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Old 03-07-2020, 12:14 AM   #3401 (permalink)
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This is interesting for a number of reasons.

Not an economy car, but it would pair nicely with the Arcimoto FUV, which has better ingress/egress for grocery gettin'. But it's got the same tandem seating and [soon] 3D printed suspension parts.

The chassis is a combination of carbon fiber tubes, aluminum extrusions and 3D printed connecting nodes. The A-pillars are titanium because... why not?

The flat-crank V-8 (sweet) has an external mixing chamber for the individual pipes. It reminds me of the X-Flow dual megaphone header for the VW flat four, without the megaphones.

270mph in low-downforce mode, on carbon negative methanol (30x the power density of batteries).

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Then there's the BAC Mono


https://i.ytimg.com/vi/HXGUWB4LqxM/maxresdefault.jpg

This is basically an open-wheel car with a biplane front diverter and a rear wing with cycle fenders attached.

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Also, www.digitaltrends.com: Hyundai Prophecy concept predicts a future of autonomous driving, electric power



No unnecessary bulk in the rear quarters.

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Old 03-15-2020, 04:25 PM   #3402 (permalink)
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Old 03-15-2020, 05:41 PM   #3403 (permalink)
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanche...l-electric_car
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The Lanchester petrol-electric car is a protype motor vehicle, designed in 1927 by Frederick W. Lanchester of the Lanchester Motor Company in his workshop in Birmingham, England. It is now on display in Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum.[1][2]

The term "petrol-electric" denotes that the car was a hybrid vehicle, with both a petrol engine, at the rear, and an electric motor.[1] The latter was used for starting, reversing, and when extra power was needed, for example for climbing hills.[1] When traveling at speed, under petrol power, the electric motor acted as a generator, charging the battery.[1] The car has no clutch or gearbox.[1] The body and suspension are both made of wood.[1]

The design never went into production.[3] After it had been driven for only 757 miles (1,218 km), Lanchester abandoned the project.[1]
That's a pretty sweet front end. It would look good on a 30-31 Model A Ford retro-rod.
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The McLaren Air Active Management System (AAMS) channels airflow through the car's nose from an inlet in the splitter and directs it at a radius of 130-degrees in front of the occupants (called "bubble of calm" by McLaren). This system activates at speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph) where airflow and overall noise are high to create a comfort zone over the occupants. The system can be turned off whilst track driving so that the air channeled through the nose is sent to the engine instead.
Eliminating the windshield reduces weight.
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That's a pretty sweet front end. It would look good on a 30-31 Model A Ford retro-rod.
Cool bodywork, relatively easy fab with no tooling required. Running Schwinn Sting Ray chopper rear wheels!

Timely post. Leno's garage just featured another old hybrid, the 1980 Briggs & Stratton. It is an unusually awful video from Leno but still I like seeing cars in action that I've only previously seen static in print so I'm glad it's out there. Actually, the car's performance sucks pretty badly too in many aspects. I think B&S may be preparing to unveil some new electric goodies, maybe even a new hybrid concept, due to the suspicious (to me) nature of this which has the feel of a press release.
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I think it failed because the [serial?] hybrid system didn't work out. Remember that company that had a flatpack chassis? Inrekor?


http://www.mikerj.clara.net/cars/misc/chesil_1.jpg

That body and those fenders could be fabbed from Starship stainless steel.
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I was looking for something else when I ran aross this:


https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a1/0e/0c/a...b967aec588.jpg
Back when I had the 1952 Silver Streak Clipper, I tried to buy one of these for a tow vehicle. I couldn't match a [hypothetical?] counteroffer.

This meets slowmover's criteria for a tow vehicle weight and wheelbase.

If I'd swung that deal I might have been out of VW Beetles decades ago.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:14 AM   #3410 (permalink)
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The rare for-sale aero vehicle.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-Ford-F...2-7986ffe01ed8

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