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Old 10-01-2008, 01:59 AM
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Sbarro Osmos

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Old 10-01-2008, 02:01 AM
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:15 AM
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specs? any info? like why do the wheels look wierd
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:21 AM
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Throw out the hubs!" exhorted Franco Sbarro at the 1989 Geneva show when he released on to die world a major innovation: die hubless wheel. The concept of a wheel without a centre to it had a sound theoretical basis, as Gordon Murray confirmed. The idea was that the wheel rotated around bearings -actually in the rim. Having the drive and braking applied directly to the run meant greater rigidity, less weight, less torque reaction, less axial and radial strain and perfectly vented braking. Sbarro had experimented with such wheels on a motorcycle a few years before; however, it was obvious that much more development was required, and tills innovative scheme was left on die shelf.


Nevertheless, the Osmos show car, which incorporated the hubless wheel, was popular at motor shows. Cleanly styled, somewhat soberly perhaps for Sbarro, it boasted a 12-cylinder engine from Jaguar.

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Old 10-01-2008, 02:38 AM
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very interesting..has any more development work been done on this type of wheel?
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:52 AM
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It pops up every once in a while, but I'm not sure if anyone's really tried to make it work. I imagine the rim cartels put pressure on anyone who's trying to fund the research.. a few missing family members, phone calls that are only heavy breathing, you know the thing. Like the oil giants were doing when people were proclaiming to be making super efficient engines in the 90s.

Either that or it's not as feasible as they like to think it is. It is a little surprising that someone hasn't updated it to use super powerful magnets instead of bearings yet though.

Hmm.. when's the next auto show around here...
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:06 AM
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Either that or it's not as feasible as they like to think it is. It is a little surprising that someone hasn't updated it to use super powerful magnets instead of bearings yet though.

Hmm.. when's the next auto show around here...
probably because they are bigger, probably heavier (just a guestimation) and very less diffused
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it boasted a 12-cylinder engine from Jaguar.
V12 with 500 PS as far as I remember...
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looks like it was designed by hotwheels...
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