Recently we have already recalled cars of very interesting and unusual professions. And the other day, a very unusual Ford F-250, which was used for testing spacecraft, was put up for sale! Impressed by this instance, we rummaged through the Internet and collected another batch of cars that were not operated for their intended purpose.
Ford F-250 for testing spacecraft
It would seem, where is space and spacecraft, and where is the Ford F-250. But the engineers of the Californian company XCOR Aerospace, which was going to do space tourism, decided that this particular model of the American brand would be an excellent basis for aerodynamic tests of smaller models of Lynx spacecraft. Instead of full blowing in a wind tunnel, developers began to conduct basic tests right on the road!
The pickup was equipped with a new stretched stainless steel body and a polycarbonate hood. In general, beyond the front wings, the appearance of Ford exactly copies the Lynx spacecraft, but reduced by three times. But the interior is definitely "not space": a pair of sports seats, a steering wheel and a minimum of trim.
The technical stuffing, namely the 7.3-liter V8 diesel, was not touched. Indeed, even in stock, the pickup accelerated to a solid 160 kilometers per hour - and this was enough to test the ideas of engineers. Alas, the years of youth of this car are long over, several dozen horsepower scattered, and the car itself stands motionless in the backyard … XCOR Aerospace went bankrupt - no one saw its shuttles for space tourism, and the F-250 became ownerless for a long time until it was recently bought on eBay for just over three thousand dollars!
Firefighter Porsche 911
Old racing circuits differ from modern ones not so much in departure zones or in the placement of stands, but in infrastructure and safety. For example, Sochi Autodrom has built many service lanes that provide fast access for fire trucks and ambulances to any section of the route. There are no such paths inside the Nürburgring North Loop - only trees and an old castle.
Since the safety rules of Formula 1 back in the 70s required the prompt arrival of special equipment (medical assistance and fire extinguishing vehicles had to reach the scene of the incident in just 30 seconds), a Porsche 911 firefighter was assigned to the Nurburgring. The idea of creating such a car belongs to Herbert Linge - test- to the Porsche pilot, who, in addition to the original 911, was also involved in the creation of the 914th model.
The "finest hour" of the firefighter 911 took place on August 1, 1976 - Linge and his 911 were the first to arrive at the scene of Niki Lauda's accident. Review the movie "Race" and note that the creators of the picture did not miss this detail!
Porsche 935 aero dome
In 1978, professional cyclist Jean-Claude Rude decided to set a bicycle speed record. As it seemed to him, he is able to spin the pedals up to 240 kilometers per hour! All that was required was a suitable track and a fast car that would create an air bag in front of the bike.
Rood turned to his friend, the legendary Frenchman Henri Pescarolo, four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for help. And although Pescarolo was skeptical about Ruda's undertaking, he nevertheless agreed to help. The green light was also given by representatives of the Porsche sports team, who not only allocated an 800-horsepower Porsche 935 for this venture, but also modified it by installing a trapezoidal screen on the engine cover to create an air bag in which the cyclist was riding.
Pescarolo recalled that it was almost the most terrible thing he did in his life: the Frenchman had to accurately dose the speed, accelerate very smoothly and brake very smoothly.Alas, the attempt to set a record, undertaken on August 23, 1978, ended in nothing: at a speed of just over 150 kilometers, the rear wheel of the bicycle punctured. For several hundred meters, Ruud kept the balance of the broken bike until it came to a complete stop. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the record could not be set even on the stronger tires, and in the 1980s Rude died.
Citroen SM Présidentielle
Charles de Gaulle's successor, Georges Pompidou, loved not only modern art, but also modern cars. Therefore, when he found an elderly Talbot Lago T26 in the presidential garage, he ordered that the vehicle fleet be immediately renewed. And updated so that the whole world gasped.
Citroen won the tender for the construction of the ceremonial presidential car in 1971. It was decided to use as a basis … the newest SM coupe. The car was sent to Henri Chapron's body shop, where an elegant four-door convertible was created on the basis of SM. The wheelbase of the car has grown by 52 centimeters, the rear overhang by 19 centimeters, and the rear track has become wider so that the passengers of the second row do not rest their elbows against each other. The cabriolet used 10 cowhides from Tanneries Costil.
Only two copies of the SM Présidentielle were built, on one of which Pompidou met Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Now the cost of each car exceeds 1 million euros.
In the history of the BMW Isetta, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, there have been many interesting modifications. But one of them is truly unexpected.
When the production of the baby started in the spring of 1955, the factory workers decided to please Kurt Donat, the technical director of BMW, who played a decisive role in buying the rights to Izetta from Iso. Knowing that the boss loves hunting very much, the employees of the enterprise converted a small city car into a hunting one. This is how a unique BMW created specifically for hunting - the IsettJagdwagen, was born.
The heavy body was removed from the frame of the car, the front "refrigerator door" disappeared. But a cargo platform appeared above the engine and transmission, on which Donat could put trophies. The 12-horsepower 250cc single-cylinder engine remains unchanged. However, this was quite enough: the car weighed only 315 kilograms.
GAZ M-20 a.k.a. North
But if the off-road capabilities of the hunting Izetta did not differ much from the civilian, then the "North" in the snow was much more capable of the usual "Victory". Because technically it's not even a car, but a snowmobile!
Such vehicles were needed to deliver goods and passengers to places with virgin snow and hummocky ice - that is, where the relief is uneven, and the temperature goes far beyond minus 40 degrees Celsius. Siberia, the Far East …
The Sever snowmobile was created in 1959 at the Kamov Design Bureau. In fact, they were "Victory", put on skis and equipped with an AI-14 aircraft star-shaped engine. The power unit was 260 horsepower. What could have gone wrong?
The creators of the car did not take into account that the load on the body of the "Victory" increased many times over. In harsh operating conditions, the geometry of the donor's body quickly "floated", which caused the suspension and other components to suffer. Therefore, the project was recognized as not particularly successful, although about 100 such snowmobiles were nevertheless built. It is a pity that only a few have survived to this day.
UAZ-452/37411 with UVZ-2 / 4.8
Aircraft engines in the Soviet Union were installed not only on Pobedy, but also on Loafs. Not so that they force off-road at crazy speeds, but so that the UAZs help start the engines on Tu-154 and IL-62 aircraft, if their regular starter fails.
The entire cargo compartment of the "Bukhanok" -starters was occupied by the TA-6A aircraft engine. The engine compressor, through the louvers on the sidewalls of the body, sucked in air, heated it up to 200 degrees and pushed it onto the plane's fitting through a 12-meter rubber sleeve.In addition to compressor functions, the TA-6A also performed generator functions: it generated current for aircraft electronic systems.
This miracle of technology was controlled from a remote control in the cockpit, which was located next to the driver's seat. During the launch procedure, the operator of the air launch unit kept in touch with both the airfield and the aircraft crew.
Lamborghini Huracan escort car
Lamborghini and Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna, closest to the company's headquarters, have a long history of cooperation. Therefore, Lamborghini, out of the kindness of its soul, regularly renews its airport car fleet, providing, for example, escort cars. The same ones that show planes (and sometimes buses and other equipment) where and along which lanes of the airfield to go.
The latest addition to the airport's ground fleet (already the sixth when it comes to Lamborghini cars) is the Huracan EVO RWD coupe in Lamborghini Centro Stile livery. The car is labeled “Follow me” and a powerful “chandelier” is installed that makes the Huracan even more visible.
The technical part of the car remained unchanged. The coupe is powered by a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine with 580 horsepower. With it, the rear-wheel drive version of Huracan accelerates to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.4 seconds.