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Old 09-19-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Sadly, the space shuttle program ended with the return of Atlantis this July, forcing many NASA employees out of a job. But now many of them have a new mission: to build a futuristic, odd-shaped vehicle quite like nothing that has ever been seen before. With three wheels, the Treycycle is part race car and part bike, and it will be the first of its kind as a street-legal vehicle. This tricycle-shaped powerhouse, featuring a Chrysler 300 3.5-liter engine, delivers 260 horsepower and can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Two seats will be standard, but some of the vehicles will also be made with a third seat to accommodate a child. While the innovative three-wheeler can function reliably on the city streets, it can also perform doughnuts with ease in true race car fashion.

The Treycycle will begin production in mid-October in the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad in Florida, right where Atlantis once stood. The vehicle-making company plans to expand, hoping to recruit over 100 new employees within a year’s time.

According to UK’s Sky News, there is already heavy demand for the vehicle, with a waiting list of 150 people. Two vehicles will be built every three weeks once production begins.

Carrying with it the NASA spirit, each vehicle will feature a special serial number plate, saying “Made on the Space Coast in the Sunshine State,” according to Sky News.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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You worked for NASA and you thought a Chrysler engine seemed like the best choice? Herp and derp?
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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why not a decent motor, like a vq?
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:10 PM   #4
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Their website is full of NASA technology:

http://www.treycycle.com/
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:25 PM   #5
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woah, NASA huh? alright...
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:56 PM   #6
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I bet he's just a secretary at NASA as any decent engineer would know a trike handles like that cross-country driving diapered astronaut handled her husbands love affair.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:02 PM   #7
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It's a good thing NASA quit if they turn out this crap.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:21 PM   #8
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lol. I'm glad they close down NASA, before more tax money are wasted.

They make those in engineering school. lol
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:44 PM   #9
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Nasa hasn't quit they just don't fly the shuttle anymore. They're also not to be scoffed at as far as engineering goes. Sure they've become a bit bloated over the years but in their history they've pulled off what is arguably some of the most amazing feats of engineering mankind has ever seen.

Thing is this guy is just "an ex-employee of NASA" not an engineer. His company is just riding off of his resume and their location. Any engineer would look at those stats in that brochure and know instantly that this is nothing special. I mean wow a 3.5l v6 putting out 260 hp and :Gasp: two 2200 cfm fans....impressive
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:04 PM   #10
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You worked for NASA and you thought a Chrysler engine seemed like the best choice? Herp and derp?
Precisely what I said to myself when I read that.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:20 AM   #11
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I work for NASA and I promise you this was not me.
Worked for NASA has been used as a jumping off phrase for many a product.

You know there are other people working at NASA other than us engineers. But it is funny that when people say former NASA employee people automatically assume it had to be an engineer...

guess that speaks volumes of our public perception....
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:32 AM   #12
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Building a trike isn't rocket science.....
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It is the future.


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Old 09-20-2011, 12:48 PM   #14
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Nice Idiocracy reference.

And if ex-NASA engineers think a trike like that, rather than a reverse trike, is a good idea, and think those points are talking points about the car...

And think that cramming the radiator right up to the back side of the cylinder heads is a good idea, regardless of the fans that they use...

Yikes.

Just... yikes.

I have no fabrication experience, and I think I could come up with something more innovative than this, and that is not bragging, that is SAD.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:37 PM   #15
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where's 0rb?
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:42 PM   #16
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I suppose it makes sense, building a trike like their rockets - go fast in a straight line, but turn like a greyhound bus.

Maybe they'll graduate from delta trikes and someday design a real trike - a tadpole.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:47 PM   #17
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That looks like crap. If they're going to use a Chrysler V6, too, at least use the Pentastar and not that old garbage… Ugh.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:50 PM   #18
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Their website is full of NASA technology:

http://www.treycycle.com/
Those ******** put a space station together but couldn't piece together a decent website?

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that Failcycle looks ****ing hideous, give me 20k and I can make something visually appealing as well as fawesome.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:21 PM   #19
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Does it also make bacon?
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No, but it does recycle urine into drinking water.
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I lol'd at the exhaust. Is it designed to scoop up air?
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I lol'd at the exhaust. Is it designed to scoop up air?
Yes and its got new "high-[erformance" treaded tires to "disapate" water too.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:39 PM   #23
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I lol'd at the exhaust. Is it designed to scoop up air?
I don't know, but the radiator clearly wasn't.



Jesus Titty****ing Christ, there is an article about it in PopSci. 15 Ex-Nasa Engineers work for the company.

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The company started with roughly 15 NASA engineers facing imminent termination and a little help from the Emerging Growth Institute, a non-profit that works with emerging technology companies. They decided to flip their vast experience in vehicle design into a new breed of tricycle that is part car, part bike, and all muscle, accelerating from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds.
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This seems fairly NASA-ish. That is, pure functionality. If NASA built the moon-buggy for earth, it would have had all these great features (super rugged, solar powered!) but nobody wanted that stuff back in the 60's. This seems similar in that it's a function over form design (super fast, great fuel economy, other stuff!) But if people want a purely utilitarian mode of transportation, they'll buy a Camry/Accord/Focus/insertgenericsedanhere. If they want something sporty to use on the weekends, the MX-5 is still the go to vehicle, with used corvettes/mustangs/camaros on the list.

The main thing those cars all have in common is a fully enclosed cabin. It's a fun novelty to have a vehicle that's fully open like this vehicle, or an Ariel Atom, or a Caterham but realistically, "normal" people don't buy them. Unless they manage to sell these at a ridiculous profit (and maybe they will) it doesn't seem to make much business sense.
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This seems fairly NASA-ish. That is, pure functionality. If NASA built the moon-buggy for earth, it would have had all these great features (super rugged, solar powered!) but nobody wanted that stuff back in the 60's. This seems similar in that it's a function over form design (super fast, great fuel economy, other stuff!)
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