Auto Powered by Air Alone Accelerates to 129 km/h

Auto Powered by Air Alone Accelerates to 129 km/h
Yomiuri Shimbun: 燃料は空気で時速129キロ!…空気エンジン車
September 22, 2011

A car designed by Toyota Motor Company whose engine uses pressurized air as fuel has entered the testing stage, the company announced at a press conference on the 22nd.

A young engineer who belongs to the company’s “Dream Car Shop” designed the auto over the last two years. He remodeled the air compresser used for Toyota autos’ AC units so that the energy released when air expanded would power the engine. The car uniquely uses neither gasoline or electricity and does not even expel CO2.

The automobile is a 3.5 meter three-wheel car designed to carry one person lying on his back like a race car driver. The engine has only 15 horsepower, but because the car is made of a carbon fiber alloy, it only weighs 100 kg. During a test this September 9, it attained a high speed of 129 km/hr. The company will soon send the data to Guinness for confirmation as the new world record for fastest air-powered automobile.

Original/原稿:
燃料は空気で時速129キロ!…空気エンジン車

 トヨタ自動車グループの豊田自動織機は、圧縮した空気を燃料に走る「空気エンジン車」の試作車を開発し、報道陣に22日公開した。

 社内サークル「夢の車工房」に所属する若手技術者が2年がかりで製作したもので、同社が製造しているカーエアコン用コンプレッサーを改造し、空気の膨張力を動力に活用した。ガソリンや電気は使わず、二酸化炭素(CO2)も排出しないのが特徴だ。

 全長3・5メートルの1人乗り三輪車で、レーシングマシンのように寝そべった体勢で運転する。エンジンは15馬力と非力だが、炭素繊維複合材を使った車体は100キロ・グラムと軽く、今月9日の試験走行で、時速129キロ・メートルを記録した。「空気エンジン車の最速記録」として、近くギネスブックに申請するという。
(2011年9月22日18時14分 読売新聞)

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