We experienced a torrential and exciting downpour of automotive design in November 2022 at Yanko Design. Each automobile was innovative and brought us something we had never seen or experienced before. From blistering speed to dashing looks to impenetrable safety standards, every automobile we’ve featured at YD has broken some design barriers for us, and hopefully they’ve done the same for you. So we’ve curated a collection of automotive designs that we think are the best of them all. From an intriguing Apple Car 1 concept to a transformative electric bike that transforms from a performance bike to a cargo carrier in the blink of an eye, each of these drool-worthy cars ruthlessly pushes the boundaries of the automotive industry. Automotive enthusiasts will be itching to get their hands on them and spin them on the road!
1. The Fordzilla hypervan
Dubbed the Fordzilla Hypervan, this dune buggy is inspired by the reptiles overall. The matte black color it’s cloaked in is a telltale sign of the Godzilla design influence. If you see this typical Batmobile influence, you are not alone! The appearance of matt orange tones on the outside and inside underlines the sharp character of the ride. The battery on the back hints at its rear-wheel-drive origins, and therefore better balance and handling. The Hypervan gets all the glass doors that have gull wings and look absolutely gorgeous. These doors are an extension of the windshield and the panoramic glass roof, giving the four-wheeler a feeling of airiness.
2. GAC Barchetta
The semblance of Italian automotive influence from the ’80s and their earlier in-house concept cars is understandable. Dubbed the GAC Barchetta, the show car is the first in the Car Culture range to debut in Milan’s design district of Via Tortona, with a vision to celebrate Italy’s rich car culture. The open-wheel design of the two-seat EV has a flattened chassis with no windshield to kick off the minimal aesthetic. According to the design team, the car is divided into three parts. The flat chassis is one of them and contains compact batteries, something like a smartphone battery. Second, there’s the streamlined body thanks to the strong mono-material aluminum frame that keeps everything light and visually timeless.
3. The TRISO electric motorcycle
The urban mobility of the future will largely rely on electric two-wheelers with the freedom of shape-shifting aesthetics. The TRISO Electric Motorcycle is a good example of this longing for an adaptable commuter that is good for every life scenario. The transformative electric bike is aimed at the younger group, generally aged 20-30, who want to show their passion for riding while being considerate of the planet. TRISO has three driving modes – Eco, Road and Explore – each utilizing a different shape and driving aesthetic. Switching takes place in a matter of seconds and is therefore perfect for any real-time requirements.
4. The UTV
This four-door utility vehicle is perfect for fun rides on a bright, sunny day thanks to its open-top Jeep-like design. While I would have liked beefier tires for the UTV, the designer manages to convey the minimalist design with enough scope for after-market modifications should you want to hit the dirt trails. It’s more like a modernized buggy that got an evolutionary boost in time. Everything right from the roof, hood and interior can be micromanaged based on need and type of activity. The UTV can be a beach buggy one day and an open top jeep the other day.
5. Yamaev’s tricycle scooter
Designed by Alexander Yamaev, this oddly eye-catching three-wheel scooter concept features a rectangular side profile that slices through the air like a credit card slides through a payment machine, and a unique wheel setup with a massive front wheel that enhances the scooter’s transparency surrounds bubble-shaped cockpit and two rear wheels that separate for stability at low speeds and unite for maneuverability at high speeds. The ideas presented by Yamaev’s concept are certainly radical, with a design so groundbreakingly unique that it makes the Cybertruck look dated.
6. The W16 Mistral
Named after the powerful wind that blows from the Rhône Valley through the Côte d’Azur in southern France and into the Mediterranean, the car touts power and a performance that can blow your mind. The car has an outstanding open-top design that harkens back to Bugatti’s origins, with some of the first cars being open-top racers. Roll your eyes to the side and you have one of the most interesting profiles out there. There’s a shape of continuity with the open-top design, and the car isn’t one that shys away from tight corners in certain places and fuller arcs in others. The car still comes with Bugatti’s horseshoe radiator.
7. The Apple Car 1 concept
The Apple Car 1 concept is another iteration of the Cupertino giant’s most anticipated project yet, one that yearns to materialize. The core idea of Apple’s concept car revolves around a minimalist and elegant form. This resemblance to the Magic Mouse is intentional and defines the flowing lines of the next-generation car, which will most likely be an evolved self-driving vehicle. Magic Mouse inspiration gives the Apple Car 1 a forward and backward downward motion for balanced volume. Further inspiration comes from the Airpods Pro for an increased sense of power and dominance on the road – hence the bulged wheel section for a muscular profile and overall contrast.
8. The Huracan Sterrato
The Huracan Sterrato looks quite similar to its predecessor, although it comes with some key improvements that make it, well, off-road capable. It comes with fog lights on the front as well as the roof of the car, along with fenders on the fenders that are designed to keep your car sparkling clean even after a rumble in the dirt. From the looks of it, the car also has a higher ground clearance than the Huracan, so it’s just as good at gliding off-road as it is on them.
9. The Tricolore Electric MTB
Meet the electric Tricolore MTB, which is more of a full-on, high-performance two-wheeler for unpaved trails. The Reggio Emilia-based company is currently at the EICMA 2022 show in Milan to showcase this cheesy pedal-assist enduro mountain bike. The eMTB does away with the contemporary triangular structure found on most road bikes and gets a fresh design to boot. The two-wheeler has the basic functionality of an e-bike and at the same time the durability of a robust mountain bike. This is the best combination one could ask for, with the laurels of using more carbon fiber for the monocoque chassis than some of the highly acclaimed superbikes on offer.
10. La Bagnole
La Bagnole has a typical Willys Jeep vibe from the front – check out that grille and open wheel design. The vehicle is primarily used for adventures and dusty slopes for outdoor fans who love to be outside of the city limits from time to time. Don’t expect it to cruise the freeway at breakneck speed (it’s more of a crawling machine), as the entry-level variant tops out at 29mph and the much more powerful version produces a top speed of 50mph.