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carwow’s crazy car mashups

If peanut butter and jelly have taught us anything, it’s that if you have two good things, mashing them together can – occasionally – produce something better than either. As we learned in our car mashups part one and car mashups part two, however, that’s not always the case.

Nevertheless, it’s not stopped us having another go and, this time, we reckon we’ve come up with some of the coolest designs yet. Here’s hoping car manufacturers’ R&D departments are paying attention…

Dodgy Renecat

Dodge Challenger Hellcat + Jeep Renegade

The Jeep Renegade’s comparatively small body normally hides a modest 1.4-litre petrol engine. Take it to Dodge, however, and Jeep’s sister brand will fit the monstrous 6.2-litre supercharged V8 from the Challenger Hellcat. To cope with more than four times the power it originally had, the Renecat gets slammed sports suspension and a gaping hole where its headlight once was for added cooling.

Ariel Chiron

Ariel Nomad + Bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Chiron is one of the fastest production cars on the planet. That said, it won’t post the fastest lap times thanks to many hundreds of kilos worth of leather, infotainment and bodywork. Mix it with the skeletal Ariel Nomad, however, and you instantly solve all those issues. With just a bare minimum of bodywork and a tubular frame chassis, the only evidence of the Bugatti’s presence is the horseshoe grille and quad headlights at the front and the gigantic W16 engine nestled in the back.

BMW Active CSL Tourer

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer + BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’

BMW fans raised a collective eyebrow when the brand launched the 2 Series Active Tourer – a dull, front-wheel drive family MPV. If the firm had shown this off, however, fans might’ve had less to worry about. The Active CSL Tourer takes the 2 Series Active Tourer as a base then adds the bodykit from BMW’s legendary ‘Batmobile’ CSL racing car. The flames from the howitzer-sized side exhausts promise nearly as much visual spectacle as the iconic paint scheme.

Land Martin DB-fender

Aston Martin DB11 + Land Rover Defender Series 1

Take a look at Aston Martin’s latest DB11 supercar – like us, you’re probably thinking “yeah it’s good, but can it go to the top of a mountain?”. Well wonder no more – our Land Martin DB-fender takes all that’s good about the DB11, and all that’s good from the Land Rover Defender and makes something not quite as good as either. That said, the low-tech removable fabric roof still looks better than Aston Martin’s ‘stuck on’ design for the DB11.

Audi Romeo RS74C

Audi RS7 + Alfa Romeo 4C

Pagani is evidence of the good that can be done when German engineering meets Italian style. You’ll have to make your own mind up about this design, however – a blend of Audi’s rapid RS7 and Alfa Romeo’s sexy 4C. Regardless, the bold shield-like grille and gaping side intakes from the 4C certainly liven up the RS7’s sensible German styling. That said, while the Alfa’s brakes are enough to stop the 4C’s featherweight frame, they might struggle with this two-tonne leviathan.

LaFiat 124 Aperta

Ferrari LaFerrari + Fiat 124

Italian chic, eye-catching two-door styling, bold red paint – it’s easy to get the Fiat 124 Spider and the LaFerrari confused. This mashup is unlikely to give you much time to work out which is which, however – its 950hp hybrid V12 means it’s unlikely to spend much time at anything less than 150mph. What’s more, with no roof, it truly makes the most of the intoxicating wail emitted from its monster powertrain.

Tesla Model 350R

Tesla Model 3 + Ford Mustang GT350R

Electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 might be great for the planet, but they’ve yet to truly excite dyed-in-the-wool petrolheads. Stick the Ford Mustang GT350R’s gaping grille and aggressive headlights on it, however, and you get something much more likely to stir motoring fans’ loins. To further enhance its kerb appeal, the bonnet has been made longer to simulate the presence of a massive V8 engine – although, in truth, it simply hides a bigger front boot because the electric motor remains over the rear axle.

Audi R8S1

Audi R8 V10 + Audi S1

Take Audi’s smallest performance car – the S1 – and mate it to its fastest supercar – the R8 – and you get the R8S1, or the S1R8, or the RS18… Whatever you call it, this unholy alliance of short wheelbase and giant V10 power will make for one of the smallest, fastest cars you can buy – of course, if it existed. If Group B rally racing ever makes a return, the R8S1 would be ideally placed to take on the MG Metro 6R4, Peugeot 205 T16 and Renault 5 Turbo.

Lamborghini Centenari-002

Lamborghini Centenario + Lamborghini LM002

If you look at the Lamborghini Centenario and think “yeah it’s cool, but it’d be much better if it had the aerodynamic properties of a small castle”, you’re in luck. We took the V12-powered four-wheel drive Lamborghini Centenario supercar and parked the firm’s iconic LM002 off-roader on top. While the original LM002 was designed for off-roading with plenty of ground clearance and chunky off-road wheels, our Centenari-002 is perfectly prepared for its natural habitat – Monaco’s streets – with vast alloys and a bold bodykit.

VW Golf Buggy

VW Golf R + VW Beach Buggy

The VW Golf is the pinnacle of sensible motoring – safe, comfortable but not exactly fun. The very same company, however, provided the platform for a variety of beach buggies over the years and – as we all know – it’s impossible not to have fun in a beach buggy. Put the latest parts from VW’s high performance Golf R, including the 300hp 2.0-litre turbo engine, in the beach buggy and you get something that’ll rip across a beach faster than a surfer being chased by a particularly hungry shark.

Mercedes-AMG GT6x6

Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 + Mercedes-AMG GT R

The Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 is hardly a shrinking violet. With 536hp and – count them – six wheels, it’s the only way to make an impression both at the sand dune and on the school run. Too much is never enough, though, so how do you take the G63 6×6 one step further? Simple – hack the body off and replace it with the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT supercar. The bulky underpinnings might compromise on-road performance, but the extra length needed to house an extra axle has done wonders for boot space.

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Check out more awesome designs

To see our previous attempts, head over to car mashups part one and car mashups part two. Alternatively, check out what we think political leaders would look like as cars, your favourite Pokemon as cars, the cars we’d like to see tackle Pikes Peak, the race cars we want to take on Le Mans, the BTCC touring cars we’d like to see remade, the cars superheroes would drive, or the modern rally cars we want to see racing.

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