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February 15, 2006 1:08 PM   Subscribe

The Nissan Terranaut. Quite the vehicle.
posted by The Jesse Helms (47 comments total)

 
Meh. It looks like it was made from Legos and an Erector Set.
posted by Mijo Bijo at 1:13 PM on February 15, 2006


Hey, you seen that new BT-16?
posted by keswick at 1:13 PM on February 15, 2006


Slap a fifty cal on top and we're good to go.

Goooooooooo Joe!

Oh, its not a toy car? Okay then, it looks like what would happen if a bunch of scientist took over "Pimp My Ride".
posted by fenriq at 1:15 PM on February 15, 2006


Plus, they have dodgygeezer's flying car.


posted by caddis at 1:15 PM on February 15, 2006


It's for scientist, but how long before a soccer mom is driving it to the corner store to pick up a six pack of bottled water?
posted by a47danger at 1:16 PM on February 15, 2006


So who gets to sit in that center back seat, Mr. Sulu?
posted by Relay at 1:17 PM on February 15, 2006


Can you name the truck with four wheel drive,
Smells like a steak, and seats thirty five?
Canyonero! Canyonero!
Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down
It's the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown
Canyonero! Canyonero!
Hey, hey!
Twelve yards long, two lanes wide,
Sixty five tons of American pride!
Canyonero! Canyonero!
Top of the line in utility sports,
Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!
Canyonero! Canyonero!
She blinds everybody with her super high beams
She's a squirrel-squashin', deer-smackin' drivin' machine
Canyonero! Canyonero! Canyonero!
Whoa, Canyonero! Whoa!
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:19 PM on February 15, 2006


Needs robot arms.
posted by furiousthought at 1:19 PM on February 15, 2006


Hey, you seen that new BT-16?

Yeah, some of the other guys were telling me about it. I hear it's quite a thing to see.
posted by JekPorkins at 1:21 PM on February 15, 2006


By "scientist", I assume they mean "spook" as anyone who works in hard science barely has enough money to pay for new test tubes, much less a new "Terranaut".

But for NSA monitoring, wiretaps, covert surveillance, Tom Clancy movies... oh yeah.
posted by GuyZero at 1:22 PM on February 15, 2006


Does it have targeting and elimination munitions?
posted by clearlynuts at 1:23 PM on February 15, 2006


Hey cool! it has an ashtray!
posted by Gungho at 1:24 PM on February 15, 2006


This is why i hate concept cars (where hate equals find deeply fascinating). They promise all sorts of nifty things and they never make them.
posted by quin at 1:24 PM on February 15, 2006


Hey, you seen that new BT-16?

Sweet.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 1:29 PM on February 15, 2006


I WANT ONE!
posted by jefgodesky at 1:41 PM on February 15, 2006


This is why i hate concept cars (where hate equals find deeply fascinating). They promise all sorts of nifty things and they never make them.

Too right.
posted by gurple at 1:41 PM on February 15, 2006


Being part of the target demographic, I have to say that this just looks like concept wankery. Who cares about GPS in the CAR for crying out loud? You do your landmarking at the sampling site. Where's the space for the 20 cases of gear I have to bring? Where's the bar on the front for the winch? The hitch on the back for the rope tie-off? Where's the bench space? Does it have a generator/inverter on board?

I'll stick with our cube vans, trailers and minivans, thanks.

Also, ditto GuyZero's comment. Who can afford this thing?
posted by bonehead at 1:44 PM on February 15, 2006


I hope it has a generously-sized cup holder.
posted by anthill at 1:50 PM on February 15, 2006


Meh. Nissan makes either hideously ugly or completely disinteresting cars, depending on the model.

This is an example of the former.
posted by wakko at 1:54 PM on February 15, 2006


I like the other concept car that Nissan is showing: the Pivo.

It's pretty cool, compact, and shares a name with the Czech word for beer.
posted by JMOZ at 1:58 PM on February 15, 2006


The Rampage concept linked off is much more interesting.

That Bronco concept is interesting but the trim looks fairly delicate for a 4X4
posted by Mitheral at 2:03 PM on February 15, 2006


It needs a dome that the back seat could rise up into, to fire the gatling gun. What? No gatling gun! What's the point?
posted by doctor_negative at 2:04 PM on February 15, 2006


Could someone define "metalled roads". I can only think of train tracks...
posted by Cranberry at 2:10 PM on February 15, 2006


Now you can cruise Damnation Alley in style!
posted by sourwookie at 2:17 PM on February 15, 2006


Let me guess, no cup holders?
posted by blue_beetle at 2:18 PM on February 15, 2006


Pfft! Real Terranauts with a good crew only drive 'Merican, like the Overland Train or (with all-weather tires) the Antarctic Snow Cruiser.
posted by cenoxo at 2:18 PM on February 15, 2006


And here I thought a Terranaut was a terrorist who attacked from space.
posted by mach at 2:24 PM on February 15, 2006


Really futuristic-looking for a machine that's based on 19th-century technology.

Make it work without using dead dinosaurs, and then I'll be impressed.
posted by Afroblanco at 2:24 PM on February 15, 2006


Cranberry: it's British for "paved roads".
posted by Mars Saxman at 2:44 PM on February 15, 2006


Nissan will soon bring a cool, futuristic car to the States: the Cube.
posted by zonkout at 2:46 PM on February 15, 2006


zonkout: your Cube looks a whole lot like the Scion Xb.
posted by boo_radley at 2:53 PM on February 15, 2006


Does it have room for pepsi blue in the back?

I mean, this is just another of the dozens of concept cars that come out every year from every manufacturer, right?
posted by shmegegge at 2:57 PM on February 15, 2006


A return to digital spedometers? I thought those went out because they weren't as good as a relative speed indicator.

Does it come with two batteries for all the pieces that appear to rely on power, like the instrument gauges?

Paint it black and let John Clancy fanboys ride around in it.
posted by infowar at 2:58 PM on February 15, 2006


Yeah, but the Scion comes with its own culture!
posted by Citizen Premier at 3:03 PM on February 15, 2006


Before I started reading the comments, I had this vision of Ernest Borgnine sitting in the back, saying, "They're locked onto us, String! Get us out of here!"

Er....I'll get my coat....
posted by TeamBilly at 3:09 PM on February 15, 2006


What about these "holladecks" mentioned in the articles? Where can I get one? Do I have to listen to hip-hop to get one?
posted by Slothrop at 3:15 PM on February 15, 2006


Hey, thanks, but I'd Rathanaut.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 3:31 PM on February 15, 2006


Sweet Zombie Jesus On A Pogo Stick! Quick, somebody tell me who I need to kill to get one of these ...
posted by kaemaril at 3:37 PM on February 15, 2006


shame it only drives in circles via the backseat.
posted by isopraxis at 4:05 PM on February 15, 2006


I love the 'teacups' ride in the back.
I like the whole design, though.
posted by Busithoth at 4:15 PM on February 15, 2006


That Pivo linked above is actually uglier than a Scion. It looks like they modernized Cinderella's horse-drawn coach.
posted by smackfu at 4:24 PM on February 15, 2006


The Jesse Helms,

I have long argued that our "torture" should consist of putting terrorists up at a five star resort, and giving them a television, the television will only play (at first) shows featuring mild sexuality. Then slowly it will upgrade to skinimax, then finally full blown porn. The only bevages available in the fridge will be organic micro brews. On the day that they finally crack down and start masturbating we send in two hookers. When the ordeal is over, we bring them into a debriefing room and say,

"See guys, what was all the fuss about, isn't the American dream fucking awesome? Tell us about those plans to kill people, and we'll bring some twins next time."
posted by sourbrew at 7:34 PM on February 15, 2006


damn wrong thread
posted by sourbrew at 7:34 PM on February 15, 2006


Wow. Can you imagine how fast one of these would get jacked and stripped? A computer console in the back?
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:51 PM on February 15, 2006




I swear that sky was made in Bryce...
posted by gren at 8:09 PM on February 15, 2006


BT-16?
posted by asok at 10:46 PM on February 15, 2006


The "Terranaut" concept reminds me of Ark II, which I coincidentally rediscovered yesterday.

Anyone else remember this cheesy but idealistic Saturday morning live-action show from the '70s?
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:58 AM on February 16, 2006


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