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Ben: Okay, everybody, welcome back. This is our podcast. As you know by now, my name is Ben. I write some videos for the website at www.HowStuffWorks.com.
Scott: And I am Scott. I am the auto editor here at www.HowStuffWorks.com.
Ben: Scott, Scott, Scott, Scott a be. How you doing?
Scott: I'm doing fantastic.
Ben: You came to work in a car today?
Scott: Yeah, I did. You know, I know where you're going with this, but I gotta totally interrupt you for something that you didn't even know was coming up. I am interrupting your smooth Segway for something that you had no idea was coming.
Ben: What's coming up?
Scott: Well, there's something interesting that I found in my notes that I've got to -
Ben: You just Kanye Wested me, man.
Scott: I know. I brought it up right in the middle of nowhere there, but here's the thing. We talked a little ways back about the lunar Rover.
Scott: Okay. I've been feeling guilty about this ever since because after I went back to my desk, and sat down, I realized that the Lunar Rover was a suggestion from a listener, and we didn't call that out, and I forgot that it was in there, quite frankly.
Ben: Oh, you're right, man, we didn't.
Scott: So there's a credit that we need to give to a listener. His name is Maurice from Avon, Connecticut, and Maurice had suggested the Lunar Rover, and we forgot to mention that during the podcast, so I'll just leave it at that, but sorry about that Maurice. It was unintentional, but I am glad I found it in my notes because I keep my notes forever.
Ben: And we both really enjoyed that episode.
Scott: Yeah, that was a lot of fun.
Ben: See Scott, you give yourself a hard time about those notes, but -
Scott: I know.
Ben: Look at that.
Scott: They pay off.
Ben: They save the bacon.
Scott: Now, I'm gonna let you start off again where you said -
Ben: Oh, can I? Is that okay Kanye?
Scott: Ah, sorry.
Ben: I'm just kidding.
Scott: I command you to start up again, Ben. The thing is, you said, hey Scott, you came to car in a work - Uh, to work in a car today, right?
Ben: Yeah, right.
Scott: Hit me with it.
Ben: Okay, let's do it again. Hey Scott, you came to car in a work -
Scott: All right, look -
Ben: Strange vehicles, strange vehicles.
Scott: I certainly did.
Ben: You did?
Scott: Yeah, I did. I came to work in a car.
Ben: A normal car? Oh man.
Scott: That's right, normal, normal, but we're gonna talk about strange cars.
Ben: Yes, strange vehicles.
Scott: Strange vehicles. You know, that's a good point because some of these aren't really cars. We are soon to have an article on the site, which may already be there, I'm not sure. But we have a kind of a top five countdown of strangest vehicles. We can go through that list quickly, but then - This is kind of the interesting thing about these is that, you know, he's got - This freelance writer that wrote this article for us has a great list -
Scott: But I have my own list of strange vehicles. I'm sure you have your own list of strange vehicles. I'm sure that every single listener has their own list of strange vehicles. There's a million of them out there, and it depends on what you think is strange, so he may think that the new Ford Taurus is strange. Ben I think the Prowler's kind of weird.
Scott: Okay, but you know what I'm saying, like, you may think minivans are strange.
Scott: But we're talking about cars that look like fish and stuff like that.
Scott: There are some really, really strange cars, so you want to just go down this list real quickly here.
Ben: Let's do the article, yeah.
Scott: The article list, and then we'll get on to our own personal favorites. So, the way that this author ranked them - We'll go from 5 down to 1.
Ben: Sounds good.
Scott: And again, this is vehicles. No. 5 came in - This is one of my positron emission tomography peeves - Flying cars, Terrafugia Transition®. I don't know if I said that right.
Ben: How the tide has turned, Mr. Benjamin.
Scott: Terrafugia Transition®.
Ben: Yes, which is actually probably one of the only serious competitors for a flying car.
Scott: It honestly is a working flying car, it really is. Good idea? No, but it's a - What, what?
Ben: All right, just to recap for anyone who hasn't listened.
Scott: I was just climbing up on top of my soapbox, Ben.
Ben: Okay, no, no. You know what, that time I Kanyed you. Please go.
Scott: Okay, fantastic. No, no, please continue on because you know my feelings.
Ben: Okay. Just to break it down, and stop me if I misspeak. Originally when Scott and I covered flying cars, as you will recall Scott, we had a slight difference of opinion. I think flying cars are awesome. While you may agree with me in theory, you think they are a terrible idea in practicality, right? Because if everybody has one, we're adding another dimension for wrecks to occur.
Ben: What do we do if a car breaks down in the air?
Ben: And I think that is a legitimate concern, which is why I did amend my position, and I said that flying cars are awesome if I'm the only one who has one.
Scott: We agree on that.
Ben: We agree on that?
Scott: Yes. So No. 5, flying car.
Ben: Really cool. It's really cool.
Scott: Yeah, that's a cool one. No. 4 - I'll put you down for not so cool.
Ben: All right.
Scott: No. 4 - This is the crazy one. This one you gotta see a photo of because this one is nuts - The cupcake car. Have you ever heard of the cupcake car?
Ben: No, I haven't.
Scott: This is an interesting car. It costs $25,000, and the car looks like a giant cupcake, and the crazy thing is you can get - well not that that's not crazy enough, you're buying a $25,000 cupcake - It was sold by Neiman Marcus, so Neiman Marcus has these - and these are electric powered cupcake cars. They have a 24-volt electric motor. You can get it customized however you like, to look however you want, and we've got a photo on our website, on the page for this article, and the drivers are all wearing hats that match the cupcakes. It's absolutely ridiculous.
Ben: Of course they are, of course they are.
Scott: These are ridiculous looking cars. They are hilarious to look at though, but the cupcake cars are very funny.
Ben: So with sprinkles on them, they'll b e like customization?
Scott: Exactly, exactly, and they've got whatever kind of icing design on top of them.
Ben: They're electric.
Scott: Funny stuff.
Ben: There's that.
Scott: They are electric, yeah, but man.
Ben: That is weird.
Scott: Yeah, they look extremely top heavy, too.
Ben: Okay, I bet.
Scott: Check it out. Check out the photo, you'll be impressed, I'll say. The next one, No. 3 on our list was Catmobiles.
Ben: What's a catmobile?
Scott: Now, we've heard of the batmobile, right?
Scott: This is catmobile, and really what brings this one about is the Burning Man Festival.
Ben: Oh, those guys are artistic geniuses.
Scott: Ah, yeah. That's right, these cars that show up for the Burning Man Festival, Burning Man Event, whatever you call it, outrageous. These are outrageous cars, and they're really cool. There is a whole site dedicated to the vehicles of Burning Man. This author chose the catmobiles to be the strangest because there are some really bizarre catmobiles out there. Interesting, interesting cars. I've got a picture of one of the vehicles here. It looks like a motorcycle that looks like a fish in the upper corner, but that's the one from our site actually. Interesting cars. You need to go online, and check out some of the Burning Man cars, but the catmobiles are really kind of strange.
Ben: Yeah. They've also got that one that looks like a spider. That's like my favorite one.
Scott: Do they really? I've seen this truck that looks like a scorpion.
Ben: They're so heavily modified.
Ben: All right, I'm sorry.
Scott: Yeah, they look like land speeders, and all kinds of cool stuff. Fish, sharks, whatever.
Ben: There is a pyramid.
Scott: Here's a water car. Water car called the Python, which I've got a photo of that one, too to share with you Ben, so if you're playing along at home you can look at the water car site, and look up the Python.
Ben: Oh, that's cool.
Scott: Yeah, there's a photo of it on our website on the article, again, and really it's kind of a hotrod design. The back end to me looks a little bit like a Corvette. It loo ks a little bit like a truck, just because of the shape of the body.
Ben: It kind of reminds me of an El Camino.
Scott: Does it?
Ben: Well yeah, just because the back half looks like a Corvette, but then it also kind of calls the pickup nature of the El Camino.
Scott: The cool thing about this is that is has a Corvette engine, and on the highway, this thing can go 125 miles per hour.
Scott: On the water, it can do 60 miles per hour, which is really quite fast on the water. I mean that's pretty quick. This is a cool car. This is a neat thing because we've seen these in the past where, you know, I have to try and think of the names of the vehicles. Was it Henry J maybe, that was a water car that the 1950's design, that real small, very tiny motor, little nylon prop. This is nothing like this. That was slow on water, and on land. This is fast either way. It's a sports car -
Ben: And this definitely looks more like a car.
Scott: It definitely does, yeah. It's got the performance to back it up, I guess the design. So the water car Python comes in at No. 2 on this list.
Ben: Are we ready for the drum roll?
Scott: We are. Go ahead. No. 1 is the Dodge Tomahawk. Now, the Tomahawk - we said it's not cars, it's vehicles. So this is a motorcycle, and this is the crazy Dodge Tomahawk Chopper - Well not Chopper, I shouldn't say, but it's a motorcycle. It's got the V10 Viper engine for power. So it's got a 500 horsepower engine. They did produce this. They've made about a dozen, or 10 or something like that. They've made a very limited number of these, and really, they're just simply conversation pieces. You can't drive them on the road.
Ben: They're not street legal?
Scott: They're not street legal, no.
Ben: I hope not. Holy Harley Davidson, Scott. Look at this thing.
Scott: Yeah, that's amazing. If you've never seen the Dodge Tomahawk, take a look at it, but I bet most of you have because it is so out there. The design is crazy. It's got four wheels actually even though it's a motorcycle.
Ben: Two each in a parallel.
Scott: Yeah exactly, and they've got special tires that won't just disintegrate at speed, but they've determined - No one has never been able to take this thing up to full top speed before, but it's got a potential top speed of - get this - 400 miles per hour. It's not physically possible to hang on to the thing at that speed.
Ben: So it's like a theoretical speed.
Scott: Exactly. No one has ever tested this thing to that speed before. You just can't have a rider doing that, so that's it. The replica is the one they've sold. They also sold somewhere north of $500,000 to private individuals here and there, and just kind of an interesting thing to look at, but again, you can't ride it on the street.
Ben: Even if I had a track at my house or on some private land, I would be hesitant to hop on that thing.
Scott: Yeah, well I wouldn't want it to rollover on my leg, that's what I wouldn't want to happen because -
Ben: Yeah, that's a monster, it's heavy.
Scott: When you look at this, it's enormous. You're sitting completely behind the engine, stretched out over top of it.
Ben: And two-thirds of it is engine.
Scott: Exactly, exactly, and turning, from what I hear, you're not gonna turn on this thing quick, if at all. I think it's pretty much a straight line motorcycle, and that's about it.
Ben: Just put a suit of armor on, and go.
Scott: That's right. I'm sure it's designed well, and everything, but I don't know if I would trust this one.
Scott: Yeah, it does definitely qualify as a strange vehicle though.
Ben: Definitely, yeah.
Scott: I mean it's car manufacturer making - Car and truck manufacturer making a motorcycle to begin with, which is strange, but then again, one that is not street legal, really has no practical purpose.
Ben: My friend, I agree with that article, but I think we've got a little bit stranger to go, right?
Scott: Yeah, sure, go ahead.
Ben: You like that slight Mang alee of English?
Scott: Yeah, that's fine with me. You got a direction here?
Ben: Yeah. All of our things in this episode so far are motorized, and we can stick with that, but I've got a couple that I think are wild. First, I want to tell you about the McLean V8 Monowheel.
Scott: Ah, okay.
Ben: Oh, did I snipe one of yours?
Scott: You know what, we'll talk about it later, but yes you did.
Ben: Okay, maybe just the kind of thing, but the Monowheel - it's so funny because anybody who is familiar with GI Joe or action figures may recall this design is one of the few things that sort of actually made it into toys before they made it into cars, so this thing is - Picture one gigantic wheel, almost like the size of Victorian bicycles, the front Victorian bicycle wheel.
Scott: Those huge wheels, yeah.
Ben: Right. The engine and the driver sit inside the wheel, and for the McLean V8, it's powered by Buick V8 engine. It's been clocked at 53 miles per hour, although 100 miles per hour is theoretically possible, but it is probably not gonna happen. That's because, and I don't want to spoil the surprise for anybody who just bought one, but your Monowheel is notoriously tough to control.
Scott: Yeah, have you seen the wreck footage of this thing?
Ben: I have not.
Scott: Yeah, this guy, his name is - Is it Kerry?
Scott: Yeah, Kerry McLean, yup. He built this V8 Buick engine-powered Monowheel, or they call it a Monocycle, and you can actually find a video. If you search on You Tube, you can find a video that is called McLean, that's m-c-l-e-a-n, V8 Monocycle crash. If you search for that, you'll find a video that is about 4 minutes long, and if you want to just get through - It's like a family fun day they say on it in some park where he's testing this thing, right, and he's out driving this thing around. He does have a helmet on, but it's just one of those like cap-type helmets. It's not a full face shield helmet.
Ben: Like one of those old style -
Scott: Exactly, it goes just above the ears, but he's out riding this thing, and he's doing a good job, you know, all through the park there, and people are taping him, it's pretty fun. He does kind of a high speed pass, and about the 3-minute mark, somewhere near there, he has a horrific wipeout.
Ben: Oh, no.
Scott: This thing goes end-over-end, and he's tumbling, and of course, the engine is right there, right in front of him, and it's bad news. He survives, of course, I mean he's fine, just you know, minor cuts and bruises. It turns out, he kind of reworked the design a little bit to prevent something like that from happening again, so he's still at it. He's still at it. He's still working on this thing. He still believes in it. I've actually seen this vehicle displayed in a window.
Ben: And it's road legal, Scott.
Scott: Yeah, yeah. It's road legal really?
Ben: Yeah, we could drive a Monowheel to work.
Scott: I did not know that.
Ben: Well, probably not in parking decks because it's kind of low.
Scott: Yeah, yeah, you're right. It's really tall, this thing, and it looks very difficult to right because you turn it by leaning, and not only that, just to see you have to lean out to one side, and I would think that would throw the balance off.
Ben: Maybe you kind of put your midsection in the other direction?
Scott: Maybe. There's a critical weight balance thing happening.
Ben: It gets weirder than that, though.
Scott: Oh, and most of these, most of these, just to put it in perspective, most of these designs - There are other designs of this thing - Some are human powered. You can pedal them. Others are powered by like maybe a small gas engine like you'd find on a lawnmower, and this guy put a Buick V8 in his, and that's why maybe this one is capable of such incredible speed.
Ben: Yeah because he was probably building, and he had the design down. He's said, you know what, why am I gonna stop at 8½ yards, let's go the whole 9.
Scott: Yeah, that's right, and they did say these things are also susceptible to gerbiling. Have you ever heard of this?
Ben: No, what's gerbiling?
Scott: You'll understand it when I say it. It's funny.
Ben: Spontaneous attacks by a gerbil?
Scott: It sounds funny when I say it, but you're susceptible, you're at risk of gerbiling is what it says on these.
Ben: Oh, I get it.
Scott: Yup, when gerbils are running in the wheel, and they get going a little too fast, they tend to spin right over top with the wheel, and that's exactly what happens. You can do a full 360 inside this thing, and that's terribly dangerous. If you've got your power plant in front of you, you've overcome the force that keeps you - the gravity that keeps you at the bottom of the wheel. It's a pretty dangerous design, but like I said, this Kerry McLean is working on it, and he's getting it together.
Ben: That's so cool. It's so impressive. I have a couple from Honda. Oh wait, I have one from Honda.
Scott: All right.
Ben: It's called the Honda UX3. Maybe you heard about this.
Scott: I have not.
Ben: It is basically a unicycle. Remember I told you earlier I was gonna try to look for a unicycle. It's a motorized unicycle, kind of - You sit on it, and you put your hands down like you're sitting on a stool, and you're holding the stool you are sitting on. It has two-foot rests. So it has a omnidirectional driving wheel system. The place where I found the information said the one drawback was the UX3 makes the driver look like an idiot because you're sitting on this stool. It's experimental right now, but Honda has their fingers in a lot of pies. They really want to figure out the next direction of transportation. I don't know if it will be this one-wheel stool, but -
Scott: I have a guess.
Ben: Yeah, but this can also move forward, backward, and it has a lot of the advantages we see with two-wheel vehicles like the Segway or something, and so the idea is that developing it this way makes it pedestrian transport, and keeps you on the eye level with other people walking, so it's easier to communicate with people instead of looking down them from the Segway, which is funny to me because every time I see someone on a Segway, I am not the least bit intimidated.
Scott: No, no.
Ben: Oh, it also only weighs 22 pounds.
Scott: Oh well, that's a plus.
Ben: That's a thing.
Scott: Yeah, that's a plus, yeah that's good, very good. All right, you mentioned Segway. I've got a Segway vehicle that I think needs to be nominated here - The Segway Puma. Do you remember that from last spring?
Ben: I've heard of this, but I'm not familiar with it.
Scott: This is the personal urban mobility-accessibility prototype vehicle that GM and Segway came out with. I think it was on the Today Show, or something like that, you know in the morning. They had these driving around New York. It was in April 2009 when they developed this, and it's a two-passenger, electric city thing. It's almost like a Segway that you sit down on. You sit on top of the wheels facing forward.
Ben: So it's still pretty small.
Scott: Side-by-side - yeah, it's very small, very small. It's just like you're in a little cage, but it is a 2-wheel balancing vehicle just like the Segway operates.
Ben: Two wheels?
Scott: Two wheels. You balance on two wheels. It's electric, of course. It has side-by-side seating with seat belts, and a small windshield. It has a 35-mile per hour top speed, and about a 35-mile range, so this is the ideal - or the idea behind this is for city transportation. You can get to-and-from places within the city, and parking - I don't even know if you would park it really, or just kind of drag it over to the curb. I don't know what you do.
Scott: It's very small. It's kind of an interesting mix though, between GM and Segway I thought. No one really expected something like this. This was kind of out of the blue.
Ben: I like seeing this kind of stuff because it shows us - You know, I would gladly sit through 10 very weird, non-feasible design ideas waiting for that next one. I really like to hear about these -
Scott: Yeah, sure elements of those 10 that makes it into production.
Ben: I had seen another one that is actually one of my nominees that is the Toyota i-Real.
Ben: i-Real. It's spelled little i dash capital R-e-a-l. It is sort of pitched as a personal mobility vehicle, and it has two driving modes. There's one where you are upright, where you're kind of sitting in it like an extra skeleton or something, and there's another one where you're laid back, which is to go faster, and so this thing - It has 3 wheels, and they sort of pivot up to raise you up, and then, which not to be weird about it, but it reminded me a lot of the scene in the Silence of the Lambs Hannibal electric thing, you know where they tilt him up in the straight jacket.
Scott: Yeah, so he's about at that angle, huh?
Ben: Yeah, just for the way the person tilts up, and then it's kind of neat. I actually think it can really be - It really has a lot of potential for people who are disabled in some way.
Scott: Oh, okay. Let me ask you this.
Scott: How far down does that thing lay? When you're laying down for the speed setting, however far back do you go?
Ben: It's not prone. It's not prone.
Scott: Oh, okay. This is getting closer to my ideal vehicle, the size.
Ben: The Scott Sleeper?
Scott: Slightly larger than my own body. That's about how big I would like my car to be, but powerful.
Ben: It's really - You basically want a speedster.
Scott: Yeah, I'd like a motorcycle, only more compact.
Ben: What's funny is - I don't have a lot of info on this next one, but Toyota also has this other one that is called the i-Foot, which is a 2-footed vehicle. It walks. You sit in it, and it walks.
Scott: Okay, that's kind of crazy.
Ben: Yeah, that's it. I've got one more, but I'm saving it for the end.
Scott: All right, well I've got a couple here that I'll just quickly mention. One that I remembered from a podcast past was the Snow Cruiser.
Ben: The Snow Cruiser, yeah.
Scott: That was an odd vehicle, wasn't it?
Ben: On the skis with the turbine behind it?
Scott: It had wheels. This is the one - we were talking about a bunch of them. I know which one you're thinking about - The high speed vehicle.
Scott: The Trimaran type thing.
Ben: That's the one.
Scott: This is the one that made the journey north, and never came back.
Ben: Oh, yeah.
Scott: It could be still there, could be on the bottom of the ocean, we don't know, interesting vehicle. In the artist's rendition, it had the plane on the back.
Ben: Yeah, that was so cool.
Scott: The unstoppable vehicle that was stopped.
Ben: They should never name a vehicle unstoppable. I think history has just proven that.
Scott: You're setting yourself up for trouble, like the unsinkable ship.
Ben: Yeah, unstoppable, unsinkable - What's next?
Scott: Let's see, we got the Snow Cruiser, the T-Wrecks, which is a 3-wheel motorcycle car.
Scott: Made in Canada, Campegna I think is the name of it, or Campagna. I'm not sure how to pronounce the name of the company that makes it, but it's been described as like two-thirds motorcycle, one-third car.
Ben: I would love that thing by the way.
Scott: I love 3-wheel cars. I think you're right. I think those designs are great. There are a lot of 3-wheel cars, even now that manufacturers are making that never quite see the light of day. I believe, I want to say Peugeot made one recently that is a really cool design.
Ben: Yeah, yup.
Scott: But there are a lot of historic 3-wheel cars as well that we've talked about in the past, and great design, but the T-Wrecks is a motorcycle powered vehicle that has a fiberglass body, two passengers, and is 0-60 in about 4.1 seconds, so it's performance vehicle as well. I don't know, I think it would be a blast to drive one of those.
Ben: I think we should talk to our bosses, and see if the powers to be will let us get one in the budget.
Scott: You always say that. We never get any of that stuff.
Ben: We don't know unless we try.
Scott: I did steal a new stapler from the supply room.
Ben: Oh no. Edit that part out.
Scott: Yeah, I didn't really steal; I'm borrowing it.
Ben: Liberate it.
Scott: Yeah, I liberated it. Let's see, next on my list here, what was going to be the Monowheel. That's a little awkward.
Ben: Sorry man. You snooze, you lose.
Scott: Yeah, anyway that was good. That was a good one. I'm glad you - You know, we came up with those independently too, so -
Ben: Oh we, didn't even say our whole thing.
Scott: No, we didn't, which is good. That was cool that you had the same idea that I did, but that wasn't my No. 1 pick. My No. 1 pick is the Tango T-600. Do you know about the Tango?
Scott: The Tango is that crazy little electric car that looks like a deck of cards standing up on end. It's super narrow, really tall, and looks like it's gonna tip over. If you've never seen a phot of the Tango T-600, look it up online, check it out, it's weighted so that it won't tip over. Not that it won't ever, it's just that it's not very probable that it will. It's an electric power car. It's a tandem see in vehicle, so that the driver sits in front of the passenger, directly behind them, and again it's a really odd-looking vehicle, but this thing is a flat out performance car.
Scott: You would never guess it by looking at it. It looks like just a city commuter. It looks like kind of a really crazy design, but it has - It's 39 inches wide. That will give you an idea of how wide this thing is. It has a carbon fiber body. I told you it seats two, it's an electric car. It has rear-wheel drive only, so it's two-wheel drive. It has 1,000 foot pounds of torque in those two wheels, so that's an incredible amount of torque for this thing.
Ben: That's nuts. Scott: This is a super-car level of torque. This is like Bugatti Veyron amounts of torque in this little tiny Tango T-600. It costs $85,000 for this car.
Scott: Now the way that it is weighted, you're gonna say it looks like it's gonna flip over in the wind. The battery pack is low, low in the frame, so that it's weighted so it's very stable.
Ben: Kind of counter balances.
Scott: Exactly. It's very, very stable, believe it or not looking at it. I've seen the price go much higher than this. There is a performance version of this. I swear I've seen this above $100,000. I thought $85,000 was kind of the beginning point for this, but maybe I'm wrong. Again, top speed of 150 mph, 0-60 in 4 seconds, which is, like I said, super car performance. It's an $85,000 car, so it would be an expensive toy, but it just goes to show you that you don't need 1000 horsepower and a huge V16 engine to do that.
Ben: Man, as soon as I win that car host lottery, that is, you name the car. If you want it, I will go to the Tango people.
Scott: Hmm, that's tempting. I don't know if that would be my choice though. That's my top strange choice.
Ben: I just want you to think about it.
Scott: I appreciate that.
Ben: Okay, so we'll come back in a couple episodes and talk about that. Scott, I want to give you my No. 1. It's a little anticlimactic.
Scott: Oh, I thought maybe you had the Monowheel as your No 1.
Ben: No, no.
Scott: Oh, okay, good, what's up?
Ben: My No. 1, which I saved is, and pardon me to any Japanese speakers, I am gonna butcher this - A company named Sakakibara-Kikai - I'm not even gonna try to spell it you know. There are a lot of k's in there.
Scott: Sorry, that was funny to me. I don't know why that was funny, but go ahead.
Ben: It was funny probably because probably the quizzical expression as I tried to pronounce it. They made something called the Land Walker, and this is my favorite strange vehicle.
Scott: At the Land Walker?
Ben: The Land Walker.
Scott: Empire Strikes Back Land Walker?
Ben: Almost, almost, similar idea. The Land Walker exoskeleton.
Scott: What? Exoskeleton? That would be -
Ben: It's motorized. I didn't cheat. Top speed 1 mile per hour.
Scott: One mile per hour?
Ben: Stands over 3 meters in height, weighs like 2200 pounds, and it can't walk on anything but a completely smooth surface.
Ben: It's got a 250 cc engine, 4-foot pedals controlling it, and obviously it's mainly used to promote different products, and it does have weaponry. Right now it only fires soft plastic balls, but you can get it. I'm sure once I get this I can modify it.
Scott: That is a ridiculous vehicle. You're right, you're right.
Ben: It's only like $350 grand.
Scott: Oh my gosh.
Scott: 4-foot pedal stop, right? Can I tell you something?
Ben: Yes.Scott: Of all - and I don't even know if you call this a super power. Of all of the - If you want to fly, you want to do whatever, I would love to have an exoskeleton.
Ben: Dude, that's like the coolest thing.
Scott: Yeah, I think maybe - There's flaws to it, though. I know if you crack that sucker, that's it, you're done, but I think to just kind of be able to bail off the top of a building whenever you want to -
Ben: And then just get up.
Scott: Or just kind of walk around, bump into things whenever y ou want, just to -
Ben: Super strength.
Scott: I'm prone to accidents, and this might help me quite a bit, but exoskeleton, when anybody mentions exoskeleton, my ears perk up. I was astounded when you said that.
Ben: I knew you would like that one, man. I saved that.
Scott: Yeah.Ben:: Now of course, there are some design flaws there. We're not into the hay day of exoskeletons yet, but you were already kind of talking about it when you were talking about the motorcycle.
Ben: So I think if we can get this thing to go a little bit faster than 1 mile per hour, weigh a little bit less than 2000 pounds, maybe cost a little bit less, we might be well on our way.
Scott: It takes an awful lot of refinement for what you're talking about, right?
Ben: Yeah, but look how fast we went from Pong to the Play Station III, right?
Ben: I mean, that's such an unfair comparison.
Scott: Yeah, that's right.
Ben: But that's the strangest vehicle I found.
Scott: Alright, well good. I think we had a pretty good list there.
Scott: Combined with the article, our two lists, I know the listeners have got their own strange vehicle list, and we'll probably get a ton of those, which is good. We always like that.
Ben: Yeah, love that.
Scott: So if you think of any other vehicles that you may want to include in your list, just them into us. You can always E-mail us, you can I don't know, just contact us anyway you can. We got a blog you can send information to. Boy, I'm really screwing it up.
Ben: No, no, no. I was waiting for you to see if you would mention the blog. You guys, Scott's blog has so much stuff on it, about all kinds of vehicles that you wouldn't ordinarily see.
Scott: Thanks for saving me, Ben. I was talking myself back into a corner there. I'm usually the one who just reads the E-mail at the end of podcast.
Ben: Do you mean HighSpeedStuff@HowStuffWorks.com.
Scott: That's the one.
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