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First working model of 'Car'

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The first working model of the “car” was conceived by Leonardo da Vinci and it is going to be displayed at an exhibition in Florence. No doubt that it is took more than 500 years to get the model from the drawing board to reach the showroom.

The machine which was sketched by history’s most versatile genius around 1478 now comes visible on road. It was eight months hard work by computer designers, engineers and joiners to get is worked.

Paolo Galluzzi, the director of the Institute and Museum of the history of science in Florence, told that it was the world’s first ever self propelled vehicle. The Leonardo’s car was 1.68 meters long and 1.49 meters wide i.e. 5ft 6ins by 4ft 11ins and it runs on clock mechan ism. The springs are wounded in opposite direction with the help of wheels in which the car needs to go.

Professor Galluzi told that it was so powerful machine that they made a full scale production without testing it. The vehicle was demonstrated in Florence and it was just one-third scale replica. Numerous attempts were made to build the car in the last century but none worked.

They were misguided that Leonardo has powered his car with two big leaf springs which were shaped like the arms of a crossbow. It was shown in his sketch on folio 812r of the Atalntic codex which was one of the greatest collections of his sketches and studies.

A paper was published showing early 15th century copies in the Uffizi archives of some Da Vinci sketches. It was published by Carlo Pedretti who was the director of the Armand Hammer Centre for Leonardo Studies in Los Angeles in 1975. While studying the copies the director found that the springs were actually used to regulate a drive mechanism rather than for driving the car.

Mark Rosheim, an American robotic expert, reported his suspicion in a book in 1996. He wrote that coiled springs which are located inside tambours are the main source of power.

The main thing about the car’s engine was number of drum like casing on the underside has evolved many obscure questions in his design. First of all a digital model is to be prepared on CAD i.e. Computer Aided Design. It took four month to design by Professor and his team mates.

By FW Editor

Tags: painter, sculptor, artist

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 23 April '10

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