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Re: Rear wheel steering

To: John Beckett <>
Subject: Re: Rear wheel steering
From: Bryan Savage <>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 10:29:30 -0700
A quote --

``The Dymaxion Car was a teardrop-shaped (least air resistance), 
3-wheeled, rear-wheel (single) steering, 21 foot long, Aluminum bodied 
auto, designed by Bucky to achieve maximum output and service with 
minimum material input. It was about 6 feet tall (Kinda like a big van), 
seated the driver and 10 passengers, weighed less than 1000 lbs., went 
120 miles/hr on a 90 horsepower engine, and got between 30-50 miles to 
the gallon of gas! (Depending on your sources, again.)"

120 MPH on 1933 tires!!?? With a '33 ford drive train!!??

If you look at:
you'll see that the driver sat just in front of the drive (front) wheels 
like Breedlove's car.
This addresses Neil's concerns.


John Beckett wrote:

>Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car was rear steer and was gathering support
>when "A fatal crash, wrongly blamed on the steering instead of the other car
>involved, was also fatal to investors"
>How fast did it actually go?

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