Dieselpunk Hybrid hot-rod: Turbines and drivetrain, Jan.25

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Dieselpunk:

Dieselpunk is based on the aesthetics of the interwar period between the end of the World War I and the beginning of World War II. This sub-genre is sometimes named Decopunk, referring to the Art Deco art style (including its Streamline Moderne variant). The genre combines the artistic and genre influences of the period (including pulp magazines, serial films, film noir, art deco, and wartime pin-ups) with postmodern technology and sensibilities

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Well then, I've kind of got the Deco bug and have been tinkering with designs to capture the esthetic sense for a while. Reading an article about the demise of the Jag CX-75 hybrid-supercar project got me thinking in the Dieselpunk vein. Why not combine the radical micro-turbines, batteries and wheel-motors of the Jag prototype with a Deco-inspired body design. The Jag powertrain was described as being capable of 3 second zero-to-60 times, with a top end of 200mph, while producing very low emissions. This model would be running on bio-diesel and having processor-controlled 4-wheel drive (the independent wheel-motors and processor control make 4WD with different size front and rear tires entirely possible).

I've had the Flintstone '34 Ford needlenose lakester for a while and couldn't think of anything to do with it because of its seriously wonky rear wheel arches. Also had this bodged, fubarred and mangled junk lying around.

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Tinkering all weekend with stance and proportions got me to this point...

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I like where you're going with this one

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GREAT DESIGN BILL!!!

Looks Really Good Already, I Like It... :wub:

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Cool concept. Interesting back story. A very novel and visually appealing amalgam of divergent elements brought together in a fresh way.

As always Bill, a great start !

Watching with interest.

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I really really like that. Very creative and it just flows so nicely.

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oh, that is very tasty indeed.

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that thing iiiiis coool Bill!!

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Thank you all for the enthusiastic responses. As usual, I'll be trying to make the build represent something that could actually work, but I'll most likely finish this one as a curbside first, just to see it looking 100%. Finishing anything in a reasonable time is a departure for me, as I usually get bogged down in esoteric details that take forever to work out. The nice thing about this one, from that perspective, is that Jag managed to package all of their exotic tech in a rather small car, so I'm pretty sure at this point that there's enough room for all the guts in this design.

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Very cool so far Bill! B)

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COOL!

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Dieselpunk:

Dieselpunk is based on the aesthetics of the interwar period between the end of the World War I and the beginning of World War II. This sub-genre is sometimes named Decopunk, referring to the Art Deco art style (including its Streamline Moderne variant). The genre combines the artistic and genre influences of the period (including pulp magazines, serial films, film noir, art deco, and wartime pin-ups) with postmodern technology and sensibilities

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Well then, I've kind of got the Deco bug and have been tinkering with designs to capture the esthetic sense for a while. Reading an article about the demise of the Jag CX-75 hybrid-supercar project got me thinking in the Dieselpunk vein. Why not combine the radical micro-turbines, batteries and wheel-motors of the Jag prototype with a Deco-inspired body design. The Jag powertrain was described as being capable of 3 second zero-to-60 times, with a top end of 200mph, while producing very low emissions. This model would be running on bio-diesel and having processor-controlled 4-wheel drive (the independent wheel-motors and processor control make 4WD with different size front and rear tires entirely possible).

I've had the Flintstone '34 Ford needlenose lakester for a while and couldn't think of anything to do with it because of its seriously wonky rear wheel arches. Also had this bodged, fubarred and mangled junk lying around.

DSCN8744.jpg

Tinkering all weekend with stance and proportions got me to this point...

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Following this one.

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Got the popcorn ready, and now I am sitting here waiting for more. You got my attention.

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hmmmm interesting :) i love it lately i see more and more of builds like this just mix and match , def going to do that myself in the future :)

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Looks great ! That will be cool. Reminds me a little of Ira's Cordvette. That ain't a bad thing.

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Yes, Ira's Cordvette was part of the inspiration (though I'd been working on and off with the Cord nose on this bodyshell for an LSR car for several years) as was Nemo's car from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, several others, primarily the Bugatti types 41 (wheels), 57 (pod fenders) and even the Peterbilt 379 (headlights).

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Neat!

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Let more eye candy come our way, please . . .

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great looking build, like the mods you have done already keep up the good work

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Ok, now that's just too cool!

David G.

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Check out Andy's video. It's pure inspiration. I think dieselpunk is going to capture lots of builders' imaginations.

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Thanks again for the positive responses and especially thanks to Dr.C. for posting the link to the 'Vanship' video. Kinda '37 Auburn bred with a Gee Bee. Inspiring indeed.

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Geez Bill, you made something cool out of that horrid flintstone body. Way to go, I dig this. Too bad its not TRaK-able.

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Whoa, very cool. Maybe lop the top and add a duval winshield?

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This thing is looking superb. Time for more updates.

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Looking forward to seeing more.

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