Alias Image Graffiti - ZAP Electric Car
The ZAP Alias says electric. If a car is supposed to define who we are, isn't it time for a change? Electricity is the fuel of the future that is available right now. Liberate yourself from oil. Demand the alternative and by what you drive you will be leading our society towards a better world. Cheer on the ZAP Alias and ALL the teams competing in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize this April 2010. The winner could be you. Let's get started.
Peel Trident & P50 - World's smallest car
A look at the Peel P50 and Peel Trident microcars built in Peel, Isle of Man in the mid. 1960s
With kind permission of Carsten Walter.
Find more info on Peel cars at; http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andy.carter/
electric three wheeler
electric/hybrid three wheeler designed on proe and built in 8 months as a mechanical engineering final project.
I talk with Mike Corbin, Sparrow EV inventor & American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame 2000
I spoke with Mike Corbin at the Micro Car Meet in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He was with the serial No. 2 Sparrow and talked with me about it. His business, Corbin Pacific, makes after market motorcycle seats and other accessories. He was inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
In my next video I visit Pioneer Conversions in Lemont and take this Corbin Sparrow for a ride.
Three Wheel High Gas Mileage Motorcycle
This is a high gas mileage motorcycle that I designed and built in 1980. It was designed to get up to 100 miles per gallon. It was powered by a Honda 550cc motorcycle. The Gull-Wing doors are not shown in this video that was shot by our local television station. The fiberglass body was made of Corvette materials over a tubular steel roll cage and chassis.
Morgan 3 Wheeler - Fifth Gear Web TV
It's based on Morgan's first ever car from 1910 but is equipped with a modern 2 litre bike engine sending power to one rear wheel and propelling it to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds! So is the new 3 Wheeler a recipe for fun? And does it justify the car's £30,000 price tag? We went to Morgan HQ to find out.
Highly tuned Carver One
This is not a works "Carver One" but a carver with a special tuned engine. Reaching speeds over 200kmh!
New Electric Cars Are Better
Just showing off some of the cool new electric cars and putting to rest some of the myths out there. When people think of electric cars, typically they think of older ugly slower models, lead-acid batterys, and BS propaganda they've read slamming the "electric cars"(as though they all carried the exact same attributes)
The battery technology has changed(and will change even more when nanowire battery becomes common), the speeds have changed, the climate versatility has changed, the prices are changing, the car companies are changing... everything is changing for the better. I expect to see a lot more support for EV's during and after 2010.
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INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FASTEST ROAD VEHICLE AT 340 MPH
Meet the world's fastest ever road vehicle built to reach an astonishing top speed of 340mph and get 90MPG!
The Acabion GTBO uses jet fighter technology and aerodynamics to reach its extraordinary speed propelled by a state-of-the-art turbo-charged engine.
Its designers revealed it could reach 300mph in a blistering 30 seconds - substantially quicker than the rival Bugatti Veyron which takes 55 seconds to reach its top speed of 250mph.
The two-wheeled GTBO comes with two extra stabilizers at the rear to keep it steady at low speeds - similar to those fitted to a child's first bike.
However, rather than pedal power, the two-seater has a 1300cc turbo-charged engine which produces a staggering 800bhp.
The GTBO's designer, former Porsche engineer Peter Maskus, described the unusual vehicle as a "road streamliner". It weighs just 700lbs - half the weight of the original Mini.
Although it looks a bit like a motorcycle, Dr Maskus claims it is a new type of vehicle altogether and is the future of high-speed, low-emission transport.
An electric version with a top speed of around 300mph is also planned.
Dr Maskus, who runs Acabion, said: "The Acabion GTBO minimizes weight and maximizes power and aerodynamic efficiency. The effects are just out of this world.
"The GTBO is the trendsetter towards a new generation of crafts in two categories, both hyper efficient.
"One category is pure electric for city traffic and distances up to 300 miles.
"The other category is petrol driven with 10 times the punch and a range of up to 1000 miles per fuel-stop.
"They both Boost the jet-like GTBO to jet-fighter punch and to new dimensions of both efficiency and speed."
Dr Maskus said he believed the GTBO "integrates the best you can get from cars and bikes", combined with a jet cockpit.
The vehicle can reach such high speeds thanks to its arrow shape which reduces lifting or grip loss.
Dr Maskus added: "Building cars based on carriages was a logical thing to do back in 1886. It is the most silly thing to do in the 21st century."
Asked whether he believed his vehicle was better than the much-lauded Bugatti Veyron, Dr Maskus said: "The Veyron is a superb car.
"But that is a bit of its problem - it's still a car.
"The Acabion does not even want to be a car, nor a bike. It is a new class: a road streamliner.
"Our grandchildren will probably laugh at how slow and how inefficient cars have been."
Dr Maskus, who is German and has also worked for Mercedes, said the GTBO would be in production and on the road within three years.
But those wanting to buy the vehicle developed in Switzerland and the UK will have to pay a staggering £1.5million for the privilege.
The fastest, mass-produced road car is currently the American-built SSC Ultimate Aero TT which managed 257mph in tests verified by the Guinness World Records in October last year.
So, do you think the Acabion is capable of 340mph? If not what top speed do you think? For example, the Veyron has the 1000hp at 4300lbs. - drag coefficient of .41. It has a high speed mode that basically retunes the suspension (lowers front and rear) and rear wing that reduces the drag to .36 to achieve -I think it was the last 60mph or so to what 253mph? It takes 500 of those horses just to overcome the wind resistance at the top end to allow it to continue to accelerate. Wind resistance is the biggest problem at high speeds over 200mph, this is why it usually takes high HP. Significantly reduced drag = greater top speed with less HP required. The drag coefficient of the Acabion is .14 which is less than half the Veyron at 253mph. In addition the Acabion only lacks 25% of the Veyron's horse power, and it's 83.5% lighter or 1/6 of the weight at only 700lbs. We are talking about an additional 87mph from 253 - 340. The Veyron experiences a 60mph or so gain dropping the drag coefficient by .05 - the Acabion drops the .36 drag by .22 down to .14. The real problem at Acabion is that they released to much information on this before they were willing to give the public a good show. Now they're under pressure to deliver. I know at first glance this thing could seem like some real BS but if your interested in speed you should give this a serious look before you dismiss it. They spend 2 years building just one of these, it's based on the Suzuki Hayabusa.
SSC Ultimate Aero - supercar/hypercar (top speed: 256.18mph)
World's Fastest Car...Bugatti Veyron
Top Gear tests the World's Fastest Production Automobile: Bugatti Veyron...has 1000 horses and a top speed of 407kph! Thats 253mph.
Fastest Car in the World
Stealth Tryke #3
A three wheeled prototype test without bodywork. For more information visit
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