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Viking I
Viking I
Digitized resources relating to Viking I. Developed from 1971-1974, Viking I was the first car designed and built at the Vehicle Research Institute. This vehicle was designed to win the Urban Vehicle Design Competition held at General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan. A unique feature of this car was "extreme Ackerman steering" which allowed the car to be parallel parked in a space only 10″ longer than the car. Viking I won the maneuverability and parkability awards and finished 3rd overall in the competition behind the University of British Columbia and the University of Florida.