temperature
By Chaotic42 on 11/11/2007 2:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
I want to see paint that changes color based on temperature. Mmm, color ramps.




RE: Temperature
By Jackyl on 11/12/2007 11:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
You mean like those old Hyperpad Mousepads I had 10 years ago? Can't even find those anymore.


By Jackyl on 11/12/2007 11:29:01 PM , Rating: 2
Weren't we supposed to get TINTED WINDOWS that darkened at the flip of a switch YEARS AGO???? Where the hell did that go? Consumer never saw it!




By EricMartello on 11/13/2007 4:49:08 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah actually there is a similar technology in which an electrical current makes the window opaque...it's available on the Maybach, I believe.


It sounds cool but...
By retrospooty on 11/9/2007 11:59:17 AM , Rating: 3
I'll bet my left nut that the colors arent too bright or vibrant. I can see changing colors and shades via electrical current, but running the full spectrum wont likely happen. I could see grayish yellow to grayish blue or something to that effect.

On to the really great part... 473 HP and 434 lb-ft torque. DROOL! . MEGA-DROOL!!!




GTA
By spindoc on 11/9/2007 1:23:45 PM , Rating: 2
I hope this is in the next GTA game.

That will save me from desperately trying to find a paint shop when I have 4 or 5 stars.




RE: GTA
By GhandiInstinct on 11/9/2007 1:29:05 PM , Rating: 1
Stole my comment, I hate how everyone thinks a like :(

Robots.


Iron Oxide?
By clovell on 11/9/2007 3:13:32 PM , Rating: 1
Isn't that rust?




RE: Iron Oxide?
By geddarkstorm on 11/9/2007 3:28:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and apparently it's white in its pure form http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/demos/images/steelwoo... . Rust being put to a good use? Who knew.


Rain?
By osalcido on 11/9/2007 3:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
What if it rains?




RE: Rain?
By GhandiInstinct on 11/9/2007 7:23:16 PM , Rating: 1
Plastic coating.


Nissan on the rebound?
By Anosh on 11/9/2007 11:53:14 AM , Rating: 2
Sound very interesting! It does give the feeling of a reborn Nissan at more meaning to the phrase:

What does not kill you makes you stronger.




Most excellent
By Ihmemies on 11/9/2007 2:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
If this means I could get myself a pearlescent white car during daytime, and black during nighttime... awesome.




ticket
By Etern205 on 11/9/2007 5:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
Writing tickets for these cars would
be difficult. :P




By BZDTemp on 11/9/2007 7:05:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's a silly comparison - there is a world of difference between paint that reflect lights in different ways depending on angle and paint where you can control the colour reflection. The Ford thing fitted right in with wings, neon lights, spinning hub caps and other bling crap.

The change colour at will is a whole different ball game. Firstly it is of course a styling thing but I see loads of practical applications - here is a few from the top of my head:

- Emergency cars only standing out when they need to meaning one can see the "mode" they are in.
- Stolen cars showing it.
- All sorts of "big brother" stuff. Cars with drunk drivers, speeding cars...




FORD HA
By opterondo on 11/9/2007 11:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
"If you may recall, Ford offered a similar paint option on its mid-90s Mustang GT and Cobra (Mystic) and 2004 Mustang Cobras (Mystychrome). In both cases, the vehicle appeared to be either green or purple depending on the viewing angle." -article

Yea sure Ford invented "paramagnetic" paint coating -- a unique polymer layer which features iron oxide particles is applied to the vehicle body. When an electric current is applied to the polymer layer, the crystals in the polymer are then interpreted by the human eye as different colors 20 years ago Nissan is so behind the times.

GO FORD! domestics rule and imports drule yeah woohooo yea!




LOL LOL LOL
By sprockkets on 11/21/2007 2:03:41 AM , Rating: 2
The best part of this article is that IT IS COMPLETELY FALSE!

http://www.younggogetter.com/2007/11/18/blogoshper...




PRICE?
By GhandiInstinct on 11/9/2007 2:19:04 PM , Rating: 1
UM?




What the Hell!!!
By msheredy on 11/9/07, Rating: -1
"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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