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Old 10-10-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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It is not often that we get to tell you about a car capable of reaching over 200 km/h, while using less than 2 liters of fuel per 100 km. Yesterday, BMW introduced such a concept vehicle at the company's museum in Munich. With angles like a stealth bomber, the BMW Simple concept is a three-wheeler that measures just 110 centimeters wide. It is meant to combine the protective qualities of an automobile, with the speed and maneuverability of a motorcycle.

The name "Simple" is meant as a first-letter mnemonic, standing for, "A sustainable and innovative mobility product for low energy consumption." It is both lightweight and aerodynamic, helping it to be ultra-efficient. The 450 kilogram vehicle produces 50 grams of CO2 per 100 km.
Built as a solution to urban traffic jams, the car has a shorter length than the MINI Cooper. Despite this, height was kept about level with the BMW 5er to provide a decent level of comfort and headroom.

Performance is aided by an automatic tilting technology, where one side of the car is lifted when going into a corner. The vehicle's hydraulics keep the car stable whether going slow, or if the driver attempts to drift. Despite the respectable top speed, acceleration is much slower than many motorcycles. Utilizing a 48 horsepower engine, the BMW Simple travels from 0 to 100 km/h in about ten seconds.

Also introduced was the BMW Clever concept, or "Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban Transport," first seen in 2006. The seven-year old project is just 3 meters long by 1 meter wide by 1.4 meters tall, and weighs less than 400 kg. It has enough room for two people inside its aluminum space frame.

With a 230 cc CNG engine, the Clever gets to 60 km/h in about seven seconds. It has a top speed of 100 km/h, and a range of 200 km. The low price of compressed natural gas translates to a cost of roughly one euro per 100 km, when carrying two people.

The Clever is surprisingly safe as well, using a Formula One-inspired crash absorbtion system. Special airbags and seatbelts means this car actually complies with Euro NCAP crash testing standards, even in a 56 km/h head-on collision.
Both vehicles are on display now at the BMW Museum in Munich.

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Old 10-10-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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sick. if they could shift the 2 wheel to the front with the engine, it would be practical in new england weather
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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also see the American version in hybrid form Vid and more
http://www.flytheroad.com/index.html
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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Old 10-11-2009, 05:14 AM   #5
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this looks like it was designed in the 80s
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It just needs some S-Foils and a cheeky robotic navigator.
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Why is it that we don't see more three-wheelers on the road in the U.S.? Their small, most likely light weight, could be very fuel efficient and might even be fun to drive. I'd commute the 100 miles (round trip) to work every day in one of those.
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