20 Crazy Concept Car Designs

The design of the car has come a long way over the years.  Who knew that when the first Model T came off the assembly line that we would one day have hybrids and solar powered cars?  While we have the engineers to thank for actually making these cars a reality, there is an unsung hero who we should also thank.  That hero is the concept car artists who have the imagination to think of such unique and inspiring vehicles.

If you have never had the luxury of making it to car show, you should check it out some time.  It is at these major car shows that car manufactures show off many of their new ideas in car design.  At these events you can see a number of wild concept cars up close in personal.

For those of you who can’t make it to a car show though, we have compiled photos and renderings of 20 concept cars.  Some of these cars are really out there!  Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Which one is your favorite?

28 Comments

  • tongyun
    March 9, 2009 - 4:45 pm | Permalink

    The beauty to concept cars is that there is no limit except the artist’s imagination. These are truly works of art and a marvel to study. My friends and I used to draw cars like these when we were in junior high and would have died if we knew there was an actual profession for it.

  • attagirl
    March 10, 2009 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    Well in all honesty. I have to say that these are all awesome looking cars and I could go on forever about each one based on just looking at them. But if I were to choose one based on how it would fit my family I would have to choose the Airstreem. Because of size and it looks like it could fit the whole family. For single purpose there are many that are awesome cars but I would have to know more detail on each to make a decision like that one.

    You know I know many people who did the same thing in school. But now these kids today have a career on their hands.

  • busybee
    March 10, 2009 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t be able to choose one of these concepts simply from the pictures and short blurbs here, of course, but they certainly are fun to look at. I agree with tongyun’s comment as to the artistry that shines through these designs. Some are certainly works of art and should be kept as that, if nothing else.

  • Dave
    April 14, 2009 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m not at all impressed. Concept cars are an exercise in seeing who has the bigger dick.

    You want to impress me? Take one of these cars and make it into an actual product people can buy. Otherwise, don’t bother. How much money is being wasted on concept cars? Give me something that’s a product and I’ll be more than happy to buy one. Showing off with a ‘concept’? A waste of time.

  • Martin
    April 14, 2009 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I will take the middle road. While I don’t disagree with all of you who think that some of these are beautiful, because some of them indeed are pretty, Dave is right. Give me a couple of hours with a pencil and I can up with something that will look halfway decent. Out of these 20 pictures, maybe a couple of them look like there was any consideration taken into development, research, or actual manufacturing process. Besides, these are pretty, because you don’t see them on the street every day.
    Consider the two Scions. Those out of the twenty had probably the most consideration given to actually being able to produce a car, in fact I think the silver one will be. Have u ever seen a Scion on the street and thought to yourself “wow, what a beauty?” No, because once u see any of these cars over and over, they will lose their appeal.

  • RIdGy
    October 28, 2009 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    These vehicles remind me of the year 2020! lol. They seem so futuristic, it is soo awesome. However, I do agree with the few people who commented above me…
    I just want one right now because other people are not driving vehicles like these on the high ways or in a town.. Some are sooo cool looking though!

  • Mockingbird
    November 7, 2009 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I swear that one design looks like an egg timer on wheels. That is just to funny. I have to admit some of those designs look really cool but I have to wonder how practical they are? Do designers even look at the demographics of drivers that can afford the upper end cars? If i can’t imagine my father driving it I can’t imagine who else could afford it.

  • xntric1
    November 22, 2009 - 10:21 am | Permalink

    Concept cars like those shown were/are never meant to go into production-they’re an exercise in ideas and designs to see how much appeal certain aspects or ideas might work together. I remember seeing the first concepts of the Ford Mustang back in the early 60’s (originally was called the Cougar). Very radical, but certain aspects and ideas were taken from those concept models and put into an actual and viable production car. The rest is history.

  • Bob
    November 28, 2009 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ll probably be dead by the time these concept cars hits the road! Just show me what are available in the market now and leave the comments on these futuristic cars to my grandson.

  • Jeff
    November 28, 2009 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Dave. If manufacturers want to win people over, give them a product that’s useful, practical and affordable. The masses need a personal mobility vehicle not a “work of art”.

  • Marky Mark
    November 28, 2009 - 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Car companies waste hundreds of millions on impractical concept cars. Why arent they spending this money on making their cars better, safer & more efficient? I guess they realize they dont have to make their cars better because there are millions of stupid sheeple out there that will still buy them reguardless…

  • TNcarnut
    November 28, 2009 - 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Dave is either having a bad day or knows very little about the automotive industry (or both). Concept cars serve a very iimportant role in designing future cars. They are used to try out new ideas, designs, features and styles. The public’s reactions help manufacturers decide what new cars will look like and what features they will include. The manufacturers THEN make useful, practical concepts as a next step, honing the concept until the final car is created. If you think it is unimportant to design cars that people think look good, ask the guys who put the Aztec in the showrooms a few years ago…

  • Tom
    November 28, 2009 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    You are exactly right TNcarnut! Look up the history of the Firebird, Corvette, and Mustang. All originally concepts. Even Henry Ford would not have been able to put the Model T into production without a “concept”!

    Doesn’t matter who has the bigger “d*$k” but who has the bigger idea to make our future vehicles more greener, efficient, faster and so much more awesome looking!

  • Ron
    November 28, 2009 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Second one from top is my fave, but many of them are awesome beauties!! Hope they’re all green…Time to put the fossil fuel monopolies/tyrants OUT OF BUSINESS!!

  • bill
    November 28, 2009 - 7:27 pm | Permalink

    The Ford Airstream is extremely cool…..Being an Industrial designer from a school that has an Automotive design program….I feel this one is ready for marketing now…it has functional aspects combined with innovative styling and an obvious throwback reference to a famous product….future+retro to be appreciated by both older and younger consumers

  • AL
    November 28, 2009 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen some ugly POS cars in my time but these are the worst ones yet. Why can’t the car makers design a comfortable car for families that are safe and fuel efficent besides junk like this. Personally I believe a bit of history could be made by going back to the old model T and up grading the engine to a hybrid. That would be cool.

  • donald
    November 29, 2009 - 2:42 am | Permalink

    outstandly awesome dude and ladies.those concept car`s are awesome!!they are cool people!!

  • Steve
    November 29, 2009 - 3:41 am | Permalink

    I’m going to have to disagree with the general consensus here – I feel these cars are just stylistically awful, with no real charm or practicality. I do understand that concept cars are not ‘road ready’, but there doesn’t seem to be any features on these vehicles that would be of any use. I think the designers have watched too many bad science fiction films and it reflects in these ‘futuristic’ monstrosities. I can only hope that one day, car manufacturers will design something that’s actually appealing, instead of developing these appalling design excesses.

  • Chef Joe
    November 29, 2009 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    Like the BMW, and yje one at the Concrete are gravel plant

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  • New cars
    January 29, 2010 - 12:13 pm | Permalink

    The only down fall to these cars is they are not real. The thought that goes into these concept cars are amazing but practically not all the best. Some of these cars would be so hard to drive and if they broke i bet they would be expensive to fix too.

  • Cheewii
    October 4, 2010 - 1:50 am | Permalink

    Maserati Birdcage. Definitely, seeing the driver’s panel.

  • Evan
    November 17, 2010 - 10:25 pm | Permalink

    The Nissan Pantry. (8th car)

  • Yeshwanth Karanam
    November 21, 2010 - 4:00 am | Permalink

    These Designs Come to Lime Light only with the help of Highly advanced Surface Modelling Tools, Which is a great Deal for all our Designers.
    We can expect such Cars on Roads in 5yrs if Designers like us take it a challenge…
    Hope to c them asoon…

  • Mason
    December 1, 2010 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

    My faves are the 3rd one down and 2nd to last

  • January 4, 2012 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we ARE making these as street legal cars!
    With an artist on staff and plenty of experience in fiberglass construction, we do this from drawing board to turn the key and drive!!

  • James
    March 7, 2012 - 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Many of the japanese concepts are more fantasy than anything else and the european models are the better looking but the north american cars are closest to their production cousins. Does anyone think that if the japanese actually bring these designs to production they will soon be hurting for sales? I have to give them something for the creativity factor that Scion has added to the otherwise uninspired japanese cars though. BTW the nissan cube looks like it came out of a dr Suess story. On the other hand the Scion XB looks good and original. JMO

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