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   Undertoad  Tuesday Aug 1 01:18 PM

8/1/2006: Formula 1 racecar, suspended



Another xoB contribution today, thanks xoB!

View Suspended is a stunning art installation created from the thousands of parts that make up a Honda Racing F1 car. The amazing display was created especially for the event by Dutch artist Paul Veroude.



Each of the 3200 parts of the Formula 1 car are suspended on fine wires to produce a 3D 'exploded diagram' that allows race fans the chance to get closer than ever to the engineering secrets of the world's most technically-advanced sport.



Honda's Head of Car Marketing, Jeff Dodds says: "The first time we saw View Suspended, we knew it would be perfect for the London Motor Show. It's creative, imaginative and a must see for visitors to the Honda stand. I can't think of a better expression of Honda's passion for F1 and engineering."




Shawnee123  Tuesday Aug 1 01:25 PM

Wow! That is really neat.



glatt  Tuesday Aug 1 01:32 PM

Cool. I'd love to see it in person.



Emrikol  Tuesday Aug 1 01:53 PM

I wonder how much of a mess it would make if someone were to swing just one piece, ala pendulum?



glatt  Tuesday Aug 1 02:01 PM

Where's the oil and brake fluid?



barefoot serpent  Tuesday Aug 1 02:33 PM

someone finally created the 3-d exploded diagram



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 1 04:42 PM

He did a VW Beetle first. Then a Toyota Starlet with even more pieces (4200 vs 3200 for the F-1), but that one wasn't suspended, just laid out on the floor.

Come to think of it, working 2-D on the floor, rather than 3-D on wires, might be even tougher to show the relationship between the parts, Certainly harder than working 1-D.*


* That's 1-Dumpster..... what I'd need when I couldn't remember how to put it back together.



Hagar  Tuesday Aug 1 04:43 PM

Some kid with sissors is gonna be in trouble!



Wombat  Tuesday Aug 1 06:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
He did a VW Beetle first.
I drive a Beetle, I'd love to see what he did with one. Do you have a link please?


Hoof Hearted  Tuesday Aug 1 09:37 PM

Love it!

Two winters ago husband and I rebuilt the engine in my 'vette. We sent the large parts (block/manifold) to the machine shop and assembled everything ourselves in our garage. I must admit, for a woman, I feel I have more than usual knowledge of how an engine works. Enough that mechanics can't pull any fast ones with me... Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of putting my engine back together and seeing how everything meshed and worked together. AND...how one little thing out of place, or out of time, could spell disaster for the entire engine.
hh



richlevy  Tuesday Aug 1 11:16 PM

This reminds me of the Body Worlds exhibit that uses layers of real corpses. It's a lot less creepy when done with a car.



Hoof Hearted  Tuesday Aug 1 11:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy
...reminds me of the Body Worlds exhibit that uses layers of real corpses...
That exhibit is in Atlanta right now.


rkzenrage  Wednesday Aug 2 12:47 AM

Suck if a bird got in there....



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 2 04:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat
I drive a Beetle, I'd love to see what he did with one. Do you have a link please?
Here ya go.


ajaccio  Wednesday Aug 2 09:15 AM

Hmmm. If someone left a window open, it would turn into the most complex set of wind-chimes in the world!



CharlieG  Wednesday Aug 2 02:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted
...snip... Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of putting my engine back together and seeing how everything meshed and worked together. AND...how one little thing out of place, or out of time, could spell disaster for the entire engine.
hh
You know - there is an idea - I wonder what an engine would cost - put it up on an engine stand, and do it with my son and daughter. I've done it myself, but not in 20 years.

I've also made a single cylinder 2 stroke engine from scratch - as in starting with bocks of metal, and doing all the machining. That is a lot of fun

One of the guys at the local club built the worlds smallest working multi cylinder, 4 cycle motor. I've seen it run - amazing

http://www.minimodelengines.com/index2.htm


incommunicadocat  Wednesday Aug 2 06:46 PM

Gunther Von Hagen

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy
This reminds me of the Body Worlds exhibit that uses layers of real corpses. It's a lot less creepy when done with a car.
Anatomy for Beginners is currently showing on free-to-air television here in Melbourne, Australia. It's a series by Gunther Von Hagen (the Plastination anatomist that created the Body Worlds exhibit) in which he dissects fresh cadavers in front of a small, non-scientific studio audience. It's incredible! In the first episode he unravelled the spinal cord - beginning by flaying the 55 year old dead man. The sound as the skin came off was obscene. The second episode dealt with the respiratory and circulatory systems, he shoved a pipe into the trachea and inflated the lungs. They rose out of the corpse from the chest cavity from which he had removed ribs and muscular fascia. And then descended as he simulated breathing. Then he filled the artery with simulated blood and we watched as all the blood vessels in the digestive system became red and plump. This week was the digestive system itself, he removed the whole tube from tongue to anus, washing away remaining feces with a spray hose. And unravelled the intestines and laid it out to show the 7 metres in it's entirety. Next week is the reproductive system, and the rumour is he is dissecting a pregnant woman - baby still in place. I find it extraordinary to be able to visualise exactly what's happening in my body and where everything is.
A longer posting than I intended, but it is my first. Hello out there... or should I say in there?


Hoof Hearted  Wednesday Aug 2 07:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieG
You know - there is an idea - I wonder what an engine would cost - put it up on an engine stand, and do it with my son and daughter. I've done it myself, but not in 20 years.
You know...while we both enjoyed the experience immensely...if we had it to do all over again? We'd buy a GM crate engine ready to go out of the box and with a warranty.
hh

ps...hello kitty!


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 2 10:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted
You know...while we both enjoyed the experience immensely...if we had it to do all over again? We'd buy a GM crate engine ready to go out of the box and with a warranty.
Most people learn that eventually.
It's fun and instructive, but always way more expensive and time consuming than you plan on. After the first few it gets to be work.


Welcome to the Cellar, incommunicadocat.
They don't show that program around meal time, do they?
So it's legal for just anyone to dissect bodies, for fun and profit?


Hoof Hearted  Wednesday Aug 2 10:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Most people learn that eventually.
It's fun and instructive, but always way more expensive and time consuming than you plan on.
Oh, husband would instigate my muttering and dirty looks with the sentence; "I need to buy another tool."


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 3 12:42 AM

Good point, I didn't even think about the tools involved.
No matter how many engines you do, you always need another tool(S).



Nothing But Net  Thursday Aug 3 07:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by incommunicadocat
Anatomy for Beginners is currently showing on free-to-air television here in Melbourne, Australia... Then he filled the artery with simulated blood and we watched as all the blood vessels in the digestive system became red and plump... Next week is the reproductive system...
That sounds dirty.


CharlieG  Thursday Aug 3 01:59 PM

Over the years, I've found that doing an engine, for a car that you have to drive - pay someone else to do it.

BUT if you have all the time you want, don't really CARE, it can be fun to rip down and engine, and put it together. That's what I'm taling about - get something like an old, 1970s era Datsun 1.3L engine (something pre "smog"), put it up on the stand, take it apart, showing the kids HOW it comes apart, and goes together - never intending to ever put it in a car again

Heck - if I find an old lawn mower, that's a start too

Another fun one is a manual transmission - ditto a rear diferential



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 3 03:39 PM

Excellent, CharlieG.
The kids will be so much richer for(from?) the experience.
Not only the basic mechanical knowledge but a project with Dad.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 6 04:15 PM

It seems to be catching on...



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