Zorb: Bubble-wrap for trip protection

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 ZORB CAR WRAP:Nissan has created the world's largest working Zorb – complete with its latest family car – the mini-MPV Note and the occupants, all safely cushioned from harm. Image: Nissan ~ Supplied

Nicknamed the 'CarZorb', the colossal structure was successfully rolled down hills and recorded in a two-minute video. The giant inflatable ball, six metres in diameter and more than 18m in circumference, was constructed to highlight Nissan's ‘Safety Shield’ technology.

To see it in action, click here http://youtu.be/sHLkF72nv9g

‘Zorbing’ originated in New Zealand. Thrill- seekers roll downhill inside the inflated plastic ball, usually made of two inflatable layers that shield the individual inside from outside dangers.


To demonstrate its ‘Safety Shield’ technology, Nissan took the popular pastime one step further and built a Zorb capable of holding a car. The CarZorb took more than two months to build and weighs more than a ton, it was then tested at a top-secret military training facility in England.

The stunt came as the all-new Nissan Note celebrated its first anniversary on Europe’s roads in 2014.

The car is packed with innovative technology designed to make driving safer – as if riding inside a Zorb, in fact. The Note has lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning and moving-object detection - the Nissan Safety Shield. According to research, lane-departure warning systems could prevent nearly one in 10 crashes caused by careless lane-changing on motorways.

Driver inattention, incidentally, causes 78% of accidents, near-accidents and unintentional lane deviations, according to recent reports. Watch out for that during your holiday driving.

Bastien Schupp, vice-president for strategy and marketing at Nissan UK,, commented: “The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to provide people with a  range of technology that creates a protective bubble around you car and your family.

“Creating a life-size CarZorb to highlight the technology was an exciting and memorable way to remind people about the benefits of Nissan’s Safety Shield.”