Concept Cars :Windows of future cars

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Concept cars are called windows of future cars because they give us the view how future cars will be. They are debuted at all auto shows around the world. they are not a look at what is going on the market next fall but they are rather a look into the future of the company.

What is Concept Cars :
A concept car or show car is a car prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling, technology and more. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced.

Which company invented concept cars :
General Motors designer Harley Earl is generally credited with inventing the concept, or show, car, and did much to popularize it through its traveling Motorama shows of the 1950s.
First Concept Cars :
Model : Buick Y-Job
designed in the late 1930s by the famous General Motors designer Harley Earl.
Does Concept cars goes to production line :
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 and cost. 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 6 (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
What company do with concept cars after show :
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.
What material used for making the car models :
Inoperative "mock-ups" are usually made of wax, clay, metal, fiberglass, plastic or a combination thereof.


Concept cars are designing proving groud :
A design can be judged by the public, opinions gathered, and unforseen problems can be discovered. While many concept cars emphasize external design and may not be fully functioning, others are truly experimenting with new fuel technologies or safety measures.

Some of the coolest concept Cars :


1. BMW's GINA : In this concept cars BMW used flexible skin instead of solid body panels. BMW's GINA concept explores the design possibilities opened up when a car's exterior is completely flexible - from variable lines to hingeless doors to eyelid .A flexible fabric covering allows the exterior shape of the car to be quite dynamic, bending, extending and moving to fit the contours of the moving substructure beneath it.


2. Mazda Furai : The name Furai (pronounced foo-rye) means "sound of wind".

It's the fifth concept of the family – after Nagare, Ryuga, Hakaze and Taiki concepts, that clearly represent Mazda's exploration of a new design language for its future cars.
The car is powered by a mid-mounted, three-rotor Mazda 20B rotary engine, that gives around 450 hp thanks to E100 ethanol fuel. Mazda's studio in Southern California led by North American design boss Franz Von Holzhausen is responsible for the design of the Furai, and further developed by the racecar specialists at Swift Engineering.


3. City Slicker: Lumeneo Smera tilting EV concept : It is the combination of Car and motorcycle, they used best of both the protection of an enclosed driver capsule with the small-footprint and maneuverability of two-wheeled transport.the four-wheel, fully-electric Smera concept boasts a top speed of 80mph (130kmh), a 93 mile (150km) range on a single charge and can achieve 0-60 mph in around 8 seconds with an on-board computer automatically controlling the vehicle's tilting function to an angle of up to 25 degrees by taking into account on the turning angle, speed and road conditions.
Article Source : Wikipedia and www.gizmag.com

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