Four months ago, when I sat down to write about the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale and the concepts it spawned, did I think I would ever get the chance to clap eyes on the cars, let alone four months down the track? Absolutely not. Despite so, in mid-May I had the chance to drop into the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo; in Queens English, the Alfa Romeo Museum. Situated in Arese, the outskirts of Milan, the rather unassuming building opened in 1976, undergoing renovations in 2015, the results of which is by far the best car museum I have ever been to.
If ever a car company were looked to as responsible for bringing the automobile to life, it would be Alfa Romeo. There’s something you just can’t quite put your finger on with an Alfa, but their passion, romance, soul and flair is simply unquestionable. The 60’s are undeniably Alfa’s golden years, with the sublime Giulia TZ’s, the wonderful Duetto Spyder and rorty little GTA, Alfa were at the top of their game, though 1967 saw Alfa Romeo’s peak, the astounding Tipo 33 Stradale, a car that fathered a lineage of equally breathtaking concepts over the coming decade.
An idea traced back to the late 30’s Buick Y-Job, the concept car has for decades endured as a channel for new technology and as a way for designers to let their hair down and create something really weird. In the world of concepts, nothing is uniform, nothing is ordinary. Despite this, a small number of concepts have managed to push the envelope even further, securing a spot in history down to their sheer lunacy. To celebrate these important points in the evolution of the automobile, here are the 10 maddest classic concept cars.
For the majority, the evolution of the race car has been relatively predictable, but many hopeful engineers and designers have attempted to break the mould, some ideas catching on, others disappearing as quickly as the cars themselves; though no matter the era, there’s always a constant push for the science of going faster. In order to honour the world of unconventional motorsport design, here are 10 of the coolest experimental racing cars.