Da Vinci's chariot

Leonardo da Vinci

Castle of Clos Lucé

Castle of Clos Lucé

Leonardo da Vinci initially thought about having the tank pulled by horses, but the high likelihood of these being frightened by being enclosed in such a tight and noisy space made him change his mind. As a result, he designed an entire system of cogwheels, lantern pinions and cranks to move the tank powered by "8 men". Fitted with cannons all around and a turret, also armed, this equipment was supposed to push aside the enemy.

Léonard de Vinci pensa d’abord assurer le déplacement de ce char d’assaut par des chevaux. Mais la forte probabilité que ceux-ci, enfermés dans un espace aussi étroit et bruyant, s’emballent l’en dissuada. Il conçut donc tout un système de roues dentées, de lanternes et de manivelles qui assurait le mouvement de l’ensemble servi par“ 8 hommes “. Équipé tout autour de canons et d’une tourelle, elle aussi armée, cet équipage était censé bousculer l’ennemi.

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