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Fuller’s Dymaxion Car Recreated

Posted in Bizarre, Classic, Collector Cars, Concept Cars by Dustin Driver | September 26th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Renowned designer, engineer, and futurist Buckminster Fuller built his first Dymaxion Car in 1933. The teardrop three wheeler was Fuller’s vision of the perfect people mover: An extremely aerodynamic, fuel-efficient, and maneuverable minivan that could carry 11 passengers at speeds well over 100 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the thing crashed. You see, to achieve that magical maneuverability, Fuller gave his car single rear-wheel steering. The wheel could pivot perpendicular, allowing the car to spin in place. It was a great idea—until the car got moving. The wheel wobbled at speed and the car became impossible to control. Fuller built three Dymaxions. Now British architect Norman Foster has had another one built from scratch. Dymaxion #4 was built based on analysis of the only remaining Dymaxion Car and Fuller’s drawings. Race car restorers Crosthwaite & Gardiner put it together using Fuller’s original specs: Rear-mounted Ford V-8 driving the front wheels, single rear-wheel steering. The car is currently on display in “Bucky Fuller & Spaceship Earth,” an exhibition of Fuller’s work running through Oct. 30 at the Ivorypress Art + Books gallery in Madrid.

Source: New York Times

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  1. […] The light rail system will pass through Masdar and will also link up with Abu Dhabi, its airport, the islands, suburbs and planned beach communities.  According to The New York Times, the car’s design is based on futurist and engineer Buckminster Fuller’s proposal for a compact urban vehicle, the Dymaxion Car.  A model of one Masdar architect’s version of the car can be viewed here. […]

  2. MaxHedrm says:

    I’d love to update that design with modern running gear. I’d probably give it front wheel steering & maybe AWD. And a second rear wheel to add a smidge of stability, but likely a narrowed rearend.