Even as all the top car tuners have been busy upping the bhp and the aerodynamics stakes now and again to make their cars go that extra bit faster, here is a concept that promises some edge-of-the-seat action with no engine at all. Bamboozled? Yeah, even we were when we first heard this. So the mighty IC engine gets the boot by an even mightier force, mother nature’s gravity. Newton would be kicking in his grave. To end the gibberish and come back to the concept itself, the Silvervogel is one gravity speed machine which is long, low and has all the proverbial looks of a sleek super car, albeit with the one major change we have been harping about, the engine, or rather the lack of it.
The Silvervogel, designed by Jacob Hirzel is a design entry at the extreme gravity series at Irvine. A gravity car in which the driver needs to get into by squeezing himself inside the car via the detachable top half. Once inside, the driver literally sleeps on his back as gravity and the Silvervogel’s aerodyanamics take over to bring the car to hurtle across the hill slope at insane speeds. And if anyone is wondering how you get climb across the hill in the first place, good old human push-power. Stopping is much easier, you have disc brakes all around. Oh! and we love the neat, little merc logo on the front end of the Silvervogel. By the way, Jacob is a transportation design student at the Pforzheim university of applied sciences in Germany.