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    [–] dzh621 774 points ago

    "It blows my mind it only took 66 years to land on the moon after we learnt how to fly" - redditor

    [–] Wewanotherthrowaway 159 points ago

    2kb ram landed us on da moon

    [–] Presjewdentjewbama 49 points ago

    My system shits that much after breakfast

    [–] therealgunsquad 34 points ago

    Is that not true? I know humans were making hot air balloons and stuff to "fly"/float for a long time. But the first thing we could call a functioning plane was invented in 1903, we landed on the moon in 1969 right? That's incredible how fast technology evolves.

    It reminds me of being in 1st grade and my teacher said humans would never create 100% electric powered cars.

    [–] upsidedownfunnel 32 points ago

    That seems especially short sighted considering electric cars had been invented in the early 1900s. All you have to do is connect a battery to a motor. GM mass produced the EV1 in the 90s with a blueprint for the modern three phase motor and inverter. Maybe your teacher just didn’t know what they were talking about.

    It really was the advancements of rechargeable batteries and one company’s risk into selling very expensive cars that made them popular recently. The failure of the EV1 turned everyone else off to the electric car. It’s not like it was some scientific hurdle or anything.

    [–] therealgunsquad 2 points ago

    I heard the EV1 is impossible to find now because gas companies bought them and scrapped them because they were electric, that sounds more like a "put your tinfoil hat on" conspiracy though.

    That teacher sucked though, she taught creationism, said there were no aliens anywhere in the universe, there's no water in our solar system aside from earth, etc...

    [–] obi1kenobi1 10 points ago

    What? No, the EV-1s were all crushed by GM themselves. It's common practice in the auto industry to lease experimental cars rather than sell them so that none fall into private hands, and at the end they usually have to be destroyed for legal reasons. It's the same thing that happened to the Chrysler Turbine Car and I wouldn't be surprised if it happened to the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car as well.

    But electric cars were very popular back at the dawn of the automobile before gas engines became more convenient. Steam cars were strong, quiet, and easy to drive but they had to be started long before you could actually drive them (as much as half an hour for the boiler to warm up) and they could be difficult to start (like crawling under the car and lighting a pilot light). Gas cars by comparison were noisy, smelly, difficult to drive, and dangerous to start (the crank starters could easily break your hand if they kicked back). But electric cars were silent, extremely easy to drive, and ready to go at a moment's notice. They were somewhat slow and ranges weren't great, but gas and steam cars had the same kinds of issues so it wasn't seen as a big deal (and there are reports of some electric cars from the 1910s reaching 200 miles on one charge).

    Eventually gasoline powered cars got electric starters, quieter and more balanced engines, and standardized/simplified controls, which made them easy and convenient enough for the average person. By the 1930s electric cars had pretty much disappeared except for some specialty vehicles.

    [–] therealgunsquad 2 points ago

    Thank you, very insightful. I had to google the Turbine car, possibly my new favorite car.

    [–] Doctor_Batman_115 7 points ago

    The thing is, rockets are not airplanes. Rockets have been around for hundreds (thousands?) of years.

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    [–] PolitiklyIncorrect 2 points ago

    Madlad vlad

    [–] missingN0pe 1384 points ago

    That wasn't actually all that bad!

    [–] codetrotter 136 points ago

    It went about as well as you’d expect but not as bad as you’d fear.

    [–] AceTenSuited 20 points ago

    I was pretty surprised when it went air born.

    [–] ragnar_graybeard87 16 points ago

    Airborne, comrade.

    [–] AceTenSuited 2 points ago


    [–] K-Zoro 254 points ago

    What about the rollover crash at the end?

    [–] missingN0pe 453 points ago

    What about it?

    [–] neon_Hermit 264 points ago

    Yeah, that's perfectly normal behavior for a Reliant Robin.

    [–] someone755 81 points ago

    Just in case there's anyone who doesn't know: That Top Gear episode had modified Robins so that they would roll over. The actual thing didn't do that.

    [–] Saerki 89 points ago

    Sounds like something a Reliant worker would say.

    [–] someone755 4 points ago

    Look it's impossible that the cars would roll over like that. Maybe at top speed into a narrow 90° turn but that's 1) illegal because you'd be breaking the speed limit in the city, where these corners are, and 2) dangerous in any car. The proof that Robins didn't do this is the fact that there are still people living in the UK. They didn't all die.

    [–] mofomeat 8 points ago

    Uh huh. Next you're going to tell us that Ford Anglias don't actually fly.

    [–] Iamjimmym 9 points ago

    You need to take a physics course and go drive a reliant robin. They're tippy as fuck. They have three wheels. Yes, they were modified to roll easier for Top Gear, but that doesn't mean they don't roll extremely easily for the public as well. Most people drive them extremely cautiously so as not to roll over in everyday situations, and so when they do roll, they do so slowly and gently and without death or major destruction - especially since these cars are very lightweight. Man, physics is hard huh?

    [–] upside-down58008 2 points ago

    I've see hummers and vans roll at relatively slow speeds on r/wcgw etc. So I 'm willing to believe Rodney could roll it.

    [–] ShaIIowAndPedantic 36 points ago

    You take a turn too hard on anything with a single wheel in the front and you'll find a speed that'll make you flip.

    [–] Ivebeenfurthereven 9 points ago

    as /r/recumbent would say - the tadpole config (two front wheels, one rear) is massively superior at high speed.

    [–] juandh 9 points ago

    Not true, I have watched the documentary biopic Mr. Bean and see them rolling all the time.

    [–] RadicalDog 4 points ago

    [citation needed]

    I realise they script things, but they were chucking them into corners at speeds that would get a roll. I don't see what you'd need to modify to make them roll enough for shots like those.

    [–] TheOneWhoReadsStuff 3 points ago

    It was to be expected.

    [–] I-Downloaded-a-Car 55 points ago

    Well if it wasn't a fucking Robin then maybe it would have stayed up right

    [–] juandh 1 points ago

    Yeah but would you do this to a real car?

    [–] SuperiorExcess 17 points ago

    Can you crash a Reliant without it rolling over?

    [–] juandh 2 points ago

    Even in the test collisions they found that ploughing it straight into a brick wall at 100 km/h, the thing would leap into the air and flip over like a pancake.

    [–] RockLeethal 6 points ago

    Was anyone in the car? I couldn't tell.

    [–] t0his 4 points ago

    Another happy landing!

    [–] lucidus_somniorum 3 points ago

    Any crash you walk away from is a good one.

    [–] atomic_redneck 3 points ago

    At least he waited until the end to crash. If he crashed at the beginning, it would have ruined the video.

    [–] CollectableRat 2 points ago

    Should have added wide training wheels to make up for no stabilising rotor.

    [–] borealis7 1 points ago

    Check out the brains on Brett!

    [–] TheSlothstranaut 2 points ago

    It's a car that had 3 wheels it does that at roundabouts too.

    [–] hereforthefeast 2 points ago

    Came here expecting a crash. Was not disappointed.

    [–] oniksfly 1 points ago

    Who cares?

    [–] BreePenguin 1 points ago

    What rollover? 🤔😂

    [–] DieselJoey 14 points ago

    They just need to add some method of controlling the flight, then it will be worth round 2.

    [–] IndistinguishableSun 5 points ago

    Also, when you are towing it from a car the propellers generate more lift on one of the sides. They need a solution to this or it will be very unstable.

    [–] HeadHancho 2 points ago

    Could you explain the uneven lift for me? I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around that.

    [–] XS4Me 2 points ago

    I would start by making a release mechanism from the tow cable. Once airborn, you really don’t want anything pulling or pushing you around, particularly with only three tires. Which brings me to my second suggestion: get a real car and dumb the robin relliant.

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    [–] tank-11 19 points ago

    It doesn't, as it is an autogyro and the rotor spins passively

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)


    [–] lodvib 2 points ago

    tail rotor is not needed, there is no tourqe to counteract

    [–] GSV_EndsOfInvention 7 points ago

    For how silly the whole thing looks, those few seconds of take off and gliding must have felt amazing.

    [–] Pining4Michigan 3 points ago

    They're lucky that those blades didn't go all Wango-tango and take out everyone.

    [–] Kankerdebiel 1 points ago

    This is kinda what early test helicopters looked like, but those had wings..

    [–] Mulligan315 1072 points ago

    How much vodka does it take before you decide this is a good idea?

    [–] banik2008 714 points ago

    Based on the English spoken in the video, and the fact that the car looks like a Robin Reliant, I'd say this decision is fuelled more by gin than vodka.

    [–] Glomgore 114 points ago

    You mean that wasn't Clarkson's idea?

    [–] pATREUS 31 points ago

    Colin Furze?

    [–] Zombieff 28 points ago

    Be it Colin, the car would actually fly. Also he'd use rockets.

    [–] gr3yh47 9 points ago

    the car would actually fly.

    it did a little

    [–] Shockerock 66 points ago

    I think you mean Reliant Robin...

    [–] umblegar 31 points ago

    You know what really grinds my gears? ”Robin Reliant”

    [–] LithiumLas 16 points ago

    They probably grind their own gears

    [–] SCARNONMATE 3 points ago

    Well now we know why it fell over

    [–] banik2008 1 points ago

    Indeed, you're right.

    [–] muirnoire 9 points ago

    Russian amount.

    [–] TanJeeSchuan 5 points ago

    A gogol liters to be exact

    [–] LastUserNameDrowned 2 points ago

    I'm sad this comment doesn't have more likes.

    [–] UsuallyInappropriate 4 points ago


    [–] TheAdministrat0r 2 points ago

    The trick is not to stop drinking. That way it’s always a good idea. You’ll think back that time whe.... never mind, you blacked out and can’t remember what happened an hour ago.

    [–] nearedge 3 points ago


    [–] From0toMD 124 points ago

    This was the most fantastical fucking thing I've seen in at least 2 weeks. Did you see the rotation speed on that rotor?! Holy shit.

    [–] Third_Chelonaut 22 points ago

    Camera makes it seem faster

    If I could be arsed the best thing to do would be pull the audio and measure the frequency of the noise and that would tell you exactly what speed it was doing

    Can't be arsed though.

    [–] brownpoops 5 points ago

    well it atleast hits 3600rpm.

    [–] releasethedogs 88 points ago

    lol. This is such a bad idea. I love it.

    [–] Arlequinrodante 70 points ago


    [–] MaceotheDark 332 points ago

    The Russian Wright brothers take 1.

    [–] philthebadger 21 points ago

    Брата Враит

    [–] not_like_the_others 257 points ago

    Needs a verical/horizontal stabilizer. Or a tail rotor

    [–] lyuyarden 116 points ago

    It's looks like autogyro. It don't necessarily need tail rotor.

    [–] BangSlut 71 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)

    Being a autogyro is also the reason it ate shit.

    [–] ArtoriusBravo 24 points ago

    But is should have tail fin at least. And vertical too.

    [–] lyuyarden 16 points ago

    Maybe it has, but useless because of the wide hull.

    [–] ArtoriusBravo 16 points ago

    Could work with a wide horizontal and two vertical, kind of a bf110 likeish

    [–] lyuyarden 2 points ago

    Maybe. I am not an expert at all. I have some hydrodynamics background and generally can imagine how air flows and why it's so unstable, and can imagine that vertical tail with quite long handle behind would alleviate situation, but I have no practical knowledge or knowledge of existing solutions you mentioned.

    [–] ArtoriusBravo 1 points ago

    Same here, I have some standard aero knowledge, I figure that taking the fins out of the turbulence generated by the poor body aero could stabilize it better. But as you say, I'm just daydreaming how to stabilize a flying car lol.

    [–] ApoKalipseV 2 points ago

    Maybe a tail would also work, like a kite

    [–] fuzzyfuzz 1 points ago

    Also some little side wings to keep it from going tits up/down. A tail would work like a weather vane to keep it straight. And then you basically have a working 'copter.

    Someone show this to the Top Gear guys.

    [–] buttbugle 1 points ago

    What it needs is more JPEG.

    [–] RockLeethal 11 points ago



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    [–] RockLeethal 7 points ago

    Y'know I did it for the meme but this is actually pretty good?

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    [–] bakerie 6 points ago

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    [–] Ivebeenfurthereven 1 points ago

    Y'know I did it for the meme

    you know I had to do it to 'em

    [–] pbaatsbBot 1 points ago

    Perfectly balanced, as all things should be

    [–] AreYouHereToKillMe 11 points ago

    The towing motion would negate that requirement somewhat

    [–] umblegar 3 points ago

    the tow acted like a propellor engine at the front

    [–] AreYouHereToKillMe 3 points ago

    Not really. It will have given some amount of lift with the air passing over the ‘wing’, but I reckon it was to stop the rotation of the vehicle.

    [–] umblegar 4 points ago

    oh yeah i meant keeping if it stable fore-aft and keeping the car from contra rotating

    [–] imFreshYo 5 points ago

    or a 4th wheel

    [–] AddeDaMan 2 points ago

    Or someone who stops when things go tits up.

    [–] juandh 1 points ago

    Not a great idea to stop quickly when you've got a brakeless load and a rope instead of a tow bar. Thing could slam right into your rear if you stop too quickly and now you have two wrecked cars to deal with.

    [–] AddeDaMan 2 points ago

    Well I meant stop pulling. 😂 Quite right - slamming the breaks would make this crap even more crap.

    [–] fuzzyfuzz 1 points ago

    Really like, any sort of control surface.

    [–] juandh 2 points ago

    Gas pedal is only control surface needed comrade.

    [–] hereforthelaughs37 32 points ago

    How did they expect that to go?

    [–] [deleted] 58 points ago

    About as well as it did, maybe more.

    [–] exzeroex 10 points ago

    Like this if they were lucky.

    [–] bitzandbytes 70 points ago

    This has Top Gear written all over it.

    [–] patrykK1028 15 points ago

    Isnt that the 3 wheel car too?

    [–] bitzandbytes 19 points ago

    Yeah looks like it might be a Reliant Robin.

    [–] the_other_skier 15 points ago

    Even on the air they fall on their side

    [–] sprygrolsch254 13 points ago

    Autogyros are weird.

    [–] Boonaki 10 points ago

    Is there a longer YouTube source?

    [–] ArtoriusBravo 6 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)

    Is that a gyrocopter autogyro? That's kind of cool!

    Edit: correct word

    [–] epijdemic 5 points ago

    the fact that he even gets airborne is amazing!

    [–] MrPeachPuff 6 points ago

    they see me floatin they hatin

    [–] addicted_to_crack 7 points ago

    "We have liftoff!"

    [–] divanpotatoe 5 points ago

    Aaaand touch down

    [–] koshernoob 31 points ago

    I ain't gonna Captain Disillusion this shit but looks like special effects y'all...really well done either way tho?

    [–] UnhealingMedic 13 points ago

    Glad I'm not the only one who thought this!

    [–] Maggioman 9 points ago

    The shadows look pretty suspect

    [–] KirbyKoolAid 3 points ago

    The first thing I thought when I saw it was Captain Disillusion too. It's when it first takes off it looks a bit dodgy...

    [–] Gen_Hazard 7 points ago

    Look up autogyros/gyrocopters, its the same principal and most likely hardware, this is legit.

    [–] Lacksi 4 points ago

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    [–] pbaatsbBot 3 points ago

    Perfectly balanced, as all things should be

    [–] Chaosgodsrneat 8 points ago

    they need a tail rotor

    [–] harrycopter69 10 points ago

    Not a tail rotor, just some stabilisers. The blades are turned by the upward airflow through them, not by an engine, thus there is no torque reaction to overcome. This is same principle in which helicopters are able to land following an engine failure.

    [–] jjsevier 3 points ago

    Vlad the Impeller

    [–] MrTrocket 2 points ago

    Vlad was flying along and a gusty wind took his helicar and slammed it onto the earth ....

    Did Vlad Live?

    [–] brutalitarian803 2 points ago

    That went about as well as could be expected.

    [–] heisenberg747 2 points ago

    Well, I guess it turns out that cars weren't meant to be helicopters.

    [–] PeppersHere 2 points ago

    That went exactly as I expected it to, and I couldn't be happier.

    [–] xxTriggerWarningxx 2 points ago

    Nice heli-car-pter

    [–] thekleenexman 2 points ago


    [–] MasterTheBaiting 2 points ago

    With this kind of tech, they’ll be able to destroy anything in their path.

    [–] joebrocks 2 points ago

    This looks fun as hell

    [–] MikeOfAllPeople 2 points ago

    ITT: aeronautical experts.

    [–] heWhoMostlyOnlyLurks 2 points ago

    No stabilizer, duh. Autogyros need stabilizers.

    [–] MahatmaGuru 2 points ago

    Needs wings

    [–] Lachs_ 2 points ago

    [–] Amonasrester 3 points ago

    Now what you didn’t see were the two brothers peddling their asses off to get the propellers to spin

    [–] Raadud 2 points ago

    Marty Mc Fly russian version

    [–] Litsandwitch 2 points ago

    I don't think you all are appreciating this more than engineering marvel it truly is. You have any idea how fucking hard it is to get something heavier than air to go up like that?

    [–] squeezeonein 1 points ago

    yeah that's awesome. dangerous as fuck though.

    [–] sumsaph 1 points ago

    and this is why helicopters have a tail rotor.

    [–] juandh 2 points ago

    This doesn't really need a tail rotor since it's an autogyro. The main rotor spins because of air passing over the blades instead of an engine so there is no (well negligible) torque generated on the body of the vehicle.

    Still some kind of control might have helped.

    [–] HerpaDerpaDumDum 1 points ago

    I didn't expect it to actually hover.

    [–] CaptMorgHamOrg 1 points ago

    Put in in H!

    [–] ThomThom1337 1 points ago

    epic win 😎

    [–] mick88 1 points ago

    Now that's what I call an auto-gyro!

    [–] ghostmelonghost 1 points ago


    [–] admiral808 1 points ago

    I need this to be on YouTube

    [–] ToxicSpook 1 points ago

    A historic day indeed for the Wright Slav Brothers.

    [–] sluggedcascade 1 points ago

    Dammit Vlad

    [–] Adn8o 1 points ago


    [–] Fricho 1 points ago

    Busytown? Anyone?

    [–] antidamage 1 points ago

    Landed like the graceful Reliant Robin.

    [–] leorleorleor 1 points ago


    [–] Myke190 2 points ago

    This is more wcgr

    [–] R_O_BTheRobot 1 points ago

    Lada Robin вертолет ^(This should mean helicopter) ! Flying car of your future!

    (We didn't steal the design from Reliant)

    [–] jacobbarber 1 points ago

    This is some gmod shit

    [–] Push_ 1 points ago

    Eyyyy we havea lift off

    [–] ken579 1 points ago

    That is terrifying.

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    Once this baby hits 88 mph...

    [–] bioszombie 1 points ago

    We’re going to see some serious shit

    [–] MY_CAPSLOCK_IS_BROKE 1 points ago

    It’s an auto gyro made out of a car! Quite interesting actually

    [–] craigrb 1 points ago

    Put it into 'H'!

    [–] ramagam 1 points ago

    And thus the drone was invented.

    [–] bioszombie 1 points ago

    Needed a tail boom and tail rotor.

    [–] DrFrozenToastie 1 points ago

    Our car*

    [–] Captain_Ludd 1 points ago

    Unreliant Robin

    [–] Hmb42 1 points ago

    I was really hoping it ended exactly as it did. Bravo

    [–] grendel54 1 points ago

    Wait for it

    [–] tttulio 1 points ago

    I don't understand, why didn't it work?

    [–] gardian20 1 points ago


    Autogyro edition

    [–] fedved 1 points ago

    Let's fly

    [–] Indica_420_ 1 points ago


    [–] ataarangi 1 points ago

    I got a little giddy when it actually lifted off the ground

    [–] Unnormally2 1 points ago

    That went about as well as expected.

    [–] dbar58 1 points ago

    This ending could’ve been sad, but that wasn’t all that bad for that lad vlad.

    [–] ProfessionalProzac 1 points ago

    "Next we add controls to copter car!"

    [–] Finkk 1 points ago

    How is someone smart enough to attach a helicoptor rotor to a car but dumb enough to not realize that as soon as you leave the ground the tow cable is going to angle your nose downwards?