Pedal-Powered Porsche Turning Heads, Very Slowly

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Photo via Hannes Langeder

Meet the world's most eco-friendly Porsche, the Ferdinand GT3 RSX. Its sleek design is ideal for cutting through the air and, of course, attracting looks from envious passersby. Touted as the lightest Porsche ever created, the car does away with many of the superfluous features found in conventional vehicles--namely, the engine. Sure, it may not win any races on the track, but this pedal-powered Porsche concept still pushes the boundaries of cool. After all, what's the hurry, really?

This slow but eco-friendly Porsche was created by artist Hannes Langeder using sticky tape, plastic pipes, and aluminum foil--taking over 1,000 hours to build. While some might find the absence of an engine to be a turn off, Hannes explains the rationale behind that particular engineering decision.

Because of economic reasons, the Ferdinand GT3 does not have an engine. On the one hand, this provides an enormous loss of weight, on the other hand it reduces the emissions to a low level, breaking records. Another side effect is the enormous trunk. Therefore the Ferdinand can also be used for transportation.

The Ferdinand is currently on display at the Museum of Art Linz in Austria, but Hannes tested it on the track at Germany beforehand. According to Asylum, no accurate MPH could be measured, which led to the suggestion that a calendar may be better suited to clock its speed.

All joking aside, Professor Sergius Kodera from the University of Vienna interprets the Ferdinand as a serious commentary on modern transportation, writing on the artist's Web site:

The art object is intended to be understood as a conscious contribution to deceleration. This is not at all about a quick joke (ha ha, he is driving a sports car rickshaw!). Instead, Hannes Langeder mines under the ideology of glorifying futuristic machines and speed: with an art form that is not immediately recognizable as such And thus distances itself from the realm of the everyday, seeks to be museumized. The bicycle Porsche specifically involves presence in this public space, suggests thinking about the possible rearrangement of our habitat And thus enters into a dialogue with other users of the street.

And with the Ferdinand's modest clip, that's a dialogue that can be had while traveling at full speed.

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