A DIY project to build an all-electric car using pistons has been unveiled by German researchers.
The Piston Car project, led by the Technische Universität Wien, aims to make the most powerful, all-wheel drive car possible by creating a machine with a “plastic, lightweight and energy efficient design”, which has a top speed of about 160 km/h.
The design is inspired by the concept of the car used in the futuristic film Blade Runner, which has the power to go at speeds of up to 200 km/hr.
The team says the Piston car can be built using a simple 3D printing technique.
“By applying an industrial printer and laser cutter to a simple metal plate, we are able to make a piston engine,” the team explained.
The 3D printed pistons could be used in a variety of applications including vehicles, electric scooters, hoverboards, and even the world’s largest electric submarine, the Sirocco.
“With such a high performance and low weight, this project is sure to find a place in many futuristic projects,” said Andreas Schulz, a mechanical engineer from the Technischer Universitat Wien.