Many car enthusiasts will go on and on about how their dream car will have these certain tires and custom wheels, a huge engine, and a beefed-up suspension that can handle even the roughest driving. But then there’s that select group of car enthusiasts that just absolutely go bonkers for a car that just doesn’t seem to be able to exist in today’s world. Whether it’s a flying car, a submarine car, or just a car that looks like a spaceship, with an interior to match, these autos seem straight out of a science fiction movie. To be honest, it’s easy to see their fascination with these cars. They are incredible and we don’t need to be gearheads to enjoy them.
To simply gaze upon these wonders of modern, or post-modern, automobile design, or hear the sound of a high-performance engine shoe-horned into a stylish, out-of-this-world body is enough to make anyone’s jaw drop. These cars are wonders of modern engineering and some were built way ahead of their time. Some were built as part of a design challenge to accomplish some set goal, while others were simply an exercise in engineering, just to see if it could be done; to test the limits of automobile engineering capabilities. Whatever the reason, all of these cars are very real and, even if they aren’t readily available for purchase, they all have been driven and tested by some very lucky track drivers. These cars are rare and unreal and if someone has the money maybe they can own one too!
25 2013 Volkswagen XL1
The VW XL1 is a unique diesel-powered plug-in electric hybrid car, known as the most fuel efficient car available; we’re talking about 280 mpg. The power is supplied by a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery which can deliver an all-electric range of about 31 miles. Seating is tandem, rather than side-by-side, and there are no rear-view mirrors, opting instead for cameras and electronic displays. The body is lightweight carbon fiber over a magnesium alloy subframe. Initial production of this two-seater in 2013 was limited to 250 cars, and it retails for $146,000.
24 2016 Renault TREZOR
At a whopping $3 million, the futuristic 2016 Renault TREZOR is a 2-seat electric coupe that is exploring a new trend in concept-to-production cars, making futuristic styling and technology available today. This electric sportster features red tinted windows and metallic paint. The bonnet has honeycomb-shaped air inlets and, in place of a fuel cap, there is an analog gauge indicating charge level. The car also features fiber optic lighting and, in place of traditional doors, the roof lifts up to allow access to the cockpit. The dashboard is one large LED display with touch-screen controls. It evens has a self-driving mode!
23 The Rinspeed sQuba
This car is just what it looks like: a submarine-automobile hybrid. With three electric engines, one for the street and two for ocean-going maneuvering, this car is still a prototype and has yet to go into production; however, it is legit and you can own one today for a cool $1.5 million! Once in production, which will hopefully be soon, the sQuba is expected to have a list price of $250,000. The car propels itself underwater using two jet propellers and has a cruising speed of about 1.9 mph (1.65 knots) underwater. For street driving, top speed is closer to 75 mph. Oh, underwater breathing is made possible using scuba diving air regulators.
22 The Mercedes Biome Concept Car
Though no list price has been given, this concept car is expected to be in the affordable range. The Mercedes Biome was unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge, in response to a challenge issued to create a full-functioning automobile that weighed less than 1000 pounds. Mercedes went all out and created this baby in a lab, not a factory. To reduce weight, the car features infrastructure composed of a material akin to agar jelly, a gelatinous substance made from algae, dubbed “BioFibre.” The whole vehicle weighs only 875.5 pounds, and it completely biodegradable! Despite its bioengineering, the material is stronger than steel. It runs on a chemical reaction created by the structure’s exposure to oxygen – very futuristic!
21 2009 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
One of boxer Floyd Mayweather’s favorite cars, the 2009 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is as exclusive as it is striking. With a price tag of $4.8 million, the CCXR Trevita has exotic styling and a monster of an engine. It also incorporates white carbon fibers, made specifically for this car, to give its body an out-of-this-world luster when hit by light. Only two were built, one of which belongs to the aforementioned Mayweather. It might be expensive, but you can’t deny it is beautiful!
20 2013 Lamborghini Veneno
When most people think of exotic dream cars, Lamborghini often comes to mind. At the top of that list the 2013 Veneno usually sits unchallenged. Ranging in price from $3.9 to $4.5 million, the Veneno was put into production in honor of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. It was unleashed upon the world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and it is truly an impressive piece of engineering. This exotic features carbon-fiber, lightweight design and aerodynamics geared toward stability and high-speed handling. It boasts 750 horsepower and a top speed of 220 mph.
19 W Motors Lykan Hypersport
If you saw the Vin Diesel action film Furious 7, you’ll recognize the rare W Motors Lykan Hypersport as the car Diesel drove the glass windows from one skyscraper to another, via CGI, of course. With a price tag of about $3.4 million, the “first Arab supercar” can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 240 mph! What do you get for your multi-million dollar investment? Aside from futuristic styling and world-class muscle, you’ll get leather interior stitched with gold thread, a 3D infotainment system generating a holographic mid-air display, and LED headlamps encrusted with diamonds! Only seven of these rare cars are produced annually.
18 2017 Pagani Huayra BC
The 2017 Pagani Huayra BC is not quite as rare as the W Motors Lykan HS, but it's close! Only 20 of these exotics were produced at a cost of $2.5 million each. Each car is an engineering marvel incorporating a carbon fiber body, uniquely formulated to be 50% lighter than regular carbon fiber. These monsters can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, making them one of the fastest supercars in the world. Speed aside, as they are certainly eye-catching!
17 2013 Icona Vulcano Titanium
To say the 2013 Icona Vulcano Titanium is rare is an understatement; Icona Turin actually only built one of them! At a cost of $3.8 million, this Italian coupe features a body built from strong and lightweight titanium and carbon fiber. Its fabrication is the result of over 1,000 man hours of custom craftsmanship. This supercar features a midfront-mounted supercharged V8 engine, calibrated for racing and the road. It can accelerate 0 to 60 mph in approximately 2.8 seconds. If you got $3.8 million, call them up; they’ll build one for you!
16 2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion
When the Pagani Zonda Revolucion was unveiled back at Vanishing Point 2013, the annual gathering of Pagani owners, all eyes turned to witness this outrageous 800 horsepower monster tear up the track. Weighing just less than 2,400 pounds, coupled with all that horsepower results in a driving experience that can only be defined as distinctive! The engine is actually a Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.0-liter V12. Pagani produced only five of these exclusive futuristic supercars at a price of $2.6 million each.
15 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero
It’s been almost fifty years since the Lancia Stratos HF Zero was first unveiled to the public at the 1970 Turin Motor Show. With a futuristic body style and ultra-modern design, this car was the result of a rivalry between the elite auto designers of Pininfarina, known for their Maseratis and Alfa Romeos, and Bertone, known for their Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Bertone’s head designer Marcello Gandini offered up this classic that still turns heads. This distinctive orange wedge-shaped supercar features a 1.6-liter V4 engine. After being exhibited in Bertone’s museum for years, the one-off concept car was sold at an Italian auction in 2011, for $1,095,333.
14 GM ETV
The GM ETV, short for General Motors Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle, looks like some sort of mock-up of a futuristic hovercar used in a sci-fi movie. However, this vehicle is actually a working model, selling for $85,000 each. The GM ETV is an innovation in automobiles designed by Mike Vetter and they are perfectly street-legal and ready for highway driving. Though not really a hovercar, the driving experience is said to be similar to gliding through the air. The ETV is a custom-built car, with the initial prototype built on a 2006 Chevrolet Aveo platform, with a four-cylinder engine and three-speed automatic transmission. If you want one, contact Vetter at his custom car shop, The Car Factory, in Micco, Florida.
13 1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo
Gerald Wiegart was a design consultant for American auto companies when he set out to create an American car with performance and styling that could rival the European exotics. After years of design work, he unveiled the Vector W8 Twin Turbo, constructed using the most advanced auto technology available and next-generation materials, including some intended for aerospace applications. The engine is a 6.0-liter V8, housed in a body utilizing carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass. The W8 ran the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 124 mph, a full two seconds faster than the Ferrari Testarossa. Only 19 were built, with a red-finished version featured on the cover of Road & Track magazine in March 1991. That vehicle sold at an auction in 2014 for $275,000.
12 1988 Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette
In the late 1980s, Chevrolet approached engine-tuner extraordinaire Reeves Callaway to develop basically a Corvette that was turned up to 500%. What he gave them is still so unreal that they’ve never attempted to replicate it again. Callaway took a base 1988 Corvette and modified the engine, suspension, body, and interior. He added a custom camshaft and twin turbochargers putting out about 898 horsepower and 772 pound-feet of torque. The engine was so loud that the dual exhausts were doubled and muffled so you could at least hear yourself think.
Callaway added a leather-covered roll bar, five-point driver and passenger harnesses, along with an automatic fire-suppression system. On October 26, 1988, driver John Lingenfelter established a closed-course speed record at 254.76 mph (a record that would hold for 25 years!). Callaway has received offers of up to $600,000 for the Sledgehammer, but they’ve been denied.
11 2017 Terrafugia Transition
Remember when futurists used to dream about the days when the flying car concept would be a viable reality; the time when we could skip rush hour traffic by taking to the air. Well, the future is now. Behold the Terrafugia Transition flying car. It is basically a street-legal automobile that can be driven around town, and then when the need arises, it can unfurl its wings and take to the air. Having been in development since 2006, only two of these unique vehicles have been created, at a cost of $279,000 each.
10 2014 Koenigsegg One:1
The Koenigsegg One:1 is called the world’s first megacar. This is because the car’s 1,341 bhp (brake horsepower) power output is equal to one megawatt of energy! This translates to about 1,161 horsepower delivering rapid acceleration and speed exceeding 273 mph. This car is probably the closest you’ll get to fly a jet fighter without leaving the ground! I mean seriously, it looks more like a spaceship than a car. This street-legal racer features scissor-hinged doors, carbon-ceramic brakes, and beautifully stylish lines! Want one? They cost about $2.9 million for the base models.
9 2013 Spania GTA Spano
One of the rarest hypercars in the world, the Spania GTA Spano features state-of-the-art titanium alloy, carbon fiber accents, and a Kevlar chassis. Although, that’s not what makes this car so unreal and futuristic, it’s actually the post-modern exterior and light accents that look like something straight out of a Tron movie. The sci-fi motif doesn’t stop there as the interior features an LCD screen dashboard and pushbutton gear-shifting. The max speed is 215 mph and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Only 99 of these cars are made in any given year and, right now, a 2013 model fetches over $750,000.
8 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
The 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, translated means “The Sixth Element.” It is named in honor of the car’s extensive use of carbon fiber, making it the most lightweight supercar available at 2,200 pounds. Its futuristic style hides its 5.2-liter V10 engine that is cooled by way of the 10 distinctive hexagonal holes in the engine cover. The exhaust pipes are built into the rear spoiler wing. Only 20 of this model were ever made at a cost of $2.89 million each.
7 2008 Maybach Exelero
This car is unreal! Maybach is known for luxury but consider this their own ultra-exclusive, luxury office on wheels; truly a first-class experience that previously you can only get with a ride in the back of a limousine. You get all that coupled with the performance and styling of an exotic sports car. It’s the 2008 Maybach Exelero. You might have caught one of them in Jay-Z’s music video for “Lost One.” They cost $8 million each, so to call them exclusive is an understatement!
6 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie
The Aston Martin Valkyrie, otherwise known as the AM-RB 001, is a hybrid sports car model put out by the British automaker in collaboration with the F1 Red Bull Racing Team, hence the “RB” in the model number. This year they expected to produce 150 road models, plus another 25 track versions. It was designed by Aston Martin engineer Marin Marek Reichman and Adrian Newey, technical director of the Red Bull Formula 1 team. The car was designed for maximum lightness and had all non-essentials removed. Even the logo, on the front bonnet, was engraved on 70-micron-thick aluminum foil, about 30% thinner than a human hair. The price tag: $3 million.
5 BMW GINA
With a name like GINA, you’d think this car was named for the woman that inspired the designer; you’d be wrong. GINA stands for “Geometry and Functions in ‘N’ Adaptations.” BMW’s Chris Bangle designed this futuristic auto using next-generation concepts to bring drivers an unreal BMW whose exteriors are made entirely of a shape-shifting fabric. This also makes it heat-resistant, even in the highest temperatures, as well as water-resistant. When you want to get in or out, the doors uncannily butterfly open allowing for easy entry. Want to take a peek under the hood? The seamless bonnet spreads apart allowing a view of the engine compartment. Unreal! Only one exists currently, but production cost will reportedly be in the six-figures.
Looking like a custom Lamborghini that has been tricked-out into a limousine, the Superbus is the brainchild of Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels and researchers at the Delft University of Technology. The Superbus is a prototype meant to ultimately be utilized as public transportation in the Netherlands, and Japan has expressed interest as well. It is a high-speed electric coach with gullwing doors, seating 23 passengers. Top speed is 160 mph and it is meant to travel on specially designed segregated highway lanes.
3 2018 Devel Sixteen
The Devel Sixteen is another futuristic car that doesn’t look like it could be real, but rather a prop built for a sci-fi film. However, it is very real and, with a top speed of 348 mph, it is ranked as one of the top hypercars in the world. The 12.3-liter V16 quad-turbocharged engine puts out over 3,000 hp, so this Dubai exotic is not exactly street-legal. However, they do plan on creating some models for the road. At $4 million, so far only one of these rare beauties has been created and sold.
2 2015 Splinter
If you were to see a Splinter out on the street, it would be easy to mistake it for an expensive wooden play toy constructed to resemble a Lamborghini. But then to watch it drive off onto the highway, you’d be dumbfounded! Who would’ve thought wood would be a practical fabricating material for a car. Well, designer Joe Hammon created the Splinter’s body exclusively out of wood. It’s not a gimmick either. This car took five years to design and it is real and it runs. The 4.6-liter twin supercharged V8 engine puts out 700 horsepower and has a top speed of 228 mph!
1 2013 Lamborghini Egoista
Ever heard of the 2013 Lamborghini Egoista? Probably not, as only one was ever built and it currently sits in the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese. This hypercar was created in celebration of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. Egoista translates to “selfish,” and with the car only having a one-seat cockpit with a canopy door, who ever drives it doesn’t have to share the experience. The car looks like a jet fighter plane, which is by design, and it features the same aerodynamics. This dream on wheels accelerates from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds, and has a top speed in excess of 217 mph. If someone really wanted one, reportedly Lamborghini might consider building one for you for a cool $117 million!