Tuesday, November 6, 2012
1958 Ford Nucleon Arrow
The Ford Nucleon Concept was constructed in 1958 and there was only one ever constructed. This vehicle was intended to be powered by a small nuclear reactor which would be housed in the rear. A power capsule sat between twin booms in the rear. The capsule contained the radioactive core and provided the power.
An electronic torque convert took the place of the drive-train, with the drive-train being integral with the power module. It was believed the Nucleon would be able to travel at least 5000 miles before requiring a recharge. When the core was drained, it could be brought to a charging station where it could be re-charged.
The front windshield was a one-piece glass and without pillars. The passenger compartment had a cab-forward design and was constructed to provide adequate protection for the driver and the passengers from the reactor in the rear.
A mock-up of this car can be seen at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.