Concept cars – a funny thing, if you think about it. Half-formed beauties, tucked away in a hidden corner of the world. A vague glimmer of just what the motoring industry is capable of. Whether it be their stunning designs, or wacky ideas, concept cars will continue to thrill any motorist fan out there. Here are some of the best concept cars:
1 Lamborghini Egoista
Announced in 2013, this one-off car was released to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary. Although true performance specifications have never been released, a few assumptions can be made. With a body made of mainly carbon fibre and aluminium, it seems likely that it would be very light. 600 Horsepower in the form of a V10 engine churns fuel into pure Lamborghini power. Once again, Lamborghini doesn’t make a mistake with it’s design. Orange highlights, both inside and outside the vehicle, help it stand out from the crowd. True, it’s a concept car, but typical Lamborghini have got it spot on once again.
2 Peugeot Onyx
This is a strange one. Released in 2012, Peugeot have created something unique. The exterior features untarnished copper panels, combined with carbon fibre panels. Over time, the copper turns a tint of green. On the interior, Peugeot carry on with their strange ideas, using compressed newspaper to create a wood grain effect. There are no seats, but instead ‘cut-outs’ in which you slide into. If you add everything together, the Onyx comes in at just 1100 kg. A hybrid V8 engine pumps out 600 Horsepower, but with Peugeot’s regenerative braking, this climbs up to 680 Horsepower. In terms of handling, it’s pretty solid, due to its rigid frame, and good braking. We don’t know when, or if it will be released. All we know is it cost at least $1 million dollars to research the concept, meaning a high price is likely. Peugeot, we applaud you for this futuristic car.
3 Infinite Emerge-E
The Emerge-E. Created from a division of Nissan – Infiniti. In 2012 when it was announced, it sparked a lot of interest. 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, 408 Horsepower, 118mpg, all impressive… The design carried on with this, with a single, aerodynamic curve running along the top of the chassis. It did seem a bit like a Lotus Evora in some ways, but with it’s own twists. Inside, a purple theme ran throughout. All in all, Nissan, and more specifically Inifiniti have created an eco-friendly, attractive car. It’s just a shame they won’t release it to the public – the costs would have likely been low.
4 Aston Martin CC100
This, like the Lamborghini Egoista, was announced to mark an event. This time, it was the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin. It’s a combination of their past successes as a car manufacturer, whilst hinting the future of the company. On its website, Aston Martin have said that they have used inspiration from the designs of the winning cars of the Le Mans and Nürburgring in 1959, as well as the DBR1 and other past cars. It can be clearly seen. What Aston Martin have created is a playful beast. A windscreen-less experience on a race track is a must for any racing enthusiast, and Aston Martin have integrated it into their design. A top speed of 180 mph, and 0-60 in just over 4 seconds have led to one of Aston Martin’s most memorable vehicles.
5 Astrum Meera
Although this design is still on paper, it doesn’t fail to impress. What looks like a 0% tint covers the top and front of the design. Combined with elegant curves, it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. At first glance, hints of other cars creep in, but it’s not the case. On the interior, although there isn’t much information, it’s likely that there are 5 seats. That’s unusual, in a concept car like this. And the bizarreness doesn’t end there – the wheel rims work through magnetic levitation, there is a built in camera system in the mirrors, and more. According to Astrum, these features will all make the experience of driving the car more enjoyable, whilst making it lighter and faster. All we know is that if this car comes to the roads, it will certainly turn heads.
Concept cars here, concept cars there. The list goes on. Peugeot EX1, Ferrari F80, Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept… These are just to name a few. All we can hope for is that some of these will come to the roads…