"X.P.A.C. 400 AIR CAR"
This car is a ground effects machine and rides on a five inch cushion of air and can run on land or water, has no wheels, transmission or rear end. Plus, no frictional moving parts. Air is drawn in through the front and rear openings into the open plenum chamber with outlets through a combination of peripheral jet inserts. Four inch polyethylene circular skirt is installed on the lower portion of the body. Frame construction is of 3/4 inch alloy round tubing and the dimensions are 12′ long, 6′ wide, and 30″ high. Stabilizer fins has an 8' 7" wingspan, plus 53" high. All panels are hand formed from 040 half hard aluminum, by Jack Sutton.
Power is two jet aircraft starter motors 24 volt D.C., 4 horse power that turns 40,000 rpm at 300 amps. This is reduced 8 to 1 to absorb the amount of load combination of horsepower. Balanced 20 inches cast aluminum fans push 11,800 C.I.M. free flow & under ₖ″ static water pressure has 7,600 C.I.M., dry weight of the car is 422 pounds including all the accessories. Movement is obtained by a revolving jet nozzle which has an air thrust to the right, left, forward, reverse and stop. Top is vacuum formed by plastic dynamics over a male mold using 100,000 butyrate tinted plastic scoop on the top houses a penta prism rear view mirror which can be seen from the inside of the cab. The headlight is a curved reflective flourescent triple tubes which throws out a clear even light over 100 feet in the front and has no glare on the approaching vehicles. Frys plastic of LA has ⅛″ red translucent plastic with a reflective backing insert, in the complete rear fin taillight assembly. Twelve mill ruby red neon lights heated blown to fit the contour in each fin and lites up the complete area. Frosted white plastic is fitted into the front headlight for protection with a hand formed chrome rim and grille combination. White circular suction cups are installed on the sides of the body for steps plates.
Gold checkered plastic covers are used over the openings of the large tunnels to the blower for protection from the blades. Air stream indicators are mounted into the grille to register the amount of speed while going through the air since there are no wheels or rear end. contoured curved body formed unbreakable fiberglass bucket seat is installed in the cockpit with a waist high safety belt. Air foam is used by Roy Gilbreth to fill the inside white pearl naugahyde covered seat and white plush rugs.
There is an impact adjustable air foam headrest on a gold coil spring. The phono-vision, new dial telephone with a vision screen which enables you to see who you are talking to when dialed in with the double transfer T.V. camera and microphone. Six square inch television screen is mounted into the dash and is operated on any wave length from a transformer. Radar screen is also mounted on the dash and sends waves to pick up size of obstruction on the highway. Complete car is operated by sound waves and will demonstrate the controls by a small push button box unit 50 feet away from the car. Start, stop, right, left, and on, off of the neon lighting system is all done by wireless remote control. All electronics are on circuit breakers, racheted relays and solanoids engineered by Earl Wilson.
Body paint of nitro cellulose lacquer 35 coats of imported swedish pearl of essence which is made of crushed fish scales and added crushed diamond dust, then colored in Kandy translucent red, white and blue. This car was designed and built to be demonstrated for the public showing how an air operates and is mounted on a guide rail for safety. All exterior trim has been gold plated for added attraction. All engineering and styling on this car has been used for today's vehicles.