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strange cars

  Strange cars, funny cars, weird cars

Posted on by Shrawan Raja 23

Anyone who loves his/her old car can almost sympathize with what this owner was trying to do. We all have got a tendency to give an aging car a new life by adding a decal, a new paint job, or even after-market parts like spoilers and scooped hoods. However, the owner of this wretched car likely had something else on his mind.

We don’t understand what he was trying to do, however exactly like us, he shouldn’t have been very pleased with the outcome. The car has been cloaked with the grisly paint and excess fat to such a degree that it’s unidentifiable and terribly frightening. If you have a name for this car, let us know by logging it in the comments section.

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Source: VW Vortex
Posted on by Shrawan Raja 4
Say hello to the future- Japan's pod-car is safe and eco-friendly

Cartoons like the Jetsons portrayed to little children way back then how the future would look and work. The cartoon was a big hit and was accepted by children all over the world as they switched on the TV everyday to see the characters and pods buzzing around making them laugh and it kept them entertained.

I guess the Jetsons would have been the prime inspiration behind this creation. A single-seater electric vehicle that would bid farewell to gas prices and congestion. Displayed at Tokyo’s Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo held last month, Topia’s HUVO, received a lot of attention as curious onlookers wanted to know how the locomotive functioned.

A head-on collision at city speeds in this car would be scary but not fatal as the vehicle is built using aluminium and carbon fiber which are strong and versatile materials. At the rate at which car sales are going, rising congestion is not avoidable. The world is turning towards small cars but even then, there would be a point down the line, where cars would need be smaller and more efficient. Whenever that happens, people dealing with the HUVO will be the happiest bunch.

Source: Dvice
Posted on by Shrawan Raja 7

Yet another special for Beetle lovers. You have seen your favorite car taking on different avatars, a wide range of color schemes, shapes, attachments and modifications but I bet on my bottom dollar that you haven’t seen anything like this as such.

This Beetle owner thought about customizing his Beetle in a totally different way. He used the sheet metal of the car as a template and made another body welding strands of metal and the final result is terrific. Black paint should have made it look a lot better.

In terms of performance, the loss of weight should improve handling, braking, acceleration, and top speed, but is all of that of any importance in a theme car? What is even more so a useless bit of info is the enhanced engine cooling gained due to the free air-flow through the grills. I wouldn’t want to be the driver maneuvering through city roads on a rainy day though. Enjoy!

Source: Sense4Fun
Posted on by Alex Julian 4

CLEVER stands for Compact Low Emission VEhicle for URban Transport and is the result of three years of research and design. This vehicle combines the safety of a microcar, and the useful maneuverability of a motorbike, all while powered by a natural gas fueled engine.

CLEVER


This vehicle that looks a lot like the Brinks Dynamics Carver is powered by a 230cc BMW engine modified by the Institute Français du Pétrole to accept the natural gas. This engine produces 17 hp and a maximum torque of 15.5 Nm at 6,300 rpm giving the CARVER a top speed of 62 mph. The gas bottle fuel tanks provide a range of approximately 93 miles.

CLEVER


This three-wheel vehicle leans, just as a motorcycle during cornering (exactly like the Carver) using two hydraulic actuators to rotate the cabin around a maximum of 45° each way. The system is controlled by a computer which calculates the desired lean angle by taking into account speed, tilt angle of the cabin, and lateral acceleration.

Posted on by Shrawan Raja 3

Turkey is famous for its carpets and sweets and within a few years it could well become the green counterpart of Detroit. Cars like the Antro Solo could be mass produced there and exported to parts of the world. Antro what? Let me explain.

The Antro Solo is a three-seater, 600 pound, 100 mpg, 87 mph car. It will be all yours for just $18,000 in the year 2012. Built entirely of carbon fiber and composites, the power to run the car comes from not one or two, but four sources: gas, battery, solar panels and... PEDALS !

more pedaling after the jump

Source: Autofiends
Posted on by Alex Julian 3

Brinks Dynamics Carver is a different type of vehicle, one that steers like a car but banks like a motorcycle. Perfect for driving through traffic the Carver offers you speed, maneuverability and a modest fuel consumption of 49 mpg. It banks from left to right in just a second. This unrivalled agility lets you cope with any emergency situation, avoid obstacles, and makes for sheer exhilarating fun.

Brinks Dynamics Carver


Carver, developed by aeronautical engineers, has a jetfighter-like cockpit hiding the integral welded steel chassis providing safety for the driver and passenger. The front window merges with the body-colored roof panel that can be easily detached to enjoy a panoramic view from all angles. The most important thing of this vehicle is the Dynamic Vehicle Control system which automatically adjusts the tilt angle of the cockpit to the speed and acceleration of the vehicle, enabling the Carver to lean before cornering, while the power assisted front wheel steering and active rear wheel steering offers stability.

Posted on by Alex Julian 2

More strange environmentally friendly vehicles appear on the roads these days. The Cree SAM is one of them. Produced by a Swiss company Cree Ltd in 2001, Cree SAM is a pretty good looking vehicle, even cool if you think its looks like a cockroach is cool. This 3-wheeled environmentally friendly zero emissions vehicle powered by an electric motor is made from aluminum backbone chassis and independent front suspension with a transverse leaf spring. It also has safety measures like three-point seatbelts along with an integrated roll bar, and it weighs only 1,500 pounds.

Cree SAM


The Cree SAM is powered by a 15kW motor that produces 80Nm of torque and uses for “fuel” six individual batteries which produces 168 volts. The batteries can be recharged in 6 hours (70% in 2 hours), and offer a range of just 43 miles. With two people on board (seats are arranged in tandem and protected by the air-filled, double wall, thermoplastic body) the vehicle can reach 30mph in 7 seconds, and a top speed of 53 mph.

Posted on by Alex Julian 5

The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled micro-car manufactured in 1963 and 1964 by the Manx Peel Engineering Company. This strange ugly car was designed as a town car and was advertised as capable of seating “one adult and a shopping bag”.

Peel P50


Recognized by the Guinness World Records as the smallest street-legal car the P50 is just 53 in long and 39 in wide, with a weight of only 132 lb. The vehicle’s only door was on its left side, and equipment included a single windscreen wiper, and only one headlight. Standard colors were Daytona White, Dragon Red, and Capri Blue. Most of the interior space is occupied by a single seat, constructed in hammock form over a steel tubular frame. The foot controls were of normal car type, and a hand lever was provided to start the engine, with gear selection via a quadrant mounted lever on the steering column. Instrumentation was non-existent, with even the speedometer being considered unnecessary on such a small vehicle.


The P50 shone in a variety of tests including a 15 mile road test in London, where it completed the route a full 30 minutes ahead of a saloon car of the day.

Posted on by Alex Julian 3

Messerschmitt Tg500 Tiger is a mini car that was build from 1957 to 1961, as a four-wheeled, high-performance version of Fritz Fend’s Messerschmitt car by a German company caled Messerschmitt. Messerschmitt was founded in 1923 by Willy Messerschmitt to build light airplanes, and by 1926 had expanded into transport planes, but after the Second World War a large part of the Messerschmitt plant had been destroyed, and in addition, Germany was prohibited from producing airplanes so they decided to build pretty unusual vehicles called bubble cars.

Messerschmitt Tg500 Tiger


The advantage of the bubble car over the motorcycle or motor scooter was that they kept their occupants warm and dry. The disadvantages were that they looked odd, and usually had inferior performance.

Posted on by Alex Julian 2

Twike offers you futuristic design, forward-looking technology, low energy consumption and high efficiency, a revolutionary driving experience and tomorrow’s mobility for today’s people.

Twike


What is this strange vehicle? Twike is a human-electric hybrid vehicle designed to carry two passengers and cargo. It can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power mode. Pedaling extends the range of the vehicle but does not substantially add to the vehicle’s top speed. The vehicle cannot be driven solely by using pedal power. Regenerative antilock braking captures energy from deceleration to recharge computer-controlled batteries.


The Twike’s aerodynamic shape, constructed of lightweight materials (like aluminum and plastic), is as efficient flowing through the air as it is pleasing to the eye, and the soft convertible top adds to the fun of driving. Different models, options, and colors offer room for individual expression.


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