The Ellipsis was a concept 'car' which was unveiled at
the 1992 Paris Motor Show.
Designed by Phillippe Charbonneaux - the same man who
styled the Renault 16 - the Ellipsis was a revolutionary
design which never made it past the prototype stage.
The unusual diamond-shaped wheel layout, with the front
and rear wheel providing the steering function, allowed
the Ellipsis to turn almost on its own axis and better
navigate narrow, congested streets. Well supposedly, nobody
tested it on public roads.
It was also claimed that the rounded front end would be
safer in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, as
they would be deflected by the aerodynamic shape. But
again this was never tested. Apparently no show-goer could
be persuaded to stand in front of the car while it was
driven toward them at speed.