Most good ideas very rarely see the light of day. Some go no further than dinner table conversation and some no more than a napkin sketch. The Retractable Disappearing Car Door has gone much further in realizing a series of fully functional, drivable vehicle prototypes equipped with the Retractable Doors. These have been rigorously tested for both usability and safety. The Retractable Car Door technology has a long and interesting history behind it.
First we constructed three 1/8th scale models to an original design which were built from scratch. These models, including an advanced sports car chassis were shown to the respective heads of design at the “Big Three” auto makers in Detroit. We then designed and constructed a full size studio buck. When completed we flew it to Detroit and demonstrated it to the OEM’s.
Ford invited us to Ghia Coachworks in Italy where we incorporated our Retractable Door on an Explorer Prototype, which was later displayed at the Ford Design Center in Dearborn, Michigan. As a result Ford suggested we retrofit Lincoln Mark VIII’s with optional extended versions of our Retractable Doors to demonstrate the tremendous improvement in passenger access to the rear seats. These fully roadworthy vehicles are seen on our website in the video and in photos.
The Senior Vice President in charge of the Cadillac division at GM asked us to take one of our prototype to Orange County, California for a 500 person consumer clinic. Our Retractable Door received the most overwhelmingly positive response from the attendees which included representatives of area dealerships.
The response to our recent website campaign has been far beyond our expectations. As a result we are updating our technology and producing new prototypes to enable us to respond to this strong global demand for our product.