Get your own Human Powered Fred Flintstone Car Right Here!

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Image collage from Ecoble
Check out this amazing and inspirational feat of engineering called The HumanCar. A human powered car that is, I am sure, inspired by the famous foot powered Flintstone mobiles.
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It apparently can reach speeds of 80 miles per hour (128.75 Km/h) and is designed to make driving a participatory experience. The four riders need to work together to get it going as well as steering by leaning into a turn. A rechargeable battery and motor, jumps in when you feel like taking a break.
Though it is safer than a bicycle, due to its road safe impact resistant skeleton, I do wonder about its ability to be handled by one person, its lack of seat belts (80mph come on!), and weather protection. Regardless, it is a marvel of engineering especially with the way the rowing movement is converted and transmitted to the car’s forward motion.
Check out the images from the official press release:
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The HumanCar Inventor Charles Greenwood and his prototype

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Where the magic happens, the transmission box.

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The drive shaft that transmits the energy to the wheels.

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The HumanCar’s exoskeleton prototype.


Check out the very cool video on how it works.

It can be yours for $15,000 and they are taking pre-orders at the official HumanCar website. Looks like good clean environmentally friendly but sweaty fun!
Via: Ecoble

8 Comments
  • Trend Insights

    February 14, 2008 at 7:11 pm Reply

    I want one too! Looks superb!

  • Jacob Cass

    February 15, 2008 at 12:20 am Reply

    Wow, that is pretty nifty.

  • justin (pusha)

    February 15, 2008 at 9:25 am Reply

    Wow. That is amazing. I would totally rock that car. I work from home and drive very little. I bought a new car last year and finally just hit 3,000 miles in 11 months. That’s total grandpa style I know;) Lockheed Martin was working on a prototype a long time ago that had cars working on magnets on the freeway, I don’t know if it included Gas usage though.

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    August 28, 2008 at 11:17 am Reply

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  • onthelang

    October 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Wow, Id love one of these! Will keep and eye out!

  • Bart

    September 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm Reply

    That is WAY cool! love it!

  • J.R delaluz Navarro

    October 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Its a great,great idea!!!!I think that its a really,a !!!!!SMARTCAR!!!!!!!

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