Are you sure you haven't stumbled across an alien life form?
No, that's most definitely the latest concept car from American automaker Chevrolet. The marque chose to roll it through clouds of billowing dry ice and on to a futuristic stage at the Shanghai Auto Show recently. It's called the FNR and it's absolutely bonkers.
Too right. What's up with those wheels?
They are part of the cutting-edge powertrain that sees electric motors mounted inside all four rims. But funkier still, is the fact that those rims don't have conventional hubs...
Are you going to get all science-y on me now?
Yes, because conventional hubs have been replaced by a floating magnetic hubless wheel design and we thought you might be interested in that. To put it simply the lack of a traditional hub, which connects the wheel and brakes to the drive axle, reduces the additional power required to overcome radial torque of convectional hub driven wheels. It also reduces the amount of mechanical loss through friction.
Are you speaking English?
We're trying to say that these special floating magnetic wheels have got the potential to massively increase the range of the battery-powered electric motors that drive the FNR concept. They could also lead to some pretty epic performance figures.
You also seem to have glossed over the fact that it looks completely insane...
You are right, it does look insane and that's probably down to the "dragonfly dual-swing" doors that lead into a cockpit that wouldn't look out of place on a spaceship. Inside, front occupants are treated to chairs that swivel 180-degrees so they can enjoy a good old chinwag with their buddies in the back.
There's also a selection of screens that are constantly connected to the web for easy browsing on the move.
Erm, how are swivelling chairs safe?
We forgot to mention that the FNR Concept can theoretically drive itself because it's one of those new-fangled autonomous car things.
Chevrolet is very sketchy about how this actually works, bar revealing that it has advanced sensors and roof-mounted radar technology that can map the road ahead.
And when will it hit those roads?
Not for a very long time, as this was more of a design study than a new car launch. But elements of the new tech, such as the iris recognition system that opens and starts the car, could filter down into some of Chevrolet's upcoming hybrid and electric vehicles.
Let's hope those awesome dragonfly doors filter down too.