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TOP 8 NEW INSANE Concept Cars
Published: 2016/10/15
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Toyota Concept-i autonomous car with AI at CES 2017
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: SlashGear
5 Future Concept Cars YOU MUST SEE
5 Future Concept Cars YOU MUST SEE
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Thansis1997
Porsche Top 5 – The best Porsche concept cars.
Porsche Top 5 – The best Porsche concept cars.
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Porsche
8 MOST INSANE Concept Cars You Need To See
8 MOST INSANE Concept Cars You Need To See
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: TOP 10 INFORMATION
Vision Next 100: BMW Unveils Shape-Shifting, Self-Driving Futuristic Concept Car
Vision Next 100: BMW Unveils Shape-Shifting, Self-Driving Futuristic Concept Car
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Sputnik
Best 15 Mind BLOWING Concept Cars N Exotic Super Car Compilation Zaltra MotorZ
Best 15 Mind BLOWING Concept Cars N Exotic Super Car Compilation Zaltra MotorZ
Published: 2016/10/28
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5 Future Concept Cars
5 Future Concept Cars
Published: 2016/06/18
Channel: TOP 10 INFORMATION
9 Concept cars you
9 Concept cars you've never seen
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: Car News TV
Concept Cars of the 1950
Concept Cars of the 1950's - History Documentary
Published: 2015/03/09
Channel: History TV
TOP 10 Concept Cars 2016 / 2017 For The Future
TOP 10 Concept Cars 2016 / 2017 For The Future
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: CHEEKY CARS7
Top 5 concept cars from the 2016 Paris motor show
Top 5 concept cars from the 2016 Paris motor show
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: Roadshow
Top 19 BEST Lamborghini Concept Cars
Top 19 BEST Lamborghini Concept Cars
Published: 2016/11/27
Channel: Concept Future Cars
Toyota Concept-i self driving car at CES 2017
Toyota Concept-i self driving car at CES 2017
Published: 2017/01/05
Channel: TechRadar
Meet Sedric: The first concept car of the Volkswagen Group
Meet Sedric: The first concept car of the Volkswagen Group
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: Volkswagen Group
Richard Hammond horrible car crash in Switzerland (10.06.2017, electrical concept car)
Richard Hammond horrible car crash in Switzerland (10.06.2017, electrical concept car)
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: L' Originale
What Goes into Designing a Concept Car?
What Goes into Designing a Concept Car?
Published: 2015/06/19
Channel: AutoConceptionTV
Top 5 Future Concept Cars - 2017 [New] [4K]
Top 5 Future Concept Cars - 2017 [New] [4K]
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: Cybico
TOP 10 Concept Cars 2017 For The Future
TOP 10 Concept Cars 2017 For The Future
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: Thansis1997
13 Concept Cars You Wish Existed
13 Concept Cars You Wish Existed
Published: 2015/06/12
Channel: Car Throttle
Rolls-Royce Vision World Premiere Review Rolls Royce Vision Self Driving Car CARJAM TV HD
Rolls-Royce Vision World Premiere Review Rolls Royce Vision Self Driving Car CARJAM TV HD
Published: 2016/06/17
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5 Future Concept Cars  - (part 2)
5 Future Concept Cars - (part 2)
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: TOP 10 INFORMATION
Nissan’s futuristic Vmotion 2.0 concept car
Nissan’s futuristic Vmotion 2.0 concept car
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: The Verge
Cadillac "Escala" Concept Car Reveal
Cadillac "Escala" Concept Car Reveal
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Cadillac
5 Mercedes-Benz Concept Cars YOU MUST SEE
5 Mercedes-Benz Concept Cars YOU MUST SEE
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: Thansis1997
Top 5 Concept Car Debuts of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show
Top 5 Concept Car Debuts of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: AutoGuide.com
Le Concept Car ultime par Peugeot !
Le Concept Car ultime par Peugeot !
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: TheiCollection
Concept Cars of the
Concept Cars of the '40s, '50s and '60s
Published: 2013/12/22
Channel: Videomanjohn
Cadillac VSR Hot Rod Concept Car
Cadillac VSR Hot Rod Concept Car
Published: 2013/10/23
Channel: Xrm150
Toyota
Toyota's space-age concept car for 2030
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: CNNMoney
The Pontiac Stinger - The Most Ridiculous Concept/Future Car Ever
The Pontiac Stinger - The Most Ridiculous Concept/Future Car Ever
Published: 2009/02/25
Channel: MetricSuperstar
The ULTRA Best of EXOTIC super cars N concept cars compilation
The ULTRA Best of EXOTIC super cars N concept cars compilation
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: Zaltra MotorZ
REAL LIFE CONCEPT CARS & SUPERCARS!! (GTA 5 Mods)
REAL LIFE CONCEPT CARS & SUPERCARS!! (GTA 5 Mods)
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: Typical Gamer
This electric concept car proves we are living in the future
This electric concept car proves we are living in the future
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: Tech Insider
Peugeot Onyx Concept Car
Peugeot Onyx Concept Car
Published: 2012/09/27
Channel: Peugeot
Project Flake Concept Car
Project Flake Concept Car
Published: 2010/04/19
Channel: Da Feng
Mercedes-Benz F 015 Concept Car
Mercedes-Benz F 015 Concept Car
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: The Auto Channel
20 COOLEST Futuristic Concept Cars
20 COOLEST Futuristic Concept Cars
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: Top Trends
Why most concept cars never make it to production
Why most concept cars never make it to production
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: CBS This Morning
Ford Unveils Ultra-Lightweight Concept Car
Ford Unveils Ultra-Lightweight Concept Car
Published: 2014/06/03
Channel: Ford Media
BMW Vision Self Driving Car World Premiere 2016 New BMW Vision Concept Commercial BMW Vision CARJAM
BMW Vision Self Driving Car World Premiere 2016 New BMW Vision Concept Commercial BMW Vision CARJAM
Published: 2016/03/07
Channel: CARJAM TV
Renault TREZOR Concept - interior Exterior and Drive
Renault TREZOR Concept - interior Exterior and Drive
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: CAR TV
CNET on Cars: Mercedes F 015: Car of the future, Ep. 62
CNET on Cars: Mercedes F 015: Car of the future, Ep. 62
Published: 2015/03/27
Channel: CNET
Buick Y-Job: The First Concept Car Driving Around
Buick Y-Job: The First Concept Car Driving Around
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: DtRockstar1
Airbus just revealed a wild concept car that can be airlifted by a drone
Airbus just revealed a wild concept car that can be airlifted by a drone
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Business Insider
New Volkswagen I.D. Concept Car - World Premiere (Future 2025)
New Volkswagen I.D. Concept Car - World Premiere (Future 2025)
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Auto Show
AirCross Concept : le Concept Car très high-tech de Citroën
AirCross Concept : le Concept Car très high-tech de Citroën
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: 01netTV
Ultra-futuristic self-driving ‘Vision Next 100’ BMW unveiled during centenary celebrations
Ultra-futuristic self-driving ‘Vision Next 100’ BMW unveiled during centenary celebrations
Published: 2016/03/07
Channel: RT
Google
Google's concept car ... operating system
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: CNNMoney
McLaren MP4-X Concept Car
McLaren MP4-X Concept Car
Published: 2015/12/03
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1938 Buick Y-Job, the first concept car

A concept car (also known as concept vehicle, show vehicle or prototype) is a car made to showcase new styling and/or new technology. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not be mass-produced. General Motors designer Harley Earl is generally credited with inventing the concept car, and did much to popularize it through its traveling Motorama shows of the 1950s.

Concept cars never go into production directly. In modern times all would have to undergo many changes before the design is finalized for the sake of practicality, safety, regulatory compliance, and cost. A "production-intent" vehicle, as opposed to a concept vehicle, serves this purpose.[1] They are also known as prototype cars, but should not be confused with prototype race cars such as the Le Mans Prototype.

Design[edit]

Concept cars are often radical in engine or design. Some use non-traditional, exotic, or expensive materials, ranging from paper to carbon fiber to refined alloys. Others have unique layouts, such as gullwing doors, 3 or 5 (or more) wheels, or special abilities not usually found on cars. Because of these often impractical or unprofitable leanings, many concept cars never get past scale models, or even drawings in computer design. Other more traditional concepts can be developed into fully drivable (operational) vehicles with a working drivetrain and accessories. The state of most concept cars lies somewhere in between and does not represent the final product. A very small proportion of concept cars are functional to any useful extent, some cannot move safely at anything above 10 mph.[citation needed]

Inoperative "mock-ups" are usually made of wax, clay, metal, fiberglass, plastic or a combination thereof.

If drivable, the drivetrain is often borrowed from a production vehicle from the same company, or may have defects and imperfections in design. They can also be quite refined,[citation needed] such as General Motors' Cadillac Sixteen concept.[2]

After a concept car's useful life is over, the cars are usually destroyed. Some survive, however, either in a company's museum or hidden away in storage. One unused but operational concept car that languished for years in the North Hollywood, California, shop of car customizer George Barris, Ford Motor Company's "Lincoln Futura" from 1954, received a new lease on life as the Batmobile in the Batman series that debuted in 1966 on the ABC Television Network.

Notable concept cars[edit]

Model Notes
Alfa Romeo BAT cars 1950s aerodynamic studies by Bertone.
Aston Martin Atom Designed in 1939 by Claude Hill. Fully functional and still in road-worthy condition, it was adopted by Aston Martin owner David Brown into a racing car that won outright at the 1948 Spa 24 Hours and became the basis for the DB1.
BMW GINA A fabric-skinned shape-shifting sports car. This platform (aside from the body material and changing shape) was adopted in 2012 for the BMW i3 and BMW i8 Electric Vehicles.
Buick Y-Job Designed in the late 1930s by the famous General Motors designer Harley Earl. Considered by most to be the first concept car.[3] Inspired many other Buick vehicles, including the Buick Blackhawk Concept.
General Motors Le Sabre Built by Harley Earl in 1951, it helped introduce 12 volt electrics and the aluminum 215 ci V8 to GM. This nameplate was transferred over to be a production vehicle.
Cadillac Cyclone Built in 1959, it is one of Harley Earl's last designs. Its futuristic styling was heavily influenced by 1950's aviation and rocketry.
Cadillac Debutante Considered the most luxurious car ever built, the Cadillac Debutante came with leopard skin interior with a 24 karat gold instrument panel and fittings.
Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark Previewed the design of the 1968–1982 production Corvette.
Chevrolet Volt One of the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle concept cars. This vehicle was launched with limited availability in certain states in early 2011, with availability in all of the United States, as well as parts of Europe by the end of 2012. The production car is the successor to the failed GM EV-1, originally leased through Saturn dealerships.
Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT 1962 mid-engined experimental prototype.
Dodge Tomahawk A 2003 V10-powered four-wheel motorcycle-like design that drew attention for its audacity, and the debunked claim that it could hypothetically reach speeds of 300 to 420 mph (480 to 680 km/h).
Ferrari Modulo Designed by Paolo Martin of the Italian carozzeria Pininfarina, unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show.
Ford Nucleon A nuclear-powered car.
Ford Probe A series of four designs between 1979 and 1983 of which the Probe III was eventually developed into the Ford Sierra.
Ford SYNus First shown in 2005. This design was developed to explore the creation of an ultra-safe roadgoing environment.
General Motors Firebird A series of gas turbine-powered cars. Pontiac adopted this nameplate based on the Chevrolet Camaro. The nameplate was retired in 2002, along with the Chevrolet Camaro, which was revived in 2010.
Holden Efijy Based around the Holden FJ, named the United States concept car of the year for 2007.[4]
Lancia Megagamma The prototype for the modern MPV (minivan).[5][6]
Mercedes-Benz F700 Its PRE-SCAN road scanning suspension allows you to not feel any bumps and humps on the road (developed later into Magic Body Control). This design will lead to the development of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
MIT Car The Massachusetts Institute of Technology concept car with Frank Gehry.[7]
Phantom Corsair A 1930s concept car, developed by Rust Heinz.
Pontiac Bonneville Special Pontiac's first 2-seater sportscar that debuted at the 1954 Motorama. This nameplate carried over to a Pontiac sports car of the 1950s.
Pontiac Club de Mer Pontiac's all stainless steel sportscar that debuted at the 1956 Motorama.
Porsche 989 Porsche's first 4-door car, a predecessor of the Porsche Panamera.
Rolls-Royce 1EX The first in a series of 'experimental models', the 1EX was built by Rolls Royce in 1919 on a 40/50 h.p. chassis to test and develop their cars. Individual EX models were produced for over 40 years ending with the 45EX in 1958.The Ghost name Rolls Royce Ghost was adopted in 2011 as a production vehicle. 1EX was also used for the concept version of this Rolls-Royce vehicle.[8]
Volvo VESC Used as testbed in the development of safety features incorporated into the Volvo 240 series cars, used by the NHTSA as a basis for later safety standards, including self-retracting three-point seatbelts, crumple zones, head restraints, rollover protection, and shock-absorbing zero-damage bumpers.[9][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chrysler "Jolts" PHEV Race; PHEV Ads; V2Green Acquired Archived December 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., September 24, 2008, CalCars (California Cars Initiative)
  2. ^ Cadillac Sixteen, by Nick Hull, Detroit Auto Show 2003 Highlights, Car Design News, Inc.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Stephan (2005), Man And Machine: The Best of Stephan Wilkinson, Rowman & Littlefield, p. 83, ISBN 9781599216799, retrieved August 2, 2016 
  4. ^ "Bold Holden wins top US award". News Limited. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  5. ^ Tumminelli, Paolo (2004). Car Design. teNeues. p. 66. ISBN 3-8238-4561-6. 
  6. ^ "30 Years of ItalDesign". Jack Yan & Associates. 1998. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  7. ^ Concept Car w/ GM & Frank O. Gehry
  8. ^ Mosher, David (July 10, 2004). "Australian International Motor Show – Rolls-Royce Speech". Maybach. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ Lasse Swärd (2012-04-24). "Ett säkert kort från Hisingen" [A safe bet from Hisingen]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Volvo questions need for safety vehicles...". New Scientist. Vol. 58 no. 842. April 19, 1973. p. 160. 

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