Away from the mainstream exhibition stands of the major marques and supercar brands at this year’s Geneva Salon, an intriguing selection of offbeat ‘left field’ cars and concepts can be found, many of which seem to have escaped the attention of the motoring press.
Interesting takes on the low emission theme can be seen on the vast Quant stand, with the new Quantino zero-emission coupé (above) creating some interest. The first production example of the electric Rimac Concept One is also pulling the crowds, with an example expected to appear in the Supercar Run at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. On the subject of the summer, the bright and breezy new Le Mans-built Bee-Bee electric beach car (white car below) brought a smile to the face, as did Toyota’s unusual Kikai concept car (grey car below).
At the opposite end of the spectrum, raw power and debatable ‘style’ can be seen on the Mansory stand, where a spectrum of modified supercars are on display, plus a questionable two-tone (white and gold) Rolls-Royce Wraith and Bentley Flying Spur. Switzerland’s own local modifier Sbarro is displaying the retro Mille, plus the wild Maserati V8-engined 4-wheeled motorcycle, made just over the French border by Lazareth in Annecy.
A couple of the lesser-reported concept cars including the odd origami folding car, presented by the vehicle design students of IED in Turin, whilst Magna’s poor conventional approach drew more admiring glances. Finally, the tiny two-seater SECMA F16 turbo, with a rear-mounted RenaultSport Clio motor, also raised a smile or two…