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IN Science & Technology ON 04 Aug, 2015
A lot of effort goes in the making of a car. So, it is always almost obvious that the end product will be liked and accepted by many. However, sometimes some cars are designed in a weird fashion to meet economic limitations or functional requirements and it all ends up with the car balancing itself on ten wheels or looking like a mini version of the Egyptian pyramid.
How odd can a car possibly look? Can it go far from looking like a conventional car? Ask that to Greg Zanis and he will answer positive. The Dreamcar 123 as it is alternatively known, this vehicle is an electric car that lights up in neon colors during the night. The car can be driven for 3 hours after a full charging and consumes, no not fuels because that would be too mainstream for such an unusual car eh? Pyramid electric car uses solar and wind power to energize its 8000-pound body.
100 is a magical figure and it has attracted many for many reasons. Jay Ohrberg thought the same and went on to make a Limo one hundred feet long. Needless to say that the car has found it's way in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest car ever. But what does the 26-wheeled Limousine have inside it's 100 feet gaping hollow? A swimming pool, spa, king sized bed room and a helipad.
There are many people in the world who get inspired by flying things. When that happens to a car designer, the result is Tasco. Inspired by an aeroplane, Tasco is an American sports car with a T-top roof and a cabin that is surrounded by fiber glass. The engine of this car is not anything an engineer would readily understand, but its got the power and that's all that matters, no?
What would one possibly do to test truck tires without using trucks? Michelin build this car as a solution to this problem. The car houses two powerful V8 engines and runs on ten wheels which is bizarre but it is necessary to balance the whooping ten metric tonnes body that Michelin designed. If you're wondering about it's top speed, it is 100 miles per hour!
Inspired by fighter air-crafts, Firebird ||| is a two-seater wonder with a 225 hp Whirlfire GT-305 gas turbine engine coupled with a dual cylinder 10 HP gasoline engine. What's more, there are ultrasonic keys to open the door which ensure maximum safety and drag-air brakes which only add to it!
The name's Scuba, Rinspeed Scuba. James Bond has inspired many people from around the world in many ways. So, some choose to become womanizers while the more sensible ones choose to design a car like his. Rinspeed, a Swiss company belongs to the second category. Inspired by the movie The Spy Who Loved Me, the company manufactured this Scuba car which is one of it's kind and can be driven both on roads and underwater.
No matter how weird a car is designed, if it comes from the Italian car maker Ferrari, it sure stirs some excitement. The car has no doors and uses a canopy styled roof to make up for that provision. The car is very low and runs at a top speed of 220 mph.
How would you like to have your bath sir? Umm, on the way to work, please. That's the kind of conversation a Cadillac Pool would have with it's owner if it could talk but sadly we haven't reached that far yet. But Cadillac Pool can be converted into a hot tub and has therefore become very popular. The powerful V8 engines takes care that the temperature of the water is maintained and if you want a massage, there are functional jets in the car for that as well!
Animals and birds have fascinated Indians and they find a lot of application as means of transport in the Hindu mythology. British engineer Robert Nicholl Matthewson, who lived in Calcutta, India was influenced by this very idea. Made up of wood, the radiator and the bonnet was concealed and given a swan's look. The mouth of the swan sprayed steam and a valve in the back that released whitewash to give a swan's feel.