- [Greg] Many of us get up in the morning,
get ready for school or work,
hop into whatever vehicle we're driving or riding in,
and never think twice about that vehicle.
Coming up, you'll discover 20 vehicles so bizarre
they'll leave you in appreciation
of the normal vehicle you ride in everyday.
I'm Greg from Be Amazed,
and here are the top 20 most bizarre vehicles of all time.
Number 20, ZiL 2906.
This bizarre looking, screw-driven amphibious craft
is a Russian vehicle that was originally
designed to recover re-entered space capsules.
Russian manufacturer, ZiL,
designed two vehicles for the mission,
the 2906 and the 4906.
The smaller 2906 would ride on the back
of the 4906 until the terrain became too much.
Then the 2906 would be deployed
and the recovery mission would continue.
On land, it travels up to 16 kilometers
or about 10 miles per hour.
In the swamp, it cranks that up to a whopping 20 kilometers
or about 12 miles per hour.
In the snow, however, is where it really shines.
Traveling up to 45 kilometers or roughly 28 miles per hour.
Number 19, The Caspian Sea Monster.
Aside from the look and method of flight of this vehicle,
the way it got it's name is almost as bizarre.
In the 1960s, American spy satellites
were picking up a strange aircraft being tested in Russia.
Members of the CIA incorrectly translated the words
on the fuselage of the aircraft as Kaspian Monster,
though the words actually meant Corabl Market,
or Prototype Ship, in Russian.
The Caspian Sea Monster was an experimental
ground effect vehicle that technically flew,
but stayed very close to the surface,
so it could rely on ground effect.
To make this as efficient as possible,
the aircraft was designed and built to be huge.
The largest aircraft on the planet,
until the An-225 took to the skies.
Number 18, VZ-9 Avrocar.
During the Cold War, militaries across the globe
were constantly developing new and sometimes bizarre crafts,
including the U.S. military.
In a joint effort between the U.S. and Canada,
the VZ-9 Avrocar was created.
This flying saucer look-alike
was designed to be a fighter aircraft,
capable of extremely high speeds and altitudes.
In fact, the U.S. military had plans to make these
into a sort of flying jeep fleet.
After years of repeated failures in the thrust
and stability systems of the VZ-9, however,
the project was canceled.
Number 17, Firebird XP-21.
When the term Firebird is invoked,
many people think of the muscle car
that hit the market in 1967.
That vehicle, however,
was a long shot from the original Firebird, the XP-21.
This 370 horsepower, fighter jet-inspired,
turbine-powered rocket car
looked like it belonged in space rather than on land.
The original concepts on this vehicle
later inspired a British version
that would go on to break the world land speed record,
and become the first land vehicle to officially
break the sound barrier,
the Thrust SSC.
Using many of the same ideas and concepts from the 1950s,
the Thrust SSC is like the XP-21, except much larger,
and much more powerful grandson.
Number 16, The Big Banana Car.
What's as big as a Ford pickup,
as yellow as a perfectly ripe banana,
and the answer to the question,
"What sort of car would the most ridiculous
man in the world drive?"
The Big Banana Car.
The owner and designer, Steve Braithwaite,
asked himself that very question,
and came up with that very answer.
So, he took a perfectly good 1993 Ford F150,
four by four pickup,
and turned it into a driving banana,
that still has four wheel drive.
Steve says the vehicle got him closer
to his long-held desire
to be the most ridiculous man in the world.
Number 15, The BMW Gina Concept Car.
This shape-shifting Beamer
is more than just a design idea.
It completely changes the way designers can think
about designing vehicles.
Gina comes with a fabric shell,
rather than the typical plastic, aluminum, and steel.
The fabric allows the vehicle to change its appearance
and shape as it does simple things,
like open the door, ready the headrests, or open the hood.
Hey, BMW, is that supposed to look like a woman's...
Oh, never mind.
Number 14, The Colim Caravan.
Designer Christian Susana designed a vehicle that
may not get many points for eye appeal,
but will definitely perk the ears
of those wishing to live a more mobile life.
Christian says the name Colim,
is an acronym for Colors of Life in Motion.
Called a lifestyle motor home,
it features a living area
designed for two to four people,
with individually applicable multi-function modules.
But the best part about this lifestyle motor home
is the fact that the front driving part
of the caravan attaches,
leaving the living area behind,
while offering a fuel-efficient vehicle
to travel around locally.
Number 13, Himiko Water Bus.
Looking like something straight out of Star Trek,
the Himiko Water Bus, or water taxi,
features many modern amenities,
as well as incredible views
through its many windows.
The eye-catching watercraft
was designed by well-known artist Leiji Matsumoto,
and is used to transport people around Tokyo,
while giving them an extraordinary view.
Number 12, Lepidodgera.
If you see this van cruising about,
you may be tempted to cruise in the opposite direction.
But the Lepidodgera Van's lead engineer, Mike Thielvoldt,
says, "There's nothing to fear."
The 37 foot tall steel butterfly
that sits atop of the van
can be intimidating,
until you learn that the 6,000 square foot winged creature
lights up brilliantly at night.
Best of all, it's powered using an on-board gasifier
that converts biomass into useable fuel
for the Dodge van's engine.
Number 11, Cricket Bat Car.
An Indian gentleman decided
he was going to go
a bit batty regarding the Cricket World Cup,
and created what appears to be
the world's only Cricket Bat Car.
The five-wheeled automobile ran on a 135CC engine,
weighed about 300 kilograms, or roughly 665 pounds,
had a top speed of 60 kilometers,
or about 37 miles per hour.
Number 10, Nemuth Parasol.
This relic from the 1930s
was built by students at Miami University.
While it's hard not to make the flying saucer correlation,
the Nemuth Parasol demonstrated to the world that
even a circular wing could be used on a plane with success.
In fact, one newspaper said the parachute plane
was ideal for landing your backyard,
and when you're done exploring the skies,
you could store the plane in a hanger
about the size of a large garage.
Unfortunately, the plane's low aspect ratio wing
created too much drag,
and the plane was scrapped,
because it was not fuel efficient or economical enough.
Number nine, The World's Longest Limousine.
At more than 30 meters, or roughly 100 feet long,
this limousine is the definition of stretched.
As if a heated jacuzzi, a sun deck, a swimming pool,
and a few beds weren't enough,
this condo on wheels
also features its own helipad.
Of course, if you can't afford to buy a stretch limousine,
you can also opt to build your own.
Number eight, the Wienermobile.
You may have seen this bizarre vehicle
wandering around the U.S.
There are currently eight Weinermobiles
cruising around the highways.
The first Weinermobile was built in 1936,
and there have been 11 since then.
An interesting note about the Wienermobile,
only college students who are about to graduate
are eligible to drive it.
The Hotdoggers are chosen out of a pool
of about 2,000 eligible candidates each year.
And for those of you
wanting to take the Wienermobile on water,
there's the Hot Dog Boat.
Number seven, Bigfoot.
Our next bizarre vehicle
is more of a household name
than many of the oddities on this list.
While Bigfoot's creator, Bob Chandler,
made his first public appearance
with the four-wheeled giant in 1979,
new versions of the monster truck
seem to come out almost annually.
At least three variations of the Bigfoot
have garnered world records for their amazing feats.
In 2009, Bigfoot was named
one of the top five marketing vehicles of all time,
an honor shared by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
and U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds.
Number six, Lockheed Martin P-791.
Probably responsible for countless UFO sightings,
the Lockheed Martin P-791
looks more like a giant bath toy
than it does a vehicle.
The goal of the P-791 was to have an aircraft
that features the speed of an airplane
and the buoyancy of an airship, or blimp.
Lockheed Martin is sticking by this idea,
and continuing to make this aircraft
for anyone that will buy it.
They say the P-791 can stay afloat at 20,000 feet
for up to three weeks
without the need for refueling.
Number five, The Cosmic Muffin.
This bizarre vehicle looks more like a prophylactic
from the outside than it does a watercraft.
But the story behind the Cosmic Muffin
is where the goods are.
In 1969, Howard Hughes' famous Boeing B-307,
also known as Hughes' Flying Office,
was deemed unflyable.
Shortly thereafter, a Fort Lauderdale realtor
and pilot, Kenneth W. London,
rescued it from the landfill,
and spent the next four years transforming it
into an exotic houseboat.
A view from the inside is nothing
like the awkward view from the outside.
Number four, BMW 4219 Eli.
This bizarre racing machine
may be the ultimate land vehicle of it's time.
The BMW 4219 Eli boasts 42 wheels,
which of course also means 42-wheel drive,
19 Porsche engines, each producing 459 horsepower,
which amounts to roughly 8700 combined horsepower,
and only one transmission.
This ultimate Beamer also features what they call
a toy trunk that BMW says is full of toys,
and you can play in it.
Number three, Convertible Fat Car.
If the sleek lines and incredible contouring
of modern vehicles just aren't your thing,
the plump and bizarre Convertible Fat Car
may be for you.
While many sculptors are focused more
on remodeling and removing volume
in order to shape a piece,
Austrian sculptor, Erwin Wurm,
focuses much of his art more on adding volume
and plumping things up.
That can be seen in many of his works,
including the Fat Car, which was built around a Porsche.
Wurm says this bizarre vehicle probes the link
between power, wealth, and body weight.
I say, it's just another ugly reminder
of the diet I was supposed to start months ago.
Number two, Alexander Lippisch's Aerodyne.
Almost a blend between a cartoon
and concept plane from the future,
Alexander Lippisch's Aeordyne
will go down in history
as one of the most bizarre vehicles in the world.
Understanding how this thing could even get off the ground
requires a stretch of the imagination,
considering its bulky, wingless,
and has a head that's twice the girth of it's tail.
The idea was that a single flow channel
would create enough thrust and lift
to keep the vehicle airborne.
While early versions of this aircraft
were built with a cockpit,
the test versions that actually flew were unmanned.
Number one, Igor Sobolevsky's Concept Vehicle.
We've saved the biggest, baddest,
and most bizarre vehicle for last.
This is Igor Sobolevsky's Concept Vehicle.
A mix between functionality, power,
and just all out girth,
this vehicle can be found in the imaginations of boys
and men all over the world.
The concept vehicle is loosely inspired by vehicles similar
to the Russian Kamaz Typhoon.
While Russia still uses the multi-functional,
modular, armored, mine-resistant Kamaz Typhoon,
Igor's Concept Vehicle is quite a way from mass production.
Still, the image of such a large and foreboding vehicle
is a testament to how far we've come
and how far we're going in the design and functionality
of our vehicles.
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