Isuzu Como (1991)
At the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show Isuzu presented a completely insane concept pickup Como F1 Super Truck wit a 740-horsepower 3.5-liter V12 engine developed for the Formula 1 Lotus car! True, the engine was used in only one test race and then it was written off, but, according to rumors, future two-time champion Mika Hakkinen was behind the wheel of the test Lotus!
The engine was installed behind the cabin, which had a positive effect on the weight of the Como, but almost completely ate up the cargo compartment. However, practicality was hardly included in the list of priorities of the designer Simon Cox (Simon Cox), the creator of the “Super truck”, at the head of the corner was the effectiveness: it was not for nothing that the concept was named in honor of the Italian Lake Como, large wheels and lifting doors a la Lamborghini .
Of course, the Como F1 Super Truck had no prospects for mass production, and the concept was quickly forgotten – in the early 90s of the last century, there were enough bright prototypes. Two years later, Cox developed a conceptual off-road vehicle VehiCROSS for Isuzu, then the designer moved to work at General Motors, where he created the Cadillac Cien – the harbinger of the modern style of the American brand, and then took the position of design director at the London Infiniti studio. At the turn of the century, Isuzu abandoned the production of passenger cars and concentrated on commercial vehicles and SUVs. Only Lake Como remains in its place, maybe it will again inspire someone to create an equally crazy pickup truck?