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|26th February 2008, 09:42||#16|
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Well that would solve the issue, If the Pentagon is the secured to the chasis rigidly
And in that case,returning to the original topic , the motor would be sprung mass only as it is rigidly attached to the chasis , right?
|26th February 2008, 11:41||#17|
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this technology works
I'd been to the motor show in london in 2006 I think, and had seen this car. they use the same kind of setup as the active wheel technology.
here's a link I found on google
Electric powered MINI QED Concept with 640 Hp!
outdrag ferraris with your battery operated mini! how does that sound?
at some point in the future I hope michelin comes out with kits for retrofitting every IC car on the planet with 4 of these babies.
4WD for everyone
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In-Wheel Suspension System
I had recently got this pic on a whatsapp group. The discussion was about design elements, clean lines, etc. This pic popped up and the poster asked us to identify why this car looked a lot ‘cleaner’ than other hot rods. (Comparison pics were not given).
Then it was pointed out that, there is no suspension sticking out. On a closer inspection, oh yeah!, there aren’t any. But is that a ‘clean’ look? The discussion lost track from then on, with people pouring in on what a ‘clean’ look is.
Beauty in the eye of the beholder.
But that concept got me interested and I went on to google a bit. (That is where I got the better quality pic to post here).
In 2007, Canada-based Multimatic stuffed the entire suspension system into the wheel of one of their build-offs. One of the reasons they highlighted struck a chord. Wheels these days are getting bigger and bigger, from mere 12-13” ones to dubs. So the designers and engineers have a lot of more area to play with.
Multimatic, was hoping that eventually this sort of suspension will allow for things like low, flat rear loading floors in mainstream automakers’ vans.
But for some reason, between 2007 and till now, the concept hasn’t really caught on.
About Multimatic's 1932 Ford Model B with in-wheel suspension.
Some more reading on these lines threw in a lot of tit-bits.
1. In-wheel Motor by Michelin
2. Only EV maker Venturi responded by making a car around it.
3. Early contraptions
4. Crazy looking wheels with suspension for bicycles & Wheel chairs.
These are design marvels.
- Loop wheels
- Soft Wheel
I am wondering why this fad hadn’t caught on yet. Is it part replacement difficulty, or may be the total re-engineering that is required, or the fact that retrofitting on an existing automobile design isn’t it easy.
It has caught up better in the bicycle & wheel chair market.
** All pics from the sources above.
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