Pedal powered Panzer tank built for crashing parties


A group from Philadelphia PA calling themselves Team pzkpfw decided to recreate a Panzerkampfwagen III, but not entirely according to the original specs. Instead of treads and an engine, they used a system of pedals, gears and chains powered by up to six riders. The team of roughly nine men spent eleven days welding beams and plates, drilling and shaping sprockets, and painting the tank a fearsome pink camouflage. They were planning on crashing the 2nd annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby with it, which they crashed last year in a pirate ship, but they ended up being too tired from their tooling around to actually do it. There’s always next year. Get a look at their promotional video after the break, or if you’ll be in the Philly area soon, “visit the tank on Frankford Ave, just north of Norris St in Philadelphia.”

Comments

  1. Tom says:

    that’s right by my friends house!!

    I can’t wait to stop by and check it out!

  2. James says:

    It’s in Philly? Now these dudes can actually go down the block to the C-Store without getting shot… sweet!

  3. that’s awesome! I oughta do that! I am known as “panzer time,” after all!

  4. tony says:

    It looks like the guy at the beginning is holding a shotgun in one hand, and a PBR in the other. A pounder of course. That’s f-ing awesome!

  5. Wolfin says:

    Ugh, I’m subscribed to HackADay’s RSS feed, and also HackNmod.com’s… I’m noticing that near 100% of your guy’s content is stolen in a day D:

  6. Vin says:

    @tony I don’t remember. It might have been a pounder. We ran out of water so we were using the PBR to cool the masonry bit while drilling to bolt this thing into the concrete pad.

    Anyway, forget the trailer, The full video episode about the tank is online now:

    http://tinyurl.com/49rwfq

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