Awesome Concepts that Never Made it to Production
A concept car, is a car that is showcased at shows such as the Geneva Motor Show in order for car companies/brands to showcase their new technologies, or to introduce their new design philosophies, as it allows designers to let their imaginations run wild. This usually results in some incredible one-off cars to be built. However these concepts are not always put into production, and here are a few of the ones that I think it would have been amazing to see on our roads.
Rolls-Royce Vision Next 103EX Concept
In the words of Rolls-Royce themselves: "In a future where transport is commoditised – void of beauty, space and form – Rolls-Royce will stand apart. A beacon of luxury that’s distinctly modern, and yet glows with a timeless glamour. Each Rolls-Royce will be designed less like a car, and more like an individual sculpture made from one seamless surface." And stand apart it most certainly does. The independent wheel housing is something that you are more likely to see at a Formula E race, not on the public roads - not that you or I would likely ever see one of these as it presumably would have a Ludacris price tag.
Bugatti 16C Galibier
It seems rather strange to see the Bugatti badge which is so closely associated with 2 door Hypercars to be seen on a 5 door fastback. However, perhaps what is even more strange is Bugatti's choice to use a rendition of the 8.0L quad turbo W16 engine found in the Veyron (and to be featured in the Chiron in later years) and instead, opting to change the quad turbo induction method to a twin supercharger setup... Oh and did I mention that this engine went in the front of the car? A production version of the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept, named the Royale, was supposed to set its' sights for potential commercial sale in 2014-2015, however in September 2013, Bugatti announced that it will be pulling out of the Galibier project in favour of the Veyron's successor, the Chiron. That being said though, after the infamous Volkswagen emissions scandal in 2016, Bugatti did announce that production of the 16C Galibier was up for reconsideration, but alas, it wasn't to be.
Built in conjunction with the Williams Formula 1 team, this car is an early example of the hybrid electric technology that is now being implemented into our road cars today and the road cars of tomorrow. But being 2010, it wasn't exactly the most conventional way of doing so. So bare with me whilst I tell you about the powertrain of this vehicle. It is powered by a 1.6L Inline 4 cylinder turbo supercharged (twincharged) engine, that's a lot to fit in a small package. And that is just what was powering the developmental prototype vehicles. The true concept version of the CX75 is powered by two electric motors, which are powered by batteries (obviously) which then are recharged by using two diesel-fed micro gas turbines instead of a conventional four-stroke engine that you would find in an electric-hybrid vehicle. (not so obviously).
You might know about these cars already if you've played Forza Horizon 4 and downloaded the James Bond pack, or indeed seen the film 'Spectre", where 7 V8 examples of the CX75 were featured in the film as a showcase.
Indeed, it's a shame that we won't be seeing these cars on the road, but finding out about about the design pathways that certain companies are taking is an extremely exciting concept to think about for the future!