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violetriga
37644.  Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:14 am Reply with quote

The Dymaxion car has got to be one of the oddest car designs ever:

http://www.automuseum.org/NAM_collections_dymaxion2.shtml
http://www.stanford.edu/group/shl/Bucky/dymaxion/map.htm

Part car, part boat, part submarine and part bus!

 
djgordy
37647.  Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:08 am Reply with quote

Cool! I want one.

I always wanted one of those amphibious aqua cars but the last time I saw one it was really expensive and they rust like mad.

 
QI Individual
37681.  Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:56 pm Reply with quote

The designer of this car is of course also known because his name was given to the 'Buckyballs' (Buckminster Fullerene). One of the more recently discovered Allotropes of Carbon. Another one of which is of course... Diamond.

Like the car though.

 
djgordy
37684.  Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:08 pm Reply with quote

Buckminster Fuller also invented the geodesic dome.

 
QI Individual
37685.  Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:25 pm Reply with quote

One of the Fullerenes C-60 can also be made into one of the other 'newer' allotropes 'Aggregated Diamond Nanorods' which would suggest a good 'General Ignorance' question:

"What is the hardest material known to man"?

because it is harder than diamond!

 
falsedog
39372.  Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:59 pm Reply with quote

Always interesting when architects try their hand at industrial design...Zaha Hadid has just unveiled her "Z car" (hm sounds familiar), essentially a reworked Sinclair C5...

 

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