Not all cars have a form which is familiar to the modern inhabitants.
When the developers “hit” in aerodynamics, fashion design or aspire to uncompromising terrain, turns technique, which is appalling, or raises a smile. These machines just can’t go on the road, because they will attract so much attention that can cause a lot of accidents.
1. OSI Silver Fox
The OSI Silver Fox prototype, designed to achieve the best aerodynamics. Instead use the body of the traditional type, the Italians of OSI has designed a wonderful option. It turned out a high-speed machine with two housings and is suspended between passenger compartment. In comparison with conventional cars, the layout of the case OSI Silver Fox with three spoilers gives it a huge downforce. Very light body and a 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine allowed a top speed of 250 km/h – an amazing result for 1967. Was built only one prototype, and a year later the firm went bankrupt.
2. Firebird 1 XP-21
Seeing the success of jet engines on aircraft, engineers from General Motors decided to experiment with a jet turbine on cars. Firebird 1 XP-21 is their first attempt in 1954. In this amazing apparatus air is supplied to the turbine through a pair of air intakes in the nose. Unlike jet aircraft, the exhaust gases do not provide the main propulsion. Instead, the turbine drives the rear wheels. Single body fully repeats the design of the aircraft, and even on the wings are flaps to slow down. And still on XP-21 was very dangerous to drive. He did not reach production, although GM tried to make a family version.
3. BMW Lovos
It’s not screenshots from the new film about transformers is a concept car designed by Anne Forschner for BMW. Lovos is not yet ready for mass production, there is only a scale model. The appearance of the car is made of 260 identical metal plates. Each of them is a small photovoltaic panel and is hinged so that the whole machine can act as air brakes at high speed. Questionable technical decision, rather designed for visual appeal.
4. Aghnides Rhino
As soon as he gained momentum, the Cold war, the inventor Elie Aghnides realized that no one vehicle can’t protect the Arctic expanses of Alaska and Canada. For this 1954godu Aghnides has developed a unique all-terrain Rhino. The main feature of the strange vehicle and its hemispherical wheels, designed to give traction in the most horrible difficult terrain, and allow Rhino to nekrasovtsy to 75 degrees right or left. Engine 110-HP diesel that consumes 20 liters per 100 kilometers. Made from aluminum the car weighs 5 tons, but it is able to swim using water cannons.
Unfortunately, the wheels were also the main weakness of the Rhino. From a military point of view, it was a giant target, vulnerable to small arms and light weapons. The only built prototype of the Rhino, who is not interested in the canadian military.
5. Italcorsca / Tarf II
The car was built in 1951 specifically for the installation of speed records racing driver Piero Taruffi. As Silver Fox, Tarf, called “Double torpedo”, consisting of double body, but it is much smaller and lighter. The driver sits on the right side of the fuselage, which is too narrow to fit inside the wheel. Instead, the driver uses two levers to control the car. In the left pontoon stood a variety of engines, from 500 CC to 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246. The latest was achieved a maximum speed of 290 km/h.
6. BMW 4219 Eli
The car was designed by BMW engineers specifically for 4-year-old boy Ali, who asked the Pope a large machine. This design exercise took into BMW’s seriously. Supercar implements an innocent child’s logic of “More wheels and engines = better car”. The name BMW 4219 Eli means 42 wheels, 19 Porsche engines, the body is Extra Long and traditional the prefix “i” to refer to engines with injectors. In the car only three: father, mother and child. Perhaps the most unusual concept from BMW, it is a pity that it will never be built. It’s just an idea, born of the imagination of a child.
7. Curtiss-Wright Model 2500
During the Cold war, almost all unusual ideas received military funding. In 1959, the aviation firm Curtiss-Wright has developed a car air-cushion model 2500. He could ride on hard surface, mud and water and could be used in amphibious operations. Its management “is very simple, and the vehicle is so stable that anyone can manage it.”
Two 180-horsepower Lycoming engines, one in front, second from behind, spun their propellers. The generated flow of air lifted the car by 25-35 centimeters above the ground. Maximum speed – 60 km/h. prototypes the military seemed not practical. In Curtiss-Wright decided to make a civilian version of a machine, but this project has not progressed beyond the drawing Board.
A few decades after the first cars on the road, it began to appear willing to radically change their design. Dr. J. A. Pers (Dr. J. A. Purves) has developed the Dynasphere in 1932. It is said that this transport of the future. Pervs planned a whole range of machinery in different sizes, but it was limited to prototypes. Despite the low speed (40 km/h), Dynasphere worked very well and was ready to revolutionize on the road, despite the numerous issues and ridiculous appearance. However, the idea has not received development for obvious reasons.
9. Helicron No. 1
It’s a strange connection aircraft and vehicle is made possible by the First world war. After it appeared on the market hundreds no longer needed aircraft engines, which were quickly snapped up engineers and inventors. One of these, and built Helicron in the 1930-ies. The car was in the barn until 2000, when she set a new aviation engine. Surprisingly, the French Helicron was able to pass inspection for road traffic safety, which means that the owners Helicron can legally drive on the French roads.
10. Hafner Rotobuggy
During the Second world war, not just Hitler was looking for super-weapons. The British “mad genius” Raul Hafner (Hafner Raoul) came up with the idea Rotobuggy – a military jeep with an attached carrying screw of the helicopter. Theoretically it was the perfect mobile vehicle for airborne. Rotate the rotor allows the machine to smoothly fly over the land. Initial tests were “very satisfactory”, but the war went on, with the advent of powerful new transport aircraft Rotobuggy too quickly outdated.
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