Last year I brought you an article about the 10 maddest classic concept cars, and it was by far one of the hardest lists to make; not because I struggled to list ten, but quite the opposite, getting the list down to just ten concepts was exceedingly tough. With such an extensive shortlist, I thought it time to dip a toe back into the ever-crazy world of concept cars with another 10 of the maddest classic concept cars.
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.
Somewhere sits an automotive graveyard, filled with glorious failures. The motors of men like John DeLorean and Rust Heinz whose passion projects never managed to make it off the ground. Within this graveyard sits the car of Preston Tucker, though it’s likely the only car in this graveyard that got this close to revolutionising the automotive world.
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.