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PROJECT:      VIMANA

VIMANA is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning 'Flying Chariots'. These spiritually propelled aircraft are described in the Vedas and other cultural mythologies around the world. Some consider the references to such vehicles as evidence of ancient 'advanced' technology (ufo's).

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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION


The vehicle is being designed with a few parameters (listed below) and from the driver 'outward'. The cockpit cannot be too wide since the driver is in the center. The chassis, though exotic, must be incredibly strong and crashworthy but fabricated in an inexpensive fashion that does not require welding or toxic epoxy lamination (fiberglass). The parts once fabricated will be glued using industrial aerospace epoxies and then be lowered from my living room veranda out into the streets of Beverly Hills...

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• CHASSIS: Cast Aluminum, Carbon Fiber rods & tubes


• DOME: Polycarbonate, Electromagnetic Canopy


• POWER: 4 Independent engines & cambering swing arm suspensions, with two motorcycle wheels at each corner (total 8 cambering wheels) Minimum expected hp equivalent = 400.


• PILOT: Driver Central Seating with two fold-away passenger cells. Ingress/Egress thru forward Canopy.


• CONTROL: Electronic Drive by wire steering system.