Wired – Swiss company Acabion is working on the GTBO VIII “da Vinci,” a $15 million fully electric vehicle with a top speed of 375 mph that Acabion claims is 20 times more efficient than current Electric cars. It’s as much a work of art as a proof of concept: Maskus says that for production vehicles, the price will come down “by reducing the overall exclusivity and by reducing the power from our today’s top-of-the-line 700 horsepower or 800 horsepower to standard regions, and of course by mass production.
Acabion, a Swiss company led by former Porsche, BMW and Ferrari engineer Peter Maskus, is building vehicles it claims will be the “certified successor of cars.” They’re “streamliners” — upgraded land-speed racers that look like motorcycles wrapped in fighter jets, and Maskus hopes to have them in the hands of consumers by 2015.
1) The Acabion has less than one third of the projected area of a car. This is an efficiency increase of + 300%.
2) superstreamlining – one third of the turbulences of a car. The efficiency increase here is + 350%.
The effects out of the reduction of the projected area and reduced air turbulences multiply. + 300% projected area effect and +350% in streamlining means 3 times 3.5 better effectiveness.
3) Weight- The Acabion comes with 800 lbs. A car, even a small one, has 2500 lbs. And that sums to the efficienca-balance. So up to here an Acabion is already more than ten-fold more efficient, than even a small-size car. That means an improvement of +1000% (in words plus one thousand). And still there is more to come. The efficiency increase now is + 1200%. (from the first three less projected area, super streamlining and lower weight)
4) Rolling resistance – The Acabion is three to four times lighter than any typical car, it comes with a three to four times reduced rolling resistance. This effect sums up to what is already there due to the physical factors 1) to 3). The efficiency increase with progressive tires will be + 1400% and more
By 2050, Maskus thinks elevated tracks will separate high-speed Acabions from antiquated automobiles, just as horse-drawn carriages aren’t allowed on interstates. “The speed potential of the Acabion is so dramatically higher than the speed potential of any car or motorcycle, that future perspective will most likely call for tracks allowing much more speed much safer than today’s highways do,” Maskus said.
Elevated tracks over highways would be automated, much like high-speed rail but with individual cars. And when the elevated highways end, Acabion users can still drive on existing roads.
The Acabion can use vacuum tubes as well. In 2100, additionally to conventional roads and elevated tracks, vacuum tunnels will cover long continental and intercontinental distances. They will even stretch through the oceans. Vacuum tubes will come, because they allow twenty times the speed of jet airplanes at absolutely superb efficiency. Up to now, those systems were just too expensive. But the Acabion offers the solution to this problem, too: Public commuter systems in vacuum tubes would require much bigger tubes, like 30 meters in diameter. That would mean dramatically higher costs compared to an individual system that gets along with a 3 meter tube. And the fascinating truth is: The individual tube will transport the same number of people, because it is constantly used, and not just for “one train every ten minutes”.
Retractable maglev elements will guide and power up your craft in the tunnel. At 20 000 km/h San Francisco to Prague can be done in 25 minutes then, and if you like it you can have a little break at the wild southern shores of the Hudson Bay just 10 minutes after you left Fishermans Wharf.
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