Developed by a subsidiary of Toyota Motors called Toyota Industries Corp., the arrow you see above is the three-wheeled Ku:Rin. Powered by compressed air, the Ku:Rin showcases Toyota's expertise in developing compressors for automotive air conditioning systems.

Recently, the Ku:Rin prototype hit the track at Japan Automobile Research Institute's test facility in search of a speed record for compressed air vehicles. The Ku:Rin's posted top speed of 80.3 miles per hour should be enough to rocket it into the record books, and Toyota says it will submit the results to Guinness World Records.

Power for the Ku:Rin comes from a reversed A/C compressor that generates energy from the expansion of compressed air, while the vehicle's on-board compressed air tanks serve as "fuel." Though 80 mph seems reasonable, the Ku:Rin's two-mile total range is laughable. This thing may be fast, but talk about range anxiety.


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      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't understand all the hate.This was an after-hours project built by a 40 people at a company that makes AC compressors.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      This little airy fairy car blows :)
      taipeileviathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      "This thing may be fast, but talk about range anxiety." I KNOW RITE?! What kind of space does it have in the trunk? Can I fit golf bags or groceries? How many cupholders does it have? Sheesh think of all the practical considerations! What a dumb car.
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      This just in: "Who gives a crap!" Seriously Toyota...concentrate on making cars people give a s*** about and less on fiberglassed wagons that run on air.
      sc0rch3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      did it take 2 miles to get up to speed or did it just run out of gas? /s
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota's expertise with a/c compressors? All the Toyotas I've seen use compressors made by Denso.
        Temple
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        er... Denso is part of the Toyota Group.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denso
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Compressed air has awful energy density. This car would go faster and longer on electric batteries.. Come on Toyota. I know you have a spare kilowatt-hour of the plug in prius batteries lying around there somewhere.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        No duh it would be faster if it had an energy source besides pressure, but the fact that a car can fart its way to 80mph with no engine is pretty cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Jeff R
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a life sized Air Jammer Road Rammer. I wonder how long it takes to pump it up with that little bycycle pump?
      Josh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ummmm, pretty simple one. Did man realize fast was a Phantom going 100mph 100yrs ago? Then the airplane? Then rockets? We are seeing private industry not just tracking dollars but tracking performance in regard to a technology already being used for mass transit http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/preview-concept/4217016 As we track performance, it can and will be improved. The is the nature of industry. Can you imagine a compressed air powered bus replacing every vehicle greyhound has? Zipping 80 passengers per vehicle down interstates at 80mph? Ask Jules Verne if a journey from the earth to the moon was possible 140 yrs ago.
      bcworkz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone's trying to evaluate this as though it were a daily driver. It's a TOY! (no pun intended) It's basically a ride along rubber band car! How is that bad?
      Carl Zipfel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also known as the "FART" car
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