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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Go big or go home...


Sorry man. If it doesn't have a Merlin in it it might as well be a twin mini:)

http://hooniverse.com/2010/01/22/practical-performance-car-features-27l-v12-tank-engine-powered-rover-we-suggest-new-title/

 

http://bringatrailer.com/2010/02/03/twin-engined-4x4-1966-twini-cooper-s/

post #4697 of 7053
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I won't even go to this.

 

 

That's waaay beyond driveable.

 

But still, the idea and execution is awesome though...

 

That is simply amazing!

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I always cringe whenever I see a T-Bucket or any wild hot rod of the sort. Whoever builds, owns, and drives one is destined for major back issues.

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OK, so has GM lost their minds?? http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/cadillac-elr-price/

Personally, I think this is all a plot to:

1) Force the gov't to increase the subsidies for electric vehicles so that more people will buy them and the automakers can make obscene profits.
2) Force consumers back to gas-burning vehicles for as long as they can.

I think electric vehicles would be fine as low-cost commuter vehicles, and that would make them suitable as the second or third car in the family. Trying to make them into the primary, luxury vehicle is a mistake. And, yeah, I know the issue is that the technology is expensive - I still believe that without a quantum leap in energy storage technology, electric vehicles will never be mainstream. If someone doesn't get a Tesla-like inspiration, we could be headed for a very bad 22nd century.
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On the other hand I have great hope for the up and coming engineers - I would have been all over this when I was in school!
http://www.gizmag.com/3d-printed-rocket-seds/29306/

And these kids too!
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/09/dut12/
Edited by billybob_jcv - 10/13/13 at 10:22am
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I think the luxury market is exactly where electric cars need to head. The technology so far is very impractical in a low-budget package (with the result being bland runabouts like the Coda), but can be developed and made into a recognizable, fully-functioning automobile at a higher price point. Just look at the Model S.

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Yep, let the rich pay for the R&D, that's all they're good for. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Yep, let the rich pay for the R&D, that's all they're good for. redface.gif


Think of it as income leveling or voluntary income tax. The repairs alone will have in the sub 100k bracket in a year.:wink_face:

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I guess all of you are right - we have to go through the silly phase with electric cars before we can get to something that makes sense.

RAH would say that we're working on the wrong end of the horse.We shouldn't be making cars to carry people, we should be making roads that carry us directly...
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I guess all of you are right - we have to go through the silly phase with electric cars before we can get to something that makes sense.

RAH would say that we're working on the wrong end of the horse.We shouldn't be making cars to carry people, we should be making roads that carry us directly...


Ah from the golden age of scifi. Much as I love Heinlein, the rolling road and slidewalk idea were not good ones for some very obvious reasons. As a metaphor it worked well.

 

As for electrics. It's not just the battery issue it's the whole car. We need composite vehicles and the large manu's are not able to switch over to that while they are still stamping out steel bodies. Too many sub industries rely on the status quo in the car industry not being upset. To build the car we all actually need right now would result in the unemployment of several million workers in the US alone.

 

Perfectly possible right now to build a 2 seat commuter car with over 200k range per charge and a vehicle weight in around 1300lbs. Just try and sell it and see how fast it has safety issues or was built with unfair components and gets tariffed to death.

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I have an answer to the safety issues of 2 seat commuter vehicles: Magnetically linking the vehicles together in long chains that are controlled by a linked control system that completely automates the docking and undocking process. The trains of vehicles would travel at high speeds and would not need to be slowed down to separate and unlink one of the vehicles. Once separated, the vehicle would be moved into a different lane to slow and exit. To accelerate up to speed, there would be magnetic induction points to impart kicks on the vehicle like a railgun.

All I need is about $100 Billion dollars, and I'll solve the entire problem... wink.gif
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I have an answer to the safety issues of 2 seat commuter vehicles: Magnetically linking the vehicles together in long chains that are controlled by a linked control system that completely automates the docking and undocking process. The trains of vehicles would travel at high speeds and would not need to be slowed down to separate and unlink one of the vehicles. Once separated, the vehicle would be moved into a different lane to slow and exit. To accelerate up to speed, there would be magnetic induction points to impart kicks on the vehicle like a railgun.

All I need is about $100 Billion dollars, and I'll solve the entire problem... wink.gif

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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post
 


Too late NASCAR has already done it.:D  They call it "racing":confused_face_2:

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Originally Posted by Hutnicks View Post
 


Too late NASCAR has already done it.:D  They call it "racing":confused_face_2:

What people want to see in NASCAR.....right turns!

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What people want to see in NASCAR.....right turns!


Cripes then you'd have to put GPS in every car:eek:

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