Concept cars always have some distinguishing factors that make them stand out. These cars are built by car manufacturers and showcased at prominent car shows. The response that the vehicle gets after the attendees have a look at it up close, the manufacturers can decide if it should be produced. The car shows play a huge role in determining the future of the vehicle but at times there are other factors that hinder the production of the concept car despite impressing the car enthusiasts.
Given below are some of the concept cars that failed to impress or influence to be taken into production. Let us have a look at the reasons these concept cars failed to make it to production.
Concept Cars – Chevrolet Aerovette
The Chevrolet Aerovette was certainly a distinctive vehicle that could have set a new course for Corvettes. Among its standout features was the rotary engine by GM that was an attempt to make mid-engine cars. The rotary engine that was used initially was changed with a V8 and streamlined. The exterior design also turned heads with its sleek and elongated structure garnering buzz in the media.
The vehicle did not have any lines, yet it had better aerodynamics making it a car for the future. The vehicle also had split windows, ventilation fans, and windshield halves. Despite many positives, the vehicle was shelved by the team lead David R McLellan who believed in front engines.
2013 Nissan IDx Nismo Concept
This vehicle was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show which is a popular car show drawing thousands of attendees. The manufacturers showcased two vehicles at the show from the IDx line up which was a thing of fascination for small rear-wheel-drive sports cars enthusiasts. Among the two vehicles, the Nissan IDx Nismo Concept received a better reception. The vehicle exuded a retro look and had a glimpse of Datsun 510 with its lines and boxy looks. The vehicle was equipped with a relatively smaller 1.6-Liter engine.
Although the vehicle was well received at the auto shows, the manufacturer did not reveal if the vehicle will be produced or not. The explanation from Nissan about the complications in production included them working on a viable solution to produce a sports car with a small rear-wheel drive. The manufacturer needed a new platform for this, and it did not seem viable commercially.
A rather unusual looking concept vehicle was also announced by the Indian automaker Tata in 2012. The idea behind the vehicle was to power it using air compression and maneuver it using a joystick. The weight of the single seater would be under 907 kg which would make it more fuel-efficient.
The idea of a vehicle that did not use gas or electric energy for running was appealing but owing to technical difficulties, the vehicle was not commercially viable. The mass production of the Tata Airpod was therefore halted by the company.
This regale-looking vehicle was the brainchild of an American police officer Preston Tucker who is now regarded as a visionary. The innovation involved in Tucker 48 was ahead of its time especially the vehicle’s safety features.
Some of the praiseworthy features of the vehicle included a directional third headlight that would turn on when the car is being steered at angles higher than 10 degrees. This will illuminate the corners of the road for better visibility for the driver. The perimeter frame on the vehicle was meant for protection during a car crash. In case of a front-end accident, the steering box that was located behind the front axle would protect the driver. The shatterproof glass windshield ensured that the occupants do not get injured during the crash and it would pop out. The concept was taken into production but due to legal and financial hurdles, only 50 units of this model were produced.
This concept car was unveiled in 2005 by the manufacturer that was considered a high-performance car with a top speed of 218mph and 0-60 mph acceleration at 4.4 seconds. The two-door coupe was equipped with a V12 engine that has the capability to produce 690 horsepower and 752 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle was high-maintenance and would require a high budget to produce which is why it never went into production.
2014 Mini Superleggera Vision Concept
This was a collaborative effort between the British manufacturer Mini and Italian manufacturer Touring Superleggera. This two-door roadster had a little bit of BMW DNA with its drivetrain, and it exuded an elegant design. The Mini Superleggera had the potential to provide endless opportunities to the company, however, the manufacturers decided to shelve the project and focus on crossovers and sedans instead.
Ford Shelby GR-1
This concept was meant to a successor to Ford GT with its design paying homage to the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe. The manufacturers conducted a feasibility study and things seemed to be going in the right direction. The vehicle was equipped with a 6.4-liter V10 engine mated with a 6-speed transmission and a rear-wheel drive. The Ford Shelby GR-1 could produce 605 horsepower. However, due to financial concerns and lack of meeting the set targets of production the vehicle was shelved after 2 years.
Nissan R390 GT1
Another concept car from Nissan that was shelved is the Nissan R390 GT1 that was built for the 24 hours Le Mans in 1991 and 1998. The company produced 8 units of this model for race cars and was successful however, some changes in Nissan’s policies led to the company shelving it.
The road model was not taken to production although the exterior design was stunning. The vehicle was equipped with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that could produce 550 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Nissan R390 GT1 had a top speed of 220 mph and 0-60mph acceleration in 3.9 seconds.