Concept cars are made usually for the purpose of showcasing or styling or even to don new technology. Many factors including safety, environment, funding and such do not help concept cars make it to the road without undergoing many changes. However, this article reveals 5 concept cars that made it into production.
1. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept
This concept of the BMW, the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept is a very efficient model. It combines the performance of a BMW M model and has the fuel consumption of a small car. This concept was showcased at the Frankfurt Auto show in the year 2009. It is very futuristic in terms of its 3-cylinder hybrid engine. Later in 2010, BMW announced the production version of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept to be named i8.
2. The Jaguar C-X16 Concept
The C-X16 concept of Jaguar was first revealed for a two-seater sports car during the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011. Initially, the concept was meant to showcase the future of Jaguar’s vision. It had a hybrid engine as well. The V6, V6 S and the V8 S came into existence after the F-Type was introduced in 2014. The production version of the C-X16 concept has not deviated too far from its original.
3. The Land Rover LRX Concept
The LRX concept came about in 2008 when Land Rover wanted to improve their range. This car was initially designed for those who preferred SUVs but leaned more toward the modern and not traditional aspect. The LRX was also expected to have a hybrid engine but that did not materialise. The Land Rover came into production with the name ‘Range Rover Evoque’. The light design is slightly changed from the original Evoque.
4. The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
The Porsche918 Spyder concept was unveiled with a big bang. The brand launched a trio of hybrid supercars in Geneva in 2010. These cars became very popular at the time. So, Porsche decided to put 918 units into production after three years. The original concept included exhaust pipes at the bottom of the model.
5. The Lexus LF-A Concept
Lexus came up with the blueprints for one of the most popular cars in the year 2005. The LF-A was expected to have a V10 engine which was inspired by Formula 1. It was also supposed to have a body made out of aluminium. Five years later, after certain modifications including the material of the body they revealed the final product. Lexus believed carbon fibre was an optimal choice as it was lighter and they changed the front design as well. They produced a total of 500 units with the LF-A concept.