There is no shortage of 3 wheeled vehicle designs, we’ve shown quite a few here, some look pretty good, some not so good, but these two, competitors in the 2007 Peugeot Design Competition, look absolutely stunning. With all of the attempts over the years to actually build a 3 wheeler, why don’t we get something more like these?
The first one, a tilting 3 wheeler is the Concept LiiON by Sano Cristian from Romania. The name LiiON is a little word play since the Lion symbol is used by Peugeot and this 3 wheeler is powered by an electric motor and lithium ion batteries. The rear wheel contains the electric motor and the front wheels are steered by computer controlled electric motors. Tilt is also computer controlled to match the speed and turning radius with the proper lean angle.
The second is the Fantome by Igor Ozhiganov of the Russian federation. A bit more conventional with internal combustion power it also uses the Osmos hubless wheels. Mudguards cover most of the wheels except for a small area at the bottom.
Both of these entries incorporate hubless wheels in a natural way, not forced for the sake of appearance. Both of these are sleek and elegant and illustrate that 3 wheelers don’t have to be the sometimes awkward vehicles we see when builders drop one of the rear wheels. Yes, these are concepts and would require a lot of work to be put into production or even built as one off show cars but they look really good to me. I can imagine driving one of these and the impression I get is they would be one helluva lot of fun.
By the way, voting on the various entries is now open to the public so if you visit the Peugeot web site you can look through the designs and vote for your favorite.
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