1965 Citroen Unfolds Into A Giant Transformer [Video]

1965 Citroen Unfolds Into A Giant Transformer [Video]
Design & Architecture

Classic car can turn itself into a 60-foot tall robot complete with laser shields.

Ross Brooks
  • 18 july 2013

Brooklyn Artist Chico MacMurtrie decided to take a classic French car and turn it into a real life 60-foot tall Transformer. Entitled Totemobile, the car is capable of transforming fully from a regular looking automobile, into an imposing mechanized robot.

When in its car form, the Transformer hides nearly 50 interdependent machines of varying function, all tracked by over 100 sensors during the robot’s transformation. Also equipped with four laser shields, which control emergency stop situations should a spectator venture too close.


So impressive is its size, that MacMurtrie has to remove some of the roof at the Red Hook church he uses as a workshop for Amorphic Robot Works during its construction.

Designed for display in Citroën’s showroom at 42 Champs-Élysées in Paris, the inspiration for the project came from an idea MacMurtrie had to convert his old pickup truck into a dog monkey transformer he had previously drawn.

Don’t miss out on the video below which shows the robot’s transformation:

Amorphic Robot Works

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