Sunday, March 22, 2009

GYM Human-Electric Hybrid Concept Car Packs Entire Health Club Into a Cockpit

Here's something you don't see everyday: A plug-in human-electric hybrid mobile gym concept car, for people who'd like to get in a workout while stuck in traffic.

The GYM Concept Car includes a single-seat cockpit surrounded by a lightweight injection-molded magnesium alloy chassis and built-in exercise machines.

Its maker -- Da Feng, a design student at Coventry University, England -- intended the exterior to resemble a World War II fighter aircraft. The cockpit is reminiscent of a Spitfire.

But it's its innards that are truly remarkable. An electric motor hooked up to a battery pack propels the vehicle. The pack can be charged via a plug-in socket, or by harnessing energy created by the driver using an electricity-generating array of built-in exercise equipment.