Le Mans Cars Of The Future Could Turn Out Very, Very Ugly

Le Mans Cars Of The Future Could Turn Out Very, Very Ugly

Le Mans is the hunting ground of many wacky race concepts – from the Nissan DeltaWing prototype of 2012 to the fin-tastic Audi R18 that competed this year – but these renders show us how future racers could look.

The designs were submitted to the Michelin 2017 Design Challenge, which saw entrants from across the world outlining their visions for 2030’s endurance cars.

The winning design came from China’s Tao Ni, whose stapler-inspired asymmetrical Infiniti concept wowed the judges, and that rather sets the tone.

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Some of the designs are, frankly, pretty disgusting, such as the silver Audi that looks like a crashed drone and the red Audi that looks like one of those modified Land Rover 101 Forward Controls from Judge Dredd has been squashed.

Please be aware that viewing these images could cause nausea and a long-lasting fear of Audis*.

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Some other designs, however, look fairly good, including the Martini racer of Canadian Kurt Scanlan and the Mercedes of Frenchman Martin Chatelier.

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Probably the prettiest render, though, came from Portuguese entrant Daniel Bacelar. His Bentley was only awarded second place by the judges, but for mixing modern design with old-school cues and a stunning paint job, we’d have given it the top spot.

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For the full list of designs, click here. If you dare…

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*This assumes your opinion hasn’t already been coloured by the A3-driving twit who cut you up on the A34 the other day.

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