This year’s top motor shows have provided a captivating preview of some of the concept cars and prototypes being developed by the world’s leading manufacturer s. Here we feature a select ion of some of the exceptional models on show…
Drawing heavily on methods used by the F1 team, the Aero Seven Concept will be the first Caterham model fitted with traction control. It also gives a hint to the company’s styling direction for future models, including the all-new sportscar being developed in conjunction with Renault and due for release in early 2016. Based on an updated interpretation of the Seven CSR platform, the carbonfibre bodied concept vehicle, which will reach 100 km/h in under four seconds, will initially draw its power from the normally-aspirated, EU6-approved, 240ps (237bhp) engine developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation for the recently launched Caterham Seven 485.
The AeroSeven Concept is stacked with race car-inspired features, including aerodynamic styling, an exclusive steering wheel with driver-focused functionality, and an intuitive fully active Graphical Display Unit (GDU).
The focus for Mercedes designers developing the Concept S-Class Coupé was clear: “sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury”. The aim was to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that embraced high tech while exuding emotional appeal – and to that end the designers drew from a gene pool of styling features typical of the brand.
A powerful showcase for Jaguar’s pace-setting expertise in lightweight vehicle construction, the C-X75 was an ideal test-bed for the company’s innovative research into high-performance, low-emission powertrains. Development of the C-X75 prototypes included the use of cutting-edge hybrid technologies, carbon composite materials and advanced design solutions pioneered in association with Williams Advanced Engineering.