Concept cars are made by car manufacturers to present an idea or innovation that may be out of the box or new to the industry. Car manufacturers push the boundaries while developing concept cars. They gauge the response they receive on the vehicle at events such as auto shows and then decide if the concept will be taken into production or not. However, some car manufacturers have gone overboard with the idea of innovation to a point that the vehicles were too impractical to be mass produced.
Let’s have a look at some of the most impractical concept cars that have been made over the years.
Bertone BAT3/5/7 (1953)
There were three concept vehicles made by Bertone between the years 1953- 1955. What stood out the most was the spacecraft-inspired exterior design that can be a good fit for movies but impractical for roads. The models explored the various possibilities of an aerodynamic design. The model was named BAT that was short for Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica. The vehicle did not make any headway and remains one of the most impractical concept cars to date.
Ghia Selene (1960)
Ghia Selene had an odd futuristic design with an elongated body and strange-looking grille at the front that was separated in the middle. Although the brand’s foresight was that all cars would look like Ghia Selene a decade from its showing, it never happened. Designed by Tom Tjaarda, the vehicle had an engine at its rear. Interestingly, despite being odd it did leave an impression that resulted in the designer coming up with a sequel two years later which had a resemblance with the famous cartoon Jetsons’ car.
Bertone Carabo (1968)
Unlike the BAT concepts, Carabo by Bertone was a slight improvement and had a classy appeal. The vehicle was equipped with a powerful V8 engine. Bertone Carabo was inspired by the Alfa Romeo 33 and featured colored glass butterfly doors. In addition, the vehicle had an overall sleek exterior ensuring better aerodynamics. However, the pointy end of the front fascia of the car was rather odd.
Chevrolet Astro III (1969)
Another extremely strange design to come out over the years was Chevrolet Astro III with a tube-like front and a condensed back. The vehicle was a three-wheeler which brought doubts in terms of stability. The design was impractical with the vehicle itself seemingly a safety hazard.
Dome Zero (1978)
The Dome Zero concept by the Japanese manufacturer boasted an aggressive design. The front fascia of the vehicle was unsettling with concealed headlights and a box design on the bonnet that was possibly used for ventilation. The vehicle was designed with the intention to bring it to track for Le Mans, but it didn’t happen.
Aston Martin Bulldog (1979)
Luxury car brand Ashton Martin also has an eccentric concept car that was showcased in 1979. This concept car was designed by William Towns and the original plan was to manufacture 25 units. Later, it was decided to be launched as a concept car and made an appearance at UK motor shows. The exterior of the vehicle was aggressive with a slanting front and slightly hollow sides giving the impression that the vehicle was damaged in an accident.
Citroën Karin (1980)
The design of this concept car is certainly distinctive with a triangular shape. The vehicle can be an inspiration for vehicles in cartoons but certainly an odd one for practical use. The interior of the vehicle is fully exposed through the glass as there is hardly any coverage on the sides, rear, or the top. Another interesting thing about the vehicle was that it had a central driver seat, and the driver could be accompanied by a passenger on both sides. The vehicle was designed by Trevor Fiore and was simply inviting distractions from all angles.
IAD Alien (1986)
This certainly impressed in terms of design but the vehicle’s attempt to experiment with technology was problematic. The vehicle made use of removable power packs that were not at all practical making this magnificent-looking supercar a massive failure.
Peugeot Proxima (1986)
This strange-looking vehicle was Peugeot’s futuristic supercar. The vehicle was equipped with a 2.6-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The engine could produce 600 bhp and was a part-time four-wheel drive.
Mitsubishi ESR (1993)
This eco-friendly vehicle was a concept car presented by Mitsubishi’s Ecological Science Research department. The odd-looking design of the concept car did not impress as a lot of experimentation went into the exterior.
Concept cars often fail to impress car enthusiasts and industry personnel at auto shows. Therefore, these vehicles are not taken to the next level and produced for commercial use. Many concept cars fail but they do offer some interesting insights and frameworks to manufacturers to experiment with the upcoming cars.