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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008 edited
     (710.1)
    http://www.humancar.com/

    This company has designed a range of hybrid electric vehicles - with the batteries recharged by the passengers.

    The main four seater version only does 40 miles per hour but the hot rod single seater version can supposedly do 189 miles per hour.

    I can see that taking off as a sport - think a combination of the Tour De France and Formula One.
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      CommentAuthorgroonk
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
     (710.2)
    that thing is beyond hideous.

    wouldn't mind seeing it in action, though.
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
     (710.3)
    It's why so many awesome modern ideas fail, hopefully it won't happen to this one.

    "Yes, your idea is revolutionary, and the technology is amazing, and the need for it is very real, very logical and beyond reproach. Now hire a goddamn marketing expert and a designer if you want it to actually work."
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
     (710.4)
    Moving sideways from the topic - as cool as that idea is: -

    Marketing people... yes, I'm largely with Hicks, suckers of Satan's cock and so on, smart dollars et al. On the other hand, if your business only has enough funding to survive a little while in a commercial world without significant sales and someone were to point out that by advertising in the right place your sale would increase... is that really a bad thing?

    Again, speaking as an unashamed aesthete, I have no problem with good design at all. I like my kit to look good - functional, utilitarian design has a certain stolid appeal, but really, I far prefer it when things look like a visualisation of a blowjob. I feel the urge to use that object far more if it inspires me, whether that's good or bad, even down to my guitars and the way I skin Windows. Look at all the research on the design of our environs affecting the way we live, work and interact; surely the same applies to other things in our lives?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
     (710.5)
    The racer version looks pretty cool to me - very retro and reminiscent of pre-WWII race cars.

    It'd be totally impractical but I'm thinking about a steampunk version of this - using compressed air rather than a battery to store the energy.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
     (710.6)
    That thing's ugly as hell. I doubt it will make it off the ground, if only for that reason.