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Cars & Bikes: Cyber Cycles

Jacques GIGA Staff IconYou all know how I am about wheels (if you don’t, now you do) and me being a big fan of the sci-fi genre makes me want to know what the future looks like for our favorite status symbol of the iconic “rebel”.
My search led me on an arduous  journey across uncharted territories and some of the most dangerous and unpredictable domains that could be found in the seediest parts of what is  called “The internet”.  Exotic designs and some as preposterous as turtles skydiving, filled the landscape.  I must admit, I can see that as a society we have produced a respectable number of innovators, magnificent thinkers, designers, and trailblazers.  A few images caught my eye that I’d like to share with all of you GIGA:geeks reading this.

1) The VentureOne – Concept/prototype

Imagine if you will, the freedom, speed, and power of a basic crotch Rocket (Sports motorcycle), coupled with the reclined riding position of a chopper, mixed with an enclosure to make riding in all-weather sensible, add the semi-familiar economy car interior and you now have my run-on description of this incredibly nifty highway worthy personal vehicle.

The VentureOne is the innovative creation of Ian Bruce, co-founder of Venture Vehicles.  Venture has pushed the envelope with this spotlight worthy work of art and ingenuity. This three-wheeler for the U.S. market offers the familiar feel of the “Lean” or “Tilt”  that core motorcycle enthusiasts that are accustomed to.   Simple mechanics: Turn the wheel, the car tilts into the turn.  How simple is that?

A unique 2-passenger plug-in hybrid vehicle, the VentureOne boasts a whopping 100 miles per gallon.  Reminiscent of a 2012 600cc Yamaha FZ6R, it can accelerate from 0-60 in approx. 6 seconds and pretty impressive top speed of over 100 mph.  Of course I haven’t the pleasure of driving this creature but I can only imagine how exhilarating of an experience it must be.  This vehicle almost immerses the driver into a cockpit like land-based jet fighter.

In the end this for me is a definite option, being a best of all worlds all balled up into a revolutionary package of attractive art.

Here’s an official breakdown
“While the same height and length as the MINI Cooper, the driver in the VentureOne sits as high off the road as a BMW 3-series. When combined with its 360 glass canopy effect, the VentureOne not only provides a driver with tremendous road visibility, but adds to a sense of overall driving confidence.

The VentureOne weighs approximately 1,200 pounds in prototype form, with an overall width of 48 inches, a length of 11′ 8″, and a 106 inch wheelbase. The engine is located in the rear of the vehicle at a low height. The passenger compartment and the front wheel tilt when cornering; however, the forces are aligned with the vertical axis of the driver’s body, resulting in the driver being pressed into the seat rather than pushed across it.

Although classified as a motorcycle according to the NHTSA (since it has three wheels), the VentureOne has an enclosed body. The reinforced roll-cage construction in combination with front-and-side-impact protection, and a highly efficient passenger restraint system, give the occupants a level of protection comparable to conventional cars or statistically, 33 times the safety of a typical motorcycle.”

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2) Tron Lightcycle – Concept/prototype

I don’t think I have to verbalize just how Nuckin Futz the idea is of having an authentic replica of Steven Lisberger’s 1982 Tron light-cycle parked outside of a restaurant waiting for you after stopping to enjoy a Philly cheese-steak with extra jalapenos.  The talented and dedicated crew at Parker Brothers Concepts (no relations to the game guys) have delivered, to the delight of Tron fans globally, a geeks ultimate dream. Running on an electric motor and lithium ion batteries, the electric Tron Light cycle purports reaching a top speed in excess of 100 mph minutes and is able to travel approx. 100 miles on a single charge with 35 minute recharge time in between.  With fiber carbon laminated rims and custom wheels, this street legal beast can run on electric or gas depending on preference.  This is a historic event for geeks from all walks and from what I could gather purchasing one of the bikes also gets you a theme appropriate bike helmet similar to the ones in the movie.  calm down, breathe.

As of now lotsoloot.com reported that “there are only five in existence and they were auctioned off on ebay this past summer with a starting price of $35,000”.
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And remember my fellow GIGA: geeks… for this moment,  envy, covetousness, jealousy, are all perfectly acceptable at this very moment.  Gaze at beauty in incarnate…

So, I hope I gave you fans of Cars & Bikes something to look forward to; the future looks bright indeed my people, bright indeed.

Other Great Designs I came across during my travels around the web.
Enjoy!
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Tron vehicle concept art

Tron vehicle concept art
Jacques A Montemoiño