1988 Lancia ECV 2
You probably recognise the rally car in the background: the rip-snorting Delta S4. But the seemingly space-age one in front? Well, that was meant to be its successor. Dubbed ECV 2, it’s one of the most complex and radical rally cars ever conceived. Designed for the stillborn Group S class, it’s the second-generation Experimental Composite Vehicle from Lancia. Capitalising on an abundance of Kevlar and carbon fibre (including bodywork, chassis and even wheels) it also features a state-of-the-art and brain-meltingly complicated triple manifold, twin-turbo ‘TriFlux’ engine. This, plus a stunted aero-friendly package, meant it had potential to be a weapon. Sadly, Group S was sent for an early bath in 1987, so it’s never turned a wheel.