Grad student invents “gym car”

I’m not sure if this is a great idea, but it’s certainly an impressive contraption. A graduate student at Coventry University in Britain named Da Feng has designed a car that houses a step machine, rowing machine, bench press, pull-up simulator and weights within its small interior.

Photo courtesy of Wired.com
Called a “human-electric hybrid,” the car relies on use of the machines to charge its batteries. Likke racing bicycles, the car’s frame is carbon-fiber, meaning it is extremely lightweight and probably costs about 3.7 shitloads.
I don’t know if such a machine would be street-legal in the U.S., but it’s certainly interesting to look at.

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  1. #1 by Brian X on December 15, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    Seems kind of the long way around to build a recumbent moped…

  2. #2 by Trin Tragula on December 16, 2008 - 9:35 am

    “Hey, I have a brilliant idea – let’s build an ultralight carbon fibre auto frame, and then load it up with iron gym weights.”

  3. #3 by Dunc on December 16, 2008 - 12:05 pm

    Wouldn’t it be simpler (not to mention a great deal more efficient) just to ride a bike?

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