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Yes, this giant V8-powered roller skate actually runs and rolls

By on February 14, 2022 0

Once upon a time, long before hoverboards or scooters, even before rollerblades and skateboards, there were roller skates. People would head to the indoor rinks, put on those roller boots, and usually spend the next hour perfecting the art of trying to look cool while falling. Constantly. Hey, it was the 1970s. There were worse ways to get hurt.

It was also not uncommon to see servers at the local drive-in restaurant wearing roller skates, bringing food to customers in cars while displaying exceptional poise. That’s where this crazy car-sized roller skate gets its inspiration, and yes, it’s a real car. A single seat at the top is where the driver sits, surveying the world from a 14-foot perch while a Chevrolet V8 engine rumbles below. People, say hello to the Roller Skate Car.

This wild ride is obviously completely custom, right down to its frame which was built from a mishmash of parts. Power comes from a 5.7-liter Chevy V8, which runs through a solid-axle automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. You won’t find a driveshaft, however, as the engine and transmission sit well above the axle. Instead, a chain extends to the differential, and if that seems like a sketchy setup, consider it a ginormous fiberglass roller skate. the whole thing is summary.

It’s not a joke either. It’s 14 feet tall but only 13 feet long, and with such a short wheelbase, it’s not the most stable vehicle in the world. The top speed is said to be around 20mph, but it’s unclear if this is a mechanically limited speed or just the point at which the driver risks certain death by going any faster. This is all the more true since the car has no suspension. The only advantage of the running gear comes from the four slick drag tires, chosen not for grip but because they look like big roller skate wheels.

It’s not fast. It’s a bit tippy to drive. It’s not practical from a distance. But there’s no denying that it’s damn cool. And in the ever-expanding world of weird car projects, it’s safe to say you’ll never see anything else quite like it.