Man sure has come a long way since the invention of the plain old wheel. Today, vehicles are more than just a mode of transportation. Cars are designed to suit people's personality and owners often see their cars as an extension of their very persona. Vehicles are modified to make it a fashion statement, suit strange needs or garner attention. The modifications can range from skirting to even modifying the shape to have a custom feel. The additions can depend on the budget, but is truly limited only to the extent of imagination. Here are some vehicles that will boggle your mind, call it ingenuity or plain insanity but these vehicles are sure to make you go WTF!
1. BIGFOOT 5
The Bigfoot 5, as the name suggests, does have really big feet err well wheels actually. This vehicle definitely reminds me of dirt bikes or should I say they look like little toy cars on top of truck wheels. I wonder if it serves a purpose, seeing the vehicle however makes me wonder how do you park that thing! All said, I must say it also does look strangely attractive and one sure will feel like the king of the road sitting so high up.
This car is one you need to steer clear off for bumpy rides! Well, with just 2-inch clearance above the road, you sure will be glad to go around in it. As you can gather from the picture, this car is extremely low. In fact, it stands at a height of just 19 inches and is the lowest street car in the world that is legal. A jet turbine provides the power for this amazing vehicle allowing a combined sight of the lowest car shooting flames from the rear turbines for about 20 feet. WOW and if the sheer ingenuity of looks was not tempting enough, unlike the previous vehicle, with this one parking should never be an issue.
3. Eco Cars: Colim
This vehicle is one of the ultimate 'go green' initiatives on 4 wheels. It is a combination of a car and van or caravan. A modern house on wheels, so what's new you ask. Well, normally house-on-wheels cost a lot of energy and fuel and is definitely not environment friendly. So, what if your big family wants to go out on long camping trips but you are worried about it burning a hole both in the pocket and the environment. That is what German designer Christian Susana has sought to solve with his design called the 'Colim' which typically stands for 'Colors of Life In Motion'. The specialty of the vehicle is that it has two segments, the 'home' segment and the 'motor car' segment that can be detached. You can use it for both fulfilling the camping caravan experience as well as detaching the 'home' segment to conserve energy and protect the environment. Of course, its not ideal to leave behind your home, however temporary in some places.
4. The world’s longest limousine
This car is designed by Jay Ohrberg and is as real as it gets. There are no imagery tricks in the picture, this is actually the world's longest Limousine. The car is a total length of 100 feet supported by not 4 not 6 but 24 tires. I guess it can almost be mistaken for a mini train! So what does all this space comprise of? Well, besides space for a lot of passengers, it also accommodates a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, sun deck, resting beds and wait for this... even a helipad! Wow this vehicle takes luxury to a whole new level. Parking is definitely an issue and so is reversing, which is why this car, like a train, also has 2 driver cabins at both ends.
5. LEGO Ferrari F2008
Yes, you read the name right and that's what this car is all about. Many many pieces of lego blocks put together to turn a kid's play set into an amazing vehicle. We all played with lego blocks as kids but sure did not build anything this big. Little wonder because this car took 80,000 lego blocks and a budget of about 20K. As seen in the picture, this car is built based on F2008 and is considered to be absolutely operational. It has been displayed at the lego world event held at Amsterdam and promises to tempt the big boys for sure!
6. Dream Car 123
Oh yes, this is a car and a car with a cause! While mean looking machines on road today are guzzling fuel, this pyramid shaped car promises to be energy efficient. The electronically powered vehicle designed by Greg Zanis has 80 lead- acid batteries driving 4 separate motors which has the car performing 360 degree turns! Currently the speed records at 40mph but Greg is looking at setting further records at 200mph. The car has its shape specifically designed to keep the car grounded on the road at greater speeds. The single occupant cubicle has bullet proof glass and the surprise does not end here. At night the car comes alive with its neon lighting. Be it day or night this vehicle is hard to miss!
7. The world's smallest car
This definitely looks the part, the worlds smallest car is a three wheel drive and is legal on the roads of Britain. Originally manufactured by Peel Engineering Company, it used to sell for less than 200 euros back in 1964. These originals are valued at a bomb currently. This mini car promises space for one person and his/her shopping bag! To give you an exact idea of just how small this car is, at 134cms length and 99cms width it weighs about 60Kg and you better be of a slight build to have to fit into this one.
8. The Great Escape Pod
Designer Alp Germaner brings to life many a science fiction imagery with Peugeot Capsule, the great escape pod. Call it a time capsule or a pod, as small as it is, it definitely is one of the most modernistic vehicles on the road. The Peugeot Capsule is for a single passenger. The electric car has all modernistic requirements ranging from internet, LCD screens and GPS. Definitely a far cry from the KLR 650 motorcycle it takes inspiration from.
9. Venturi Eclectic car
This is yet another environment friendly car, but of course taking theory onto a whole new practical level. The vehicle, that resembles a golf cart, has solar panels and wind turbine that supplies the energy required. While it also has an electric input point, that will not be needed on most days. While not many people will fancy actually driving around in one of these, those impressed with the green initiative can look at owning their own Venturi at $31,500.
Propelled by jet and developed by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers and Jeremy Bliss, this vehicle resembles less of a car and more like a small plane. Well, it wont be wrong to say it is half a plane! At 54 ft length and 12 ft width and weighing a good 10.5 tons the vehicle sure knows how to fly, holding the record for being the first to break the sound barrier at 763 mph. For its speed and killer looks this car definitely has many takers.
Some of these cars are all about looks, some about energy conservation and others about speed but all of them are the craziest vehicles on road turning heads either for a laugh or turn people green with envy!