6 crazy car manufacturer mash-ups
The car industry is changing and evolving at a staggering rate. Things that ten years ago would have seemed impossible are now the norm. Who would have predicted that SUVs would take over the world, or that you would be able to do 250mph in a car with wing mirrors and a heater?
The future is a bright and often terrifying place, but for us gearheads, there can be no limits to the automotive imagination. To that end, the guys over at BudgetDirect.com.au have put together the following selection of breathtaking images of some wacky, weird and wonderful things the future of motoring might have in store for us.
6. Dodge-Chevrolet - American dream team
First up is a uniting of two American titans, Dodge and Chevrolet. If a Viper and a Corvette had a baby, it might look something like this, a king among muscle cars. You wouldn't want to meet that down a dark alleyway at night.
5. Volkswagen-Ford - A sensible partnership gone insane
Ford joining forces with Volkswagen isn't actually as far-fetched as you might think - recent reports have suggested they might actually team up to produce some light commercial vehicles. I bet what they come up with won't look anything like this, though.
4. Smart-Range Rover - Somehow big and small at the same time
In a world of unlikely partnerships, this surely has to be up there with the most ludicrous combinations imaginable. Smart cars are small, agile city nippers, whereas the Range Rover is the king of off-road luxury. Is it possible that mixing the two would allow for the best of both worlds?
3. Nissan-Porsche - It's World War 2 all over again
The last time the Germans teamed up with the Japanese, the Second World War happened. A Nissan-Porsche combo would be even more destructive than that. Wreaking havoc in children's nightmares across the world, some kind of 911-GTR hybrid would be a force to be reckoned with.
2. Bentley-Ferrari - Where should I put this slab of wood?
When you think about it, in a weird way, Bentley joining forces with Ferrari sort of makes sense. They are both high-end manufacturers who pay impeccable attention to every detail on their cars, which are designed for the intelligent, discerning and totally minted buyer. Though I can't help feeling Ferrari's engineering boffins wouldn't be too happy when the Bentley interior design guys rock up with their dashboard made of solid tree.
1. BMW-Lamborghini - Jawlines to rival Calvin Klein
If this is as good as life gets, I'll die happy. Some of the more outrageous aspects of BMW design, ranging from the trail-blazing i8 to the timeless M1, combined with the all-round lunacy of Lamborghini would make for a truly unforgettable driving experience.