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(Some Guy)   Eleven-person vehicle goes 120 mph, 30-50 mpg... and was built in 1933. The Dymaxion Car, by Buckminster Fuller   ( divider line
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2005-07-29 01:36:02 AM  
Does it use the 50-mpg carbuerator that Ford/Chevy/Other Car Maker bought the patent for so that it wouldn't get out?

Seriously, though, 's kinda cool. 'twould never sell, as it looks kinda dorky [ and apparently Americans want large, boxy SUVs ], but it's a cool concept from a cool guy.
2005-07-29 02:33:03 AM  
2005-07-29 04:27:20 AM  
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2005-07-29 07:55:01 AM  
Did you see this in your daily question calender?
2005-07-29 08:15:38 AM  
At least Mr. Garrison didn't invent it. Well, judging by its shape, maybe he did.
2005-07-29 08:42:34 AM  
2005-07-29 09:07:39 AM  
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2005-07-29 09:08:08 AM  

Isn't it a little early in the morning to be sharing your disgust for Americans?
2005-07-29 09:09:43 AM  
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2005-07-29 09:10:08 AM  
worst..3d model...evah
2005-07-29 09:10:15 AM  
Wasn't this the basic design used for the Oscar Mayer Wiener-mobile?
2005-07-29 09:11:08 AM  
(Still waiting for flying cars)
2005-07-29 09:11:30 AM  
Sweet, I've been wanting to see one of these.
Fuller was a genius, too bad we want boxy.

/grew up in a Geodesic Dome
// grew own food, and generated own power
/// parents were hippies
//// slashy slash
2005-07-29 09:11:57 AM  
Crazy Joe D:

I'm not the submitter, but I did see it in my daily question calender. I did a double take when it suddendly popped up here on Fark, haha.

Guess we know what spawned it now.
2005-07-29 09:12:14 AM  
what amazing video quality.
2005-07-29 09:12:39 AM  
markie_farkie: Wasn't this the basic design used for the Oscar Mayer Wiener-mobile?

No, because the Weinermobile was created by highly intelligent beings .... hot dog makers!!!

/Must drive the Weinermobile in my lifetime
2005-07-29 09:13:52 AM  
That's one sexy mini-van!
2005-07-29 09:13:53 AM  
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2005-07-29 09:15:32 AM  
Brand it Hummer and it'll be the NEXT BIG THING.
2005-07-29 09:16:04 AM  
The automobile museum provides an estimated "fuel economy between 25 and 30 mpg."
2005-07-29 09:19:18 AM  
I wonder how it would fair in today's crash test/safety regulation test environment. If the front wheelbase is wide enough, it probably won't roll over more than today's SUV's.
Considering it's in a museum, they probably won't want to take it out and run it into a wall.
2005-07-29 09:19:48 AM  

The automobile museum provides an estimated "fuel economy between 25 and 30 mpg."

Still pretty darned good for an 11 person vehicle. Probably wouldn't pass modern safety or emission standards though.
2005-07-29 09:20:34 AM  

Used to see one around Dallas all the time back in the early 90's. It was owned by some guy who just thought it was cool. No affiliation with the company.

Dunno what happened to it/him.
2005-07-29 09:21:03 AM  
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I'd hit it........with the HERKIMER BATTLE JITNEY!
2005-07-29 09:22:15 AM  
It is also aluminum so if you get in a wreck you'll be pre wrapped for burial.

/has a bike, gets a few hundred miles per gallon...of gatorade
//they'll need a wet-dry vac and a power washer to get me off the road and out of the SUV's tire wells when I go out
///bring on the pain
////one more just for the heck of it.
2005-07-29 09:22:35 AM  
There is a good description of it here:


This American scoffs at large, boxy SUVs.

As for this design, it's got a few major flaws: no rear window, "tricycle" wheel configuration, and I'm guessing in a crash a tendency break in half (or worse) based upon the descriptions I've read.

I'm not sure what it would take to bring something like this up to industry standards with regard to safety, environmental controls, etc. but I'm guessing you won't see anyone buying the design and creating a new version in the 21st century.

2005-07-29 09:23:48 AM  
Still pretty darned good for an 11 person vehicle. Probably wouldn't pass modern safety or emission standards though.

No it's not - not when you take into consideration that the vehicle weighs less than 1,000lbs.

That thing would have really serious safety issues. It would be extremely easy to tip, and has no rigid construction to protect those 11 folks inside. Oh, and the 11 folks would weigh almost twice as much as the vehicle itself, which would severely impact the mpg. A 90hp engire just isn't going to do much with that much weight.

It was interesting back in 1933, but it's not remotely an indication that things are being held back intentionally in 2005.
2005-07-29 09:23:49 AM  

You're thinking of Ralph Moody. He modified a 1979 Mercury capri that got 50-80mpg (he traveled 800 miles on only 12 gallons of fuel). The car also accelerated from 0 to 60 in 17 seconds and has a top speed of 105 m.p.h. I believe it was a diesel engine with a turbo charger, I believe.

Unfortunately, Mr. Moody was a former Ford employee, and ended up selling the rights to his creation back to Ford, who (big surprise!) promptly shelved it and told Moody to STFU about it.

If you can find a copy of Time magazine dated May 14, 1979, it will tell you all about it. There was also mention of a college student who developed a carburetor that got 300+ mpg, but that seemed to magically "disappear" as well. Go figure.
2005-07-29 09:24:21 AM  
The rare Some Guy quadfecta!
2005-07-29 09:24:30 AM  
that's old news. Too bad they never made all that many.
2005-07-29 09:24:31 AM  
Twenty feet long and under a thousand pounds? It sounds like it's build more like an airplane than a car. This thing would roll up like aluminum foil in a crash.

Also, with single rear wheel steering I would not want to drive it at speed. It'd be a farking handful.
2005-07-29 09:24:53 AM  
Wow. And it's surprisingly attractive!
2005-07-29 09:24:56 AM  
Bucky is just plain cool, in my book. In that very odd
way that only the coolest among us can be.

I bought Synergetics I and II once. I won't say that
I finished them, because even though I "read" every page,
most of it completely baffled me.

See for yourself: Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking
2005-07-29 09:25:35 AM  
Steeriously cool. Wasn't this vehicle on some album cover once upon a time?
2005-07-29 09:26:11 AM  
Honig the Apothecary

You just made me smile. What was the name of that car?
2005-07-29 09:27:33 AM  
You don't need a large engine to go fast. You only need it to accelerate faster. You could get a Go-Cart to do 100MPH if you geared it right and made it more aerodynamic. Someone probably already has.
2005-07-29 09:28:17 AM  
I imagine it got more than 40mpg easy.

With one person in the car.

Going 30.

On a flat track.
2005-07-29 09:28:45 AM  
Let's see...

1000 LBS

90 HP

Max Speed of 120MPH

Hey! I used to own one! Mine looked a little better. It only carried three people though...

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2005-07-29 09:30:37 AM  

Yes, you are indeed awake. Throw 11 people into a Yugo (90hp was close), give it a cd of .25, and it'd be lucky to get 7-10mpg. It would've be a cool stoner "bus" though.
2005-07-29 09:30:45 AM  
0-120mph in only 3 hours!
2005-07-29 09:31:35 AM  
It'd never go into production for many reasons, such as the instability of tricycle designs, the wacky turning radius that people would never get used to, etc.

Bucky was far ahead of his time with many things, but he also got tied up in minutae too often to be effective. For example, he liked to coin words like "tensegrity" and "Dymaxion," yet stole the idea for tensegrity from one of his students.

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The BMW Isetta will probably always remain the most successful tricycle design.
2005-07-29 09:31:51 AM  
11 person vehicle? Does it play Parade of the Pachyderms when you open the door?
2005-07-29 09:32:44 AM  
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2005-07-29 09:32:47 AM  
That's nothing. I want
this! 376.59 mpg!
2005-07-29 09:35:58 AM  
The design was inherently unstable and a killer to boot.
2005-07-29 09:40:12 AM  
Ever heard of kart racing? A cousin of mine started driving karts when he was young, and last I heard was trying to race professionally.

We're not talking the things you find down at the family fun center. Real karts definitely reach speeds that you're talking about.

2005-07-29 09:40:40 AM  
don't forget the sheer awsomeness of buckeyballs.

/have applications to possibly be a purely local treatment for cancer
//maybe the ghost of Fuller will find a cure
2005-07-29 09:41:56 AM  
Three wheelers died off for a good reason. They're death traps.
2005-07-29 09:42:35 AM  
The Dynamaxion was actually only designed to carry 8 passengers. The other 3 occupants were intended to be paramedics.
2005-07-29 09:44:53 AM  
But could DeFede fit in it?
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