Get your very own Trans­former

For $600,000 you can buy a car that turns into a ro­bot

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ma­hak Man­nan @Ma­hakLFC

Au­to­bots, trans­form and roll out! Fans of the leg­endary car­toon and re­cent block­buster Trans­form­ers movies are in for a treat this week when a real-life ‘au­to­bot’ goes un­der the ham­mer. A BMW that transforms into a gi­ant ro­bot will be the star at­trac­tion at the Big Boys Toys 2016 ex­hi­bi­tion that takes place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi from to­mor­row. Turk­ish com­pany Letvi­sion is launch­ing the world’s first Letrons car and leader of the Letrons’ clan, An­ti­mon – a red BMW E92 that turns into a ro­bot in ap­prox­i­mately 30 sec­onds.

The car, de­signed and de­vel­oped by a team of 12 en­gi­neers and four tech­ni­cians over eight months, will be up for auc­tion.

It won’t come cheap though, the start­ing bid is ex­pected to be $600,000 for the futuristic mean ma­chine.

“Since it is the first of its kind, we will auc­tion An­ti­mon to any buyer who wants to be the owner of the world’s first trans­former,” Turgut Al­pagot, Sales and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor of Letrons, told 7DAYS.

“Bids will start at $600,000, which is the orig­i­nal cost of the car.

“There will be 11 more cars join­ing this clan soon.”

How­ever, Trans­form­ers fans, don’t ex­pect to be get­ting all Op­ti­mus Prime and tak­ing it for a spin down Sheikh Zayed Road.

An­ti­mon is re­mote-con­trolled, with no seats in­side and only goes up to a max­i­mum speed of 20kph.

Al­pagot said the firm is planning to pro­duce more than 300 such cars per year in the fu­ture with more fea­tures and tech­nol­ogy.

Big Boys Toys re­turns to Abu Dhabi this week with the lat­est tech, gad­gets and a red BMW among the things to see and buy.

It’s not just any Beemer though – but a BMW that transforms into a gi­ant ro­bot.

For kids of the 1980s who watched the iconic Trans­form­ers car­toons, it will be a dream come true as they will get the chance to bid for their very own Bum­ble­bee or Op­ti­mus Prime.

Letvi­sion, a Turk­ish com­pany, will launch the world’s first Letrons car dur­ing the show at ADNEC.

An­ti­mon, a red BMW E92, is the leader of the Letrons clan and will be up for auc­tion with a $600,000 start­ing bid price.

True to the orig­i­nal Trans­form­ers char­ac­ters, the Beemer takes 30 sec­onds to turn into a ro­bot. The doors of the car push out and the body is lifted, sup­ported on the rear of the car. The body of the ro­bot then ap­pears from un­der the car as the door form part of the arms. An­ti­mon’s head then pops out just over the bon­net above the BMW and Letrons logo.

While An­ti­mon is re­mote-con­trolled, fu­ture de­signs will be driver-ready said Turgut Al­pagot, Sales and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor of Letrons. He said: “We do not have the driver feature in this model, sim­ply be­cause we did not plan to have one, but in our sec­ond phase we will be in­tro­duc­ing a driv­ing op­tion.

“Letrons can be seat­able, the speed can be in­creased, in­ter­ac­tive and mo­tion fea­tures can be added and also made for proper use on the roads. Any car can be trans­formed and can have dif­fer­ent fea­tures. We also plan to make minia­tures for kids like the driv­able toy cars at a toy store.

“Within the next five years or less, we will be able to make a proper road driv­able car that can be trans­formed into a ro­bot.

“Al­though you can­not take An­ti­mon in­side traf­fic, own­ers will be able to op­er­ate it around open grounds.”

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