The IAD Alien was a highly futuristic proposal for an
advanced mid-engine supercar.
IAD (International Automotive Design), a design consultancy
which was based in the UK, introduced the Alien concept
at the 1986 Turin Motor Show.
The design not only highlighted the company's radical
styling ideas, it also showcased innovative and unusual
engineering solutions. Unfortunately the car was a non-running
prototype so many of these ideas were purely theoretical.
One of the more interesting ideas, if perhaps a bit over
complicated, was the modular construction method which
meant that the rear mounted engine of the car could be
swapped out quickly and easily for upgrades, maintenance
or just to suit the driver or different occasions!
To access the interior traditional doors were dropped
in favor of a one-piece canopy which tilted forward and
provided almost unhindered entry and exit. The passenger
compartment was well protected thanks to an integrated
roll cage and sturdy side-impact bars.
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