A papercraft Eliica — the world’s coolest eight-wheeled electric car!

There is no way for reasonable adults to argue that the most awesome car on the planet is the Eliica.

It’s an all-electric car developed by Tokyo’s Keio University — and it goes from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds, has a top speed of 230 miles an hour, sports gull-style wings, and has EIGHT WHEELS. As SpaceMart reports:

“We will initially target the wealthy clientele usually using chauffeured cars as well as rich company owners for their private use,” said Hiroichi Yoshida, Keio professor for media and governance in the Eliica project.

“We are talking about something like watches — a machine combining motors and batteries. As its price can fall quickly in the future, we think it’s important to establish a superb brand image first,” he told AFP.

Apparently it’ll cost $260,000 US. For those of us proles who can’t afford that sort of bling — though can anyone afford NOT to have AN EIGHT WHEELED CAR?? — here’s the alternative: A papercraft Eliica! Click here to get the full-color PDF you can print out, cut up, then fold into your own tiny approximation of what the future ought to look like.

(Thanks to Wired for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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