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The Ford Nucleon concept car
The Ford Nucleon concept car

The Ford Nucleon was a nuclear-powered concept car developed by Ford Motor Company in 1958. No operational models were built. The design did not include an internal-combustion engine, rather, a vehicle was to be powered by a small nuclear reactor in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle featured a power capsule suspended between twin booms at the rear. The capsule, which would contain radioactive core for motive power, was designed to be easily interchangeable, according to performance needs and the distances to be traveled. Download high resolution version (1200x800, 177 KB)Ford Nucleon concept car. ... Download high resolution version (1200x800, 177 KB)Ford Nucleon concept car. ... 1938 Buick Y-Job, the first Concept car A concept car or show car is a car prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling, technology and more. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An internal combustion engine is an engine that is powered by the expansion of hot combustion products of fuel directly acting within an engine. ... Core of a small nuclear reactor used for research. ... Radioactive decay is the set of various processes by which unstable atomic nuclei (nuclides) emit subatomic particles. ...

The passenger compartment of the Nucleon featured a one-piece, pillar-less windshield and compound rear window, and was topped by a cantilever roof. There were air intakes at the leading edge of the roof and at the base of its supports. An extreme cab-forward style provided more protection to the driver and passengers from the reactor in the rear. Some pictures show the car with tailfins sweeping up from the rear fenders.

The drive train would be integral to the power module, and electronic torque converters would take the place of the drive-train used at the time. It was said that cars like the Nucleon would be able to travel 8000 km (5,000 miles) or more, depending on the size of the core, without recharging. Instead, at the end of the core's life they would be taken to a charging station, which research designers envisioned as largely replacing gas stations. The car was never built and never went into production, but it remains an icon of the Atomic Age of the 1950s. This article is about the engineering discipline. ... ZF torque converter A cut-away model of a torque converter A torque converter is a modified form of a hydrodynamic fluid coupling, and like the fluid coupling, is used to transfer rotating power from a prime mover, such as an internal combustion engine or electric motor, to a rotating... The Atomic Age was a phrase used for a time in the 1950s in which it was believed that all power sources in the future would be atomic in nature. ... the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ...

The mock-up of the car can be viewed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. A Ford Model T, used for giving tourist rides, is shown above at Greenfield Village. ... Location in Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. ...

According to Bob Gale, producer of the film Back To The Future, the Nucleon's rear nuclear reactor was one of the design inspirations for the De Lorean time machine. Bob Gale (May 25, 1951, University City, Missouri), born Michael Robert Gale, is an Academy Award nominated American screenwriter who, amongst other things, co-wrote Back to the Future with writing partner Robert Zemeckis and also wrote the two sequels for the film. ... This article is about the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy. ... In the Back to the Future trilogy, the De Lorean time machine is the fictional time travelling vehicle used by Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to travel through the history of their hometown of Hill Valley, a fictional city located in Northern California. ...

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Minivans/SUVs: Airstream | Bronco | EX | Fairlane Concept | Model U | SAV | SYNUS
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The Ford E-Series, formerly named and also known as the Econoline or "Club Wagon", is a line of fullsize vans (both cargo and passenger) and truck chassis from the Ford Motor Company.
The first E-Series was based on the compact Ford Falcon, sized roughly to compete with the 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Sportvan and Volkswagen Type 2, which was 172.3 in long.
Over the next six years, the "Big Three" (GM, Chrysler and Ford) would all redesign their vans, with hoods gradually evolving to a short conventional truck-like hood, and evolving from being based on compact cars to using components from full-sized pickup trucks.
Media.Ford.com: Ford’s mid-century concept cars forecast future vehicles (1050 words)
Ford Motor Company reflected the era of optimism-the 1950s and 1960s-in its concept vehicles, which revealed innovations in style and technology.
Announced in 1952, this was Ford's "Car of Tomorrow," a pilot model being studied toward future development as a practical five-passenger sedan.
Cars such as the Nucleon illustrate the extent to which research into the future was conducted at Ford, and demonstrate the designer's unwillingness to admit that a thing cannot be done simply because it has not been done.
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