Ford nucleon concept car. The ford nucleon concept car. The nucleons reactor core called a power capsule in nucleon speak was designed to last 5000 miles between exchanges. The ford nucleon is a concept car developed by ford in 1957 designed as a future nuclear powered car one of a handful of such designs during the 1950s and 60s.
The ford nucleon was a scale model concept car developed by ford motor company in 1958 as a design on how a nuclear powered car might look. The ford nucleon concept was constructed in 1958 and there was only one ever constructed. The unusual form of.
The ford nucleon concept car with optional tailfins. More interesting concept cars how audi killed the mid engined quattro. The concept was only demonstrated as a scale model.
The mid 1950s were a time of boundless optimism in the united states. This vehicle was intended to be powered by a small nuclear reactor which would be housed in the rear. Fords nucleon concept wearing current livery.
In spite of the nucleons flaws its designers deserve a nod for their slapdash ingenuity. The unusual form of this concept was dictated by its reactor the same type found on nuclear submarines at the time which dictated the long flat shape of its rear end. Such hot swaps no pun intended would be performed by the modern equivalent of a.
Cars such as the nucleon illustrate the extent to which research into the future is conducted at ford motor company and point up the designers unwillingness to admit that a thing cannot be done simply because it has not been done in reality the ford nucleon only ever existed as a design and engineering concept. Ford never produced a working prototype nevertheless the nucleon remains an icon of the atomic age. Although it was just a scale model ford wanted to show that you could in theory based on scientific knowledge at the time power a car with steam and uranium fission.
Images courtesy ford motor company. The design did not include an internal combustion engine rather the vehicle was to be powered by a small nuclear reactor in the rear of the vehicle based. The ford nucleon was a concept designed to explore the viability of a nuclear powered car in 1957.
It sounds like a nuclear experiment and funnily enough thats exactly what the ford nucleon was.