A London Skyscraper Is Melting Cars With A Solar-Powered Death Ray
The "Walkie-Talkie" skyscraper has been accused of partially melting a Jaguar that was parked in the wrong place. The buildings are fighting back. Updated: You can also fry an egg with it.
London newspaper City AM reports that the skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street - commonly known as "the Walkie-Talkie" - has damaged several vehicles parked close to it by melting them with the sun's rays.
The problem is that one side of the Walkie-Talkie - which is still under construction - is effectively a giant curved mirror.
So when the sun is in the right position, the building focuses the light into one spot...
...creating a potentially car-melting beam of intense heat.
City AM reports that multiple vehicles were damaged by the sunbeam last week.
For example, the sunlight warped some of the panels on businessman Martin Lindsay's (very expensive) Jaguar XJ beyond repair.
The van looks a total mess – every bit of plastic on the left hand side and everything on the dashboard has melted, including a bottle of Lucozade that looks like it has been baked.
The building's developers say they are investigating - and, as a precaution, have banned parking in the affected spots.