The world’s craziest concept cars ever | in pictures



Everyone loves a good Motor Show concept, don’t they? The pie-in-the-sky approach from manufacturers to drum up some interest in their otherwise largely straightforward offerings. If you’ve got a penchant for a prototype then look no further, as we’ve got 21 of the craziest concepts ever. Click on to see what makes the list.


We started with this picture, so we’ll finish with it, too. Egoista literally translates from Italian as “selfish.” This was Lambo’s special 50th birthday present to itself, and it lives up to the name, with just one seat. How selfish not thinking of passengers? As you can tell, in typical Lamborghini fashion the design was inspired by a fighter jet.


The Audi Urban Concept of 2011 slots neatly into our craziest concept cars gallery, largely thanks to its ability to combine a racing car, roadster, “fun car” and city car into one two-seat, four-wheeled concept. Now that you’ve got your head around that one, let us guide you through some of the craziest concept cars the world has ever seen.


The Citroen Tubik’s face is part fish, part Angry Birds character and it has certainly done the rounds on the motor show circuit. The nine-seat concept is unlikely to make production, but you can’t accuse Citroen of rolling out meaningless follies. The C4 Cactus went into production this year…


Like the aforementioned Volkswagen XL1, the BMW i8 sits under the ‘concept car becomes a reality’ banner. BMW even retained the dihedral doors of the original concept. Bravo.


The Citroen Lacoste offered “a modern, pared-back option that aims to end the ‘always more’ ethos that the automotive industry so often lives by”. We could go on to say the concept car was “positioned at a crossroads where the car meets the world of fashion and style”. So it could have been called the Citroen JD Sports?

ColaniCOLANI C112

Truth be told, we could have chosen any number of Luigi Colani’s weird and wonderful creations for this gallery, but we’ve settled on the C112 of 1970 for its uncanny resemblance to the Panthermobile.


Back in the 1950s, the world of the future was nuclear-powered. And – as this Ford Nucleon concept of 1958 proves – so were our cars. Because we’d have no problem sitting ourselves down in front of a nuclear reactor, would we? Rear-end collisions might get a bit messy.


The soft-bodied Honda Puyo fuel cell vehicle of 2007 was meant to convey a “warm, friendly impression”. Just look at it. We reckon the Honda Puyo could be a cure for road rage. How could anyone be angry with someone driving this thing?


We just love the fact that Mercedes-Benz developed a Bionic Car. It just sounds so un-German like. Taking “nature’s solutions to problems”, the Bionic Car was inspired by the boxfish, thanks to its superb aerodynamic properties. A Mercedes, inspired by a boxfish and called the Bionic Car. You couldn’t make it up.


Winning the prize for the best car name of all time, the Mercedes-Benz F300 Life Jet of 1997 “brought the feel of a motorcycle to the car world”. Or so said Mercedes-Benz. As you can see, the Active Tilt Control allowed the F300 Life Jet to lean like a motorbike, whilst the driver, or should we say rider, sat in an aircraft-inspired cockpit immediately in front of the A-Class-sourced engine.

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Crazy name for a surprisingly clever and innovative vehicle. On its own, a Chery @Ant has the ability to go anywhere. But link a Chery @Ant to another Chery @Ant and it’ll form a road train system, using automated telematics to provide an alternative glimpse at automated driving. That’s a big 10-4, good buddy, looks like we’ve got ourselves an @Ant convoy…


The Nissan Pivo 2 had four independent wheels that swivelled in much the same way as a supermarket trolley. But thanks to its incredibly cute face and onboard robot traveling companion (no, really), you wouldn’t want to chuck the Pivo 2 into a nearby canal.


We take it all back, the F300 Life Jet isn’t the best name, that accolade must go to the Valmet Automotive Dawn. Unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the electric vehicle looks like a racing car that’s been left in the oven too long.


What does a cow like to do in its spare time? Go to the moovies. Don’t worry, we’re already grabbing our coats.


The Peugeot 20Cup concept of 2006 was part Peugeot 207, part tricycle, but all mad. It looks like half a car, which may explain why it weighed less than 500kg. Which is approximately the weight of…um, half a car.


The Ferrari Modulo concept of 1970 sat so low to the ground, only someone the size of Richard Hammond could drive it. If its space-age looks are crazy enough, consider the fact the Modulo didn’t even have conventional doors, with Pininfarina instead opting for a sliding canopy approach.


The brilliantly-named Renault Racoon of 1992 would venture further off-road than any other concept car had dared go before. In fact – thanks to its amphibious qualities – it would even go for a swim.


We’re going to mention Saab concepts in as many galleries as possible until someone comes to their senses and resurrects the once great brand. This is the Aero-X concept of 2006. It still looks great today.


The Toyota U2 ‘Urban Utility’ concept is so innovative that photos of it will appear on your generic smartphone device without you even asking. It moves in mysterious ways.


The Volkswagen XL1 concept of 2011 was the stuff of pure fantasy. Who could imagine conservative Volkswagen actually building a 795kg, 313mpg, carbonfibre, two-seater, plug-in hybrid eco car? Oh, wait…


We’re not sure what’s more amazing. The fact that Isuzu developed the Vehicross concept, or the fact it actually went on to build it. Either way, we’re glad it did.