Honda’s R&D department turns in its Challenge quiz in the form of a “rolling film festival” — a series of vehicles designed around typical
2002 Infiniti Q45
2002 Infiniti Q45Enlarge Photo
A drag-racer from Hyundai? Yes, and it’s a fuel-cell-powered one at that. Hyundai’s Gator, drawn by Eric Stoddard, sports an alien body shape with the white-hot performance of a Top Fuel dragster and something ominously tagged a “seat sling.” Giant hood blisters store hydrogen for rocketlike acceleration, while the rear wheelhouses hold electric motors that spin the Gator into orbit.
2001 Infiniti G20
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2000 Hyundai Tiburon
2000 Hyundai TiburonEnlarge Photo
It’s all over but the degustation, when it comes to the Maybach Challenge concept tourer. Automated through its GPS links to the sky, the Gourmet Tourer is outfitted with all imaginable devices to store and serve food and wine — and panoramic glass areas that allow full enjoyment of the passing scenery. What other brand would give you a refrigerator, espresso maker, wine racks, and a microwave? Yep, you guessed right. It’s Kitchen Aid. Thanks and requests for reservations go to designer Andre Frey.
1999 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Slightly more doable than the Maybach concept, the Benz Mojave Runner sounds ready for duty in Fallujah. The carbon-fiber and aluminum exterior frame are twinned with night vision, sandstorm radar, GPS, and a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain with power ports for tools and rescue gear, giving the Mojave Runner the ability to thrive in all kinds of weather conditions. Neater yet: designer John Gill’s newest edition has adaptive tires with changeable tread depth.
Spelling aside, Mark Kim’s roadster idea car sounds right-on, with its trendy hybrid powertrain coupled with all-wheel drive. A total of 360 hp gets pushed through the AWD system via in-wheel motors in the inevitable marriage of Evo-style performance and Prius-style frugality. Kitschy detail: rear rumble seats that double as extra cargo space.
2000 Honda Prelude
2000 Honda PreludeEnlarge Photo
1999 Honda Odyssey
1999 Honda OdysseyEnlarge Photo
Hubert Lee goes all Baywatch on the Challenge on behalf of not-quite-here-yet Smart. His Rescue Vehicle is drawn out for lifeguards on the