Re: version 3.0: The MR2 gets a gas turbine engine (Project Outline)
i don't see how thrust vectoring solves the "not burning/deafening people behind you" problem. it might be a smaller cone of death but that's it.
Well, if you could angle the thrust slightly into a more vertical plane, you might place the angle of the "cone of death" so that it's basically shooting over the heads of the otherwise victims. 30 degrees? 45 degrees? But then the problem is that you're putting a lot of thrust in a wheelie-inducing vector, which will cause a significant understeer problem, which is already a consideration on a project like this. Plus the problem with the materials for the vector vanes and the controls. So yeah, it would be really really hard for thrust to work here. Not impossible, but difficult enough that running a driveline is probably a better idea. Just have to get over the small problems with that...
ahh, i see what you're saying. but you're somewhat underestimating the magnetism of such a car. I was shocked last weekend with how many people happily walked into the danger area. i had to kill the engine and be rude to a few people because of that. i want to avoid having to do that next time by keeping in consideration that people will just walk over to it while it's running.