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There are still frictional losses. Traction = Friction. Magnets instead of wheel bearings doesn't mean zero losses. Also, I'm probably just dense this morning but I'm not seeing how power is transferred to those tires, and how control inputs are given.
Originally posted by heavyfuel like fuck if I ever want a toy that has an engine. Bikes, sleds, quads, no fuckin way. I much prefer to get on a mountain bike and earn it like a man. Real toys don't have engines. "Motor" and "sport" should never be associated with each other if you ask me.
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Think of it as the fixed magnet stator on a electric motor - the ball has dozens of fixed magnets around its circumference - electro magnets mounted in fender - roughly same location - then you just alter magnetic fields to make motion / lift / etc happen.
someone did a really cool kinex build of one a few years back... was pretty awesome if you could keep accurate position of the ball.
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They'd probably mount all the maglev systems to an independent subframe which would be dampened from the body conventionally or with solenoids/magnetic suspension.
By the time a vehicle like that is designed and built I'd have to imagine it would include a system which mapped the road and fed a processing system to preload or prepare the suspension in advance of road undulations. Maybe an avoidance system for critically large road deviations/potholes.
Itll be neat for sure.
Originally posted by ZenOps I say we slow down the spinning of the earth so that there is 25 hours in the day.