Top 5 Forgotten Failures in Car Technology - Hyundai Elantra Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 163
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Top 5 Forgotten Failures in Car Technology

In order to continue advancing today's automotive technology, most manufacturers insist on taking risks (good and bad) to get the jump on the competition. Some of them pay off as incredible technological innovations, while the forgotten failures on today's Top 5 list simply make for some good laughs.

While some things like muscle cars and fine wines tend to get better with age, these wacky ideas certainly did not. It's hard to believe this handful of automotive gimmicks were ever taken seriously.



Talking Cars

When the first talking cars came out in the early 80s, problem was the technology at the time hadn't come very far yet. Seems these low-tech talking systems were limited to just a few phrases, as they used a mini turntable matched to a few pre-recorded messages.

Back then, the 1981 Datsun 810 Maxima had a whopping six phrases ranging from "Lights Are On" to "Door is Open." Not to be outdone, Chrysler and Ford quickly launched their own talking technology too.



Nuclear-Powered Engines

Back in 1958, Ford showcased their latest technology with the Ford Nucleon concept. The idea was to replace the typical internal-combustion engine with a small nuclear reactor designed to power the car instead... only problem was when people began to question how safe the nuclear-powered behemoth would be in a crash! Yikes!



Automatic Seat Belts

Most of us have tried to forget about out first encounter with one of these death traps. The automatic seat belt was not only annoying, but nearly strangled passengers each time you open or close the door! According to Wikipedia, the first consumer car to feature an automatic seat belt was the 1975 Volkswagon Rabbit, followed by the 1981 Toyota Cressida (where it was a standard feature). In the 1990s it became mandatory for new cars to have either automatic seat belts or costly driverís-side airbags. Then in 1995, airbags were required and marked the death of the ridiculous auto-seat belt for good!



Turbine-Powered Production Car

In 1962 the gas-turbine-powered Chrysler Turbine was born. Not only did it idle at 22,000 rpm, but it also sounded like a jet engine! Engineers praised this production car for using just one fifth of the moving parts when compared to a traditional engine, although this technology never really took off. Chrysler actually produced 55 Turbines (of which only 9 still exist), as they did their best to seek and destroy most of the examples in existence.
Hoondai_Guy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 163
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Air Grabber Hood-Scoop

Although it may look pretty bad-ass, this cheesy pop-up hood scoop (complete with angry shark teeth graphics!) just never caught on. Rumour has it, this was designed as an intimidation tactic for drag racers, although we think it would've worked way better with the addition of a few Nerf rockets and a flame-thrower!

http://ca.autoblog.com/photos/top-5-...photo-5168429/
Hoondai_Guy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Hyundai Elantra Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome