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(Tico Times)   Introducing the CambYoCar: the first car designed and built in Costa Rica. No matter what you're thinking, it's worse than you think. It's made of balsa wood and sheet aluminum, for instance   (ticotimes.net) divider line 60
    More: Scary, Costa Rican, CambYoCar, automobile design, Jesse Blenn, construction materials, vehicle inspection  
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2013-11-29 12:01:14 AM
www.nuttyhistory.com
 
2013-11-29 12:57:14 AM
www.eccentric-cinema.com
 
2013-11-29 01:50:17 AM

Mad_Radhu: [www.eccentric-cinema.com image 342x220]


If you take the front bumper off it'll go six.
 
2013-11-29 05:31:13 AM
And airbags made from Jiffy Pop!
 
2013-11-29 05:33:13 AM
Ah...the Adobe....

/leaves satisfied..
 
2013-11-29 05:40:31 AM
$18k for an electric car made from wood and sheet metal? You can keep that Costa Rica
 
2013-11-29 05:46:05 AM
What is that, a car for ants? It needs to be at least three times bigger.
 
2013-11-29 05:49:23 AM
I want to see this thing be given the crash tests US cars face , for the LULz
 
2013-11-29 05:50:04 AM
But it's still not the automotive marvel that is the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust.

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2013-11-29 05:50:52 AM
I remember this episode. It's when Casey Kasem left the Transformers.
 
2013-11-29 06:00:05 AM
FTFA: "CambYoCar could help ease Costa Rica's emissions problems"

As an added bonus it will also ease overpopulation problems given the expected crashworthiness.
 
2013-11-29 06:06:13 AM
Looking at the upward-opening electric doors and sleek design of CambYoCar's miniature prototype, you might think the purple-haired Barbie seated behind the wheel drove it straight out of the movie "Back to the Future."

I wasn't remotely thinking any such thing. Why would you start off your article with something so stupid and irrelevant?

At about $18,000 a unit, CambYoCar will not be the cheapest vehicle on the market, but it will be the cheapest of the electric and hybrid models.

Well, this car is DOA. People wanting to make an environmental statement with their car purchases want to do it style, not with balsa wood. People who just need a cheap car to get from A to B don't have global warming as their highest priority.

Despite sales- and import-tax incentives, Ticos still seem hesitant to invest in a green vehicle.

Okay, I need to google that. "Tico is a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica." This article is crap, but I did manage to learn something!
 
2013-11-29 06:09:10 AM
That's some best korea level engineering right durr.
 
2013-11-29 06:16:33 AM

GoldDude: FTFA: "CambYoCar could help ease Costa Rica's emissions problems"

As an added bonus it will also ease overpopulation problems given the expected crashworthiness.


Well, it is a car designed by an airplane engineer.
I don't think they worry about crashworthiness.
 
2013-11-29 06:18:30 AM
I guess the 'woodden car'-joke doesn't translate well into Spanish.
 
2013-11-29 06:19:20 AM

JSam21: $18k for an electric car made from wood and sheet metal? You can keep that Costa Rica


You say that, but on an island you hardly need fenders
 
2013-11-29 06:24:25 AM

doglover: JSam21: $18k for an electric car made from wood and sheet metal? You can keep that Costa Rica

You say that, but on an island you hardly need fenders


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2013-11-29 06:27:04 AM

GoldDude: FTFA: "CambYoCar could help ease Costa Rica's emissions problems"

As an added bonus it will also ease overpopulation problems given the expected crashworthiness.


That and nobody can fark in the backseat.
 
2013-11-29 06:33:09 AM

JSam21: $18k for an electric car made from wood and sheet metal? You can keep that Costa Rica


Well, of course. That's why they built their own shiatty car; so they could cut down on importing our shiatty cars.
 
2013-11-29 06:39:59 AM

Nuff Said McFarky: But it's still not the automotive marvel that is the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust.


No, damnit. It's called Geoff.
 
2013-11-29 06:41:47 AM

maram500: Nuff Said McFarky: But it's still not the automotive marvel that is the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust.

No, damnit. It's called Geoff.


Or maybe the Hammer Thrust i-Eagle Head. I...can't remember.

/They killed The Stig's vegetarian cousin!
 
2013-11-29 06:58:30 AM

grimlock1972: I want to see this thing be given the crash tests US cars face , for the LULz


Seems unfair given that on many of Costa Rica's mountain/jungle "roads" it is not possible to go fast enough to cause the airbag to deploy in the event of a collision.

The test I want to see is the suspension test.  Show me that car can haul a load of coffee down from Monteverde without falling apart like the Bluesmobile.
 
2013-11-29 07:11:44 AM

Autistic Hiker: grimlock1972: I want to see this thing be given the crash tests US cars face , for the LULz

Seems unfair given that on many of Costa Rica's mountain/jungle "roads" it is not possible to go fast enough to cause the airbag to deploy in the event of a collision.

The test I want to see is the suspension test.  Show me that car can haul a load of coffee down from Monteverde without falling apart like the Bluesmobile.


the stunts where real!!!!!  
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2013-11-29 07:17:51 AM
FTA:
"Although the car looks like a compact version of the DeLorean, the technology needed to build it is far from futuristic. "

If you can't tell the difference between a DeLorean and what appears to be a Jonny Cab with Down's syndrome, you deserve this thing.
 
2013-11-29 07:18:57 AM
electric cars have heavy batteries, so the only way to get them moving is to build the rest of the car extra-light. A sandwich of balsa wood between two sheet of aluminium make an excellent lightweight building material. Balsa is still used in a lot of aerospace applications.
Also,replacing all the plastic in the interior (dashboard,...) with CNC-milled balsa would be lot better in a crash- no toxic fumes, and "greener"
As for crash, remember the arm-race on the roads is not everywhere as ridiculous as in the USA.

"Balsa flies better"
 
2013-11-29 07:46:45 AM
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2013-11-29 07:49:47 AM

On-Off: electric cars have heavy batteries, so the only way to get them moving is to build the rest of the car extra-light. A sandwich of balsa wood between two sheet of aluminium make an excellent lightweight building material. Balsa is still used in a lot of aerospace applications.
Also,replacing all the plastic in the interior (dashboard,...) with CNC-milled balsa would be lot better in a crash- no toxic fumes, and "greener"
As for crash, remember the arm-race on the roads is not everywhere as ridiculous as in the USA.

"Balsa flies better"


LOL yup. People in endless streams of leased vehicles, usually huge SUVs or Trucks (trucks, notably, usually shiny and not ever used to haul things. Well, maybe rarely, just to say you did.). North America is hilarious when it comes to their opinions on vehicles / vehicles as status symbols. For an item which depreciates faster than almost any other, and is really only useful for its utility (which most people ignore in favour of the shinies! or the penis / pussy stroking), and for a people mired in capitalistic debt, it's laughable.
 
2013-11-29 07:55:02 AM

RockofAges: On-Off: electric cars have heavy batteries, so the only way to get them moving is to build the rest of the car extra-light. A sandwich of balsa wood between two sheet of aluminium make an excellent lightweight building material. Balsa is still used in a lot of aerospace applications.
Also,replacing all the plastic in the interior (dashboard,...) with CNC-milled balsa would be lot better in a crash- no toxic fumes, and "greener"
As for crash, remember the arm-race on the roads is not everywhere as ridiculous as in the USA.

"Balsa flies better"

LOL yup. People in endless streams of leased vehicles, usually huge SUVs or Trucks (trucks, notably, usually shiny and not ever used to haul things. Well, maybe rarely, just to say you did.). North America is hilarious when it comes to their opinions on vehicles / vehicles as status symbols. For an item which depreciates faster than almost any other, and is really only useful for its utility (which most people ignore in favour of the shinies! or the penis / pussy stroking), and for a people mired in capitalistic debt, it's laughable.


You sound European
 
2013-11-29 07:58:51 AM

RockofAges: On-Off: electric cars have heavy batteries, so the only way to get them moving is to build the rest of the car extra-light. A sandwich of balsa wood between two sheet of aluminium make an excellent lightweight building material. Balsa is still used in a lot of aerospace applications.
Also,replacing all the plastic in the interior (dashboard,...) with CNC-milled balsa would be lot better in a crash- no toxic fumes, and "greener"
As for crash, remember the arm-race on the roads is not everywhere as ridiculous as in the USA.

"Balsa flies better"

LOL yup. People in endless streams of leased vehicles, usually huge SUVs or Trucks (trucks, notably, usually shiny and not ever used to haul things. Well, maybe rarely, just to say you did.). North America is hilarious when it comes to their opinions on vehicles / vehicles as status symbols. For an item which depreciates faster than almost any other, and is really only useful for its utility (which most people ignore in favour of the shinies! or the penis / pussy stroking), and for a people mired in capitalistic debt, it's laughable.


...Pretty much all of those status symbol cars aren't American...
 
2013-11-29 08:02:43 AM
With Costa Rica's 2021 carbon-neutrality deadline looming, policy makers are trudging forward with reforms to reduce emissions. But as Environment Minister René Castro told The Tico Times in October, vehicle emissions are the great "Achilles heel" of the nation's carbon-neutrality goals.
They could do what every other country stupid enough to sign the Kyoto accords is doing and just ignore it or buy some carbon credits from Gore the Bore I.
 
2013-11-29 08:11:21 AM
Crap, now I want a balsa wood interior for my VW-bus.
For the  record, super-heavy-cars are not an america only problem:
back when it wa built, my bus was twice as heavy as a VW Golf (Rabbit)
today, it weight just the same as one current Golf.
 
2013-11-29 08:13:30 AM
that is only for people that are a foot tall says Zolander
 
2013-11-29 08:14:21 AM

Claude Ballse: FTA:
"Although the car looks like a compact version of the DeLorean, the technology needed to build it is far from futuristic. "

If you can't tell the difference between a DeLorean and what appears to be a Jonny Cab with Down's syndrome, you deserve this thing.


^
This.


It wouldn't be so bad if all cars were built lightweight, however, an accident with any of the heavier cars on the road and this thing will scatter like confetti.
 
2013-11-29 08:19:07 AM

Resident Muslim: Claude Ballse: FTA:
"Although the car looks like a compact version of the DeLorean, the technology needed to build it is far from futuristic. "

If you can't tell the difference between a DeLorean and what appears to be a Jonny Cab with Down's syndrome, you deserve this thing.

^
This.


It wouldn't be so bad if all cars were built lightweight, however, an accident with any of the heavier cars on the road and this thing will scatter like confetti.


Yeah they make truck bodies out of plywood in India and it's as splintery and splattery as you can imagine in a hard crash
 
2013-11-29 08:21:11 AM
Why is every novelty car built with butterfly doors? They're highly impractical if you need to open them in a tight space, among other issues.
 
2013-11-29 08:26:22 AM

On-Off: Crap, now I want a balsa wood interior for my VW-bus.
For the  record, super-heavy-cars are not an america only problem:
back when it wa built, my bus was twice as heavy as a VW Golf (Rabbit)
today, it weight just the same as one current Golf.


Of course. A big part of that extra weight is the electronics and safety features, and will be present in any brand vehicle. Air bags weigh a lot, especially when some cars (like mine) has something like 10 of them. Wiring for the power-this, and automatic that adds a lot also.

 
2013-11-29 08:29:30 AM
A car that small isn't going to be very resistant to a crash anyway, particularly because such a large percentage will have to be glass.
 
2013-11-29 08:30:14 AM

Claude Ballse: FTA:
"Although the car looks like a compact version of the DeLorean, the technology needed to build it is far from futuristic. "

If you can't tell the difference between a DeLorean and what appears to be a Jonny Cab with Down's syndrome, you deserve this thing.


Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.
 
2013-11-29 08:53:28 AM
I think I'll head over to the Yugo dealership instead.
 
2013-11-29 08:58:47 AM
The Costa Rican Air Force is looking forward to their deliveries of these bad boys


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2013-11-29 09:09:26 AM

ifky: The Costa Rican Air Force is looking forward to their deliveries of these bad boys


On December 1, 1948, President José Figueres Ferrer of Costa Rica abolished the military of Costa Rica after victory in the civil war in that year.[1] In a ceremony in the Cuartel Bellavista, Figueres broke a wall with a mallet symbolizing the end of Costa Rica's military spirit. In 1949, the abolition of the military was introduced in Article 12 of the Costa Rican Constitution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militar y_of_Costa_Rica
 
2013-11-29 09:19:41 AM
The majority of the vehicles I saw in the city areas of costa rica were primarily little four bangers from the eighties and early 90's in terms of safety this cambyoca is probably safer than the majority of the vehicles on their roads. However given the way those people drive I would prefer a tank.
 
2013-11-29 09:33:47 AM
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2013-11-29 10:28:18 AM

Nick Nostril: [img844.imageshack.us image 640x427]


Came for this and Mary Ann.
 
2013-11-29 10:30:16 AM
A former airplane mechanic and blimp-design consultant from Kansas, Blenn began designing CambYoCar on his fruit farm ...

Instead of using heavy machinery and imported steel, CambYoCar is made from balsa wood and aluminum...

The more elaborate parts of the car will be produced in the CambYoCar factory, an abandoned guava jelly plant....


APRIL FOOLS!
 
2013-11-29 10:39:51 AM
On the more practical side, I lived in Central America for some years, and electric battery failure are pretty frequent in the tropics.  I went through about one new car battery a year. The heat causes corrosion on the battery plates, and the rough roads shakes it off... Till it piles up enough on the inside floor of the battery to cause a short between two plates, and  bang! your battery fails.

Of course, maybe his experience as a blimp consultant allows him to overcome this problem

Here's a quick quote on the problem snatched from the mighty internet:

Does extreme tropical heat affect the performance of my battery?
Like in most chemical reactions, heat is a catalyst that accelerates the chemical processes inside the battery and may cause "overcharging conditions." Extreme heat accelerates corrosion, thus shortening battery life. In addition, high heat causes battery fluid to evaporate more rapidly; hence, more frequent distilled water top-ups are required for low-maintenance batteries.

 http://www.motolite.com/faq.php
 
2013-11-29 10:45:24 AM
The balsa part is actually genius; it grows there like a  weed, and is incredibly fast-growing. Moreover, balsa makes a strong, sturdy composite core material: it's used in the fiberglass hulls of expensive sailing yachts for that purpose.  In WW-2, the skins of the Vought XF%U were made of a composite of balsa, skinned with very thin aluminum, and this turned out to be so tough, when the Navy tried to destroy the aircraft prototypes with a standard steel i-beam blade, dropped from a crane, it just kept bouncing off the composite shell without leaving much damage.   So, make fun of the car design all you want, but the balsa part is Serious Business and a great design idea.
 
2013-11-29 10:55:02 AM

Malacon: Of course. A big part of that extra weight is the electronics and safety features, and will be present in any brand vehicle. Air bags weigh a lot, especially when some cars (like mine) has something like 10 of them. Wiring for the power-this, and automatic that adds a lot also.


I don't think the 8oz of wiring is going to effect much, but the 15lb motor it's powering might.
 
2013-11-29 10:56:18 AM
Hell, the Corvette uses balsa wood and sheet aluminum in it.  Must be a piece of shiat, right?
 
2013-11-29 11:38:50 AM

Whiskey Dickens: I don't think the 8oz of wiring is going to effect much, but the 15lb motor it's powering might.


Fair point on the electric motors, but don't discount the amount of wiring in these things.

In the 90s my brother helped a friend resto-mod a 70-something Camaro. The engine was seized when they got it so they decided to drop in a (at the time) modern Corvette Engine and tranny. The wiring they pulled out of the car was only a few lbs, but the cabling they had to install was massive. If I remember correctly my brother said the shipping weight on the computer and wiring harness was somewhere around 100lbs, give or take. And that was just for the powertrain.
 
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