It might not be a feast for your eyes, but lets look at some of the wildest concept cars every to be made. Every year, at motor shows across the globe, manufacturers wheel out their ‘what could be’ vehicles. The usual crowd response is never that dissimilar from someone revealing a bone protruding out of their arm. Think “eeeurgh”, “oh dear” rather than the “ooh” and “aaah” you’d expect for technological advancement.
Luckily for us, most of these concepts remain just that. If you’ve ever seen a BMW i8 and thought, ‘how did that make it past quality control?’ You have first-hand experience of what happens when a concept car makes it to the road.
First up, in our automotive freakshow is the Renault Trezor. First revealed at the Paris Motor Show 2016, this two-seater isn’t the worst looking vehicle we’ll look at today. Imagine if Batman crashed his Batmobile into Lady Penelope’s 2004 Rolls Royce, you’re somewhere close.
The bizarre came when you wanted to get in. The Trezor’s clamshell roof came away on struts and opened like the lid of a cigar box. Less Montecristo and more Monte Carlo however, the Trezor ran an electric motor and could hit 100km/h in less than four seconds.
Mercedes-Benz F300 Life Jet
This bizarre little car seems to have more qualities of a motorbike. Running just three wheels, this crazy 1.6liter, 101bhp mobility scooter tilted as it cornered.
With the stance and look of a motorbike, it pretty much took up the road room of a Toyota Aygo, so whatever the goal was, it missed.
Luigi Colani was a German born designer who unfortunately passed away in 2019. Unfortunate, mainly because he brought the world joy with his insane designs. He’d made it to the ripe old age of 91 and had blessed the world with everything from ball point pens to televisions, furniture, kitchens, cameras, and of course motor vehicles.
The Colani C112 can only be described as an oversized, bright pink door stop. This 1970s Le Mans proposal had a drag efficiency of 0.2, a rotary engine and the flamboyancy of one-thousand flamingos doing a cabaret act in platform shoes.
Nissan Pivo 2
Now things start getting really weird. Nissans Pivo 2 featured wheels that move independently of each other, like a shopping trolley.
With its bubble-like roof, the only feature that topped the trolley wheels, was the little robot driving companion that came inside it.
A single seater mess of corners, folds and fruit-coloured components, it’s a wonder if Lamborghini developed this just to make the Countach look prettier.
Designed to celebrate the firms 50th birthday, it now has a price tag of $117,000,000. This does make it the most expensive car in the world, so I suppose they achieved something.