Every year there are cars that are designed and engineered. Some make it and others do not. The concept car is one that can bring huge success to any of the automotive companies in the world. However, the shot of the one is few and in between. I am going to go over what I think is the best of all time, my top 10 pick in the concept car that failed.
Number 10 goes all the way back to the era of nuclear exploration, the Ford Nucleon. The Nucleon had one major positive note and that was it could go 5000 miles on a single charge or tank. There were major drawbacks such as a it would fail any state’s emissions test due to a nuclear fingerprint. Another major drawback is the chance of a nuclear explosion from a wreck.
Number 9 is the Maserati Birdcage. The Birdcage has the sleek, attractive, and low profile that would give any car enthusiast the goose bumps. Under the hood of the Birdcage is a roaring 700 horsepower engine. The reason why it did not make it is due to the low profile that would not allow other cars to see it.
Number 8 is the GM Firebird Jet-powered car. This car has all the futuristic looks of the Batmobile for the 1950s. It was a safer concept compared with the Ford Nucleon but never made it to reality despite the sleek jet look.
Number 7 is the Volvo ECC, which has an elegant and attractive look. The design was based off of the 850 model. However, its failure was the inability to move at a pace faster than the turtle and snails.
Number 6 is the Dodge M4S. This car has a hardcore appearance in comparison with the cars from the movie, “Demolition Man.” This car has a 4 cylinder engine that could go up to speeds over 180 mph. The major drawback is that the car costs $1.5 million. That definitely puts it out of the price range of most of the world’s population.
Number 5 is from the 1970s, the Ferrari 512 S Modulo. This car is as elegant as it is beautiful. But for its time, it was too futuristic.
Number 4 is all of the way from 1938, the Phantom Corsair. The Corsair was very aerodynamic for its time. However, the price tag for 1938 was a whopping $24,000. With the combination of the price and its maker dying shortly after the prototype was made, the Corsair was doomed from the roads.
Number 3 is BMW GINA. This car was one of the first shape shifting style cars giving it the eccentric and outrageous look. With the hydraulic and electric actuators that help give the fabric body style the shape shifting look, it was too much for the world to handle.
Number 2 came out in 2008 with the Rinspeed sQuba. This car had the Lotus chassis and the slick body style that would even make James Bond drool. This car could go on land and sea; however, driving underwater would soak the driver and passenger. This is a great concept but a reality bust.
Number 1 comes all the way from Detroit, Michigan, the Dodge Circuit EV. This car has the appearance of a small Viper or Venom. It is all electric and made its debut in 2009. However, the 150 to 200 miles between charge is its downfall. With a few tweaks and modifications, this car could be the next hot Eco-friendly car.
References for the information above:
Booth, D. (2011) Concept cars that were never produced. Taken from: http://autos.ca.msn.com/editors-picks/concept-cars-that-were-never-produced#image=8
AutoMD (2011) The Most Interesting Concept Cars That Never Made it To Production. Taken from: http://www.automd.com/news/2011/04/29/the-most-interesting-concept-cars-that-never-made-it-to-production/