Concept cars typically remain concepts because they’re too impractical to produce, or in the case of these vehicles, people might never want to be seen inside them. Behold: 10 of the weirdest-looking concept cars of all time.
10) Peugeot Moovie (2005)
The largely glass exterior doesn’t seem like the safest design feature, but with the electric Peugeot Moovie’s ability to rotate on its own axis, safety might run a distant second to performing wicked doughnuts in your old high school parking lot. To increase stability when you spin (or drive in a straight line, if that floats your boat), its two wheels are tilted inward at a 10-degree angle, and two small front wheels are added for support. If the 7.5-by-5-foot vehicle does veer out of control, however, you can easily hop out of the two-seater through its large forward-sliding glass doors. Tuck and roll!
9) MAG (2008)
Using magnetic power to make this electric car more efficient sounds like a great idea, but it would also require all roads to be refitted with millions of magnetic panels. The panels in the roads would push against the magnets in the car, reducing its effective weight by one half and making those Dukes of Hazzard jumps all the more feasible.
8) Peugeot Honey-B (2007)
This hydrogen- and electricity-powered car mimics the look of a bee not only with its yellow and black coloring, but also with its narrow, in-line seating arrangement that allows for panoramic views all around. Even cooler, it has “wings” — hydraulic arms — that extend outward, allowing people to sit before the arms retract into the body of the vehicle. The car also features computer-assisted driving and a touchpad instead of a steering wheel, but unfortunately, the designers neglected to include a stinger to deploy when someone cuts you off in traffic.
7) A360 (2008)
Tron’s got nothing on the A360, the triangular car that maneuvers on three spheres — not wheels — allowing for universal movement (360, get it?), like a giant computer mouse. Speaking of mice, the car is controlled by a track ball, allowing you to live your Centipede video game fantasies as you drive. The A360’s body can spin independent of the spheres, which would almost certainly eliminate neck cramps associated with accident gawking and bird flipping. Sign me up!
6) Kassou (2008)
If Bruce Wayne were a regular 9-to-5-working shmoe, the Batmobile might’ve ended up looking like the Kassou, a small pod-like three-wheeler with a single bench-like seat, a rear entrance and a flexible rubber neck that extends upward to provide additional headroom as needed. Judging by the photo, wings come as an option as well. An additional sidecar can be mounted for luggage, or Robin.
5) eRinGo (2009)
The “don’t drink and drive” message might have a hard time sinking in if your car looks like a beer keg. The circular two-seater eRinGo features a large wheel running around its center with two smaller wheels on each side to help with the balance. The designer included two steering wheels in the vehicle so either passenger can drive — a decision that makes it clear that he/she has never been married.
4) BMW Lovos (2009)
There’s something “fishy” about the Lovos (an abbreviation of Lifestyle of Voluntary Simplicity): it’s covered in scales! Its exterior is made up of 260 interchangeable pieces that move on hinges, serving as solar panels that maneuver to follow the sun, gathering energy for the car’s electric engine. But wait, there’s more! The “scales” also flip up to generate drag as needed, making them the most stylish braking system this side of a parachute.
3) Peugeot Globule (2009)
Transformers, eat your hearts out. The Peugeot Globule is made up of four separate one-person modules, each powered by an electric motor and held together inside a flexible polymer covering, allowing the modules to rotate into various formations, from a traditional two-by-two rectangle to a diamond to a tower to what I like to call “the human centipede.”
2) Peugeot Ozone (2008)
Peugeot strikes again! This time, the result looks like a huge rolling subwoofer. The two-seater Ozone features two giant wheels controlled by separate electric motors, a joystick controller, 360-degree sliding doors and a semitransparent body that will cause Glass Plus sales to skyrocket.
1) Opel Flow (2010)
Seriously, I have no idea how the single-seat, solar-powered Opel Flow is supposed to move, much less how anyone is supposed to fit in it. Or on it. Or around it?