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Oddballs of the Geneva motor show

  • Strangers in town

    Visitors at the Geneva motor show expecting to see the latest Ford Focus or Subaru Forester would have been surprised to find an apparent Bugatti Royale standing head height in their way. History buffs would be momentarily at a loss for words when their friends asked, “What’s that?” And those who have ever described anything as merely an engine on wheels would be washing their mouth out after visiting the Palexpo centre.

    All were made manifest at the 2014 Geneva motor show.

    (Photography: Richard Aucock)

  • EDAG Genesis

    A car made from a 3D printer, no less. This concept, from German engineering group EDAG, would be totally tool-free, courtesy of a process called fused deposition modelling, or FDM. Robots apply thermoplastic materials layer by layer, and the whole structure is then enclosed in a shell that EDAG says has been modelled on a turtle. An oddball idea today, but perhaps a glimpse of the future?

  • Lazareth Wazuma V8F

    Legend has it Enzo Ferrari said that if you buy one of his cars, you pay for the engine and he gives you the rest for free. Lazareth has taken that idea rather literally. This is a motor powered by a Ferrari 328’s power plant (3.2 litres, 250 horsepower, 155mph, that sort of thing). Nonsense. This is an engine on wheels. The handlebars rest on the crankcase. At least the Viper-engined Dodge Tomahawk concept unveiled at the 2003 Detroit auto show was never actually street-legal. This is.

  • Lazareth Wazuma GT

    Lazareth strikes again. The Wazuma GT looks relatively grounded in logic compared to the engine-in-a-shopping-cart Wazuma V8F. It has two proper seats, for one thing, but what’s that between them? Yes, a Jaguar J-gate auto shifter, hooked up to a near-supercar-spec 4-litre V8 engine.

  • Citroën C4 Cactus

    Launching a concept car in an eye-catching colour, with leftfield design and body-protecting bubble wrap on the side. It would never make production – or would it? Welcome the Citroën C4 Cactus, the convention-flouting new family crossover that the French brand will be delivering to showrooms across Europe soon. Citroën has officially rediscovered its oddball past. Now all that’s left to do is rediscover the hydraulic suspension from the DS parts bin.

  • Nimrod AvantiRosso Lamborghini Aventador

    Is this the most exotic replica in the world? From a distance, it bears a passing resemblance to the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Up close, eyes adjust to reveal a Lamborghini Aventador. Now, whether someone would pay top dollar for an Aventador – $400,000 in the US – and take it straight to Nimrod for conversion into a replica of something else, is anyone’s guess.

  • Mansory Rolls-Royce Desk

    For those tired of driving a desk and would rather be driving a Rolls-Royce, here’s a desk that iss billed as the Rolls-Royce of office desks. Even the lights light up, although it’s not so clear whether the headlight washer-wiper works (and, for the well being of your tax return print-outs, maybe hope they don’t). If you are chained to a desk, you may as well be captive in style.

  • Ermini Seiottosei Barchetta

    Ermini was an Italian brand that produced fewer than 50 cars in the post-war years. It did, however, win the prestigious Targa Florio in 1950 and 1953. Ermini has mounted a comeback with the Seiottosei Barchetta. Weighing less than 690kg (1,521lbs), it has a 315hp Renault 2-litre turbocharged gasoline engine that’s good for zero to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds. With engine and sequential gearbox serving as stressed members within the spaceframe chassis, it is basically yet another racing car for the road – and an ever so slightly odd one at that.

  • Sbarro Espera ES-13 Flèche Rouge

    With LED running lights, space-age-spec mirrors and tail lights incorporated into the B-2 Stealth Bomber rear wing, the Espera ES-13 appears as if it was designed with road-going intent. It won’t ever realise that intention, of course. The beholder decides whether that is lamentable or not.

  • Sbarro Royale Event

    Designed by Franco Sbarro 35 years ago, the Royale Event has re-emerged at this year’s show. It is fitted with two Rover V8s fused together to create a V16 engine. (Sbarro designed that, too.) It is 6.5 metres long, and if it looks familiar, blame its inspiration, the Bugatti Royale. Only six of those were built; only this Sbarro Royale remains.