Didn't You Always Want To Be A Test Driver? This Would Be Your Cubicle

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
didn t you always want to be a test driver this would be your cubicle

Imagine barreling down the road in a hot prototype. Now you don’t have to imagine anymore, because these pictures, taken on the first day of the annual conference of the Japan chapter of the SAE, show you in graphic detail what your workplace would look like. Like a mess.

You would be surrounded by a maze of wires. Your stick shift would be encased in something that makes a chastity belt look like a piece of lingerie. In the next turn, the laptop will smash into your head.

Stay clear from any pedestrians, because with these things on your wheels, you will drag a pedestrian a long, long way.

Do you still want to be a professional test driver? Kyowa, the company that outfits vehicular torture chambers the world over, will be happy to be of service.

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  • Icemilkcoffee Icemilkcoffee on May 23, 2012

    What is up with the double steering wheels?

    • Greg Locock Greg Locock on May 27, 2012

      That's so you can measure steering wheel torque and and angle independent of the car's electronics. It also lets you fit a steering robot easily. That's not as fancy as it sounds, just a belt and a pulley and an electric motor.

  • AKADriver AKADriver on May 24, 2012

    At least you get a really nice white-stitched Nardi Classico.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.
  • Wjtinfwb I've seen worse on the highways around Atlanta, usually with a refrigerator or washer wedged into the trunk and secured with recycled twine...
  • Wjtinfwb Surprising EB Flex hasn't weighed in yet on it being the subject of a recall...