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Why the oddball Hnusp concept car isn't as mad as you think
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24 April 2010

This is the Hnusp L-DDC concept car, a bizarre creation that has a single wheel at either end and two in the middle, plus a mid-mounted engine.

Despite looking like two Reliant Robins melded together, the car has been created by Hnusp University to investigate ways of improving side impact safety.

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"By putting the two wheels in the middle we are able to reduce the damage done in a side impact," said a spokesman. "It is not an idea that will ever make production, but more a way of opening discussion."

The car is also designed to showcase fuel-saving technology, and has been tested in the wind tunnel, achieving a drag co-efficient of 0.22cd - the same as BMW's Vision Efficient Dynamics concept.

Its 1.05-litre four-cylinder engine is mounted in the middle of the car, above the two wheels, offering better weight distribution.

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Curmudgeon 6 May 2010

Re: 'Reliant Robin' concept explained

sportwagon wrote:

It's taken over a century but at last somone has taken the 1901 Sunbeam Mabley and developed into the car it always should have been.

http://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/Museum/Transport/Cars/Sunbeam/Mabley2.jpg

and much more elegant (the Sunbeam, that is). I approve.

sportwagon 6 May 2010

Re: 'Reliant Robin' concept explained

It's taken over a century but at last somone has taken the 1901 Sunbeam Mabley and developed into the car it always should have been.

http://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/Museum/Transport/Cars/Sunbeam/Mabley2.jpg

Uncle Mellow 6 May 2010

Re: 'Reliant Robin' concept explained

Perfect illustration of the modern trend , which is to build cars which are as safe as possible while you are having an accident , rather than being as safe as possible while you are driving along trying to avoid accidents.