Volvo's Extreme Gravity Car is a radical styling exercise
for the company. Volvo, more commonly associated with
high quality, if somewhat bland cars has produced some
interesting concepts over the recent years.
Volvo's gravity car has no propulsion mechanism whatsoever
except for the pull of gravity, and the car is constructed
from lightweight materials such as aluminium, carbon-fibre
giving it an anorexic weight of 15 kgs. Every inch of
the racer has been optimised for aerodynamic performance,
and to decrease rolling resistance the two main wheels
are in-line - at the extreme front and back of the vehicle.
The rider lies face down inside cramped bodywork with
their head just behind the front wheel, steering is controlled
by handlebars attached directly to the front axle, and
braking is done by a trigger on the left handlebar.
Volvo's gravity car can reach 35 mph within 100m, and
tops out at around 40 mph.
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