Hahaha! This is awesome. Carectomy.com spotted this pedal-powered car that's been making its way around the intertubes.
The 1986 Buick Regal, was designed by artist Michel de Broin and was being displayed as part of a touring gallery exhibit in Toronto. Broin removed the engine, suspension, transmission and electrical system in the car – all of which the artist calls "superfluous devices," and replaced these motorized mechanisms with the human-powered pedals and gears.
It's pretty awesome to see the car out on the street, with the pedal cranks hanging out of the bottom. I thought the best part of the video was when they were just pushing with their feet at the beginning, but it turns out the best part was when they got pulled over.
According to the police officer, "I don't disapprove of the idea, but the safety factor is unsafe." Frankly, it's hard to imagine that a car with a top speed of ten miles per hour can be unsafe. Possibly, it's unsafe because the people stuck behind the thing might flip out on the pedalers. But, still, as we feature a lot of fancy schmancy cars here at EcoGeek, it's nice to see someone making a different sort of statement.
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