Things to come


Old 12-23-10, 08:51 PM
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not quite a DIY theme, but what a vehicle!! will outperform and out-mile any car on the road:

Jaguar C-X75 Concept Car Revealed at the Paris Auto Show - News -
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Old 12-24-10, 05:06 AM
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Snazzy. Got your deposit down yet?
Old 12-24-10, 05:09 AM
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No need for windshield wipers. Wind flow design reminds me of the old Porsche 935 K5. If air hit it, it went over it, or in a hole, where it passed out the back. Owners of the K5 said the weirdest part of driving it was getting rubber in 4th gear.
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well, the interesting thing is, idea is very very old. 120 yrs or so:
The Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid was the first hybrid vehicle developed in 1899 by Ferdinand Porsche. It was a series hybrid using wheel hub motors mounted in each wheel, and powered by electricity delivered from both batteries and a small generator. In concept and general layout, it presaged the Volvo ReCharge Concept, the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Flextreme, and other modern series hybrids.
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At the age of 18, Ferdinand Porsche boarded a train in North Bohemia (now Czech Republic) headed for Vienna, and his first job with Jacob Lohner, a coachbuilder. Despite having no formal engineering education, Porsche quickly drafted up plans for an ambitious project, harnessing electric power. The car boasted a completely friction free drivetrain, due to the hub-mounted electric motors which negated the use of gears or driveshafts. Each internal-pole electric motor was capable of 2.5 hp (1.9 kW) to 3.5 hp (2.6 kW) peaking to 7 hp (5.2 kW) for short bursts.
The car created a press whirlwind, and news traveled as far as Britain, from where Lohner received their first order for an example. However, the car, ordered by a Luton dweller, was to be significantly different from the car shown at the Paris Expo. It had to be capable of running on petrol, as well as electricity, of carrying four passengers (the demonstrator was a two-seat, low slung type) and also had to be four-wheel drive. As a result, the final product was a monster ó it required 1.8 tonnes of batteries consisting of a forty-four cell 80 volt lead battery, and cost a massive 15,000 Austrian Crowns. However, the car was completed on time, and was delivered personally by Porsche. The buyer was so impressed that he purchased another, two-wheel drive example. While it had a form of battery, they were not charged from external sources so it was not a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle or PHEV.
At the same time, the Lohner company had broken the Austrian land speed record, with the car's top speed of 37 mph (60 km/h). With Porsche at the wheel, the car was victorious in a number of motorsport events, and by 1905, Porsche had won the Potting Prize as Austria's most outstanding automotive engineer. In 1906, Porsche was snapped up by Daimler-Benz as chief designer, and left Lohner coachworks for good. Jacob Lohner said, at the time: 'He is very young, but is a man with a big career before him. You will hear of him again.'
The Lohner-Porsche's design was studied during NASAís efforts to create the Apollo programís Lunar Rover, and many of its design principles were mirrored in the Roverís design. The series hybrid concept underpins many modern railway locomotives, and interest in series hybrid automobiles is growing rapidly.


so, Jag is not really doing anything new. Maybe small size turbines, but the principle idea is still the same. What I am hoping for is that the smaller brethren with pick on this idea and start making them hybrids with 2 or 4 wheel motors. Imagine TCH that I own now, but with 4 motor wheels, 90hp each, and small gas engine or something else, running generator. Will be a killer family sedan. Considering wheels can be separately controlled, one could corner amazingly, have full traction control, or even turn it 360 degrees on spot.

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