A preview of an entry for the Geneva Motor Show was given in Paris recently.?
PARIS, FRANCE (RECENT - MARCH 1958) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS OF DIFFERENT CARS ON DISPLAY
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Background: A preview of an entry for the Geneva Motor Show was given in Paris recently. This vehicle is a revolutionary step forward in automobile design and a glimpse of what to expect on the roads in the next decade or so.
This car is Thermo-nuclear powered. First shown in Paris in 1953 as a basis for such a vehicle and now perfected in reliability and comfort, outwardly looking much the same as any of the latest petrol-driven models, but inwardly different.
The fundamental driving mechanism is a static generator, without any moving parts, that incorporates two dissimilar metal bars superimposed on each other which produce an electric current when one end is heated and the other cooled.
This current will in turn drive electric motors positioned in the wheels.
Theoretically the heat will be obtained from a radio-active material inside a stainless steel box and surrounded by an electro-magnetic field, to prevent harmful radiation.
Until the makers have obtained the permission of the French Government to run such a car on the public highway the atomic heating unit will be replaced by either a petrol or diesel-oil unit.
The generator, carried on the rear of the chasis, has two large cylindrical ducts containing cooling fans on each side of the square box.
In addition all the wheels are independently sprung by rubber cushions in compression and the energy absorbed by these cushions will be converted into heat energy and dissipated by aluminium plates positioned close to the cushions.
Another outstanding feature of this Atomic Age car is the principle in which the doors operate, one half sliding into the roof and the other into the floor of the automobile. It has yet to be decided whether this is an advantage or a gimmick.