Quirky, in the sense, that these car brands are fairly unusual and oddest, and are totally unheard of, but nevertheless, their cars are interesting and refreshingly new. The headlines are dominated by popular brands and their sensational models, but Geneva Motor Show also has many such hidden gems like the EDAG Light Cocoon or the Italdesign Giugiaro Gea concept shown above. Check out these ten entries that often miss the general media fanfare!
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NanoFlowcell AG is a Lichtenstein-based electric car and drive train specialist. The Quant F is a working prototype that has a driving range of almost 500 miles on a full load of electrolyte fluid. Its peak output is an incredible 1,075 horsepower, enough for 0-62 mph
acceleration in 2.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 186 mph.
# Borgward – Now Back to Life!
It is not everyday that you find a car company with a glorious past, long dead some 50+ years ago, comes back alive. Borgward, a German automaker of 1950s which produced its last vehicle in 1961 before it ran into bankruptcy, is said to be back into business after a hiatus of 54 years. The car that hey displayed at the show was a late 50s 1.5 liter four-cylinder engined Isabella Coupe, which (obviously!) isn’t new. The company is planning to show its first all-new model at the upcoming show in Frankfurt in September. So, a new German auto back from history, sounds great isn’t it??
EDAG Engineering + Design AG is a German firm with a history of making oddball show cars to show what it can do, and its latest one is the Light Cocoon concept. Its body is formed of branch-like, skeletal structures created
predominantly by 3D printers, believe it or not! They’re clad in
weather-proof textiles, covering a host of LEDs which gently change
colour, revealing the spider-web like construction beneath.
# Italdesign Giugiaro Gea concept
Italian designing company Italdesign says that the future doesn’t have to suck with tiny, Koala-like (that of Google’s) autonomous cars, but can also be driven by cars defining style and at high speeds. This model imagines a fully autonomous luxury sedan that’s powered by an electric motor in each wheel with a total output of 764 hp. So, when drivers are no longer needed, why can’t auto designs both inside and outside change radically?? Well, that’s the idea.
This Bradford-based company has decided to do something that needs guts – challenging the Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6! Read more here.
# Magna Steyr Mila Plus
Magna Steyr is an Austrian supplier and assembler of cars and trucks, though not in its own name, usually comes with concept cars like the latest Mila Plus. This pretty two-seater hybrid sports car is a demo for the company’s aluminium architecture and bonding expertise. It’s four-wheel drive, with a 3-cylinder petrol engine and two
electric motors taking it from 0-100 kmph in a theoretical 4.9 seconds,
with an equally ‘theoretical’ electric range of 47 miles.
# Morgan Aero 8
Oh yeah, we hardly know about Morgan Motor company, but it produces famous traditional, vintage styled models in UK that are exclusively built and assembled by hand. Like this new Aero 8 which uses a 4799cc BMW-sourced V8 with 362bhp and BMW limited-slip differential.
# RADICAL RXC Turbo 500
Radical is a British maker of racing cars such as SR9 Le Mans prototype. The RXC Turbo 500 is a closed-roof sportscar that hopesto become the fastest road legal car to lap the Nurburgring track in Germany. It can sprint to 100 mph in just 6.8 seconds.
Swiss automotive consultancy Rinspeed previewed its 21st concept car named Budii, a self-driving city car. It’s self drive mode adapts to the habits and preferences of the owner, and gives them the choice of battling through morning rush hour
themselves or relaxing with a coffee! The idea is that the car will drive itself on daily trips, such as the
commute to work or the supermarket, while the owner can steer the car on
‘fun weekend trips’, says Rinspeed.
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