Last year it was phubbing. Before that it was the cronut and affluenza.
This newest portmanteau de rigueur? Mag-lev.
Granted, magnetic levitation has been patented since 1905, but the term and technology have only recently become a commonplace reality. Mag-lev whiskey glasses lift your spirits. Japan’s mag-lev train can exceed 370 mph without the slightest bump. And now it’s only a matter of time before mag-lev racing is here. And we’ve got the blueprints to prove it.
Designer Dong-Hoon recently presented this intricate layout of his GAMMA concept car for Le Mans 2030. Among the features that could become a racing reality:
- A gas engine to supplement a separate magnetic engine
- Independently steered wheels that only touch ground on turns
- Independently powered wheels via kinetic and magnetic energy combined
- Wheel casings to streamline the air resistance of breakneck speeds
And sexiness. Lots of sexiness.
Via Yanko Design