What are concept cars you might ask? I mean every time an auto show is done car-makers all turn up in shiny, space-age cars that make people drop their jaws. But once the show is done the car is put away in a secret place and probably has zero chance of turning into a production reality. That was like that earlier but not anymore as these days concept cars do end having production versions that stay faithful to the original design philosophy, just take a look at the Jaguar F-Type. But there are some that are extreme ideas and a showcase of what a car company can do and we are glad that concept cars are pushing the boundaries every time and are becoming more outrageous year after year. So sit back and enjoy the most stunning concept cars of 2012. We will not mind if you just stare at the pictures and not read the text.. I. McLaren P1 Many years back, Mclaren changed the supercar world with its F1 supercar. It was outrageous in its cost, power and technology. Today Mclaren wants to relive those days with a new supercar. McLaren Automotive used its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar – the McLaren P1 – which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division. The McLaren P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. We like. The lights are a signature part of the car. The LED headlights, with their speed marque DRL, are extremely small in size meaning more frontal area can be devoted to cooling. The P1 will have a 750 bhp twin-turbo V8 engine. Enough we think… 2. Peugeot Onyx Yet another gorgeous concept which has us drooling. Its all in the design with the angry front face which unites the vertical grille and full LED lamps. The rear lamps adopt a light signature with three claws which now form a characteristic of Peugeot design. They also support small spoilers which direct the upper and side flows. These reunite as far as possible from the bodywork to reduce drag. The Peugeot Onyx Concept also hints to the RCZ sportscar through its ‘double-bubble’ roof and aluminium arches. With complete transparency, revealing the carbon fibre structure and the passenger compartment, the windows and roof are made of PMMA (PolyMethyl MethAcylate- don’t ask us what that means..) Enclosing the cocoon, they guarantee the occupants’ optimum protection due to its ultra-resistant structure. This concept is 4.65m long, 2.20m wide, 1.13m high and of only 1100kg. Bolted onto the carbon fibre shell, the 3.7-litre V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine transmits its 600bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Fitted with tyres specially developed by Michelin, 275/30 at the front and 345/30 at the rear, the massive 20? wheels look apart too. The Peugeot Onyx Concept is a triumph of design and we can’t help but love it. 3. Honda NSX Honda is a legend when it comes to engines and making driver’s cars not just in India but all over the world. Google ‘Honda NSX’ and it would lead you to a sportscar legend and this new concept would be its successsor. Highlighting the design and technology direction for Honda’s next generation supercar, the NSX Concept features a V6 mid-mounted engine and will employ a range of new technologies including the innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system. It is expected to go on sale within the next three years. 4. Renault Alpine Looks which are straight out of ‘Hot Wheels’ the Alpine is a brilliant design and a showcase of what a two-seater Renault sportscar will be like. The Alpine A110-50 concept car has been made to 50 years of Alpine Berlinette. The Alpine A110-50 concept car has a light carbon-fibre bodywork. It has the new Renault design language introduced by Laurens van den Acker with the DeZir concept car, and which will soon be rolled out in the company’s future models. The details are fantastic with the half-domed additional lamps with LED yellow lighting, a characteristic 3D rear window, which reveals the mid-rear engine and air intakes on each side echo the ducts on the rear wheel arches of the Berlinette. The right-hand opening is for gearbox cooling, the left is for the engine bay. With massive 21 inch wheels the Alpine has a 3.5 litre 24-valve 400hp V6 coupled with a semi-automatic six-speed sequential gearbox. 5. Lexus LF-LC This stunning looking sports coupe is one of the best looking concept cars of 2012. The LF-LC displays the new Lexus design language with the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture. Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle grille takes 3D sculpture form, and functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille. Daytime running lights are shaped like an “L” while the vertical fog lamps utilize a fading dot matrix pattern. The concept car’s glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture. The tail lamps, inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at take-off, use inner lighting to create a remarkable sense of depth. The rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix pattern of the front fog lamps. Build it Lexus.