Automobile Concept

Published on January 29th, 2013 | by admin

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Cool Futuristic Cars

Most of the ‘cars of the future’ you hear about, you will never see enter the production stage, much less, see them driving down a motorway. The cars listed here are cool because if they don’t have a fighting chance of actually being made and sold to the consumer then, at the very least, they provide a window into what cars might look like in the near future. Mind you, a lot of them are a long way off from driving down the streets of your city, but nevertheless, some of these futuristic cars may not be futuristic for much longer.

BMW i8

First unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the futuristic concept car excited car enthusiasts around the world. The plug-in turbo-diesel hybrid successfully unites the classic sports car look with future and environmentally friendly technology. Not only does it look like an ultramodern piece of art, but the specs it boasts are of a new era. Able to match the BMW M3’s performance, it will do a 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed capped at 250km/h. This is thanks to a lightweight, aluminium and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) chassis containing an engine capable of an overall output of 356bhp. What’s really surprising is that the fuel consumption is an average of 3.76L/100km – that’s about as much fuel consumption as a Honda Rebel 250 motorbike!

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

This is a concept car that’ll never be built. But that doesn’t mean it has no value. Its purpose, which it undoubtedly achieves, is to show off technology and design developments that could feature in upcoming models. This two seater convertible uses unconventional tubes of light integrated into the design that makes the interior look like the cockpit of a small spaceship. Among its many technological capabilities, including a whole range of connectivity enhancements, its most notable feature is a 3D head-up display (HUD) – yes, like the ones in fighter jets and videogames.

Mercedes-Benz Biome

Okay, so at present, this is no more than a distant dream – a very distant dream. But as far as futuristic cars go, this has to be the coolest, the boldest and most ingenuous design ever imagined. What makes it unique is not its cartoony and alien appearance; nor does it have mind-blowing specs that outshine modern supercars; nor does it fly, if that’s what you were hoping for. Its trademark feature, then? It’s grown in a lab. This car is organic – perfectly in symbiosis with nature. As light as 394kgs, it would be made out of BioFibre which is lighter than plastic but stronger than steel. The interior would grow from the DNA in the Mercedes insignia at the front, while the exterior would grow from the one at the rear. Totally biodegradable and eco-friendly, it would run on energy from the sun stored within bonds of a fuel alternative whose only by-product is oxygen. How insanely awesome would it be to buy cars like this?

Amphibious Lamborghini Countach

To be clear, this isn’t something from the minds at Lamborghini. It is a regular Lamborghini Countach that’s been modified by SeaRoader’s Mike Ryan, enabling it to traverse water. But don’t let the phrasing of that last sentence imply that it’s not as good as something that comes out of an elite car manufacturer. If you can make the case that floating cars aren’t futuristic, then you’re invited to do so. Actually, that might not be so hard, seeing that for 3,000 British pounds and the help of searoader.com, you could modify your own vehicle with this technology right now if you wanted to. Still, this is the stuff of action movies and this writer’s inner-child begged him to put it on this list. One can’t imagine who would need an amphibious Lamborghini Countach other than 007, but equally, one can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want one.

Honda Air

Here is another concept that car that you won’t be seeing at your local John Hughes car dealership anytime soon. After laying eyes on this model, it won’t surprise you that its design was inspired by sky-diving and roller coasters. An entry for the L.A. Design Challenge, it was built as a lightweight, eco-friendly car that didn’t sacrifice style or character. It definitely succeeded. All components are mounted directly onto the chassis to make it lighter. The compressed air powering its pneumatic regulator system that utilises “turbo vacuums and external air-flow to regenerate tank pressure” enables extended range and increased boost for an estimated 100 miles. That jargon makes little sense to be honest, but it sounds really high tech.

Author’s Bio: Adrian Rodriguez is a freelance writer whose imagination gets carried away by the potential of modern and future technology. He longs for the day he can walk to his nearest car dealership and buy cars that defy the laws of nature.


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