Chevrolet Miray concept aims at crazed librarians

The Chevy Miray might be a weedy hybrid, but it looks like the mutant offspring of a stealth bomber, the Batmobile and Optimus Prime's foot.

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When it's not making trucks, Chevrolet builds cars aimed at two distinct audiences. One set is aimed aimed at librarians, while the other is aimed at petrol heads with more loose screws than a week-old Ikea wardrobe.

At first glance, the bonkers-looking Chevy Miray roadster appears to be part of the latter camp. It looks like the illegitimate offspring of a stealth bomber and the Batmobile -- if that offspring grew up, bred with a Transformer's foot, laid a crystal egg and developed a penchant for chiseling concept cars from its own ova.

Look a little closer, however, and you'll see the Miray isn't quite as unhinged as it first appears. It's a hybrid. Power, if you can call it that, comes from a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a pair of planet-friendly, gluten-free 15kW electric motors that chuck out politely serve up 40bhp. Perhaps it is quite well-suited to librarians after all.

As you can see, Chevy's forgotten the roof, but that's no big deal, because the company's installed a set of air scarves -- vents in the headrest area of the seats -- that blow warm air across your frigid neck. Chevy's also tried to tart the Miray up by throwing in boy racer-style ambient lights under the bodywork, Le Mans racer-style scissor doors and fat rims -- 21 inchers at the rear and 20s up front. It also has a quite spectacular interior that features rear-projected instruments and a central touchscreen.

We're going to go out on a limb and say the Miray is one of those cars that simply looks too awesome to ever see the light of day (can you imagine seeing this on your local high street?). But don't let our pessimism stop you from crossing your fingers, toes and other appendages, or petitioning Chevrolet to release it. Go ahead -- knock yourself out.

We're just counting ourselves lucky to have ever clapped eyes on it.

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