Retromobile: Three Weird Car Designs That Never Stuck

Photo Credit: Goodwood Road & Racing. YouTube.
Photo Credit: Goodwood Road & Racing. YouTube. /

The Retromobile exhibit the rhombus shapes that never made it in the automotive world.

The Porsche 911 is a classic vehicle design.  It’s shape is recognizable.  Earlier designs led to a unique driving experience through creative engineering solutions.  After all, how do you handle a Porsche 911 with that much weight in the back, at higher speeds?  The steering gets light. On the flip side of things, the rear-bias weight allows for tremendous traction under acceleration and allows for a more neutral feel under brake.  Racing competitively is learning to control weight in dynamic situations. The Porsche 911 is the most challenging of these cases.  However, when it’s done right, 911’s win races.

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So, how in the world did a rhombus shape make it through automotive design?

Let’s take a look.

At Paris, France, Retromobile was an exhibit displayed during the past week.  Manufacturers such as Citroen, Peugeot, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Honda, Jaguar, Honda, Bugatti, DS, and Maserati brought vehicles for display.

The weirdest designs weren’t the only vehicles available.

The exhibitions presented to visitors have made Rétromobile into an outstanding event: the cars of the Maharadjas, the adventure of the Paris-Dakar rally, and an event devoted to the First World War with a faithful reproduction of the “Voie Sacrée”! Jean Rédélé’s Alpines, the exhibition on Roland Garros, the majestic Seguin Locomotive, and the innovative Fardier Cugnot… each year, the exhibitions at Rétromobile are a new opportunity to discover or rediscover outstanding models and collections, with dynamic displays showcasing legendary vehicles.

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It’s a Saturday, so why not look at cars that are a bit more unique?  Take some time to find a local car club or event, and spend a morning or afternoon with something a bit different for a change.