Old-time radio hobbyists are abuzz over the latest prototype vehicle from Chrysler which was unveiled today at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Marking the 110th anniversary of the event, the Motor City's third biggest car maker showed off its revolutionary cat-whisker, crystal-powered subcompact.
Dubbed the "Feline," its design is similar to Buckminster Fuller's1933 Dymaxion. Chrysler's President Tom LaSorda told attendees, "At first we considered steam, but decided to think outside the box with a piezoelectric-powered vehicle."
Critics claim that the weight of the Feline is the car's biggest drawback. But LaSorda laughs at those who dismiss the revolutionary concept car. He points to the safety element.
"Since the Feline clocks-in at 145,000 pounds, any other automobile, or 18-wheeler, or train - for that matter that hits it will immediately be sliced in two. Destroyed. That means our driver will be virtually untouched in the event of an accident."