Whether they are super fast, super dangerous or just plain impractical, here are three truly amazing cars that you will never be allowed to drive.
More piece of art than vehicle, the Ford MA concept car was created in 2002 as an experiment in minimalist design. The two seater roadster is powered by an electric motor but more unusual than that is that this car is designed to be delivered to the end user as a flat pack! Dubbed by some as the ‘Ikea-mobile’ the MA is designed to be ‘put together in your garage with your son or daughter’ and consists of around 500 parts made from bamboo, aluminium and carbon fibre all held together by just 364 titanium bolts. Hardly any of the cars parts are painted and the entire car is an amazing 96% recyclable.
Whilst many would love to get their hands on this ingenious kit car, Ford say that as yet there are no plans to produce it and the only one in existence was actually produced as an art exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
First shown in 2006 at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show the Volkswagen GX3 was three-wheeled concept car that looked like the lovechild of a superbike and a roadster. Offering impressive performance, with a top speed of 200 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of just 5.7 seconds, the GX3 was powered by VWs Lupo GTI engine coupled with a six-speed gearbox mounted on a tubular steel spaceframe and covered with laminated body panels.
Volkswagen suggested that exciting car would go on sale for just $17,000 so it’s easy to see why so many people were very excited. However, despite intensive development by chassis experts Lotus Cars, Volkswagen later announced that they would not be able to sell the GX3 due mainly to several safety issues that could not be solved without costly redesigns, thus making the car unaffordable.
Bloodhound SSC is a a 42ft-long, penciled shaped jet car designed specifically to break the existing land speed record. At the centre of the Bloodhound SSC sits a prototype Typhoon engine, capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,000 miles per hour. Not content with powering the 800 bhp race engine using just a jet engine the design also includes a bespoke hybrid rocket booster. To slow down, Bloodhound SSC firstly applies air-brakes before parachutes are deployed at around 600 mph. Once the car gets below 250 mph disc breaks are used to bring the car to a halt.
Due to the the specialist nature of this vehicle and the immense forces experienced by the driver only one man is allowed to get behind the wheel this car, Wing Commander Andy Green. British Royal Air Force pilot must lie feet-first in the Bloodhound and will experience force of 2.5g during acceleration and up to 3g during deceleration. As he decelerates, blood will drain from his head to his feet and there is a real risk he could black out.
This article has been produced by Netcars.com, a used cars comparison site based in the UK.