Just What We Needed Dept: A Car Powered by a Built-In-Gym
Every little bit of energy helps when you have a hybrid; that is why they have regenerative braking as well as gasoline engines and even solar panels. Designer Da Feng of Coventry University has another idea: turn your car into a gym, with "a step machine, rowing machine, bench press, pull-up simulator and weights," all of which generate electricity for the batteries.
The GYM Concept comprises of a single-seat cockpit surrounded by a lightweight injection molded magnesium alloy chassis and built in exercise machines. Covering the chassis is a minimal amount of carbon-fibre bodywork, giving the car a purposeful appearance which was in part inspired by WW2 fighter aircraft.
Inside the GYM Concept Car is where things get interesting. Powering the car is an electric motor and battery pack. The batteries are charged either through a handy plug-in socket, or by harnessing the energy created by the driver when parked up and working out using the built in array of exercise equipment, which includes a stepping machine, rowing machine, bench press, pull up simulator and arm weights! This is not just some dated peddle kart.
It would be churlish to point out that one could get a better workout at lower cost by riding a bike or running, or that perhaps one should be concentrating on their driving. MAD magazine did this, oh, forty years ago, when they proposed big springs under the accelerator pedal to make driving more like real exercise, but they didn't think of connecting it to a generator.
Nice looking car, though. Via Wired
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