Futuristic (and one retro) cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2017
James Cutmore reveals the concept cars, new models and the odd surprise from Europe’s biggest motor show.
Airbus SE and Italdesign
You might be thinking that this is one huge drone, and you’d be right. Kind of. Airbus SE and Italdesign have teamed-up to produce a solution to beat modern-day city traffic by, yes you’ve guessed it, sending us up into the skies. I know that all other attempts up until this point have failed, but surely one is bound to succeed?
Hey everybody, meet Sedric! No, he’s not the cool new foreign exchange kid in class, but he is a fully autonomous concept vehicle that you can summon by just pushing a button, and he’ll take you were you want to go. VW say that you won’t see Sedric on your streets just yet, but it certainly points to the future of autonomous cars.
No motorshow would be complete with a ‘retro-concept’ car, so thank heavens for the Renault Trezor. It’s a long and low concept where the whole car opens up for you to get inside. Excitingly, Renault insist that the Trezor points to the future in how they want to style their cars, so expect no doors on your Clio in a few year’s time.
Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina
What do you do when you finally hang up the racing gloves? If you’re two-time Formula One World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, you help create your own supercar of course! This is the snappily-titled ‘Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina’, and it promises to be ‘where art meets speed’. However, it’s likely to cost well over $1 million, so if you want one you’d better get saving.
Sharkfins are all the rage at the moment, you only need to look at the latest Formula One cars for proof. This is the Techrules Ren electric supercar and I think it looks rather appealing. It is equipped with a world-first diesel turbine charging system that delivers great fuel economy for a supercar. And with 1,287bhp on tap it will surely go like some brown stuff off a garden implement.
The Peugeot Instinct concept is actually a family car, designed to carry four adults, and fitted with your modern regulars like hybrid technology and variable amounts of autonomy that you can cede to the car etc etc. But the main purpose of the car is to showcase the future direction of the headlights on Peugeot’s future models, which will become the focal point of the car and house all the sensors instead of dotting them willy-nilly all around the vehicle. But just be careful when you park - I’m guessing you won’t want to crack one…
These days, it’s all about efficiency, and the little Tamo Racemo (built by Indian Company Tata) promises to be just that. With a 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder engine producing 187bhp, it promises to have some pretty impressive 0-60 times. Unfortunately, only 250 will be built, so if you want to try one for yourself you’ll have to make do on your Xbox, with a free download on Forza Horizon 3.
Lexus LS 500h
No thanks to Alan Partridge, Lexus is quite a cool brand these days, and their new flagship LS 500h hybrid certainly is now a serious rival to Tesla. With a lot more power available from its V6 engine paired with two electric motors, expect 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. Plus it’s quite a looker too.
David Brown Speedback GT
This is the achingly-beautiful David Brown Speedback GT, and yes, it’s supposed to look like an Aston Martin DB5. It takes over 7,200 hours to build one, so let’s assume it’s going to cost you quite a bit if you want to live out your James Bond fantasies.
The Toyota i-TRIL is an electric concept car that holds three people and is aimed squarely at the growing number of suburbanites doing the school run. It’s designed to be extremely manoeuvrable, and the whole front of the vehicle can tilt through 10 degrees. But it still won’t make you look cool to your kids.
Lamborghini Aventador S
Now nobody really needs 740 brake horsepower, but when it’s wrapped up in a beautiful Lamborghini Aventador S bodyshell you just have to take one for the team. And if they have trouble selling these, I’d be willing to take one off their hands.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
So I’ll admit that the new Ferrari 812 Superfast is not full of electronic hybrid technology, self-parking doodas or some amazing drone cameras, but it is the fastest road car that Ferrari have ever made. So for me that more than justifies it’s inclusion.
Hyundai Fuel Cell FE Concept
Not all concepts are pie-in-the-sky attention seekers. Take for example the Hyundai Fuel Cell FE Concept. Hyundai say that the engine in this car will influence a model due for release next year, and with an engine that is 10 per cent more efficient than the current fuel cell in the ix35 model and with a huge range of 497 miles, that all sounds very promising. Nice paint-job too…
Ford Fiesta XR2
Now I’m a bit of a sucker for an old Ford, and while it’s not exactly new, I couldn’t leave this lovely Fiesta XR2 out of our list. Fiesta just recently celebrated an amazing 30 years in production by launching a new version of the UK’s best-selling car. Even so, it can’t match the boy-racer charm of the old Mark II.