The Cars That Money Can’t Buy – Audi Locus

Sun 30th Sep 2018

Sometimes your wallet won’t stretch to purchasing your dream motor. But don’t worry too much, there are some cars that even the biggest bank balances can’t buy, the dream cars that will forever remain a dream. These are the concept cars that never go into production.

Audi Locus
Not all concepts have a reason for their design. Yes, we often see a concept created in tribute to a bygone classic, other times we get an opportunity to see the direction a car brand is taking its next generation, whilst at other times the concept is an entry in a motor design competition.

So what do we know about the Audi Locus? First seen in 2007 as an entry in Michelin’s prestigious Challenge Design competition, the Locus was the brainchild of Turkish stylist Ugar Sahin, a man who had also come up with the inspiration for the Lamborghini Spiga Concept in the same year. Sahin has also won awards for a Ferrari F-1000 concept and as an automotive and industrial designer for Netherlands based Modesi.

The name for the Audi Locus comes from the concept of curve in mathematics, with Locus being a collection of points which share a common property, usually forming a continuous figure such as a curve.

“The main characteristics of the design are the way its surface shapes are formed with a continuous flow from the front end until the back of the car,” said Sahin in 2007.

“we usually do not realize that everything in nature has its specific curves and flowing lines and it is very rare to spot perfectly straight lines.

“The main goal was to implement this design aspect into a car which creates a relaxing, energetic, vibrant and confident feeling.”

Sahin’s aggressive looking front end comes with the traditional Audi grille, with the air intakes shaped like the headlights to create a coherent feeling. In contrast, the rear end of the Locus comes with all the curves that you would expect to see in a classy concept.

With Mother Nature at the very heart of the Locus design, this is a car that definitely has the curvaceous waistline and low sills which would obviously complement Michelin’s top-end tyres.

Sadly, as this is merely a computer generated design concept, we get no details on the Locus’ engine and since we last saw this big-buttocked Audi way back in 2007, we can only dream of seeing this ever hit the production line.