Since the invention of the internal combustion engine, car manufacturing has grown to become a fiercely competitive global industry. Nearly every household in the developed world owns a motor vehicle and millions of pounds are spent each year on research in order to develop more and more advanced models. Cars have become a necessity and we have come to rely on them like no other 20th-century creation. Designers stop at nothing to be one step ahead of their rivals and we have seen a trend of manufacturers consistently pushing the boundaries as we demand faster, safer and comfier vehicles to cater for our modern lifestyles. Some cars have remained as mere concepts, never managing to reach the showrooms. Below we take a look at ten examples.
Volkswagen is no strangers to big projects as their award-winning ‘Veyron’ would attest to. This model harks back to the days of classic American muscle cars. Its nice clean lines hide a very efficient turbo diesel engine.
Mitsubishi I-Miev Sport Air
This car won’t win any beauty contests but it’s light and symmetrical with the look of a bubble car. The roof is detachable which goes one step further from the traditional sunroof.
Infiniti Essence Concept
This vehicle has the look of purpose. It has a presence but yet in some way understated. The luxury division of Nissan could have been onto a winner here.
If you were a child in the 1970s you will definitely have a fond feeling towards this Kia. Reminiscent of a Tonka truck, it even has a square steering wheel.
With fossil fuels getting scarce, it’s nice to see a car such as this on the designer’s table. This beautifully contoured concept Honda’s engine runs on hydrogen. It is only a three seater but hugs the road lower than a toboggan.
This vehicle is a work of art as well as a demonstration of supreme power and road presence. Despite being a divergence from the Italian supercar maker’s style, it doesn’t fail to draw gasps of awe.
A true concept car as noted by its appearance in the Hollywood movie ‘Transformers Revenge of the Fallen’. It’s easy to see why petrol heads would want to get their hands on this stunning Autobot.
There’s not a lot to say about this one really apart from the fact it could potentially scare pedestrians and other drivers off the road. It actually looks like it arrived from another planet.
The move towards more efficient vehicles seems to be a theme with Toyota these days. That doesn’t mean the economy has to be boring though as demonstrated with this wild looking tiny car. It’s smaller than a mini and incorporates an LCD dashboard display
This is Bentley’s take on a utility vehicle. Suffice to say it rather looks like a London black cab. I doubt we’ll see it on the roads anytime soon though.
Cadillac World Thorium
Last on the list we have a car which is appropriately named ‘WTF’ (‘World Thorium Fuel’ concept car). It’s easy to see why when you consider it has a front grill wider than the cars actual body length and 16 wheels wrapped into one on each corner. It can apparently go 100 years without any form of maintenance which certainly covers any reliability issues. By the way, it’s also nuclear powered (which explains why we won’t be seeing them in consumer’s hands any time soon).