Thourghout the years, the automobile industry has made its bets in innovation and when it goes well it’s a stand out from the competition guaranteed. If a lot of times cars with fascinating features for the consumer arrive on the market, a few concepts have barely been achieved. Hereby you can find some examples that represent great failures in the history of the automobile.
Bricklin SV1, created by Subaru America founder Malcolm Briklin, was produced between 1974 and 1976. It incorporated features never seen before and intended to establish new safety assumptions in sports cars. It featured a sturdier body, gull doors and a sturdier bumper. This is precisely what has compromised, due to the excessive weight of the vehicle, both the efficiency and the performance that is required in a sport. Adding that, however cool it might be to open the futuristic doors of the SV1 by simply pushing a button, if the battery failed, getting stuck inside the car and having to break the glass window to leave it would not be very pleasant.
As the name implies, the Amphicar was a car and a boat, two in one. Unfortunately, as we quickly discovered, the amphibious vehicle was not good at being either. The idea was to overcome traffic with a car that could cut through waterways but the necessity of constant maintenance and the difficulty of maneuvering made it only possible to produced for a short limited time. About 4,000 were sold in the 1960s.
If it had passed the prototype stage, the Ford Nucleon would be a nuclear accident waiting to happen. The fission reactor used in the car granted autonomy of about 8 thousand kilometers with a single supply. In 1950, when the design was proposed, the evolution of nuclear power might had made sense, but these days it’s almost scandalous to imagine, even taking into account the zero emissions of the car.
Founded in 1979, Rinspeed is known for its often extravagant, futuristic, even lunatic proposals. Specializing in modifying and customizing Porsche and Subaru cars, they are also masters at creating such bold prototypes that they do not even get into production. One of his most bizarre creations is the Rinspeed X-Dream, a mix between an open box pick-up and a hovercraft. It was like reaching the beach, crossing the sand and entering the sea aboard the flashy yellow vehicle.
Fuller Dymaxion was part of the Omni-Medium Transport prototype, a vehicle that never got done. Built in the 1930s, it strangely took the form of a watermelon with three wheels. In fact, it was never designed to be produced, but to inspire vehicles of the future. Two front wheels and one on the back made handling tricky and even dangerous.
The Mizar Bird was a flying car. Mixing a modified Ford Pinto with a Cessna Skymaster, it allowed to arrive to the aerodrome by car, to hook the wings and a motor, and just take off. The four wheels of the car allowed for quick braking so a runway with only about 170 meters was needed for an effective landing. But the Skymaster accessory, made up of wings and engine, could not support the weight of the Ford Pinto, much less counting with the passengers and the fuel. The airplane car crashed into its creator inside. The inventor died and with him so did the project.