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Oh, the concept cars: sometimes they amaze us, sometimes we wonder what the hell we are looking at. Most often, good ideas stick and becomes production cars. But what about all of those crazy and even idiotic projects that some manufacturers try to produce? I’ll show you some of the most shocking, stupid, and brilliant ideas that haven’t seen the light of day.

FORD SYNUS

Where should I start. So many things are wrong with this car. The first one – and maybe the most obvious – is the name Synus. It bears an awful resemblance with the word sinus – a nasal cavity. Why would you name your car after a cavity usually filled with snot remains a mystery.

If that isn’t enough to turn you off from this car, wait until you find out what inspired this concept. Apparently somebody at Ford (Jose Paris) is  really scared from the real world an expects the apocalypse any time now. The Synus is developed around the concept of a vault – the back part of the car is a safety shell where you can relax and enjoy a movie while mayhem takes place outside. The whole car is heavily armored and can be hermetically sealed.

However, if you are the type of person assembling a Zombie survival kit, you would have loved the Synus.

FORD NUCLEON

It’s trendy to talk about alternative fueling systems – hydrogen, electric cars, hybrids. Well, in 1958, the alternative fuel they had in mind was uranium. That is right – the Nucleon was a concept car based on the idea that you can run your vehicle in a similar way the nuclear submarine works.
The humongous body with the high rear fender fins was typical of the American cars at the time, but between them, Ford wanted to put a reactor. Imagine having  a small- scale nuclear power plant behind the seats. I bet the first thing that comes to mind is the economic benefits of the car – in theory, you would have to fill it up with fuel only once every 1,000 years. The other perk that this car could have brought is more careful driving. After all, if you get rear ended, you wouldn’t know, neither anybody in the a radios of 5 km around you… because of the nuclear explosion.

The Nucleon is definitely the most ambitious project Ford has ever began. Fortunately, they never produced a full-scale working prototype. The original small-scale model can be seen in the Henry Ford Museum.

1974 Fascination 2DR

Is it a car? Is it a plane? Is it a bus or a bike? Nobody knows. The Fascination is a massive three-wheeler, but its looks are not the only daunting feature of this car.

The 1974 Fascination 2DR was the brainchild of Paul M. Lewis – the creator of the  Airomobile. I’m not really sure what he was thinking about when he designed this vehicle. The Fascination was supposed to save us from the 1970s fuel crisis. Its engine is electric; however, we’re not talking about the simple Toyota-Priustype of electric. This one – the EMA – is one of the most complicated engines ever invented. While the general rule for electric engines is that they have two moving parts at most, the physics involved in EMA could confuse even the biggest brainiac. As EMA’s inventor clarifies, “the engine splits the positive, introducing a new manifestation of electricity.” There are five functioning prototypes, two of which are in car museums and three – in private collections.

Cadillac Sixteen

This is one of the good concept cars. The Cadillac Sixteen introduced the term ultra-luxury class. I’ll start from the inside of the car. The clock on the dashboard is a specially-made Bulgari, while the central part of the steering wheel is decorated with the Cadillac logo, carved into solid crystal. There are no fake plastics or wood imitation in the cockpit. The seats are hand-stitched with the highest-quality leather available. This six-meter-long piece of luxury could be enjoyed by four passengers. The rest of the space is occupied by a 16-cylinder 13.6 litre engine, developing at least 1,000 bhp.


The Sixteen a reverence to the original Cadillac Sixteen from the 1930s. The motoring press had high hopes that Cadillac would make a limited production of the model, but only three prototypes were created: one revealed in 2003, and two – in 2006.

Love them or hate them, concept cars are one of the most entertaining parts of motoring. They allow designers to experiment and have fun – sometimes with perfect results (the first Lamborghini was conceived as a concept car). Still, whatever they come up with is always intriguing to check out. 

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