Future of concept cars
The future of motoring was on display at the Melbourne Motor show a
few years ago in the form of a new Honda that consumes only hydrogen and
emits only water vapour. In 2006 this power machine took my breath away
and at that time it was just a dream turning in to a reality.
This Jaguar will make buyers purr like Kittens
Honda’s FCX Concept fuel cell car was the prototype of a new model
that was to go on sale in Japan and the USA by the following year.
Featuring a compact fuel cell system that converts hydrogen into
electricity and offering a roomy four-seater cabin, and futuristic
styling along with significant improvements in power output and
environmental performance, the car was to perform a top speed of 160
km/h and a range of up to 570 km. Its energy efficiency of around 60
percent is approximately three times that of a petrol-engined vehicle,
twice that of a hybrid vehicle.
At that time, this car was the most expensive car on display,
estimated to be costing around one million Australian dollars. By the
year 2008, it became a reality to the roads with many people all over
the world owning and leasing the vehicle.
Now the automakers are willing to take even higher risks and push
boundaries. Some of the cars produced this year are purely out of
science fiction and looking to travel through time. Los Angeles Auto
show recently saw some breath taking machines that screamed of our lives
on the road in the future. While the Honda machine I saw at Melbourne
showed us of a more recent future, some machines from LA Auto show, seem
to display a future as further as possibly 2050.
Sculpted body shape of Mazda Shinari
The bright white Mercedes-Benz Biome looks like the most beautiful
car on earth and purely out of science fiction. This vehicle, designed
at the German company’s design studio in Carlsbad California, has room
for four-passengers inside and the seating position is in a diamond
format. Mercedes-Benz company says the ‘Biome’ can be grown from seeds,
and not built in a traditional factory. Using genetically modified trees
and powered by something called BioNectar4534, Mercedes-Benz says the
Biome’s bio-fiber cloth body would be grown organically, and on the
road, the car would emit pure oxygen.
The Biome reportedly would weigh only 875 lbs. Don’t get excited, not
you or your great grand children would be able to own this beauty, as it
would be several generations before anyone could own genetically-built
Mercedes like the Biome.
The Jaguar C-X75 turbine-electric hybrid supercar is another beauty
in the world of concept cars. The Jaguar CX75 electric car, which has a
top speed of 205mph making it the fastest ever electric road car.
The C-X75 also represents Jaguar’s new design face for upcoming
models. That is excellent news for potential buyers, which will make
them purr in excitement. The C-X75 can also travel for 560 miles without
needing to be recharged through a plug, which is significantly further
than the current industry peak of around 100 miles because of a gas
turbine system designed by a British engineer. At each wheel is an
electric motor that weighs 100 pounds and provides 195 horsepower (145
kW) of power.
I want to own one of these too, but not in this life. The
Power for the electric motors comes from a 506-pound lithium-ion
battery pack, which Jaguar claims takes a full charge in just 6 hours at
240 volts. Jaguar claims the C-X75 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in
After flaunting itself at the Paris motor Show ‘Audi Quattro concept
car was on display at LA. The German automaker built the Quattro Concept
to celebrate 30 years of its Quattro all-wheel drive system and the
Quattro Sport that dominated rallying in the 1980s. Finished in Col de
Turini white paint, the Quattro Concept is powered by a compact
turbocharged five-cylinder engine that puts out a whopping 408 hp and
354 ft-lbs of torque.
The chassis beneath the car comes from an Audi RS 5, with its
wheelbase shortened and roof lowered. To further trim weight, the
two-passenger Quattro has an aluminum body and hood, plus hatch and
bumpers made of carbon fiber. The car weighs just 2,866 lbs.
The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept car was seen for the first time in
Los Angeles. It has moved to smaller and more fuel-efficient city car
type. The exterior shape of the Urban Luxury Concept carries Cadillac’s
strong and instantly recognizable sharp contours of its Art & Science
Audi Quattro Concept car has an aluminum body and hood
The huge 19 inch wheels are pushed to the corners of the diminutive
body to create a muscular stance, while a large windshield, overhead
skylights and see-through A-pillars aid visibility adding a spacious
feel of the interior. The Cadillac Concept accommodates four passengers,
with access to the cabin handled by huge chiseled door slabs that open
scissor-style. This is a hybrid, featuring an electrically assisted
turbocharged 1-liter inline-three-cylinder paired to a dual-clutch
Another newcomer to 2010 is Mazda Shinari concept. While keeping the
traditional Mazda design elements, such as the five-point grille and the
prominent front fender shape, the four-door Shinari embodies a new
dynamic that blends sharp character lines with sculpted body shapes to
convey a sense of power and elegance.
With careful attention to details, and crisp character lines,
sculpted body panels, and a pronounced cab rearward proportion give the
Shinari a powerful appearance.
The satin-finish metal trim that frames the bottom of the grille
splays out through the headlamp openings.
This strip seems to travel through the wheel arch and re-emerges as a
side vent accent. With this type of vehicles seeing the light of the
day, who knows what we may be driving in our next life.