07 January 2006

Reflex action for Ford

Concept is built out of... old trainers

Ford Reflex

We've heard of concept cars being styled with fashion training shoes as their inspiration, but this is the first time we've heard of a car being built from scrap athletic trainers.

The Ford Reflex uses mashed-up shoes as noise insulation with a material called Nike Grind.

Ford is aiming for the youth market with the compact Reflex, which has an interior designed with children in mind.

The 2+1 seating arrangement uses what Ford calls a 'love seat', where the single rear chair can be turned into seating for two kids by clicking a button that raises a bar to divide the seat into two.

Sounds like a good way of dealing with those 'are we there yet?' chants.

Ford is also going for the green vote with the Reflex, which uses a diesel-electric hybrid engine capable of 65mpg driving through a paddle-shift six-speed gearbox.

There are also solar panels on the roof that provide the power for the headlights.

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