• Aug 1st 2010 at 4:39PM
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Amick A2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

One of the makers we encountered setting up for the Maker Faire Detroit on Friday afternoon was Douglas Amick. Amick was unloading the A2, a three-wheeled, battery-powered, wind-assisted tandem-two-seater. The A2 was originally built by Amick's late father, James, who devised the aerodynamic arch on the rear of the vehicle. That element is claimed to help propel the vehicle forward in crosswinds.

Apparently, airflow coming in at an angle to the vehicle will swirl around as it passes through the arch, actually applying force to the A2's rear, giving it some boost. We'll have to check with some contacts with aerodynamic expertise on the veracity of this claim. Regardless, the Amick A2 is kind of cool-looking. Apparently, it originally had aluminum air batteries installed but they're no longer functional.

Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: AmickGlobal.com]

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      Well, if the wing doesn't work at least you can hang your wash on it and save energy drying it as you drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds great, until you need to go around a corner at more than 5mph.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, someone stole my last name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your last is A2 and I guessing your first name is Amick..?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wind assisted? Dear lord what a load of tripe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like those old alfa romeo a-bat cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would be great for traveling east to west in Oklahoma.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I worked on a solar car in college. We applied a similar design to our car but it only helps with crosswinds.
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