While there seems to have always been jokes about cars driven by hamster wheels (especially during the Chevette era), to our knowledge no one had ever created an actual vehicle powered by an animal running in place. OK, there was that horse-on-a-treadmill thingy but it’s doubtful you could ever get a horse in there to do his thing safely. Besides that, horses on treadmills had never even been proposed as a punchline until that contraption was conceived after that long night its inventor spent locked in a barn with a bag of “special” mushrooms. But I digress.
The low-slung open-wheel machine we present for your perusal today ends any speculation about whether the hamster-wheel drivetrain is a viable low-carbon propulsive possibility. Of course, using real hamsters might be construed as cruel and bring down the wrath of the lettuce-wearing PETA people and so the hoop in question is up-sized to befit a Border Collie. Built on a frame of recyclable time-formed cellulosic material (ie. wood), the roadster is limited to one milk-bone motivated pup power and makes speed appropriate for its young driver. Although a dog-treat-to-wheels CO2 analysis has yet to be performed we expect the vehicles canine-contoured carbon footprint to be relatively negligible compared to a gas-powered craft of a similar size. Hit the jump for a minute’s worth of hamster-wheel driven go-cart craziness and perhaps visit the Google-translated Bordercolliebil blog for a little of the project’s background. Happy Friday!
It’s Friday! Border Collie + hamster wheel = go! [w/VIDEO] originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.