Get your own Human Powered Fred Flintstone Car Right Here!

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.
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:
The HumanCar Inventor Charles Greenwood and his prototype

Where the magic happens, the transmission box.

The drive shaft that transmits the energy to the wheels.

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

  • 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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  • 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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