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Venturi Volage

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by doug, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. doug

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    These guys are right up there with Rinspeed. Low volume head-turners. :rolleyes:
     
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    Or when you consider they are going to do volume production of the 2nd gen Eclectic
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    They are also a low-speed head-turner.
     
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    Okay, so why did they choose this suspension setup? What's the advantages as well as the drawbacks to this suspension design?
     
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    I have been wondering the same thing. I am hoping that this suspension set up overcomes some of the inherent problems with hub motors being "unsprung weight". This might end up making hub motors more useful going forward.
     
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    I figured it's because Michelin is a tire company and their trying to branch out some.
     
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    #8 dpeilow, Oct 7, 2008
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    Venturi Volage: Watch out, Tesla! - Crave at CNET.co.uk


    Personally I think this thing looks great - it really shows what can be done when you are free from having to design around a conventional ICE drivetrain.

    (Although I don't think their Roadster range is all that correct...)
     
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    So much engineering and design work for such limited numbers to be produced.
     
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    As a showcase the cars are great. I wonder if any larger automaker will be willing to buy their technology
     
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    I am sure that if TM chose to they could compromise their 3.9 second acceleration for that rather SLOW 5 second one and get to that 160 mph. LOL:smile:
     
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    #18 just-an-allusion, Nov 30, 2008
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    Yes, very fast, very fast indeed...under ideal circumstances, but how is it in the rain? The snow? Under dusty/weathered road driving conditions?

    These are all the same questions that occur to me when I review the both the questionable and unquestionable attributes of other "in-wheel" propulsion designs, such as the Eliica for example, which has motor units in it's eight(8) wheels that are "hermetically" sealed, imparting protection against moisture/air, but how does such technology stack up against real world daily driving conditions when the tech is in such a precarious/susceptible position (down next to the roadway)?

    Also, isn't the core ideology behind placing the driving unit(s) in the wheel(s) of a vehicle to address the practical application of increasing interior cabin space, which seems to be pretty limited in this concept? Just asking.

    I guess time will tell.



    p.s. By the way, the Venturi Volage is a very exciting conceptual design from a purely aesthetic point of view, though it looks like an awful waste of trunk space from the rear.
     
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    Some good points. What will changing a tire be like on one of these?

    Me thinks the venturi will handle like crap with its ultra skinny snow racing tires and loads of unsprung weight.

    To me this isn't a performance car its a gimmick to show off Michelin's new technology.
     
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    Prince of Monaco test drives the all-electric Venturi Volage

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