Gundam Designer Creates A Mecha Inspired Car

Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

Kunio Okawara is one of Japan's most famous mecha designers. For years, he's created iconic machines for Gundam anime. Now, he's turning his talents to designing an electric car.

The two-seater, named Ex Machina, was shown earlier this year at a retrospective of Okawara's 40-year career. According to Okawara (via AmiAmi), the vehicle "should be able to do what a full-sized automobile can't."

Namely this.

Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

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And this.

Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

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Among other things. Ex Machina can transform its shape, making it closer to something you'd see in an anime or sci-fi flick. (No wonder Yahoo-Japan! is reporting that there's currently a crowdfunding campaign for an anime based on the car.)

Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

[Photo: AmiAmi]

Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

[Photo: AmiAmi]

Tokyo's Four Link Systems is developing the "ultra-compact mobility" car, which has a mounted camera for a panoramic view and is connected to the internet. Ex Machina is being called a "drivable smartphone."

Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

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The company plans to get Ex Machina approved for roads and offer it for sale in the next two years or so.

Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

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The Gundam mecha designer added (via AmiAmi), "When they go to market I'd like to add the Federation or Zeon logo."

Top photo: AmiAmi


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    Gonna have to stick with my Homer thankyou. Its so much easier on the eyes

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