Rubber bands and remote control cars sound like the kind of things that could’ve occupied us for a few hours as youngsters, but we just discovered that combination can still pack some serious punch for grownups as well.
Some heady students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena have created one heck of a school project, using 3-D printed nylon, carbon fiber, and machined aluminum. They call it Cirin, and it melds together the style of 60s-era Formula 1 race cars with the bone structures of a bird’s wing, resulting in an impressive weight-to-strength ratio while using almost no screws and fasteners whatsoever. What makes it go? Just one 16-foot-long rubber band, wound into eight-inch loops between a pair of eye-bolts. It’s pretty impressive that – running soley on a rubber band’s energy – Cirin can cruise for 500 feet and reach up to 30 miles per hour. [Via]