What a cool concept for an astonishingly bad idea.
Would I take this for a test drive on a closed track? Absolutely. Looks like fun.
Would I own one, or drive one in the city? Nope and hell no. Let’s count the reasons:
- You’re about to have a head-on collision. Here are your options: head first or crotch first. Pass. This thing just turned your helmet into a battering ram with your entire body and a big chunk of the chassis behind it.
- How do you carry anything? If I’m a commuter, headed to the gym or karate class, or a student, chances are I’m carrying something with me. I don’t see anywhere to hang saddle bags, and there’s no way to wear a harness. Do I strap my laptop or other precious cargo to my chest and pray I don’t accidentally drag it across the asphalt?
- If I’m hanging face-down and my arms get tired, or worse, the thing collapses, I’m going to lose a lot of skin. Imagine cruising the highway and suddenly grinding your junk against the asphalt. Yeah, pleasant.
- I’m strapped in by what appears to be a five-point harness that has to be strong enough to support a fair amount of weight, say an average of 180-200 lbs at least, more for larger dudes like me. Now imagine I have to escape from this thing in a hurry for a variety of reasons. Possible? If there’s a quick-release option, is it fail-safe while traveling?
- This thing transforms on the fly. Okay, what if I run over something while the wheels are in-line or nearly so? Is there something preventing it from falling face first?
I applaud the guy’s desire to create an electric vehicle with light weight and parking efficiency in mind. I’m just not sure this is the right design for it. I will grant #1 on this list is only marginally more dangerous than a sportbike and probably only a few notches worse than any other given motorcycle, but 2 is just a pain and 3-5 are the deal killers.