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The car of the future?

Old 02-05-13, 11:08 AM
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The car of the future?

https://www.slate.com/blogs/future_te...car_video.html

It would probably be better to stick with a bicycle!

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Old 02-05-13, 08:01 PM
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Sounds like a lawnmower, motors like a fast bike... must get pretty steamy inside.
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Old 02-05-13, 11:18 PM
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This must be a joke. No serious engineer or even marketer would ever think that this design was in the least bit practical.
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Old 02-06-13, 05:39 PM
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LOL, I'll just have a decent sized elec. motor installed on the bicycle before I'd even dream of getting into traffic in that THING!!!
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Old 02-06-13, 07:11 PM
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I wouldn't diss this "vehicle" too much.

The first time I saw one of those high rise pickups (you know, the ones that require a step ladder to get into the cab)... I had a similar reaction
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Old 02-07-13, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
I wouldn't diss this "vehicle" too much.

The first time I saw one of those high rise pickups (you know, the ones that require a step ladder to get into the cab)... I had a similar reaction
The video is meant to "diss" vehicles like this -- essentially to make the point that a 4 wheel ATV with turn signals and headlight/taillight does not make a good car. what gets me is that they seem to have taken a 4 wheel ATV and lowered it, reduced the size of the wheels and suspension, and THEN complained about how it deals with potholes.

A quick google search for "motorcycle car" reveals a lot of better designs when it comes to a vehicle body & windshield that are comfortable to be in, and protect the rider from weather.
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Old 02-07-13, 05:52 PM
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It's Top Gear, and their bit on the Peel P50 was quite popular due to the utter ridiculosity. So they tried turning up the ridiculosity to 11. That was the result.
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Old 02-07-13, 05:58 PM
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There a few nice trikes with a car like body out there. They have a trick suspension system that helps them corner nicely as well. I think I'd rather one of them. The advantages of a motorcycle in terms of parking etc, but you get to stay dry when it rains and they look a little safer in an accident.
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Old 02-07-13, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by bhtooefr View Post
It's Top Gear, and their bit on the Peel P50 was quite popular due to the utter ridiculosity. So they tried turning up the ridiculosity to 11. That was the result.
I agree. Jeremy Clarkson was having fun. P45 is also the name of a british tax form for a Car Provided for the Private Use of an Employee or Director. It's also the name of a tax form that you get when you are discharged by your employer.

It certainly looks like a kustomized riding mower, don't you think? Apparently it was designed by Mr. Clarkson himself.
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I was disappointed to see Mr. Clarkson (Britain's biggest overgrown schoolboy) didn't disappear under one of the 18-wheelers on the A3 and got his fat arse squashed, which is exactly what the stupid, arrogant pratt deserved! I can't stand the idiot!
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Wouldn't have one, but loved the video!
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Old 02-15-13, 11:42 PM
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Old 02-15-13, 11:57 PM
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Old 02-16-13, 07:18 AM
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Back during the last gas crunch a variety of small engine single passenger cars were developed, one that made it to production had a lawnmower engine and was fully enclosed. I cannot remember the name, but there were several of them running around our town at the time. The guys that had them were reporting mileage in the low 70mpg range and they were fine for city traffic. IIRC top speed was 45mph or so. If people would use more appropriate vehicles it wouldn't be so bad, but they buy for what they think is their worst case scenario and drive it for all uses. Example, we have an large Ford F350 Crew Cab long bed pickup that we use for heavy hauling and farm use, it makes little sense for my wife to drive it the 125 miles that she drives to work at the start of each week. She drives a smaller much more economical Ford Fusion to work, yes we have two vehicles, but each has it's purpose. The dually only saw 3500 miles of use last year, the Fusion more like 15,000.


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