• Here’s Your Chance to Buy the Lo-Res, Poor-Man’s Cybertruck!

  • The Lo-Res car if you aren't familiar was conceived by footwear brand, United Nude's Founder, Rem D. Koolhaas, as a promotional vehicle for the brand
  • It looks nothing like a car and has the form of a sloping pyramid. Some have even called it a poor mans Tesla Cybertruck
  • Jokes aside, four prototypes of the car were made. The one that we're looking at here is Chassis No.3
  • Given how quirky and rare that this automobile is, it was acquired by the Petersen Automotive Museum three years ago
  • The car is now looking for a new home as it is being offered at No Reserve on BringATrailer.com
  • The design, believe it or not, was inspired by the Lamborghini Countach. The car is supposed to mimic a low-resolution interpretation of the famed Italian supercar. Hence the name Lo-Res
  • The Lo-Res car, whose purpose was to spread awareness about the United Nude brand is made up of 12 transparent polycarbonate body panels
  • You'll find the UN insignia on the front panel
  • The light bar bug has also managed to bite the Lo-Res car
  • Oh, and did I mention this? The vehicle that you're looking at is an actual car that moves under its own steam, the passenger cell can be accessed via remote control
  • The entire clamshell body can be raised to reveal a pair of seats arranged in tandem, i.e one behind the other
  • The seats while narrow, are made from black fabric and are ribbed
  • Step on board and you're greeted by a beautiful hexagonal polished steering wheel
  • You'll find even more light bars on either side of the seats
  • To the drivers right, you'll find a panel that features a battery level indicator and controls for various vehicle functions
  • Right in front of the driver, you'll find a polished panel that displays the speed
  • Moving to the powertrain, you have a KDS 5-kilowatt electric motor that is mated to a toggle switch-activated single-speed transmission
  • Good old disc brakes up front, offer great stopping power
  • From behind the wheel, you really do get a chance to see how the mechanicals like the suspension, brakes and the steering mechanism work, because once the clamshell is down, you essentially become a part of the car
  • Bidding for the Lo-Res car ends in three days. The last time I checked online, the current bid stands under 50 grand. I'd definitely want to see how high does that number climb to
  • Also, do note that the car isn't street legal. Swipe up to find out more about the Lo-Res car.

Dubbed by some as the poor mans Cybertruck, here is your chance to acquire this piece of Automotive Art

The Lo-Res Car has to be one of the strangest automobiles out there, even as far as concept cars go. It’s no wonder that it eventually made it to the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. They acquired this extremely rare vehicle three years ago, and the car is now being auctioned for no reserve at BringATrailer.com. It is being offered on a bill of sale and does not have a title or registration for use on the street.

Overview

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The Lo-Res car, to be honest, is more art than car and definitely belongs in a gallery. I recently got a chance to check it out in-depth, on YouTube of course, thanks in part to Doug DeMuro, who went over its quirks and features. United Nude, a footwear manufacturer, commissioned this unique concept car and it was the brand’s creator, Rem D. Koolhaas who designed the "Lo-Res Car," which is based on an abstract, low-resolution interpretation of the Lamborghini Countach. The example seen here is just one of four prototypes that were mainly used for promotional purposes.

The Lo-Res Car

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It looks nothing like a car and has the form of a sloping pyramid. Some have even called it a poor mans Tesla Cybertruck

This car, chassis #03, has a body made up of 12 tinted clear polycarbonate panels, as well as light bars and lit United Nude insignia on the front and rear. It has a steel frame with translucent tinted polycarbonate body panels. The cabin can be accessed via an electrically controlled clamshell-opening body. Step inside and you’ll find a pair of fixed tandem seats made of polished metal and trimmed in ribbed black fabric, which can be reached by using the remote control actuated clamshell bodywork.

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A polished instrument panel with two digital display screens, one of which is a metric speedometer, lies in front of a chrome hexagonal steering wheel. On either side are two rows of light bars, and to the driver’s right is a control panel with an ignition button, a battery charge level indicator, and toggle switches for vehicle operations. Do note that one of the light bars has stopped working.

Here's Your Chance to Buy the Lo-Res, Poor-Man's Cybertruck!
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Oh, and did I mention this? The vehicle that you’re looking at is an actual car that moves under its own steam, the passenger cell can be accessed via remote control

Over the years, the prototypes of the car have been featured in several music videos. Back in 2016, the Lo-Res car won the Wallpaper Magazine Design Award. It was also shown at the Grand Basel automotive design showcase in 2018 and at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Disruptors exhibition, the following year in 2019.

Performance

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While the Lo-Res car doesn’t look like anything else on the road, let alone a car, the thing can actually moves. It is powered by a KDS 5-kilowatt electric motor that employs a toggle switch-activated single-speed transmission. Disc brakes up front, offer stopping power. While the car does move, the total distance traveled by it is unknown. However, my guess is that it won’t be much, given the car’s limited range and speed.

Conclusion

Here's Your Chance to Buy the Lo-Res, Poor-Man's Cybertruck!
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The Lo-Res car if you aren’t familiar was conceived by footwear brand, United Nude’s Founder, Rem D. Koolhaas, as a promotional vehicle for the brand

The current bid for the Lo-Res car, at the time of writing this article, stands at $45,000, with bidding ending in three days. I’m curious to see how much that number climbs and what does this truly unique car eventually goes for. According to the seller, half of the earnings from the sale will go toward the museum’s collection preservation and care, while the other half will be offered as a donation to Energy Independence Now, which is an environmental non-profit.

You can place your bid for the Lo-Res Car Here.

Watch Doug DeMuro take us around the Lo-Res car in the video below


Source: Bringatrailer

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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