Any child who's spent any time in the tub with a balloon-powered boat knows firsthand that compressed air can move stuff. The professor and students of an industrial design course at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University think that the same principle work to move a larger toy fast enough to a land-speed record. The idea first came to professor Simon Curlis while recovering from a motorcycle accident. The body of the design was based on a Suzuki GP100 from the 1970s. The motorbike is still a concept, however, as Edwin Conan, the student who headed the design project, and Curlis continue to look for funding to turn design into reality. Curlis plans to use a better frame than the vintage Suzuki GP100 used for the class project.
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