My Top 10 Favourite Concept Cars
10 of my favourite concept cars from around the globe.
Concept cars are a way for car manufactures to showoff to everybody about what they may be able to make in the future. Unfortunately, though, lots don't actually make it past the stand at a motor show. However, at least we can still look at them and dream of one day being able to see one. (These are in no particular order).
10. Lamborghini Terzo Millennio
In my opinion, Lamborghini really are the kings of concept cars. With all the angles and sharp edges they are striking to behold, and the Terzo Millennio is no exception. Designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology this concept car seems like it has come from 2045 with things like, self-healing bodywork which makes the use of carbon nanotubes in its fully carbon-fibre body. Not only that but it's fully electric and extremely efficient by 'allowing kinetic energy to be recovered to generate power'.
9. Jaguar C-X75
The Jaguar C-X75 is a very different animal to the Lamborghini. It has smooth lines that flow with the bodywork, it isn't designed to look like a fighter jet. While the Terzo Millennio isn't ugly, it just isn't as nice to look at as this. I think this is one of the most beautiful cars ever. The C-X75 is an all-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid supercar and uses Jaguar's first-ever carbon composite monocoque chassis. It has a combined power output of 850bhp and 1,000 Nm of torque!
8. Peugeot Onyx
In 2012, Peugeot was building small, affordable cars like the 208 and the 107 or even the 3008. Then suddenly, this came and shocked people. The Peugeot Onyx was designed by Sandeep Bhambra who had already styled some other Peugeots before. The body is made from carbon-fibre and the bronze parts, copper which will eventually turn green as the car ages. The Onyx features a 3.8L turbo-diesel V8 which produces 600hp and a 0-62mph time of 2.9seconds
7. Volkswagen W12 Coupé
In 2001, Volkswagen launched a brand new concept that was unlike anything else. It was called the W12 (for obvious reasons) and it was mental! The car was created in order to test a new type of engine, VW had build, which was designed to break records. When it was finished, Volkswagen took it to the Nardo test track in southern Italy and in 24 seconds it was powering round at around 200mph whilst breaking 12 records at the same time! It managed to do this with a 6.0L W12 engined mounted in the middle which produced 424bhp and occupied a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds. Remember, this came from the 'peoples car'.
6. Ford GT90
Just look at this! Imagine if Ford actually put this thing into production. The GT90 was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 1995 and was meant to be a modern take in the GT40 from the sixties. All those angles make it look like something from another time period. The rear end especially with the four exhausts in a large triangle. It had a mid-engined, 5.9L quad-turbo V12 producing 720bhp through a 5-speed manual gearbox. It looks fantastic!
5. Mercedes-Benz C112
Unveiled in 1991, the C112 was built to be the road-going version of the C11 race car that competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The C112 boasts a 6.0L V12 and a 6-speed manual transmission. All of this means it can reach a top speed of 192mph and has a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds. This car is gorgeous and I'm so disappointed it didn't make it to production.
4. Mercedes-Benz C111
I find it crazy how this car is celebrating its 50th birthday this year because it certainly looks a lot younger than that. The C111 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1970 and featured a 2.4L Four-rotor Wankel engine that produced 354bhp through a 5-speed manual gearbox. Mercedes built this car to experiment with new technology such as Wankel engines, turbocharges, multi-link rear suspension, gull-wing doors, gullwing doors, air conditioning etc.
3. DS X E-Tense
Here we are with another French car on the list and it is something to behold. With an asymmetric design and a three-seat configuration, it is very different from some of the other cars on this list. The E-Tense is an all-electric supercar with the two motors located within the front wheels. These motors give it 540bhp for the road but when you switch to circuit mode, that figure gets ramped up to 1,260bhp!
2. Saleen S5S Raptor
Designed in 2007 at the ASC Design Studio in Detroit, the S5S Raptor is certainly very good looking and in my opinion, it looks like it was designed last week! Power comes from a mid-engined 5.0L supercharged V8 that produces 650bhp and 630Ib of torque. It was supposed to cost around $185,000 however, due to the financial problems Saleen were having at the time, it was never put into production.
1. Maybach Exelero
Finally, we have come to the last entry on the list and it's this, the Maybach Exelero. Unveiled at the Tempodrom in Berlin in 2005, The Exelero is certainly going to turn some heads not just with its looks but also the price, which is $8,000,000! Yes, that is a very high price but what else do you expect from a car like this. It has a 5.9L twin-turbocharged V12 which produces 690bhp and give it a 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds. Top speed would be a very large 218 mph, in a car that weighs 2,660kg (5,864Ib)! Unfortunately, it is unlikely you will ever get the change to see one though as there is only one in the entire world.