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Back in mid-September, the three-wheeled Toyota Ku:Rin (air-wheel) whizzed down the strip powered by nothing more than a compressor that was originally designed for automotive air conditioning systems. The Ku:Rin posted a top speed of 80.3 miles per hour, rocketing it into the record books.

We've now gotten a hold of some footage of the Ku:Rin's record-setting dash down the tarmac. Seeing this tiny arrow of a vehicle, which is less than 11.5 feet long and 2.6 feet wide, blaze down the road at 80-plus mph makes even us automotive enthusiasts a bit claustrophobic and fearing for our lives if we were in the cockpit. The Ku:Rin is not exactly a versatile, grocery-getting machine, but once you hear this air-powered ride rip down the asphalt, you'll be blown away. Hit the jump to catch this streamlined air cruiser in action.


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      Smith Jim
      • 3 Months Ago
      This article fails to mention the two mile range of this vehicle.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Smith Jim
        Yep. Not even sure why they're experimenting with this form of propulsion. Volumetric energy density of compressed air is a joke.. maybe a hundredth of what lithium batteries can store.
          Chris M
          • 3 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Just because they can, and some things are done just for the fun of it. No, I don't think this has any practical application. Just for fun.
          uncle_sam
          • 3 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Why should the not experiment with it? I could imagine an ICE engine acting as compressor for regenerative braking, storing some air ina tank. But there are only idiots working at toyota right? The range of 2 miles falls with the ev range of a hybrid. so it could be a solution for a mechanical hybrid.
      Duncan Watson
      • 3 Months Ago
      Given that Human Power Vehicles have already gone faster than 80.3 mph on flat ground make this much less impressive - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62QlmMiZ8b4&feature=related (and Sebastiaan Bowier is the second human to go faster than 80mph. Sam Whittingham did it first and has gone 82.3 mph - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQwpGLCAMm4 )