RE: 60mph? Conversation with engineer and race car designer/builder Charles Samuel Greenwood P.E.
RE: 60 MPH?
Conversation with engineer and race car designer/builder Charles Samuel Greenwood P.E.
” A human powered car will go only as fast as its occupants make it go. However, with a small amount of additional power, it may be possible for many people to achieve truly useful cruising speeds. This has been the core of many years of research at HumanCar, Inc. The FM-4 was engineered to test the limits of four-person teams using a rowing like interface along with a push back power stroke. All of the major muscle groups can be utilized. Down hill testing of the FM-4 verified the vehicle stability of this design, traveling around corners at speeds in excess of 60 MPH. A tricycle configuration is inherently unstable under such conditions. That is why we do not “play cutesy” and offer three-wheeled electric contraptions that sneak through the licensing laws as “motorcycles”. Indeed, our down hill testing program has verified the absolute necessity of proper suspension, steering, chassis and brake design. We are lucky enough to have predicted a number of key changes in the specialty vehicle market. Low Mass Vehicles is a term originated by us in a 1996 white paper of the same title. One hundred years or more ago such an idea was well accepted, but larger and larger cars and trucks made it difficult for very elegant small vehicles to have market acceptance. Those days have changed. HumanCar, Inc. is now ready to produce a neighborhood electric vehicle that integrates the FM-4 biometric interface. The inevitable High Speed/Low Mass vehicles that will follow are already in the prototype lab. And yes, they go 60 MPH.”
“We’re hot rod builders, dirt bike riders, bicycling enthusiasts, and we love all kind of sports, with or without machines, with or without electronics. We love healthy people. You and your family will power yourselves down to the store and back.” -Charles S. Greenwood PE, HumanCar® Inventor
Specifications HC Imagine_PS™
* PHEV plug-in hybrid e-vehicle
* V2G Compatible
* Full body biometric input
* BodySteer™ Patented Chassis
* > 100 mpg equiv.
* SyncGuideway™ compatible
* Street legal low mass vehicle
* Mobile power station 110 A/C