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Thread #166241   Message #3995814
Posted By: Mr Red
10-Jun-19 - 09:12 AM
Thread Name: BS: electric cars, when....?
Subject: RE: BS: electric cars, when....?
flywheel ....... It could also tilt for corners.

The Swiss tried that, spin topped-up at bus stops. Bus, had 2 contra-rotating flywheels to avoid the tilt in the wrong directions. Broke its back on a hump-backed bridge. AFAIK they only made one in the 50/60s. Probably fatigue from many similar changes of pitch &/or turning at speed.

Torquing of flywheels. Ever driven a boxer motorbike (shaft drive - engine & shaft longitudinal)? Accelerating round a corner causes a torque reaction - either into or against the corner. You do get used to it. Walter Villa campaigned a BMW boxer with the engine upside down, early on. He was good enough to be a 250 & 350 World Champ on a more conventional bike. 60's/70's era.

There was a British bike that had the (transverse) engine rotate the non-conventional way and the flywheel effect either worked against corners at racing speeds - &/or riders never got used to it.

Flywheels can exert a lot of force in the "normal" direction, if they are used to extract energy.