Tesla once boldly declared that one day they will launch a Roadster equipped with air-conditioning propellers to achieve truly ridiculous acceleration.Whether this will happen remains to be seen, but [Engineering After Hours] Decided to try this technology It’s on a remote control car.
The propeller uses a pair of disposable CO2 canisters to provide 1770 grams of thrust through a convergent-divergent nozzle. The system is driven by a servo system and a simple valve, which emits high-pressure carbon dioxide to help the car accelerate. Paired with sticky tires and powerful brushless motors, the plan aims to try to beat Tesla’s claimed 1.1 second 0-60 mph acceleration number for propeller-driven sports cars.
Unfortunately, the high center of gravity of the remote control car caused stability problems, mainly due to the installation of the propeller itself. In addition, the weight of the car is about 4.3 kg, which means that the thruster can only add 0.5 grams of acceleration to the car.
Although this car did not reach 0-60 times quickly, the air-conditioned thrusters seen on the RC car are still very tidy. It may not beat Tesla like some of the earlier projects, but it is still cool. Video after the break.