Although there are countless benefits to making cars light, the process can be seriously expensive. Formula One cars are the lightest, fastest, most advanced pieces of engineering in the motoring world, with prices stretching well into seven (okay, eight or nine) figures.
One well-known backyard inventor has proven common sense and engineering experience aren’t prerequisites for creating crazy multicopters. By strapping a couple of two-stroke parajet motors and propellors to a metal frame, Colin Furze has built a DIY hoverbike that may not give Franky Zapata any sleepless nights, but looks like a sketchy alternative to creations like the Malloy Hoverbike or Aero-X .
As 3D printing techniques improve and the push towards autonomous cars grows stronger, it was only a matter of time before the two technologies were combined to create an autonomous 3D-printed car. That’s exactly what Local Motors has done, putting together an autonomous car to be tested by the boffins at University of Michigan as part of a 12 month trial.