A Walk on the Wild Side of Car Design

A Walk on the Wild Side of Car Design

Have you ever been sitting in traffic and your mind wanders to far-off places? Like a playground filled with cotton candy and cupcakes… Then you realize you’ve only moved 10 feet in the last 10 minutes. At this rate, you’d be better off walking to your destination. Then you think, “If only I could just teleport there” all Star Trek-style. No? Well, I’ve had this train of thought. More than once.

While we’re still light years from being beamed up, here are some concept cars I found that at least look like they’re straight out of the future.

Photo Credit: Car Culture/Corbis

Photo Credit: Car Culture/Corbis

I’m not sure when automakers started making concept cars, but this one from 1937 looks like an old-school airplane. You can’t tell, but under that fish tail in the back is just a single wheel. Yes, a three-wheeled car.

Photo Credit: Marlyn Goddard/Corbis

Photo Credit: Marlyn Goddard/Corbis

This 1970 Lancia Berton Stratos reminds me of a Shark swimming stealthily through the water.

Photo Credit: Yuri Kageyama/AP

Photo Credit: Yuri Kageyama/AP

From water to air, this 2007 Mazda concept car named Taiki was inspired by wind.

Photo credit Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Photo credit Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

What about blending into your surroundings or being invisible? Toyota’s concept car called Fun-Vii can help you accomplish that. This vehicle has exterior LED screens that let the driver personalize what they want their car to look like.

Photo Credit Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Photo Credit Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without some miniature, one-person car concepts. This car, Armadillo-T, was designed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Because South Korea is so densely populated, this car actually folds in half to take up less space in public!
Even if technology can’t teleport us to where we want to go, at least we’ll be able to get there in style!