Hand-Built Car Bike!

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Very impressive. A lot of skill in making that though with it looking so much like the real car I can see other road users assuming it is the real deal and then having to brake when it doesn't move like one. I'd expect more incidents than if it looked like a HPV.
 
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I don't like the thought of trying to pedal it in amongst road traffic trying to keep myself safe from motorists who are expecting it to respond at normal motor vehicle speed and suddenly finding out that it is not, and it would be too wide for most bike paths. Not many options left for the considerable time and money invested in it. I do like the wheels though.

In Australia, we have a version of motor racing with cars that replicate the Australian V8 Super Cars in a caricature way. Some details from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aussie_Racing_Cars:

The Aussie Racing Car combines current racing technology and performance in a one-design class where all cars are mechanically identical with strict rules in place to maintain that position. Various body styles are permitted. Originally only 1940 Ford Coupé and Holden FJ body styles were available, with Ford AU Falcon and Holden VY Commodore styles which replicate V8 Supercars later made available. A Toyota Aurion body shape was launched in 2008,[2] followed by a Holden Cruze in 2012 [3] and a Mercedes-Benz inspired "Euro GT" in 2013.[4] Nissan Altima,[5] Ford Mustang,[6] and Chevrolet Camaro were added in 2014.[6] Hyundai Elantra debuted during the 2015 series.[7]

The lightweight composite body is a faithfully designed caricature of its full size counterpart featuring opening doors, boot and lift off front section. Powered by a 1.3 litre 125 bhp (93 kW) twin cam 16 valve engine sourced second-hand from used Yamaha FJR1300 motorcycles that revs to 11500 rpm. The 515 kg all up weight provides a high power-to-weight ratio that allows the car to reach speeds in excess of 200 km/h. Lap times achieved at Oran Park Raceway are within six seconds of a V8 Supercar. They feature fully adjustable suspension geometry, huge brakes and controlled competition tyres that produce high grip levels. All cars are hand built in the Aussie Racing Car facility and supplied ready to race.[citation needed]

The cockpit layout is purpose built and fitted with a five point racing harness. The steering requires only one turn lock to lock and minimal steering movement during racing. The sequential gear lever is close to the steering wheel and the carbon fibre dash displays the necessary instrumentation.


A similar approach could lead to a whole new flavour of pedal indulgences that would fit on riding paths.
 
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Clever? Very. Impressive? Yes, Safe? ...Maybe not so much.

But maybe there is another perspective.
One that comes from a purely artistic, and creative view.
The desire to build things that don't always meet the expected norm.

Take for example all the expensive creations throughout the world. Some that will never see the light of day, let alone public view.
The thousands of collector vehicles, sitting in private collections, that are not ever again, going to feel the road beneath their tires.

Building 'things' is in the human DNA. Not always are they or need to be practical, or practicable.

Such as two current examples.
Brads ... I challenge anyone to guess what I am making here!!.
Or maybe my Ed's 'StreetRunner' Quad Build which no doubt is thought to be by 'one or two', :) to be a complete waste of time and energy.

The creative juices must flow, lest they dry up, and fade away.
 
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