Concept cars come out at auto shows and other media events, giving carmakers a chance to show off their freshest ideas without going through the costly process of building them into a production model. Some concepts are tech studies, while others preview a new design direction to be seen in a brand’s future production models. Some concept cars are just so out of left field that jaws hit the floor. These are those cars.
The car with fish scales was designed by then-24-year-old Anne Forschner and debuted in 2009. This BMW concept uses 260 interchangeable and identical "scales" covering everything from the car's hood and fenders to even its wheels. Lined with photovoltaic cells, the panels can move to help with aerodynamics and braking along with looking really cool. Too impractical for real-world use, but a thrilling design statement, to be sure.