Geneva – the weird and the wonderful

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Geneva – the weird and the wonderful

For our final report from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, we look at some of the exotic sports cars and outrageous concepts that the show is famous for…

1603_Pagani_Huara_BCPagani’s Zonda is regarded as an iconic machine both among sports car enthusiasts and players of driving computer games. Its successor is the Huara, and Geneva sees the unveiling of a very limited edition version in tribute to the brand’s first customer. Just 20 examples of the Huara BC will be made, its 6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine uprated to ‘somewhere above 800bhp’.

1603_Lykan_HypersportMany may believe the new Bugatti Chiron to be the most expensive car at the Geneva show, but it’s more likely to be this. The Lykan Hypersport comes from the Middle East, includes diamond-coated LEDs in its headlamps and gold leaf in the engine bay, boasts a 0-62mph time of under three seconds, and its production line numbers less than 10 cars. And it costs more than £2 million…

1603_Arash_AF10This, meanwhile, is with little doubt the most powerful car in Geneva, and it’s British! The Arash AF10 is the 2016 version of a car originally launched in 2008, and matches a V8 petrol engine of up to 900bhp with four electric motors for a claimed total output of 2080bhp… Not surprisingly it dispatches the 0-62mph sprint in only 2.8 seconds and goes on past 200mph. No price is available yet but it is expected to be around £1 million.

1603_Italdesign_GT_Zero_021603_Italdesign_GT_ZeroItaldesign is a well-known styling house, once the haunt of Giorgetto Giugiaro and now owned by Volkswagen, and this its latest creation. The GT Zero is powered by three electric motors and produces 482bhp. It is described by its creators as “an homage to the great Italian tradition for sportscars, with a look into the future”, while the biggest talking point among showgoers is the rear of the car, many considering it highly stylish. The clever interior layout can be reconfigured, from a 2+2 arrangement to accommodation for three adult occupants.

1603_Pininfarina_H2And finally – to suggest that just maybe, not everything new is better than what has gone before. The picture above shows the latest design exercise from renowned styling house Pininfarina, famous for its decades of work with such high street names as – Ferrari. The H2 Speed is hydrogen fuel-cell powered, with a 186mph top speed. Its creators describe it as between a racing prototype and a production supercar.

Attracting just as much attention amongst showgoers, however, is the highly attractive car below, a Pininfarina concept which was debuted at the Geneva show – in 1969 – and was again inspired by motor sport. The Sigma Grand Prix was actually a Ferrari-backed project with the main aim being to improve safety at a time when many drivers were being killed in Formula One races. Many of the innovations in the 3-litre V12-powered car have since found their way into motorsport, such as driver survival cells, multi-layer fuel tanks, built-in fire extinguisher systems and the sidepods protruding behind the rear wheels to prevent interlocking wheels – this last has been adopted by the US IndyCar Series in the past decade…

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Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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