Virtual Polymer Body-Side Panel Demonstration

SaturnFest 2009

Over the years, one of Saturn's most impressive features was their innovative plastic polymer body panels that it used to cloth it's cars in. The panels resisted damage from small dents, dings, and minor bumps — they proved to be very popular among Saturn owners. The panels simply absorbed the impact, and bounced back into their original form. Back in the day, if you went to your local Saturn retailer, the sales folks would eagerly show you how well the panels worked by either pounding on the side of a car with their fists, or by inviting you to jump up and down on a sample door panel laying on the floor. No matter how hard you tried, the panels always went back to their original shape.

But how can you demonstrate this feature on the Internet? Well, back in 1998 the Saturnalia engineering team (that's me) developed a special polymer body side panel button that fit on your computer screen. It worked much in the same way though. And just like polymer panels, the SaturnFans.com button still looks good 10 years later!


Go ahead and pound away. The virtual polymer button simply bounces back into its original position — just like a real Saturn body-side panel. The button has been tested for many hours, and has proven to be very resilient to damage. So keep clicking. And clicking. And clicking. And if you're frustrated... click harder.

The SaturnFans.com virtual polymer button comes with a bonus feature: it also relieves stress.

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