And now for something completely different, as Monty Python would say.
You have to admire a man who wants to spend quality time with his kids. Even if that bonding experience results in an 8,000 lb pyramid shaped electric car with bullet proof windows powered by a 12 hp motor and a range of 40 miles or so on a good day. The project cost somewhere between $60,000 and $85,000, depending on who you ask, but hey, you can’t put a price on strong family ties, now can you?
The Pyramid Car is the brain child of Greg Zanis, an Illinois dad with a couple of sons who wanted to build something special with them. So they set about turning Dad’s dream into a reality. Here’s how he describes their creation to the Kane County Chronicle;
“They don’t design cars to save a life, they just never have,” Zanis said. “Build a car like a tank or a total road cage all the way around you. That’s why it’s a one-seater. It has pre-inflated air bags all around you. And also an air bubble in the nose cone … It has half-inch thick bullet-proof glass that will withstand a freight train hitting it. So when you’re in the car, you’re already safer.”
The Zanis I comes equipped with all the necessary lighting front and rear. It even features a boom box and an electric heater to keep the driver cozy on those cold Illinois nights. It is designed to fit inside a 65′ tall cone shaped garage festooned with solar panels and a windmill on top to keep all 80 batteries charged up and ready for a trip to the store at a moment’s notice. I can just imagine row after row of pyramid-shaped houses with pyramid-shaped cars in their garage, all powered by solar panels and the Nile River.
I wonder if Elon Musk started out like this?