A few moments spent gazing into the middle distance, with supercars and luxury saloons filling your head can help the dreariest day go with a swing but if we’re really going to dream about cars, shouldn’t we use a little more imagination?
We’re all only a lottery win away from a stunning new car but some vehicles are beyond the reach even of people with Premier League footballer finances. Far more exclusive than mere hypercars, these are the dream cars money can’t buy.
These incredible cars can be impossibly rare, priceless or both. Some of them may not exist in the strictest sense, but they’re all desirable and fascinating enough to keep car fans in daydream material for years to come.
Batman has a fantasy garage that’s the envy of the superhero world but the awesome Tumbler from Batman Begins must surely be one of the Caped Crusader’s favourites.
With the jutting angles of its bodywork and those huge exposed tyres, it’s not conventionally pretty but there’s nothing better for striking fear into the hearts of the criminal element. Converted from a prototype military vehicle called the Tumbler by Bruce Wayne in the film, this Batmobile is actually powered by a 5.0-litre Chevy V8. It also splits apart at the front so Batman can make his escape on the built-in Batpod motorcycle.
Unless Batman retires and puts his fleet on Auto Trader, the chances of owning one are slim.
In 1999, Bentley gave the car world a tantalising glimpse of what would happen if it veered away from its luxury car principals and got really sporty. The Hunaudieres concept was a four-wheel-drive, mid-engined supercar with 16 cylinders and 623hp. It was said to be based on Lamborghini Diablo underpinnings and looked absolutely stunning but nothing close has ever made production with a Bentley badge.
Someone at Ferrari took the view that the Enzo hypercar wasn’t quite fast or exclusive enough and embarked on the programme that was to result in the FXX. It’s basically an Enzo race car with a raft of modifications designed to produce mind-bending pace on track. With the Enzo’s 6.0-litre V12 bored out to 6.3 litres and power increased from 696hp to a nice round 800hp, it’s quick. All that power plus the lightweight carbon-fibre construction produces a top speed of 243mph.
Ferrari charged around £1.6 million for the FXX and built 30 of them between 2005 and 2007. The catch was that the car was only supposed to be driven at a special series of Ferrari-approved track days. Only specially selected Ferrari customers were given the opportunity to buy and the 30th FXX was given to Michael Schumacher when he originally retired from Formula One in 2006.
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 concept car and gave the world a hint of what a future Jaguar supercar might look like. While a production car with flowing curves like the C-X75’s is a possibility, it could be another 75 years before anyone gets the chance to buy something with a similar engine. The C-X75 concept is powered by electricity and uses two on-board gas turbines to generate the juice to charge its batteries. It has 580hp and an astonishing 1,180lb ft of torque.
Fans of the 2006 Pixar film Cars will be familiar with the animated exploits of Lightning McQueen. The lovable red race car had the starring role in the movie and gained cult status with large numbers of cartoon-loving kids as a result. The character borrows design influences from the Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Viper.
Despite lively performance and being able to talk, he probably isn’t a fantasy vehicle for too many adult car fans. Lightning’s inclusion here is based more on the appeal he holds for a younger audience but even the most stony-faced of grumpy old men would have to admit he’s cute.
The Zonda supercar from Pagani has been available in so many different guises, it’s hard to keep track but if you want the rarest of the lot, the Tricolore is a good place to start. You could buy this car in theory but with a £1.3million price tag it would be tricky to come by, even if more than one had been made. Its bodywork fashioned from a carbon-titanium weave, the Tricolore was built to mark the 50th anniversary of the ‘Frecce Tricolori’, the Italian air force equivalent of the British Red Arrows display team.
The fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro is a fine-looking coupe in the best American muscle car traditions but is it really rare or exclusive enough to rank amongst our unobtainable dream cars? It is if it transforms into an 18-foot robot with a laser cannon. The Camaro, or more accurately, the 2006 Camaro Concept which previewed the design of the 2010 production car, is the disguise for Bumblebee in the later stages of the Transformers movie.
With distinctive yellow paintwork and black roof stripes, the character is one of the Autobot good-guys who cause huge quantities of special effects carnage in their battles with the evil Decepticons. When the production Camaro finally went on sale in 2010, Chevrolet offered a Transformers special edition with the same paintwork as the Bumblebee character from the film.
When the creators of Gran Turismo 5 needed a star car for their Playstation 3 game, they turned to the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team and the Red Bull X1 was born. Strictly a virtual creation, the car nevertheless has the looks and the stats to make car lovers drool. The car is the brainchild of Red Bull’s designer Adrian Newey and Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi. The figures speak of two car fans let off the leash with a 1,483bhp twin-turbo V6 that revs to 15,000rpm and will take the car to a 249mph top speed.
The X1’s fantasy performance is enough to embarrass real F1 cars and the styling is inspired by the aerodynamic solutions found on the grand prix grid. At 2,180mm wide and standing only 980mm off the ground, it’s never going to be the most practical transport around town but nobody will ever need to worry about that as the computer generated X1 lives out its life within the confines of Gran Turismo 5.
The debate will rage on forever about which is the all-time best James Bond car but the Lotus Esprit that converted into a submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me must be one of the favourites. As dream cars go, this one seems to have the lot. There were rocket launchers, a smoke screen and a surface to air missile for Bond to get his teeth into. The submarine scene was just the icing on the cake.
The Esprit’s wedge-shaped lines seemed to lend themselves perfectly to undersea travel and it’s hard to think of a better way to arrive at the beach.
Many people dream of owning a time machine and heading back into the past to right wrongs or place a cheeky bet on the 1971 Grand National. For car fans, there’s only one time machine worth having and that’s the DeLorean from the Back To The Future movies. It flies, it leaves flaming tyre tracks and it has gullwing doors, what more could you ask for in a fantasy car?
Ferrari gave 29 specially selected customers the opportunity of spending £1.2 million quid on a car that can’t be driven on the road. That car is the 599XX, a 722hp racing version of the 599 GTB Fiorano with weight reduced by 270kg, cutting-edge aerodynamics and an ultra-advanced stability and traction control system.
The 599XX takes 2.9 seconds to accelerate from standstill to 60mph and has a 196mph top speed that would be a lot higher but for the low gearing. It’s said that the 599XX is an amazing 10 seconds faster than the Ferrari Enzo around the Fiorano test track and some of the innovations fitted to the car have since been made available to the general public in road-legal guise on the £300,000 599 GTO.