By Keith Barry

October 22, Wired

Never ones to turn down a chance to sing about vehicles, we can't help but take a little inspiration from Zager and Evans: "In the year 2025, if man is still alive, if race cars can survive, what will we find?" The Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge provides a glimpse, and it's freaking rad.

The annual contest allows the auto industry's most creative minds to exercise their genius without concern for bean counters or engineers. This year saw them designing alternative-fuel race cars of the distant future, which in this case refers to that far off time 17 years from now when the world's oil reserves are depleted, electric cars glide on the crumbled remains of our roads and all of Angelina Jolie's children are old enough to drive.

As is so often the case when designers let their imaginations run wild, the cars they've come up with are as unlikley as they are futuristic. But that doesn't make them any less impressive.

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