"QUANTUM SHOT" #297(rev) Link - article by Avi Abrams
Cars that are... different
Some are ugly; some are more than ugly, crossing into hideous; some are better looking and possibly better designed than most modern cars - so you get all ends of the spectrum here. Since our last article in this series, we've received many tips about the cars we would not know (or recognize) otherwise. There is no end to people's creativity when it comes to one of most treasured perks of civilization - the automobile. Don't miss Part 1 and Part 2 of this series!
Limos (and custom stretches) with identity disorders
Here is the video of "The World's Longest Limousin", with 26 wheels and counting, plus a helicopter landing pad... Turning a street corner would certainly be a problem:
Here is the "Big Foot", seen in Orlando, Florida: a 1996 Ford F250 pickup body with a 460 cu inch V8 for power. Bigfoot weighs 28,000 lbs (12700 kg) and stands 15 feet 6 inches tall. The enormous tires are from the Alaskan Land Train, a vehicle used by the US army in the 1950's.
Can't make a "strange vehicle" article without mentioning some little-known variations on SUV theme from Russia:
A rare Soviet van concept from 1966 (left image below), and another rare Russian sports car concept (they did not seem to take better pictures at that time in Russia):
And then there was the Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev's super-exclusive all-wheel-drive "Volga" modification. Only 5 copies of Gaz-24-95 have been made for the communist leader, who liked to use it for his hunting social events in the country:
Coming back to modern times, there's a new rage (or rather, hype) about the canopied car/bike vehicle types, which are growing in popularity, at least in Europe:
Monotracer, the epitome of cool?
"MonoTracer" from the Swiss company Peraves (who also for many years built the iconic "Ecomobile") is a fun sporty vehicle. As Ferry Porsche once said: "The last car to be built on earth would surely be a sports car". The Monotracer can be a perfect combination of a touring motorcycle and a powerful sports car. It's a cabin motorcycle performance vehicle, with the only obvious drawback - the price. For 52,000 Euros you can also buy yourself a Mercedes SLK model.
They do, however, promise the performance of the likes of Porsche 911. Acceleration 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) = 5.7 sec. Top speed in excess of 250 kph. (155 mph) -
Here is the older EcoMobile model, quite popular in Switzerland (they have been seen there for 15 years already). Eric Mortelmans tipped us of its existence and said that it was a fantastic experience to drive in one. The company covered 12 million miles on the "Ecomobile" tours around the globe, crisscrossing USA without a single technical problem, according to their site.
Vehicles from the same school of thought as the "Monotracer" should include The Carver, which we mentioned in Future Tech 2 article. The Carver has been covered by guys at Top Gear (who were absolutely ecstatic about it!) and indeed seems to offer a perfectly exhilarating ride for a self-balancing vehicle:
The Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC) automatically tilts the cabin, depending on the steering input, speed and acceleration of the vehicle, much like a motorcycle.
Another iteration of the same idea: the "Acabion GTO", which is a neat little airplane... er, bike. It's meant to be taken seriously - after all, "Acabion" is technically the world's fastest production car at 342 mph!
On the left you can see the bamboo-camouflaged WWII Willys; and on the right.... Oh no, not another shoe car! -
Product-branded (Promotional) Cars
Cars of this type are often the weirdest examples of the "kitsch" art, or even of "marketing gone wrong". Seriously, would you be reconsidering your buying preferences and brand loyalties, looking at these gaudy creatures? There were lots of promotional cars produced, back in the 1930s-1960s, and most were of a very questionable taste... but here are some of these vehicles that we like (sort of):
The "Pep-O-Mint", 1918, with driver sitting in the middle of the "O" - more info:
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