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etmax
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Bad Idea
etmax   3/8/2014 3:16:44 AM
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Great post, thanks. The worst idea has to be the "smart" that has done away with ballast like doors, roof and rear windows. One side impact accident and you're dead, 10 minutes in the sun and you're sunburned or a bit of rain and you're drenched, and anything that isn't nailed down get pinched. Some of the others quite nice and inspiring. Yep give me a GT90

William K.
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Re: CONCEPT CARS: could they be built?
William K.   1/31/2014 10:02:08 AM
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It is not reasonable to even think that any of the concept cars prior to the mid sixties could have included any CAD operations in their creation. And just because a single copy can be produced does not mean that even a second copy would be any easier than the first. 

Solid modeling and CAD and other simulation software certainly make great designs easier, but they are by no means the only way great designs happen. Engineering brilliance and creativity are the more critical parts of the mix.

One thing that did impress me was: The GT90 concept was declared by Ford to be the "world's mightiest sports car."  While I don't know what the top speed of the mid-sixties "Griffith" was, it also had a big Ford engine that was "not quite stock", and probably not even close to stock. The GT90 looks a lot like the Griffith before all of those angles were smoothed out. I don't know it it would have been called a production model, but there were two of them in the college parking lot where I attended in 1966. 

Charles Murray
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Re: CONCEPT CARS
Charles Murray   11/4/2013 7:11:50 PM
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Good point about fabrication, bobjengr. That's particulaly the case for high volume fabrication. That's why most concept cars never reach production. The ones that do usually see some dramatic (and boring) changes.

bobjengr
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CONCEPT CARS
bobjengr   10/30/2013 5:21:29 PM
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Very very informative slide show Charles.  I love to see engineering and design talent pushed to extreme as these cars indicate they have been.  I am assuming all of the design was CAD and solid modeling.  In other words, the products can be built.  I know that sometimes what really looks good is very difficult to fabricate.  I would love to see most of these newer product on the road. 

NadineJ
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generational divide
NadineJ   10/30/2013 3:16:40 PM
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Most of the comments here definitely show a generational divide. 

Honda's Fuya-Jo is awesome for those under 30...DJ inspired!  The inside of the NS4 looks like a tanning bed. 

Personally, I'd love to get my hands on the fabric BMW used for GINA. And, the Peugeot!  Those taillights are fantastic. 

Pubudu
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Re: Technology from concept cars
Pubudu   10/30/2013 2:29:16 PM
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JimS, now a day vehicles are not only to satisfy the basic need of transportations from one place to another. So when developing a concept cars all those things will have to be consider. 

Pubudu
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Re: and my choice is...
Pubudu   10/30/2013 6:53:56 AM
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Personally I like the Daimler's Smart Fourjoy concept. Cause that Its more realistic than others and it's very easy to handle like the normal smart versions which suit to the urban areas. 

Ralphy Boy
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Re: and my choice is...
Ralphy Boy   10/30/2013 12:07:50 AM
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Well that was fun Chuck...

Hot Wheels! But that boxy taxi... Honda's Fuya-Jo... OMG Ugly...

William K.
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Re: Human Imagination
William K.   10/29/2013 8:51:47 PM
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Ervin, my feeling is that if every artist was an engineer then most of them would probably not be artists. I see the two talents pointing in different directions. Of course some engineers do appreciate appearances but only a few follow appearance to the detriment of functionality. That task is most often handled by marketing and cost reduction groups.

But sometimes it becomes quite clear that some engineers have no concept of what looks good and what does not, and unfortunately a few of them have been architects responsible for buildings that the rest of us have to see.

William K.
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Re: Chrysler Atlantic 2
William K.   10/29/2013 8:42:23 PM
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That FourJoy looked every bit as impractical as any of the concept cars shown. And it was not nearly sporty enough to be a fun sports type of vehicle. WHAt were they thinking?

The Dodge pickup would have sold a lot if they had put regular type doors on it, it looked much cooler than the El Camino. But Chrysler management of that era was often immume to creativity, except for my 1965 Barracuda. I loved that car. With a few modifications to the suspension it handled like a real race car.

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