Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"A Harrowing Test Drive of Buckminster Fuller’s 1933 Dymaxion Car..."

This story about Jay Leno driving the three wheel Davis Divan reminded me that there was video of Sir Norman Foster's replica of Fuller's Dymaxion.
From Road & Track:

Leno drives the oddball three-wheeled Davis Divan


Lo and behold the Dymaxion vid was in one of our 1300 feeds.
From Open Culture:

A Harrowing Test Drive of Buckminster Fuller’s 1933 Dymaxion Car: Art That’s Scary to Ride
In the 1930s, the systems theorist, designer and inventor Buckminster Fuller created the Dymaxion car — an aerodynamic concept car that managed to get 30 miles per gallon while topping out at 90 miles per hour, and transporting 11 passengers. Like Fuller’s Dymaxion house, the three-wheel Dymaxion car could be disassembled and re-assembled with ease. You can see vintage videos of both here.

The concept car didn’t get much beyond the concept stage. Only three original versions were built, one of which rolled over at the 1933 World’s Fair, leaving the driver dead, three passengers injured, and investors reluctant to bring the car to market....MORE
Yeah, that'll happen.