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Cars That Whoosh

Posted December 22, 2008 10:10 AM by dstrohl

One must wonder: Did any of the blue-sky engineers and tinkerers who thought up prop-driven cars over the decades ever think of the safety aspect of a huge rotating blade spinning away just a brief distance from pedestrians?

Perhaps that's why so few attempted it over the years, as shown by Michael Lamm's brief but entertaining review of propeller-driven cars in SIA #36, September-October 1976.

And before you all start writing in, Lamm did seem to miss both the Helica and the Helicron. And I believe the article was written well before the Isetta prop car was built. Feel free to add any others that he might've missed.

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12/22/2008 11:54 AM
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12/23/2008 7:11 AM

Safety of a propellor driven car could be insured by enclosing the prop in a wire cage or enclosing it within a ducted fan . (caged as in airboats ) Anyway traction would be lost due to propellor slippage and the rolling resistance of the vehicle

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12/23/2008 9:06 AM

Regarding propellor driven cars a lot of the reaction is lost by rolling resistance and propellor slippage

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12/25/2008 12:57 PM

Not to mention the prop wash taking out windows, awnings, and pedestrians

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12/27/2008 2:36 PM

And lot of worn tyres on one side of the car because of gyroscopic and slipstream effect

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12/27/2008 2:41 PM

We will forget slip steam effect because it will be a pusher prop presumably on the other hand we can consider slipstream effect if it's a tractor prop and the airflow travels along the body You would also have to take great care as not to bite pedestrians supermarket trolleys and othe cars

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12/27/2008 3:14 PM

You wold make an awfull mess of a car wash

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