Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The SUM-V Sport Utility MiniVan

There are several major drawbacks to using an SUV. They are enormously large, heavy, and suffer from very poor fuel efficiency ratings. However, they have a lot of room and can travel on uneven terrains.

To bypass the drawbacks of the SUV, I propose the SUM-V. It would be a minivan designed vehicle with suicide doors instead of sliders and a suitably sized engine.

The SUM-V would have a butterfly suspension like passenger cars instead of the ladderback as on trucks and SUVs. This would improve the vehicle's handling and comfort, allowing lighter shocks, reducing weight, and not requiring such a burden on the engine. The minivan style can also enjoy lower suspension than a standard SUV, giving it yet better handling and turning capabilities and ignoring the infrequently used offroading status.

I would give the vehicle a pair of rollbars and a double-hulled style roof and exterior, but otherwise make the center of gravity very low. It would be equipped with a CVT to provide more torque and power per engine cc.

Depending on technology and options, I could equip the SUM-V with an X-firing hydrogen engine producing around 200BHp to provide 150-180Hp on the road. At an estimated 7.1BHp/cc, this would require an almost 30cc engine.

It could also be equipped with a supercharged X-firing petroleum injection engine providing a similar amount of power. Since the engine would redline at such high levels and reach model compression rates, it could likely be only a 1-2 liter contraption when coupled with the CVT.

I could also fit it with a standard clean diesel V6 at probably a 3 liter level. Or an uncharged petroleum engine at 4 liters and they would all produce about 200BHp within their spin ranges.

The SUM-V should not look like a minivan. Miniven are for mothers and teenagers. The hood should advance like a car's hood, and be wide and flattish. The wheels could be slightly accented or sheer, as could the full trunk. The exhaust should be suitable for the engine to breathe without bottleneck and be treated with the Italian cement coating catalytic converter to reduce pollution [in the case of petroleum/carbon fuel].

[Hmm. Do the carbon stems from post-exhaust fill the atmosphere and in their low-energy state seek to bond with otherwise high-energy particles, reducing the energy level of those otherwise stable bits? This could be the chemical representation of a depression of energy, where it has been turned into motion.]

This vehicle would have all of the advantages of the SUV, but be far superior in efficiency and it's equal in comfort and usability.



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