WHY DO CARS HAVE A WHEEL AT EACH CORNER?

The author gives his reasons for suggesting that car design and the whole philosophy and strategy of today's car industry is completely wrong. He concludes that we should go back to the very start of wheeled transport and redesign the car from first principles using plastics and only two very large wheels which would also provide the suspension. The principle of the tire-roller is described. It is a combination of a rickshaw and motor scooter, the giant rickshaw wheels could be raised or lowered depending on speed. The large lateral tyres are held in place by several "bearing" and "leading" rollers which are driven by small electric motors. The bearing rollers press the tyres onto the ground, the section of the tyre touching the ground acting in the same was as a conventional leaf spring. Entry would be at the side of the vehicle, through the giant wheels which are without spokes. Because the tire-roller's chassis is made from two identical tricycles, and most accidents damage either the front or the back of a vehicle, the undamaged half can be driven home. (TRRL)

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    IPC Magazine Limited

    King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LS,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Groeger, T
  • Publication Date: 1980-8-14

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 531-534
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 1214
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM