5 futuristic concept cars from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
The 2017 Geneva International Motor Show is currently underway in Switzerland, where carmakers from around the world have gathered to unveil their latest vehicles.
Among these are concept cars – show cars aimed at demonstrating to the public the kind of innovative and futuristic technology that can be expected to feature in production cars in years to come.
These are the five most interesting concepts from Geneva that stole the show.
- Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
- Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept
- Peugeot Instinct Concept
- Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept
- Infiniti Q60 Project Black S Concept
Somewhat controversially, Mercedes-AMG unveiled a sports coupe with four doors rather than two. The German luxury carmaker’s GT Concept offers a hybrid powertrain inspired by the Mercedes-AMG Formula One cars.
And how. Boasting a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine and electric motor, this land missile generates a whopping 805 horsepower. Its 0-60 time of less than three seconds and roomy interior rivals modern supercars.
Korean manufacturer Hyundai has invested a lot of, err, energy in its fuel cell technology in recent years. Back in 2013 it unveiled the ix35 Fuel Cell SUV, which runs on hydrogen and emits zero emissions – apart from water, that is.
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the company unveiled the FE Fuel Cell Concept, which is 20 per cent lighter, 10 per cent more efficient and has 30 per cent better power density – with a range of 500 miles.
It’s certainly a very slick-looking vehicle, with an azure blue interior inspired by the ocean. Though it won’t enter production, the company will be launching a new eco-friendly SUV in 2018 that this serves as the inspiration for.
Peugeot’s Instinct Concept offers an insight into what can be expected from the French carmaker over the next few weeks.
This model features rear-hinged “suicide doors” that open outwards, sleek LED lamps, a bulging hood and flared wheel arches, giving it a lot of character. It’s certainly got an eye on the future, with a combination of autonomous technology and an electric-hybrid powertrain.
Renault unveiled a sporty two-seat version of the electric ZOE in Geneva: the ZOE e-Sport. The concept has not one, but two electric motors, which provides 456bhp and 772lb ft of torque.
Thanks to this, the firm claims it is capable of a 0-62mph time of just 3.2 seconds, and a 0-130mph dash in less than 10 seconds. The car draws on Formula E technology developed from Renault’s involvement in the electric racing series.
As with the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, the Infiniti Project Black S is backed by technology inspired by Formula One. Based on the Infiniti Q60 coupe, this aggressively-styled and aerodynamic beast features a hybrid powertrain.
Its “energy recovery system” (ERS) harvests energy, and this works by deploying recovered electricity to boost power and torque – the first road car to feature this technology.