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Old 12-27-2014, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Forget modding a car, put an airplane body on a chassis.



I'm not sure where the engine cooling is. Possibly in those split-barrel housings by the rear wheels. They don't appear to be original to the Cessna 310 body.

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What I want to know is how he drives that on the street legally with the aircraft windshield still in place.
I was under the impression that an aircraft windshield was not DOT certified.

He is a cop though, so he must know a way around it.

I'm thinking of sending the guy an email and inviting him over to EM. Surely i'm not the only one with questions about the impacts this mod had on fuel economy.
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There's an auto shop in Cedar Flat that has an airplane fuselage set on top of a shipping container. The owner intends the same modification.

It appears to be on a pre-Previa Toyota van chassis. I believe those are rear drive. With a Previa drivetrain it could have a single wheel in back. Or two in tandem, like Speed Demon.

That's a lot of aluminum-polishing.
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The "Apterra" X-Prize contender was supposedly designed from scratch, but its body very much resembled an airplane fuselage. I wonder what happened to those guys? Seems like every update was that they were moving into yet another, bigger facility...

I was really looking forward to seeing them on the road (and maybe even getting one). Seemed like the forward wheel pods were maybe an unnecessary evil, though...
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What I want to know is how he drives that on the street legally with the aircraft windshield still in place.
I was under the impression that an aircraft windshield was not DOT certified.

He is a cop though, so he must know a way around it.
Regulations seem to be less strict in regard to homebuilt cars or kit-cars.
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I wonder what happened to those guys?
Aptera , the car and the company, is taking a dirt nap. I understand that two employees spun off a company called Andromeda Interfaces, Inc. They sell a device called E.V.I.C.; I know this because I want one for my EV conversion.


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It wasn't built to be street legal, it was built as a racecar.

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It wasn't built to be street legal, it was built as a racecar.
He drives it on the street and even has a video of it.


'Speedy Cop' turns abandoned plane into street-legal car - AOL.com

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