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Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars

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rmz
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Chrysler Atlantic
rmz   10/29/2013 10:05:46 AM
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This was clearly a Chrysler update ( ripoff) of the Bugatti "Atlantique"  design of the 1930's.  

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Concept cars mostly silly
j-allen   10/29/2013 9:33:14 AM
Photo 1, the Peugeot, makes a mistake that has characterized concept cars for decades--too much glass.  Leave that one out in the summer sun and you can bake baguettes inside.  

 

Very few of the designs seek to solve the real problems facing automobiles these days except for the VW electric.  It offers modest range in what might be affordable and well suited to daily commuting and local trips.  That is far more practical than being able to race at 250 mph, however much the latter may seem to compensate for certain masculine shortcomings. 

 

The BMW with fabric skin is interesting.  Clearly there is a century-long history in aviation.  Is the shape-shifting feature just cutesy-poo, or does it somehow optimize aerodynamics over varying speed regimes?  If so, I would like to know how many teaspoons of gasoline this would save over the life of the vehicle?  Also, how durable is the fabric versus sunlight, weather, shrubbery, etc?  Again, based on aircraft, fabric skin has a limited life, even without "shape shifting."

 

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Great Concepts
jaygeephoto   10/29/2013 9:16:40 AM
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I especially like the idea of the tri-color tail lights on the Mustang that would depict acceleration and coasting different from braking.  With simple accelerometers one could easily depict deceleration as well.

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Re: and my choice is...
TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:38:26 PM
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I'd have a hard time picking between the Atlantic and the GT90.  

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There's always an exception to a rule
TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:34:39 PM
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The rule in mind is: "Functional is beautiful".  The BMW Lovos, in combining PV panels as air brakes, breaks that rule.  Nightmare inducing!

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Better left unsaid
TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:30:37 PM
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Shall we leave the Honda Fuya-Jo in the better left unsaid category?

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Unoriginal
TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:28:01 PM
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Daimler claiming they're jettisoning unnenessary ballast makes thier car look like a dune buggy wannabe, with less character and usefulness.  In the USA, such a vehicle might be usable in SoCal and Florida, but you'd not be able to take it on the beach.

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Re: Concept Cars
TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:24:41 PM
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Naperlou, I think Greg's right - they're big wheels.

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naperlou   10/28/2013 6:03:02 PM
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Greg, I thought they were big wheels as well, but I am not so sure.  I think that the big circles around the doors are just for style and the wheels are all the same size.  Perhaps Chuck could check it out.

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Re: Fashion line up
Charles Murray   10/28/2013 5:42:48 PM
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Definitely true, tekochip. It's a good thing that most of these vehicles never reached production. On the other hand, I do like the fact that the auto companies give their designers and engineers the freedom to dream up and build these concepts. I can't think of engineers in any other branch of technology that get this kind of opportunity.

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