Here's a showstopper. Tucked away in a corner of the Fourth Pavilion here at the 2012 Paris Motor Show was this carbon fiber hot rod from the Espera Sbarro Montbéliard School of Design. Known simply as the Eight, cribbed from the Maserati-sourced V8 engine, this machine was reportedly designed and built in just eight weeks. We also hear that it's powered by the impure thoughts of heathens, or maybe just gasoline.

The Sbarro Eight Concept was built to help showcase some of the latest technology available to automakers, including a driver-facing tablet computer that occupies the spot normally housing the dash. Applications such as navigation, internet, and Read & Go for books, Liveradio and Deezer for tunes and Cinéday for movies keep the driver connected while on the go. But hopefully not while actually, you know, driving.

The Eight also features a Parrot Asteroid Smart car radio powered by Android that features a 6.2-inch screen and can connect to the online Asteroid Market, cellular phones via Bluetooth, or display videos through auxilliary inputs. An onboard wireless charger and a mobile stereo system round out the tech package.

Though we truly love its distinctive style, this pony has the go to back up its considerable show. The aforementioned V8 engine spins out 360 horsepower to the rear wheels. We've got to hand it to the auto design students that penned the Eight – this is one concept that quite literally stopped us in our tracks. See our full photo gallery above.


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      BKdroid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I tried to throw my money at the screen, but all I had was a mason jar full of coins, so now I have a broken monitor and no futuRod to show for it.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      If a Cadillac CTS mated with an F-117 and they made a Hot Rod baby
      Ethan Schmitt
      • 2 Years Ago
      of course its cool, its not street legal.
        foci
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ethan Schmitt
        This statement is only part true. This could be sold as a kit. You or a hired company could assemble it at which point there are ways for this to be street legal in most US States. Think Caterham, Ariel and or any "custom " car or hot rod.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks evil! Nice job for once, coming from a student project.
      TomM
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The Eight also features a Parrot Asteroid Smart car radio powered by Android that features a 6.2-inch screen and can connect to the online Asteroid Market..." Asteroid Market??
        Peter_G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TomM
        You know, just in case you want to shoot down some asteroids using the car's steering wheel like an the old C64 paddle stick.
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a POS to me. Its like a battle car from TMNT or something :(
      Samir Sadikhov
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Lamborghini RIP OFF seats?!!!
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crazy. But can't help thinking it would look a little bit better with a slight bit of crown to the lines. ANY of the lines. The roof in particular is DEAD flat, and as a result, looks a bit hollow and sagging in some views. Rulers don't create pleasing lines for cars. It just needs a little refinement but given the time to completion it's understandable that refinement may have taken a back seat in some areas. Overall a great effort and suitable show car especially for student work.
      Rob Sweney
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a certain LeMons car out here on the West Coast...
      gibius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the Boston Bullet from Local motors Design Competition. https://forge.localmotors.com/pages/project.php?cg=4985
      NB
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is fantastic and beautiful!
      Bassracerx
      • 2 Years Ago
      needs small block chevy or if they want a more modern engine 5.0 ceyote ford engine. no way im paying that much for a massaratti v8 that only has 360hp
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