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The World’s Weirdest Cars

February 28, 2014

While most of us might fantasise about a Porsche 911 or an Aston Martin DB9, some people’s dream rides are just a little more eccentric. Here are five of the weirdest cars from around the world.

 

Rinspeed sQuba

 

Clearly designed by someone who’s seen The Spy Who Loved Me far too many times, the Rinspeed sQuba does what James Bond’s Lotus Esprit only pretended to do − it functions both on land and underwater.

Developed by Swiss company Rinspeed, the sQuba is actually built around a Lotus Esprit chassis, just like James Bond’s fictional version. However, unlike the Bond car, this one is designed to run underwater with the hood down, necessitating the use of scuba-style diving regulators for those who wish to carry on breathing.

The car has a top speed on land of 75mph, but can only manage 3.7mph on the ocean surface and just 1.9mph when underwater.

Smart Monster Truck

 

One of arguably many issues with Smart cars is that they’re just not very macho. The solution? Why, stick a set of monster truck tyres on them, of course!

And that’s exactly what Greek 4×4 Rally Race champion Stefan Attart and Smart parent company Mercedes-Benz Greek division did, creating the awesome forfun2. Using the body of a Smart forfun and the platform of a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (rally version), the team created this crazy hybrid. Packing a 5,675cc 6-cylinder diesel engine, the forfun2 kicks out 84bhp and sits on 26 inch rims, achieving a ground clearance of 650mm and standing at 3.7 metres tall overall.

World’s Longest Limousine

 

Limos − if there’s one problem with them, it’s that there’s just never enough room for the helipad, am I right? Well that’s certainly what Jay Ohrberg of Burbank, California thought when he dreamed up this monstrosity.

Ohrberg designed this beast himself, with his super-size limo having a total length of 100 feet (that’s over 30 metres), 26 tyres, a Jacuzzi, a sun deck, a swimming pool (with diving board), a king-size bed and, of course, that all-important helipad.

The super-limo sadly isn’t actually street legal, meaning Ohrberg mainly uses it for exhibitions and hiring out for film work – but it is at least in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest car, so that’s something.

MonoTracer MTE-150

Another Swiss machine, this time from manufacturers Peraves, the MonoTracer is billed as “one of the world’s most efficient vehicles”. It’s essentially an all-electric motorcycle with a covered cabin that weighs in at around 545kilos, kicks out 200hp and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 150mph with a 0-60mph sprint of under 4 seconds. The drivetrain is similar to the one you might find in the Tesla Roadster and it won the 2010 Automotive X Prize in the “Alternative Tandem” category. Yes, apparently that’s a thing.

The MonoTracer MTE-150 will set you back around £60,000 but, if your lifelong ambition has been to ride around pretending you’re in one of the light cycles from Tron, the MonoTracer is probably as close as you’re ever likely to get.

Terrafugia Transition

Right, if the idea of a car that’s also a submarine didn’t impress you, how about a car that’s also a plane? That’s right – a little engineering company from Woburn, Massachusetts called Terrafugia have finally cracked the concept of a car that turns into a plane. Or, as they call it, the “roadable plane”, which presumably means it’s really a plane that turns into a car.

The transition is capable of 70mph on the ground and 107mph in the sky, thanks to its Rotax 912ULS air and water cooler four-cylinder, four-stroke engine. With the wings folded, it’s 7ft 6 inches wide, 6ft 8 inches high and 18ft 9 inches long – meaning that, while it won’t be the smallest vehicle on the road, it should just about fit down even the narrowest of lanes.

And if not, you can always take to the skies!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.