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Japanese wtf car
« on: November 17, 2009, 10:40:42 PM »

Japan's Eliica may look like science fiction, but with the engine power in its wheels -- all eight of them -- a top speed of 230 mph and a range of 200 miles on a single charge, this electric car has potential in the real world.

I think it looks kinda cool for a land yacht.

Kinda cool, but kinda wtf.

200 miles is good range for these things though, except for the 10 hour charge.

I'd like to take this thing around the track a few times though.

I guess I since I like 4 wheel drive I should like 8 wheel drive, but it's just so weird!
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2009, 10:56:50 PM »

I thought that was really cool. 8 wheels is not too weird for me.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 01:03:24 AM »

I wouldn't say weird. Atraditional maybe.

Looks great, really.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009, 01:59:01 AM »

Looks great.  Hope it actually makes it to market.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009, 10:06:06 AM »

I suppose there's a reason they don't mention the cost. It means that you won't be buying one of these anytime soon.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2009, 02:54:54 PM »

I suppose there's a reason they don't mention the cost. It means that you won't be buying one of these anytime soon.

Its a college project; so its not intended for public manufacture.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009, 05:37:18 PM »

I think it looks rad, but I hate 8 wheels.  I'm so sick of replacing the 4 I have now.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009, 06:47:53 PM »

20 years ago I was talking to a guy about linear electric motors in the wheels of an electric vehicle

I'm glad someone finally put it into operation.

The problem is not just power delivery, it's battery. Will the establishment in the US allow a non Pb-H2SO4 battery driven car to be produced?

Hmmm.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2009, 08:15:12 PM »

It looks like a cockroach with wheels for legs.  Given that the big problem with handling is minimizing unsprung weight, I'm betting it handles like shit.
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2009, 10:45:42 PM »

It looks like a cockroach with wheels for legs.  Given that the big problem with handling is minimizing unsprung weight, I'm betting it handles like shit.

Given it has 8 separate motors, and presumably 8 differentials, I bet it can outhandle a subcompact. A normal car by contrast could not have the ability to turn using different levels of power to the wheels on each side to turn.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2009, 11:18:39 PM »

With the motors in the wheels, I don't see why it would even need differentials.

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Its a college project; so its not intended for public manufacture.
Which means it probably costs millions of dollars. All the more reason we're not going to see it on the roads anytime soon.
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2009, 03:52:34 AM »

The problem, again, is unsprung weight.  You have a hard time turning or accelerating if you don't have firm adhesion to the road.  (MikeHz is right, it doesn't have differentials, since the motors are in the wheels.)
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2009, 07:31:30 AM »

It looks like two Deloreans mating.
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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2009, 08:34:17 AM »

:lol:

But, seriously, I've actually thought about this before.  With 8 wheels the acceleration and braking would be mind-blowing!
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Re: Japanese wtf car
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2009, 10:41:11 AM »

...on a drag strip...not necessarily on a "real" road...

There's also more friction from the extra tire surface on the road.  It's also exceptionally long--guess it has to be to get enough wheels (motors) under it.  Wonder how it tracks in the snow.
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