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6 Wheel Drive Tellus Rover

for exploring Gaia or turning on dimes
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Like the Hummer was developed from the Humvee, an earth rover car should be produced (by NASA and Rover?) as a souped-up Mars Rover replica. At twice the original size, a terra rover would make a trendy two-seater convertible for fun city cruising and parking, or a superior terrain vehicle in the woods or desert.

The electric motors at the wheels could be driven by a fuel cell or hybrided with a combustion engine. The Mars Rover’s 100 watt power would be increased a thousand times to 134 hp and its speed five hundred times from 5 cm/s to 90 km/h.

With its distinctive flat top and unique suspension and steering, finding signs of life would not be a problem; curious admirers would swarm around the space car.

FarmerJohn, Mar 06 2004

rover photo http://www.skyscope...mages/rover2003.jpg
[FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

rover details http://marsrovers.j...t_rover_wheels.html
[FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

your kids can get one http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3995587/
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       With included traffic periscope?
RayfordSteele, Mar 06 2004
  

       And surface ice analyser.
FarmerJohn, Mar 06 2004
  

       []/[]\[] Heavy lifting! Just drive over/under whatever, and draw that mother up! +
dpsyplc, Mar 06 2004
  

       The disadvantage is that every schmuck will snatch one up and they won't be cool anymore. If they're really expensive, to keep the riffraff from buyin' 'em, I could maybe see it.
Eugene, Mar 06 2004
  

       I'll buy that. I mean, really, I'd buy that. +
sartep, Mar 07 2004
  

       Mars Rovers already have up to 8 wheels.
travbm, Nov 02 2015
  
      
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