DRIV­ING ON THIN AIR

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - BIT RATE -

Is the ris­ing price of car fuel scar­ing you? Wait till Au­gust this year and you might just have a wish ful­filled out of thin air. Ac­cord­ing to heavy ru­mours on­line, Tata Mo­tors is fi­nal­is­ing its plans for a car that uses com­pressed air to push its en­gine pis­tons. The MiniCAT (CAT stands for Com­pressed Air Trans­port) ap­par­ently has a top speed of 105 kmph and cov­ers 300 km be­fore it re­quires a few min­utes of com­pressed air at a spe­cially de­signed “petrol pump”. It also uses just a litre of vegetable oil for its mov­ing en­gine parts. The Air Car was de­vel­oped by for­mer For­mula 1 en­gi­neer Guy Nè­gre for Lux­em­bourg-based Mo­tor De­vel­op­ment In­ter­na­tional (MDI).

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