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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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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
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
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
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

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