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Posted on by Alex Julian 4

CLEVER stands for Compact Low Emission VEhicle for URban Transport and is the result of three years of research and design. This vehicle combines the safety of a microcar, and the useful maneuverability of a motorbike, all while powered by a natural gas fueled engine.


This vehicle that looks a lot like the Brinks Dynamics Carver is powered by a 230cc BMW engine modified by the Institute Français du Pétrole to accept the natural gas. This engine produces 17 hp and a maximum torque of 15.5 Nm at 6,300 rpm giving the CARVER a top speed of 62 mph. The gas bottle fuel tanks provide a range of approximately 93 miles.


This three-wheel vehicle leans, just as a motorcycle during cornering (exactly like the Carver) using two hydraulic actuators to rotate the cabin around a maximum of 45° each way. The system is controlled by a computer which calculates the desired lean angle by taking into account speed, tilt angle of the cabin, and lateral acceleration.

Posted on by Shrawan Raja 3

Turkey is famous for its carpets and sweets and within a few years it could well become the green counterpart of Detroit. Cars like the Antro Solo could be mass produced there and exported to parts of the world. Antro what? Let me explain.

The Antro Solo is a three-seater, 600 pound, 100 mpg, 87 mph car. It will be all yours for just $18,000 in the year 2012. Built entirely of carbon fiber and composites, the power to run the car comes from not one or two, but four sources: gas, battery, solar panels and... PEDALS !

more pedaling after the jump

Source: Autofiends
Posted on by Alex Julian 3

Brinks Dynamics Carver is a different type of vehicle, one that steers like a car but banks like a motorcycle. Perfect for driving through traffic the Carver offers you speed, maneuverability and a modest fuel consumption of 49 mpg. It banks from left to right in just a second. This unrivalled agility lets you cope with any emergency situation, avoid obstacles, and makes for sheer exhilarating fun.

Brinks Dynamics Carver

Carver, developed by aeronautical engineers, has a jetfighter-like cockpit hiding the integral welded steel chassis providing safety for the driver and passenger. The front window merges with the body-colored roof panel that can be easily detached to enjoy a panoramic view from all angles. The most important thing of this vehicle is the Dynamic Vehicle Control system which automatically adjusts the tilt angle of the cockpit to the speed and acceleration of the vehicle, enabling the Carver to lean before cornering, while the power assisted front wheel steering and active rear wheel steering offers stability.

Posted on by Alex Julian 2

More strange environmentally friendly vehicles appear on the roads these days. The Cree SAM is one of them. Produced by a Swiss company Cree Ltd in 2001, Cree SAM is a pretty good looking vehicle, even cool if you think its looks like a cockroach is cool. This 3-wheeled environmentally friendly zero emissions vehicle powered by an electric motor is made from aluminum backbone chassis and independent front suspension with a transverse leaf spring. It also has safety measures like three-point seatbelts along with an integrated roll bar, and it weighs only 1,500 pounds.

Cree SAM

The Cree SAM is powered by a 15kW motor that produces 80Nm of torque and uses for “fuel” six individual batteries which produces 168 volts. The batteries can be recharged in 6 hours (70% in 2 hours), and offer a range of just 43 miles. With two people on board (seats are arranged in tandem and protected by the air-filled, double wall, thermoplastic body) the vehicle can reach 30mph in 7 seconds, and a top speed of 53 mph.

Posted on by Alex Julian 5

The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled micro-car manufactured in 1963 and 1964 by the Manx Peel Engineering Company. This strange ugly car was designed as a town car and was advertised as capable of seating “one adult and a shopping bag”.

Peel P50

Recognized by the Guinness World Records as the smallest street-legal car the P50 is just 53 in long and 39 in wide, with a weight of only 132 lb. The vehicle’s only door was on its left side, and equipment included a single windscreen wiper, and only one headlight. Standard colors were Daytona White, Dragon Red, and Capri Blue. Most of the interior space is occupied by a single seat, constructed in hammock form over a steel tubular frame. The foot controls were of normal car type, and a hand lever was provided to start the engine, with gear selection via a quadrant mounted lever on the steering column. Instrumentation was non-existent, with even the speedometer being considered unnecessary on such a small vehicle.

The P50 shone in a variety of tests including a 15 mile road test in London, where it completed the route a full 30 minutes ahead of a saloon car of the day.

Posted on by Alex Julian 3

Messerschmitt Tg500 Tiger is a mini car that was build from 1957 to 1961, as a four-wheeled, high-performance version of Fritz Fend’s Messerschmitt car by a German company caled Messerschmitt. Messerschmitt was founded in 1923 by Willy Messerschmitt to build light airplanes, and by 1926 had expanded into transport planes, but after the Second World War a large part of the Messerschmitt plant had been destroyed, and in addition, Germany was prohibited from producing airplanes so they decided to build pretty unusual vehicles called bubble cars.

Messerschmitt Tg500 Tiger

The advantage of the bubble car over the motorcycle or motor scooter was that they kept their occupants warm and dry. The disadvantages were that they looked odd, and usually had inferior performance.

Posted on by Alex Julian 2

Twike offers you futuristic design, forward-looking technology, low energy consumption and high efficiency, a revolutionary driving experience and tomorrow’s mobility for today’s people.


What is this strange vehicle? Twike is a human-electric hybrid vehicle designed to carry two passengers and cargo. It can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power mode. Pedaling extends the range of the vehicle but does not substantially add to the vehicle’s top speed. The vehicle cannot be driven solely by using pedal power. Regenerative antilock braking captures energy from deceleration to recharge computer-controlled batteries.

The Twike’s aerodynamic shape, constructed of lightweight materials (like aluminum and plastic), is as efficient flowing through the air as it is pleasing to the eye, and the soft convertible top adds to the fun of driving. Different models, options, and colors offer room for individual expression.

Posted on by Alex Julian 3

Do you think that all strange and bizarre vehicles are build today? You are wrong; many of them were built a long time ago.

A good example of a strange car build 74 years ago is the McQuay Norris Streamliner produced in 1934 and built to be driven by McQuay-Norris. The McQuay-Norris Streamliner’s chassis and running gear were based on a unmodified 1932-33 Ford V8, and the aerodynamic bodywork was made from steel sheet metal attached to wood framing, with the exception of the doors, which were aluminum. The windows were made from Plexiglas.

McQuay Norris Streamliner

This vehicle was not created in an attempt to break any land-speed records, instead it was intended as rolling test beds and promotional vehicles for the McQuay-Norris Company of St. Louis, which manufactured replacement pistons, rings, bearings and other automotive bits and pieces that one might need in order to rebuild an automobile engine or chassis. This is the main reason why the interior was fixed with many dials and instruments to observe performance and engine condition.

Posted on by Alex Julian 3

What happens when you take an engine from a tank and put it in to a car? You create something special, you create the Blastolene Special and you sell it to who else than Jay Leno!

This car that looks like a roadster on steroids was build by Randy Grubb. He used a 29-liter WWII M47 Patton tank engine that produces 810bhp (@2800rpm) and 1560 pound-feet (@2400rpm) of torque and an aluminum and wood body obtaining a car that weighs only 9500 pounds which is 1/11th the weight of the original tank from which the engine was used.

At the beginning there were some problems with the Blastolene Special, but after the implication of Jay Leno the car was a success. Thanks to his recommendations the car has an Allison HD4060 6-speed transmission, the engine was powered up to 1600 horsepower and they even succeeded an astonishing 5 mpg.

Posted on by Alex Julian 5

Quovis is a strange car specially build o be driven directly from a wheelchair for those with reduced or impaired mobility.

Vexel Quovis

In essence, Quovis is a smart, fully automatic city car offering all of the advantages of style, image and practicality along with unparalleled ease of access for those wishing to drive without transferring from their wheelchair. A single press of the remote control key fob instructs the rear tailgate and integral compact ramp system to immediately and smoothly deploy, affording unhindered access to the driving position where the wheelchair is solidly secured.

Vexel Quovis

The ramp and the tailgate automatically close when you turn the ignition key. Dual electronic accelerator ‘paddles’ are mounted directly onto the steering wheel, which is in itself electronically assisted to offer super responsive power steering, whilst braking is achieved manually via an extended left hand push lever.

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