True Horse Power Vehicle

Now that’s as real horse power as you’ll ever get!

When you first look at the Naturmobil it resembles a normal, modern stagecoach, but as soon as you see the horse in the back, standing on some kind of treadmill, you start to sense something is fishy. The Naturmobil is the ultimate horse-powered vehicle, because unlike other modern cars it’s powered by an actual horse. Naturmobil is a symbol of helping to save the environment and proves how easy it is to build a vehicle that doesn’t need fossil fuel, all you need is a strong horse and a bit of imagination. That brings us to how the Naturmobil functions: you get the horse in the back on the conveyor belt, a pneumatic system lifts the front a little so the horse starts walking naturally. The power of its walking goes into a 36-gear gearbox and makes the car reach a speed of 25-30km/h, but on a long straight road it can even reach 70-80km/h. And don’t worry about the horse, the vehicle’s official site says, sensors in the suspension sense when the temperature of the horse gets to high, or it gets to tired, a DC motor steps in and runs Naturmobil at a constant speed. The horse also has several food and water recipients and even a doo-doo disposal system, so he’s quite comfortable.

I’m really a fan of environment-friendly vehicles, so any prototypes, no matter how wacky they are, have my deepest appreciation!


















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Feedback (19 Comments)

  • Jimbo Posted on May 8, 2008

    I hope he’s got an air conditioner hooked up as well, otherwise both he and the horse will cook in that greenhouse.

  • Em Posted on May 8, 2008

    Seems a whole lot of effort when you could just have a cart for your horse…

  • alan Posted on May 8, 2008

    I saw this on tv too! I think it is a novel invention. Awesome ingenuity and green too!

  • Aaron Posted on May 8, 2008

    I wonder, did you ever consider RIDING the horse instead of trapping him in some stupid human contraption? Or heres an idea…ride a bike.

  • me Posted on May 8, 2008

    todays word of the day is… “redundant”!

  • dave Posted on May 8, 2008

    that is plain dumb

  • Stephan Sokolow Posted on May 9, 2008

    Cut the guy some slack. If it weren’t for geeks experimenting with odd but entertaining solutions to non-problems just for fun, we wouldn’t have many of the more useful inventions.

  • chelsey murphy Posted on May 9, 2008

    dats so crule. poor hourse i feel real bad 🙁

  • dave Posted on May 15, 2008

    This isn’t cruel – far from it. This provides mechanical advantage to a horse in the same way a bicycle provides mechanical advantage to a human.

    I can carry a 50 pound pack approximately 30 miles in a day, before I’m exhausted. With a bike, I can carry over 100 pounds, over 120 miles in a day before exhaustion. Which method is more efficient?

    The reason it is more efficient to bike than walk is simple. It doesn’t take much energy to move an object perpendicular to gravity. Any force that overcomes friction will do. Walking doesn’t just apply horizontal forces, though. Most of the energy consumed in walking is simply used to keep the body from crashing into the ground. If you can channel some of that fall-prevention energy into forward motion (any type of pushing or pulling) you increase the efficiency of your gait. The horse is pulling more than he would if he was harnessed to the front of this vehicle, but every bit of extra force is applied to forward motion, rather than in fighting gravity. He can travel farther for the same total energy output. A LOT farther, and a LOT faster.

  • skulldaggery Posted on May 21, 2008

    you people don’t get it, he’s trying to take away the horse shoe factor as well keeping the horse as natural as possible, not trapping the horse… did you even look at the pictures?

    It’s not as inhumane as you green dorks might think.

  • PUTTPUTT Posted on June 7, 2008

    The horse is just a decoy. It is meant to be driven by the slaves of the new world order.

  • Enter Your Name Posted on February 9, 2009

    Dave you’re explaining everything logical,,,the “city folke” or “horse lovers” who think this is cruel won’t understand you,,,they’re too stupid and simple minded,,,keep it short and simple please,,,lol

  • nigel Posted on May 11, 2009

    This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen.
    Talk about putting the cart before the horse…

    To those who say this is more efficient way to use 1 HP, horseshit. The contraption weighs way more than a simple cart, so there can’t possibly be any gain in efficiency.

  • tosaw Posted on May 18, 2009

    Nigel, gearing can definitely create gains in efficiency. Look at a winch or a block and tackle to see what I mean.

  • curtis Posted on December 8, 2009

    This is stupid and pointless and a waste of resources.

  • fred schroeder Posted on January 9, 2010

    that is just plains stupid probably something that Al Gore is behind

  • Kenneth Pinyan Posted on May 9, 2010

    Sounds like a project started by the late Kenneth Pinyan. The same kind of ingenuity of Boeing engineer gone weird.

  • Sargonarhes Posted on May 9, 2010

    I’m sorry, but that idea is retarded. Why even put the horse inside on a treadmill when you could just as easily have it pull the darned contraption?