pop the car!



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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2007-03-20 04:54:28

Stolen from slashdot: The Air Car. Although the car itself doesn't create any pollution while running, there's still pollution involved in compressing the air used to run it. But still, this seems strictly better and more renewable than any other alterna-car I've seen yet. Two thumbs up from me :)

The reason I'm posting this though, is the amusing image that popped into my mind when I read the article: imagine a typical Hollywood car chase scene with one of these cars. At the end, instead of the fuel tank igniting and blowing the car to bits, the compressed air tank gets punctured. That's right, 90 cubic meters of compressed air whooshes out, much like the way air rushes out a balloon when you let go after blowing it up but not tying yet. Now there's a car chase scene with a twist.

Posted by Fai at 2007-03-20 15:45:26
So the image I got in my head from "Air Car" was more of a car made of a balloon like substance and then you pop the car and the whole thing deflates. Then I could put it in my pocket!
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Posted by stak at 2007-03-22 11:32:45
Hmm. That's actually probably possible to do. Although it might not pocket-able, it might be backpack-able. The only solid-state components I would imagine it needs are the "engine" that turns the energy from compressed air into locomotion. Reinflating it would require filling up the tank, though.
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