[ExI] What would Rafal drive? was Fwd: Americans are poor drivers

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 06:34:58 UTC 2009

> Rafal wrote:
> What would Rafal drive? A car with a titanium sphere fully enclosing
> me, gimbaled to allow free rotation in an accident (a human can easily
> survive 130 - 150 g deceleration in the antero-posterior direction,
> much less otherwise). Of course, I would need fully synthetic,
> multispectral vision inside, a motorized deceleration harness, a
> supply of air (in case I get into an accident where the car bursts
> into flames, trapping me inside), creamy Italian leather seats, and a
> kick-ass audio system.
> On the outside of the sphere, the car should have a titanium-carbon
> fiber skeleton that allows sliding of the sphere during impact, to
> provide maximally long deceleration pathway at about 150g, enabling me
> to hit a concrete wall at 100 mph and never even lose consciousness.
> It should also have 8 wheels with in-hub electric motors (with active
> electromagnetic Bose suspension!), with at least 600lb/ft of torque
> combined, powered by a gas turbine hooked up to an ultracapacitor.
> There should be also computer-controlled gas-rocket motors mounted in
> front, to provide extreme deceleration thrust (>10g) during panic
> braking.
> With these gizmos I could drive at sustained 200mph safer than in my
> present car at 60 mph, and probably still burn the same amount of gas
> per mile.
> All that should be wrapped in a smoothly aerodynamic fuselage,
> brightly polished stainless steel, raked uprights, bright crystal LED
> lights, all low to the ground (but capable of jumping curbs if needed,
> thanks to the Bose suspension), the very image of automotive beauty.
> Finally "Where would Rafal drive?" - Anywhere the cops wave you on
> with a smile as you pass them at 215 miles an hour.
> >>>

I love it!  But please provide us with some pictures...  : )

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