Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot 's steam powered Fardier (wheeled cart)
was the first self-propelled vehicle in the world,
making him the world's first automotive engineer. He had to design and build the first steam engine
in which steam, at a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure, drove a piston in a cylinder. He also invented a rotary valve activated by the piston to let the steam in and out of the machine’s two cylinders. The vehicle was demonstrated in France in 1770, pulling a five ton artillery cannon.
The original Fardier de Cugnot has been in the collection of the Le Conservatoire de Arts et Metiers,
Paris, France since 1801. Our Fardier is a completely functional, faithful
reproduction that was created from the ground-up by The
Tampa Bay Auto Museum.
The engineers from Polypack and
TBAUTO have given a new lease on life to the Fardier de Cugnot. This is the first time that Nicolas Cugnot's Fardier has run in over 200 years!
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