Yeah, OK, I’ve been torn about this vehicle. It’s from Lit Motors, and it’s the latest wonderchild of all the tech sites who feel that we need to at least look like we’re living in the 21st Century, even if there’s no real good reason for it. Still, this thing is cool. Maybe I like it just because of the xOoterpod, who knows?
First, it has two wheels. None of this three-wheel foolishness, so that’s a plus. Second, it has respectable specs:
The C-1 will have a top speed of 100+ mph (160+ kph), 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in <6 seconds, and a range of 200 miles (320 km) per charge. Dimensions: 800 lbs. (360 kg) curb weight, 112″ (2.8 m) long, 55″ (1.4 m) tall, 40″ (1 m) wide. As we are not yet at production, all figures are best estimates.
…except for that “will have” bit. Yeah, as far as concept vehicles goes, can you tell I’m a little jaded? Third, yeah, it does have a pretty cool solution to the “It’s cold/windy/raining out and I don’t want to get wet so I’ll drive my car” problem with motorcycles.
I have this thing about design, engineering and physics. Motorcycles, like hammers and frisbees, are almost magically perfect designs. Evolving from bicycles, they somehow balance under power. They’re remarkably efficient. They bring something to the experience of operating them that is hard to even identify, much less figure out the why and wherefore. So why do people (designers and engineers) keep thinking there’s something about them that needs to be improved?
Oh, yeah. They’re saying that all this powerful tech will sell for a mere $24,000. Seriously. That seems impossibly low.
Here are some more shots:
So here’s the thing. Watch this video:
Right? See the last part, where they yank the wheels with a truck? The simulation of it getting hit? The gyro not only keeps it upright when you’re at a stop, but you get the added bonus of riding what might only be described as a bubble in a pool of water – it always stays at the top. Not one of my better analogies, but what can I say? Here’s the thing. What with a respectable top speed, and two wheels, what must this thing be like to ride at some serious cornering speed? Does the gyro enhance, or screw up the natural geometry and cornering of the motorcycle? The 800lb motorcycle, by the way…
This is the Question I must have the Answer to!
There are lots of stories about it, and it’s been around for a few years now so Google may be your best friend for finding out more about it. Here’s the story that got me going on it again, on 7×7. Their Facebook page has more information in an easier to digest form than their website, check that out here. (Why the hell are companies making sites harder, not easier to navigate, in 2013?)
Anyway, this is third in line for my 21st Century Bucket List, after Space Flight and the Jet Pack.
Oh, I almost forgot. Then, there’s this, also from Lit Motors.
Just what the hell am i suppost to think of that? Oh dear…