Ford nucleon model. 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 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. Use the following model template as the foundation for the autopedias model page.
This 38 scale model was built to explore how the future of energy might affect the future of automotive design. Millions of nuclear reactors speeding down the road may or may not. The nucleon model gets some final touches in the ford styling paint studio.
William ford alongside a 38 scale nucleon model the vehicles aerodynamic styling one piece windshield and dual tail fins which are absent in some photographs are reminiscent of spacecraft from 1950s era science fiction but some aspects of the nucleons unique design were more utilitarian. 1958 ford nucleon from hemmings motor news. 1958 ford nucleon a glimpse from the past into an atomic future.
February 2011 mike bumbeck. Instead two scale models were reportedly constructed one in plaster and one in fiberglass. 3d model of ford nucleon 1958 based on a real object created according to the original dimensions.
The concept was only demonstrated as a scale model. The ford nucleon would have been powered by a rear mounted self contained nuclear reactor. 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.
It sounds like a nuclear experiment and funnily enough thats exactly what the ford nucleon was. The ford nucleon concept car. As a concept the ford nucleon is about one step beyond someone saying hey a nuclear car would be cool in other words ford built the model purely as a maybe someday dream car.
The ford nucleon was a car that was going to have a nuclear engine and was going to be the car of the future. Available in various 3d formats.