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The Magnet Car

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Once again I am forced to express my jealous admiration for the new breed of magic, eco-friendly car. Oops, did I say magic? I meant magnet: this car overcomes the force of gravity through the strategic use of an electric engine…and magnets.

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Winner of the unseen technology award at the Interior motives design awards 2007, the MAG magnetic vehicle concept (designed by Matúš Procháczka) finds an unusual solution to the problem of, expending fuel to get somewhere. Rather than finding a different fuel source, or building a smaller car, Procháczka ingeniously reduces the weight of the car by using an electric engine with magnets the same polarity as the roads. The resulting upward force lightens the vehicle's weight by 50%.

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Another innovative touch is the desing of the seats: two outer layers, pile yarn, and a soft construction foam make it possible to adjust the final hardness and spring characteristics of the seat. This lightweight, adaptable seating not only cuts down on waste during construction and the overall weight of the vehicle while being driven, it also sounds pretty darn comfy.

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Of course, the biggest caveat to MAG's road dominance is the very crux of it's construction: in order for the magnetic engine to properly polarize, the roads on which it's driven also have to be magnetized. Magnetic roads not being yet readily available, um, anywhere, the design for right now remains purely theoretical. But the day they are, you'll see me sitting on my adjustable foam seat cushion, zipping around on my magnet car. MR

Images via Matúš

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  • Travis

    February 1, 2013

    I have made one that actually works

  • stacy

    January 2, 2013

    it is quite good design. but how to use it in real life?

  • Random

    December 12, 2012

    Love the idea, but why not compress the whole idea to an engine size, I’ve seen one before, takes a little electricity to get it spinning, but with little effort neodymium magnets can keep a car moving, most cars can be converted to it. I wouldn’t call the engine cheap though, the magnets cost a pretty dime when you need them perfectly balanced for something as small scale as that.

  • Tyrone

    July 24, 2012

    Thought or have been thinging about it, 25 years now. I’m glad some oneelse is on the same brain wave. But this asphalt magnatism, we have the eletricity all ready set up around the US (through most towns via street lamp) could some mineral or compond be add to the asphalt?

  • Creg Hillier

    January 16, 2011

    I have the magnetic car invention idea . Not to be published on the internet .

  • sunil

    October 3, 2010

    can we make a tyre which run with manectic force? if yes how.

  • Old oil paintings

    June 30, 2009

    Really good list. I saved some usefull tools to use . Thank you

  • Oil paintings

    June 22, 2009

    These are so beautiful. I’m in love.

  • Neil

    September 4, 2008

    Conventional Scientists now a days tell you you can’t do something rather than ‘you can’.

    They adhoc guessed at the natures of the sun, the earth, the solar system and the universe and they are totally %100 wrong. The Plasa Cosmology paradigm not only explains such like this but explains it well.

    Gravity is only an electric dipolar force. It’s not readily able to be shielded but still. What’s more, electric current into the system and it’s charge is what determines it’s mass. The more charge, the lighter everything is. That is why the sun and Saturn appear lighter than water. Why the standard weights in France and England are not so standard anymore etc…

  • Just Al

    August 31, 2008

    This is what you get when you leave vehicle design to someone with a high-school physics education who imagines himself an artist. In very controlled conditions, you can get magnets to levitate themselves, achieving the net effect of never having added them in the first place. As for using them to power the car, you need to have alternating poles requiring, as they say, a magnetic road surface as well. Sure, that’ll save a lot of energy. Not to mention the havoc that a magnetized surface would play with anything else ferrous in the vicinity. Ingenious, perhaps, to the editor of this puff-piece, but it would appear that’s relative…

  • K

    August 30, 2008

    this car overcomes the force of gravity through the strategic use of an electric engine…and magnets.

    So explain to me how do magnets, which aren’t as light as nothing as far as I know, reduce the weight of the car by 50%? Are the magnets in the road pushing it upwards? If so it would be quite unstable at high speeds…

    Also what polarization to choose, will the US and UK use the opposite polarization for their roads as opposed to the rest of the world, like their measurement system? It would be quite a challenge to move a car stuck to the ground.

    Nice concept though.

  • No Name

    August 30, 2008

    The design is purely theoretical and unfortunately scientifically completely incorrect.

    While the magnets may reduce the weight of the car they do not reduce it’s mass. The amount of mass dictates the amount of energy that is needed for accelerating and decelerating the vehicle. Reducing weight only reduces the rolling resistance of the tires.

    Read about the difference between mass and weight:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weight
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass

  • Wayne

    August 26, 2008

    Absolutely stunning indeed. Look at that back tire!

  • koekoeh

    August 19, 2008

    absolutely stunning!

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