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1996 Ford IndiGo

It was not just the name of the IndiGo that was clever (playing on its association with IndyCar racing). Tins were no mere show car but a concept designed from the outset to lie feasibly manufactured at some point. Even though most people who worked in the trade accepted that tills were too radical to be sold, it was a drivable car.

Ford said that the IndiGo "captures the essence of the race-track and transforms it into a realistic design for the street." The styling was strongly racecar inspired, from the spoiler, narrow nose to the blacked-out wings, while its construction (carbon fiber, aluminum, and fiberglass) also mimicked competition use.

A 441bhp 6.0-liter V12 engine - formed by mating two V-six units together — was estimated to give a top speed of 170mph (273kph) and a 0-60mph (0-96kph) time of under four seconds. The six-speed sequential gearbox was derived from race cars, and changes were made by pressing buttons on the steering wheel. Even the instrument panel on the dashboard was Formula 1 inspired.


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