- Concept vehicle
A concept vehicle or show vehicle is a car
prototypemade to showcase a concept, new styling, technologyand 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.
General Motors designer
Harley Earlis generally credited with inventing the concept, or show, car, and did much to popularize it through its traveling Motoramashows of the 1950s.
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. A "
production-intent" vehicle is opposed to a concept vehicle [http://www.calcars.org/calcars-news/1005.html] .
Concept cars are often radical in
engineor design. Some use non-traditional, exotic, or expensive materials, ranging from paperto 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 drivetrainand accessories. The state of most concept cars lies somewhere in between and does not represent the final product. A very small proportion of concept cars are functional to any useful extent, some cannot move safely at anything above 10 mph. Fact|date=August 2007
mock-ups" are usually made of wax, clay, metal, fiberglass, plasticor a combination thereof.
If drivable, the drivetrain is often borrowed from a
production vehiclefrom the same company, or may have defects and imperfections in design. They can also be quite refinedFact|date=March 2007, such as General Motors' Cadillac Sixteenconcept. [http://www.cardesignnews.com/autoshows/2003/detroit/highlights/h06-cadillac-sixteen.html]
After a concept car's useful life is over, the cars are usually destroyed. Some survive, however, either in a company's
museumor hidden away in storage. One unused but operationalconcept car that languished for years in the North Hollywood, Californiashop of car customizer George Barris, Ford Motor Company's " Lincoln Futura" from 1954, received a new lease on life as the Batmobilein the " Batman" series that debuted in 1966 on the ABC Television Network.
Notable concept cars
Future car technologies
Product lifecycle management
* [http://www.conceptcar.co.uk/concept-cars/default.php Concept Cars] & Car Design Information
* [http://www.diseno-art.com/encyclopedia/concept_cars/concept_cars.html Information on over 250 concept cars]
* [http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2008-09-09-gm-chevrolet-volt-production-photos_N.htm Comparison of concept car and production version]
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