Most concept cars are so ridiculous and futuristic that they never reach the production line. But that’s what makes them awesome—they allow us to forget about auto insurance, gas mileage and car repairs and think about more important things, like hands-free driving. And hovercrafts.
Peugeot Moovie (2005)
This agile, environmentally-friendly city car was the winning entry in the Peugeot Design Competition, which asked automotive-styling enthusiasts worldwide to design the Peugeot of their dreams.
Volkswagen Floating Car (2012)
No wheels required! Volkswagen's concept car floats above a special electromagnetic grid embedded in existing roads, gliding along using zero emissions and special sensors to avoid collision.
Bertone BAT 5 (1953)
The first of the Bertone-Alfa Romeo BAT projects. A study in aerodynamics, the design aimed to eliminate airflow disruption at high speeds, to do away with any extra resistance generated by wheels turning, and to create the fewest possible air vortices. In trial runs, the car reached speeds in excess of 200 km/h (120 mph).
Ford FX-Atmos (1954)
The rocket-inspired Atmos, designed with nuclear power and hands-free driving in mind, caused quite a stir at the 1954 Chicago auto show.
Honda Fuya-Jo (1999)
The Fuya-Jo, whose name means "Sleepless City", was designed specifically to transport “party animals who demand the full excitement of night life.” The interior has a distinct dance club theme, with a dashboard that resembles a DJ’s mixing desk and the steering wheel that’s shaped like a turntable.
Chevy Astro III (1969)
A two-passenger experimental car that was envisioned as a high-performance vehicle suited for future restricted access or system-controlled highways.
Citroen Osmose (2011)
This bold concept attempted to straddle the divide between private and public transport. The side of the Osmose had a panel which allowed the driver to display their destination, just in case any pedestrians wanted to hop onboard.
Ghia Action (1978)
The Ghia Action’s razor sharp bodywork was based on the rather un-exciting Ford Escort chassis, but its engine—a mid-mounted F1 derived V8 engine—was anything but mundane.
Italdesign Machimoto (1986)
The open-air sensation of a motorcycle with the stability of an automobile. Instead of traditional seating, the Machimoto offered up two banks of saddle seating, allowing the driver —and his seven passengers—to straddle the seat as if it were a motorcycle.
Bertone Stratos Zero (1970)
Bertone stunned the world at the 1970 Turin Motorshow with their Stratos Zero design. At just 33 inches (84 cm) from the ground, the futuristic wedge design was so low that conventional doors could not be used. Instead, drivers had to flip up the windshield to gain entry to the car.
Rinspeed X Dream (1999)
A ridiculously powerful open-top pickup truck with a detachable hovercraft. That’s right, a hovercraft.
IAD Alien (1986)
According to the designer, the IAD Alien burst onto the world scene as "an attempt to "out-Countach" the [Lamborghini] Countach." The alien’s wheels were enclosed for aerodynamic efficiency, and various engines were available, with each one just plugging in.
Peugeot Proxima (1986)
The ultimate (at the time) in Peugeot technology: satellite navigation, cutting-edge bodywork with composite materials, computer-controlled engine, electronic key-card entry, solar-powered interior ventilation system, visualization device made of 5 external cameras, and software capable of integrating the different views into a unique image of the environment surrounding the vehicle.
Chrysler Voyager III (1990)
A three-seater minicar that mates to a five-seater passenger pod. A driver could take the smaller car on errands, and leave the rear section behind.
Renault Racoon (1992)
A go-anywhere, amphibious vehicle that could reach speeds of 5 knots on water. It had rain-diffusing glass, remote controlled entry, satellite nav, cameras instead of mirrors and a hydraulic lift system to provide additional ground clearance.