Leave it to Hollywood to dish out the outrageous in shovels and spend all that money to visualise them onto the big screen. Just take a look at these unbelievably sleek and incredible cars that exist only in our wildest dreams.
Let's keep it real, yet give you a glimmer of hope at the same time. We feature carmakers of today and their fantasy dream cars, which may or may not be found on the streets, or in the air, in the foreseeable future.
Audi Fleet Shuttle Quattro - Ender's Game
Vorsprung durch Technik, or "Progress through technology" in the common tongue, is Audi's philosophy and boy, do they take it seriously.
The Audi Fleet Shuttle Quattro is sufficient proof. It's Audi's first attempt at creating a completely virtual car from mind to paper to screen without ever leaving a single tire mark on the streets, except for the fictional roads in Ender's Game.
As the movie drops islandwide on 7 November, we have only been privvy to images of the car and a glimpse of it in the movie trailer. With Audi's track record, we’ll be expecting the car to pack some epic futuristic gadgetry under its hood, the stuff that future models can emulate. And if it isn’t, well, here's one very disappointed fan.
Bugatti - Elysium
In Elysium - a film which focused so much on the class divide - luxury brands like Armani and Versace were given a dystopian update. But why bother with the fashion? It’s the flying Bugatti that everyone’s got their eyes on.
Director Neill Blomkamp is a huge Bugatti fan and convinced the car company that Elysium needed a Bugatti. As company founder Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean used to develop high-speed trains and build engines for boats and aircrafts, adding an imaginary space shuttle to the company's portfolio came naturally. And thus, a beautiful creative union was formed.
Although it can’t quite fly, the world’s fastest car - the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse - will be making a cameo appearance in Michael Bay's upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction.
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Lexus 2054 - Minority Report
What Steven Spielberg wants, Steven Spielberg gets. So at his request, a 2054 version of the Lexus was created for Tom Cruise to make his escape in the action thriller film Minority Report.
Although the futuristic Lexus can’t propel itself up into the sky, it comes with neat features like a Weather Sensitive Response System that adjusts the car's tire traction, window tint intensity according to the day's weather and dent-resistant memory metal to prevent bumps and bruises.
But our favourite (or for any parallel parking noobs) is the Auto Valet feature, which automatically parks the car and charges it between dropping its owner off and being called upon by remote control. We'd love to have that, but for now, self-driving cars are the closest we have.
Audi RSQ - I, Robot
Surprise, surprise, it’s another Audi. This time created for the movie I, Robot, the concept is a futuristic automobile set in the year 2035. From the front, it may look just like any well-rounded Audi cruising on the road. Step to the side and you’ll see what sets it forward 21 years - the wheels, or should we call them spheres?
The spherical tyres design allows the car to be driven in any direction. No tangled limbs involved as you don't even have to turn the wheel to steer.
So sleek was the design that Audi retained it for the iconic R8. If only they ditched the conventional wheels and kept the sphere idea.