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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2009 edited
    Looks like it it was designed by Giger.

    More pics and a video here.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2009
    Mind if I steal that pic for my "Failcars" segment on my Car Blog?
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    Golf Cart for rough terrain?
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2009

    it's called the Gator:
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2009
    Looney, course not.
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    The fact that it has tank treads doesn't seem to make any sense, but it looks both comfy and stabby at the same time. I'd ride/be impaled in it.
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    Odd. Whyever design it like that?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009

    You're a big fan of the horrible Starship Troopers movies? It resembles one of the bugs to me.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    There have always been the occasionally really ugly or stupid concepts (look up the Ford Airstream), but there seems to be this trend with concept designers especially in Japan (namely Honda, Nissan, and Toyota, not so much Mitsubishi) and France (Peugeot) that concepts have to be either incredibly "cute" or ridiculously far out there. I have no idea why. The point of a concept is to stretch the current technology available, test ideas, gauge public reaction, and lastly to act as fun, creative outlets for the designers. Very few will ever be built, if any, but they often act as the inspiration or jumping off point for very successful vehicles. Let's compare a couple;

    This is the BMW X6 Active Hybrid SUV-crossover concept vehicle. You may not like it. I'm rather meh about it. But it illustrates what a normal concept car should be.

    This is the Chrysler ME 4-12 concept. It's a supercar concept, and in all likelyhood the model will never be put into full production. It was done just to see what the engineers could do. You might not like it, but I think we can all agree that it looks roughly how a car should.

    This abortion on wheels is the Honda Fuya-Jo concept. It looks like the god damned crushinator from Futurama. This isn't a motor vehicle. At best, it's a golf cart. A poorly designed golf car.
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    you act like you never saw a time machine before.

    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    Or an Isetta
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    The Urkle-mobile!
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    In a similar vein I give you the only slightly less weird Renault Twizy which is apparently an actual production vehicle.

    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    Renault and Peugeot come up with some really out there, idiotic looking vehicles:

    Peugeot Moovie.
  4.  (6788.15)
    Treads on a taxi?

    I've got zero physics education, but isn't it the case that the more of your vehicle is in contact with the ground/sea, the more inertia slows you down?
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    Tracked vehicles have a lot of advantages (and crippling disadvantages) compared to wheeled vehicles:

    1. Much better traction. It makes them far more manageable over rough or uneven ground, snow, water, etc.Also, because more area is in contact with the ground, a far heavier vehicle can put much less weight on the ground, making them safer over, say, frozen water.
    2. Much Better Torque. Because you have more contact with the ground, you can push/pull far more weight. That's why bulldozers and many types of tractor have them.
    3. Smoothness of ride. However, this advantage has become less of a concern since suspensions have gotten better in wheeled vehicles.

    1. Complexity. Tracks snapping can be repaired pretty simply, but it normally takes a while. However, larger problems (broken axles or the like) are far, far harder to repair, taking much longer and becoming far more expensive to repair than a wheeled vehicle.
    2. Speed. A tracked vehicle can not achieve the speeds of a wheeled vehicle, at least not cost efficiently. If on decently-maintained roads a wheeled vehicle is much, much faster unless the tracked vehicle has been better engineered, which is highly cost prohibitive.
    3. Damage. Tracks, even on light vehicles, cause far more damage to roads, parking lots, and driveways than wheels do.
    4. Transmission problems. Tracked Transmissions are under a lot of strain, and have to be replaced quite often. A normal transmission might cost you $2000 dollars to replace, which is normally prohibitive more than one time per vehicle for most people. Imagine having to do it once every couple of years with a transmission that is probably more complicated and thus more to repair.

    Basically, they're really good for what they're used for; construction, military, and exploration purposes. And not much else.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    Oh, and pi8you,

    BMW/Fiat is re-releasing the Isetta:
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    I wonder whether those disadvantage which you listed re. tracks still apply when it's an ultra-light vehicle: no armour, no combustion engine, no metal, one passenger, and no need to reach highway speeds.

    The blurb says that it's for cross-country use; I wonder what/where the use-case for that is.

    Even places that I think of as pretty being rural, although still inhabited (for example: Snowdonia) have paved or at least gravelled roads to houses; and I'm not certain that there's significant advantage to doing without such roads/lanes.
    • CommentAuthorCantleee
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    I would drive the shit out of a Toyota Tanxie.
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    I followed a couple of links last night and this seems to be someone's school work. As a design student it is possible that he stuck the Toyota bit on the end just to show his possible market. I think it is an exercise of styling, and also showing a display of various computer modeling skills. I am not sure how legitimate this is as a Toyota concept. Maybe further digging will show it as a sponsored by Toyota, but I am going to work out of town tomorrow and can't find the energy to dig.

    Here's the website that carries the original story. tuvie

    Here's a link to the students portfolio. Francis Gomes

    Hope I made some amount of sense. Oh and this is in no way recognizing this as good or bad design. It needs work sure, but doesn't everything.