VEHICLE DRIVEN BY SCREWDRIVERS
Wednesday March 23rd, 2011
A group of German engineers have designed and built a trike driven by two 18V electric screwdrivers. The EX is the brainchild of former University of Fine Arts Hamburg students Sebastian Auray, Nils Ferber, Ruben Faber and Ludolf von Oldershausen and can reach speeds of up to 20mph. The lightweight vehicle is driven in a position similar to riding a regular pushbike and controlled by the combination of brake and gas handles and body movement.
Co designer Mr Ferber said, 'It's definitely not the best vehicle for long distances but is a lot of fun to drive... It makes you want to accelerate, brake, corner, compete and snake your way around obstacles as soon as you get in the driver's seat.”
The EX was built as an entry in a design school screwdriver race competition. “Using screwdrivers was actually part of the challenge. They are well known as handy but not too powerful tools and everyone has used one at some time,” added Mr Ferber, 'So what the EX is trying to prove is that it doesn't need huge engines and a lot of horsepower to move a person around. Compared to an ordinary car, the EX's engines are tiny but its still exiting and fun to drive it.'
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