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post #31 of 101
I've always thought that vehicles in general were orders of magnitude larger and more wasteful than they needed to be, so it makes me happy that there are people pushing so hard for things to be more efficient.

On the other hand, I can't imagine a plastic vehicle is anything close to safe. Honestly, I'd feel safer on my motorcycle, since I'd at least be thrown away from an accident, rather than be encapsulated by it.

Do crash tests pit the vehicle against any moving objects, or do they just slam the car into stationary objects? The 2 could produce DRASTICALLY different crash test ratings.
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post #32 of 101
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He would treat it like that poor Reliant Robin that he flipped like 5 times XD. He isnt one for compact cars

No, he likes some compact cars.
He really isn't one for rubbish cars though
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Great fuel mileage, but it's still heavier and more expensive. I also doubt they're going to use an engine with any more than 40 horsepower to propel this plastic death trap on three wheels.

If you insist
 
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post #34 of 101
I think this has more military potential than anything. A platoon could carry their own 3d printer and manufacture any weapons they need on the battlefield, or manufacture munitions, etc.
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post #35 of 101
Thermally printed plastic is extremely strong, it isn't a plastic death trap.
Remember when 30 years ago people called carbon fiber cars garbage?
And the days when people say computers ain't gonna make it ... And here we are overclocking them to the extremes
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I can't wait for this car to come out. Lol.
    
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I can't wait for this car to come out. Lol.

A reverse trike is more stable than a car. There will be no rolling of any sort. But god do I love top gear! thumb.gif
    
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A reverse trike is more stable than a car. There will be no rolling of any sort. But god do I love top gear! thumb.gif

Sorry it's so ugly I couldn't tell which end was the front or back. Lol.
    
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Since when has carbon fiber been illegal?? There are road legal sports car like ferraris and zonda's for example are made form carbon fiber. The corvette has been using a fiberglass body for almost a century. It does not mater what the car is made of be it, steel, aluminium, plastic, or indeed carbon fiber. What maters is that the car clears minim safety standards of the country its been sold in.

Also due to its size and weight in the eyes of the laws this "car" will be treated as a motorcycle or a ATV meaning it doesn't need to follow the same laws and regulations as a full sized car.

Sorry, should have been more clear. I haven't been keeping up with this stuff lately.... But I thought a while back there was limited amount of usage of CF. Only certain panels and such like hood. I could be wrong, but thats what I seem to remember... Oh well.
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are those bicycle tires?
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