Generally speaking, concept cars are all about looking to the future. Some look to a future that's within reach; some look to a future that's within sight. But there are a select group of concepts that look to a future that would require a telescope and a crystal ball in order to see.
When looking at the face of the Alfa Romeo C18 concept you see here, it doesn't appear to have anything out of the ordinary which we would associate with a futuristic concept. It doesn't have wings; it doesn't hover magically without the help of the words "wingardium leviosa". In fact, it appears to be a rather pretty looking thing, just like an Alfa should be. But then you take a step back, and realise something peculiar about it.
Supercars aren't exactly synonymous with great visibility – but they do require a few portholes to be scattered about them in order for the driver to see something of the outside world. The C18 however – which was designed as a virtual successor to the 8C – looks as though it's aimed to be part of a future where either cars drive themselves, or windows are suddenly seen as inadequate and are therefore replaced with interior screens to wreck the inhabitant's eyesight.
The C18 was penned by Milan based designer Antonio Paglia, who's unquestionably done a magnificent job in etching a truly beautiful machine. But why would you design a car that doesn't have any windows?
Antonio has also gone to the trouble of rendering a racing version; although, if you saw a racing car without windows, I imagine it would probably prompt other drivers to scatter out of its trajectory before committing to race.
There is a chance however that I'm the one who's missing the point of this window-less car. They often say designers are visionaries, and my god do you have to have some vision in order to create a car that doesn't have any. I know some of you are probably singing Let It Go at your computers right now – but seriously, how are you supposed to drive a car without windows? Using the force? It's a mystery. But if any car ever actually does turn out like this one day, we'll then know the answer.
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Written by: Angelo Uccello
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Photo Credits: Antonio Paglia Design