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There’s a lot to do on the Island of Sodor. Thomas downs around the track. Turn the switch to stop Thomas at the station platform to make his deliveries.See all stories on this subject The Male Who Developed The Chemex Coffeemaker Also Designed This Bonkers Car Ever seen a Chemex coffee maker? It’s a charming thing. Looks like an hourglass made from scientific glassware. It’s in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, even. Ever question how the person who created that would have designed a car? No? Well, regrettable. Because he

did, and here it is. The designer was a guy called Peter Schlumbohm, who got his

start designing devices to produce dry ice and other refrigeration systems, along with related innovations, such as designs for vacuum flasks and bottles. In truth, refrigeration was something of a passion for Schlumbohm, even beyond simply a technical interest. In addition to getting at least 26 patents on refrigeration and vaccum-creating innovation, he once stated … which would make for an interesting assisting tenet of some sort of HEATING AND COOLING cult. After the success of his Chemex coffeemaker( patented in 1939), by the 1950s Sclumbohm became thinking about the design of vehicles, which he felt ought to better acknowledge their reliance on chemistry to work: So, now he had a name for his vehicle designs, one not surprisingly very near to the creation that made him successful. Peter’s no dummy. Like many outside-the-auto-business designers, he saw vehicles of the ’50s as too consistent, their designs too comparable and without much threat taking. He had other concepts: His other ideas were pretty unique. The majority of what he’s recommending had actually been attempted before in other contexts– cab-over-engine designs, for instance– however they were hardly ever suggested for daily automobile. I need to admit, I’m a believer in exactly what he’s recommending here, too: He’s hitting on numerous of the design concepts I personally discover so compelling: maximization of indoor space for the driver and passengers, a small outside and a huge interior, cab-over-engine design, this person somehow understood exactly what I ‘d like. The outcome is, to the majority of people’s eyes, though, quite humorous. Essentially, exactly what he’s designed here is a ’50s period American Kei van, or, maybe more precisely, a Toyota Previa, just scaled approximately match the time and era. It absolutely makes best use of the indoor space of the vehicle, since the engine is mid-mounted, underfloor, leaving the whole length of the vehicle complimentary for people and stuff. It’s a concept that’s been checked out by automobiles like the Stout Scarab, and in what might be the best understood realization of this general principle, the VW Microbus. He explains desiring a” YACHT ON WHEELS “and the ovoid-plan traveler cabin certainly might supply that. The odd rectangular fenders begin to make good sense when you think about that he was likely attempting to keep wheel wells from impinging on the indoor area; for this reason the ovoid traveler compartment with what are basically external wheels. The rectangle-shaped protrusions are likewise beneficial to house the cooling system and radiator in advance, and the fuel tank at the rear. He didn’t define this specifically, but based upon the drawings, I believe that would make good sense. Plus, there appears to be a fuel filler on the left rear fender. He might have gone full-cube, but I expect there are aerodynamic advantages to having a shape more fit to cut through the wind than a storage shed, and the corner space acquired by a cube probably would not be the most secondhand area, anyway. He never ever specifies what sort of engine the vehicle would have, simply that access to the engine would be via removable interior floor sections and be This would have been the ideal application for a fighter engine of some kind. If this thing had really been produced by the early ’60s, a Corvair flat-6 could have been the perfect powerplant. Yes, this thing looks bonkers, particularly with that insane porthole grille in advance and, well, the whole damn thing. But I really like this coffeemaker’s fever dream-car. It hits all my space-utilization fetishes perfectly, and you do see this sort of design actually appear every once in a while, most typically in extremely futuristic Japanese concept-car designs. I in fact believe a design like this has genuine capacity in the future, especially for an autonomous vehicle. If you’re not needed to drive, all the other indoor elements end up being far more important, and a huge, versatile enclosed area like this would be a lot more attractive than a traditional low-roof sedan. So, sure, in the beginning look you might believe that there’s a damn good reason coffeemaker designers obsessed with the philosophical value of refrigeration don’t develop cars, however, after giving it some idea, possibly this vacuum-obsessed chemist was on to something. Contact the author at jason@jalopnik.com.See all stories on this subject

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