Get your very own Transformer
For $600,000 you can buy a car that turns into a robot
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.”