It’s possible that Tata had the goal of becoming India’s biggest car manufacturer when the company formed in 1954 but it’s highly unlikely that any of its engineers envisaged building a car that would be “fuelled” by air. Yes, you heard correctly. Buying out Daewoo, Jaguar and Land Rover the past decade is small news compared to their next product: The Tata Air Car.
Developed by ex-Formula One engineer, Guy NÃ¨gre, the Air Car uses compressed air. The first model is called the MiniCAT (name derived from Compressed Air Technology) and it’s expected to hit the streets in August 2012.
Here are the incredible facts:
- $2 (R18) will take you 200-300km.
- Top speed 105km/h.
- Chassis is glued not welded
- Fiberglass body is glued not welded.
- Radio transmitter instructs lights, indicators etc.
- 1 litre of vegetable oil is needed every 50 000km.
- The same air leaving the exhaust pipe is used in the internal air conditioning system because it’s 0-15 degrees below zero. Consequently, the aircon causes no loss of power.
- Zero emissions! 🙂
- Cost – >$8000 (R65 000 without import duties).
I’m not sure how comfortable i will be with super-compressed air near my arse but this technology is damn exciting…for the world!
Here’s a video about the 2008 prototype: