Discussion in 'Techforge' started by Tuckerfan, Oct 29, 2020.
Experimental car could (theoretically) travel 48K miles on the equivalent of a gallon of gas.
Interesting, and highly promising, but needs to be road-based instead of rail-based.
I wonder what the results of crash testing would be.
I would think in order to achieve such efficiencies the vehicle must be very light. But it also probably can't go terrible fast, so there's that. And being on rails definitely limits the crash-due-to-idiot factor.
According to the rules, top speed is less than 10 MPH. Aerodynamics don't come into play until you hit about 55 MPH. The lightweight wouldn't necessarily have to mean reduced safety, though. Certain design characteristics can be safer than adding more mass to the vehicle, and since one isn't worried about design aesthetics you can get away with things that you wouldn't necessarily be able to do on a production vehicle.
I note that there's nothing in the regulations specifying the minimum weight for the vehicle (merely the minimum weight for individual passengers). Be interesting to see what would happen if someone decided that the best way to win was a whole bunch of rule lawyering. (Nothing in the rules says you can't use a tubular frame filled with helium!)
I think this thing would be very safe considering it's going so slow if it was about to crash you could just jump off!
Side note but still "outside the box" transportation related, when I was in the Air Force this one very eccentric NCO designed a two-wheeled bus powered by passenger pedaling.
Nice in theory until you are the only passenger on the bus! But what would you expect when the designer wears an African dashiki, John Lennon glasses, home-made wooden shoes and smokes using a cigarette holder?
WordForge throwback side-note: how much better mileage could be attained if a conveyor belt was involved at some point?
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