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Old 10-11-2020, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Quiz - a harder quote

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  1. Who said this?

  2. In what decade was it said?

Everybody must have experienced at some time or another the peculiar effects of wind pressure upon the steering of a car. These effects are getting more noticeable every year, particularly with the large-bodied, light-weight, high-speed types of car as made in America to-day. These cars are commonly criticised for their bad steering at high speeds, the fault being exemplified by a tendency to wander or to take sudden unexpected dives to one side or the other. [....] the root cause is simply the wind pressure on the external surfaces of the car.

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"To-day"? Is this an English source?
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"To-day"? Is this an English source?
Well spotted, and the answer is 'yes'.
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We are operating at an overall mechanical efficiency of only four percent… Therefore, we find that if we increase the overall mechanical efficiency to only twelve percent we can take care of everybody. That three-fold increase in the overall efficiency can only be accomplished by redesign. – R. Buckminster Fuller

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The author of the quote was a brilliant automotive engineer responsible for some of the most extreme cars in the world.
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Old 10-12-2020, 06:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh, well then. Luigi Colani.
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Oh, well then. Luigi Colani.
Nope.
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Reid Railton, 19...50s?
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1) yes!

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Woohoo, half right! Uh...1960s? Trying to think when American cars would have been light, large, and high-powered.

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