Forget about hydrogen or electric or any of the alternative energy vehicles that are so popular with the worldsavers. Screw solar, the sun is far away. There’s one resource that is constantly increasing and right here on Earth…human power. The GYM concept car uses just that.
The car is powered by an electric motor and battery pack, but the batteries are charged either through a handy plug-in socket, or more interestingly, by harnessing the energy created by the driver when parked and working out using the built-in exercise equipment. The GYM has a stepping machine, rowing machine, bench press, pull up simulator and arm weights. Hardcore.
The GYM Concept has a single-seat cockpit surrounded by an injection-molded magnesium alloy chassis and carbon-fiber bodywork for ultra-lightness and the ability to say “it’s built with carbon-fiber”. That gives it street cred.
The GYM Concept car was designed by Da Feng, a design student graduating from Coventry University in 2009, for a competition held by a company called P4 Cad Cam.
The interesting question is, what happens when oil gets too expensive and alternative fuels aren’t fully mature yet? It might become cost effective to pay some migrant workers to do a few hours of exercise to power up your car. Migrant workers might become the next renewable eco-fuel.