I talk with Mike Corbin, Sparrow EV inventor & American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame 2000
I spoke with Mike Corbin at the Micro Car Meet in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
He was with the serial No. 2 Sparrow and talked with me about it. His
business, Corbin Pacific, makes after market motorcycle seats and other
accessories. He was inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall
of Fame in 2000.
In my next video I visit Pioneer Conversions in Lemont and take this Corbin
Sparrow for a ride.
Stealth Tryke #3
A three wheeled prototype test without bodywork. For more information visit
Aerodynamic ,tear drop shaped 3 wheeled car.Zoleco video 2
A three wheeled,front wheel drive,improved thermal efficiency via energy
recapture implimentation on this three cylinder turbocharged engine , it is being built as a
supermileage practical exotic sport coupe .Estimated gasoline mileage to be
on the order of 150+MPG at 45 mph or 92 at 65mph.This video shows a walk
around of the concept cars body plug in it's first prime stage set up on
the chassis table.The tubular space frame fabrication is in process.The
sleek aerodynamic flowing body design will be a carbonfibre and aluminum
combination. Further advancements to the aero shape are also currently
being implimented.Looking for prototype development funding to get this car
on the road and into the hearts of motivated passionate car crazy
people.Goal is to complete the prototype and put it on a national show tour
.This will determine the scope of the limited production facility for the
building of these custom futuristic enviromentally friendly four passenger
exotic yet practical automobiles . They will be the perfect car for
celebrities to show thier flare for unique automotive style and very
efficient energy use! From data collected I have found that a 50% reduction
in aero drag is netting us 80% improvement in mileage....What is very
exciting is that just a 2 % improvement in thermal effiviency will reduce
the fuel consumption by 8% .The research car will explore all the viable
energy conservation possibilities. For more information Contact
INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FASTEST ROAD VEHICLE AT 340 MPH
Meet the world's fastest ever road vehicle built to reach an astonishing
top speed of 340mph and get 90MPG!
The Acabion GTBO uses jet fighter technology and aerodynamics to reach its
extraordinary speed propelled by a state-of-the-art turbo-charged engine.
Its designers revealed it could reach 300mph in a blistering 30 seconds
- substantially quicker than the rival Bugatti Veyron which takes 55 seconds to
reach its top speed of 250mph.
The two-wheeled GTBO comes with two extra stabilizers at the rear to keep
it steady at low speeds - similar to those fitted to a child's first bike.
However, rather than pedal power, the two-seater has a 1300cc turbo-charged engine which produces a staggering
The GTBO's designer, former Porsche engineer Peter Maskus, described the
unusual vehicle as a "road streamliner". It weighs just 700lbs - half the
weight of the original Mini.
Although it looks a bit like a motorcycle, Dr Maskus claims it is a new
type of vehicle altogether and is the future of high-speed, low-emission
An electric version with a top speed of around 300mph is also planned.
Dr Maskus, who runs Acabion, said: "The Acabion GTBO minimizes weight and
maximizes power and aerodynamic efficiency. The effects are just out of
"The GTBO is the trendsetter towards a new generation of crafts in two
categories, both hyper efficient.
"One category is pure electric for city traffic and distances up to 300
"The other category is petrol driven with 10 times the punch and a range of
up to 1000 miles per fuel-stop.
"They both Boost the jet-like GTBO
to jet-fighter punch and to new dimensions of both efficiency and speed."
Dr Maskus said he believed the GTBO "integrates the best you can get from
cars and bikes", combined with a jet cockpit.
The vehicle can reach such high speeds thanks to its arrow shape which
reduces lifting or grip loss.
Dr Maskus added: "Building cars based on carriages was a logical thing to
do back in 1886. It is the most silly thing to do in the 21st century."
Asked whether he believed his vehicle was better than the much-lauded
Bugatti Veyron, Dr Maskus
said: "The Veyron is a
"But that is a bit of its problem - it's still a car.
"The Acabion does not even want to be a car, nor a bike. It is a new class:
a road streamliner.
"Our grandchildren will probably laugh at how slow and how inefficient cars
Dr Maskus, who is German and has also worked for Mercedes, said the GTBO
would be in production and on the road within three years.
But those wanting to buy the vehicle developed in Switzerland and the UK
will have to pay a staggering £1.5million for the privilege.
The fastest, mass-produced road car is currently the American-built SSC
Ultimate Aero TT which managed 257mph in tests verified by the Guinness
World Records in October last year.
So, do you think the Acabion is capable of 340mph? If not what top speed do
you think? For example, the Veyron has the 1000hp at 4300lbs. -
drag coefficient of .41. It has a high speed mode that basically retunes
the suspension (lowers front and rear) and rear wing that reduces the drag
to .36 to achieve -I think it was the last 60mph or so to what 253mph? It
takes 500 of those horses just to overcome the wind resistance at the top
end to allow it to continue to accelerate. Wind resistance is the biggest
problem at high speeds over 200mph, this is why it usually takes high HP.
Significantly reduced drag = greater top speed with less HP required. The
drag coefficient of the Acabion is .14 which is less than half the Veyron at 253mph. In addition the
Acabion only lacks 25% of the Veyron's horse power, and it's
83.5% lighter or 1/6 of the weight at only 700lbs. We are talking about an
additional 87mph from 253 - 340. The Veyron experiences a 60mph or so
gain dropping the drag coefficient by .05 - the Acabion drops the .36 drag
by .22 down to .14. The real problem at Acabion is that they released to
much information on this before they were willing to give the public a good
show. Now they're under pressure to deliver. I know at first glance this
thing could seem like some real BS but if your interested in speed you
should give this a serious look before you dismiss it. They spend 2 years
building just one of these, it's based on the Suzuki Hayabusa.
SSC Ultimate Aero - supercar/hypercar (top speed: 256.18mph)
World's Fastest Car...Bugatti Veyron
Top Gear tests the World's Fastest Production Automobile: Bugatti Veyron...has 1000 horses and a top
speed of 407kph! Thats 253mph.
Fastest Car in the World
GOTO: http://tinyurl.com/276c4a4 FOR COMPLETE REVIEW
Susan Carpenter has a look at the E-Tracer, the all-electric
X-Prize-winning "cabin motorcycle" that averages 205.3 miles per gallon
equivalent and can reach a top speed of 200 mph. The "less than $100,000"
vehicle will go into production in 2011. Its target market is California.
VIDEO BY DON KELSEN MYUNG CHUN SUSAN CARPENTER
TRIVIA - Electric Car
TRIVIA is an eletric vehicle for big cities, chaotic traffic and a better
Small and agile, slightly larger than a motorcycle, intended to an occupant
while offering the advantages as
porter, seating, lighting, air and shelter from rain, wind and dust.
Equipped with electric motor on the front wheel it does not pollute the air
and is extremely economical, having pedals
as a step machine and gears like a bicycle that provide a chance to pedal
practicing all contributing to engine performance.
Intended for urban people, youth and adults with affinity to technology and
innovation and preoccupied with health,
providing a chance of practicing without devote hours to exercise it. With
intelligent design is TRIVIA
more than a tricycle, it is a revolution against a sedentary lifestyle,
waste of space and time of cars
conventional convenience and comfort.
More details www.maisinfinito.com.br
New Electric Cars Are Better
Just showing off some of the cool new electric cars and putting to rest
some of the myths out there. When people think of electric cars, typically
they think of older ugly slower models, lead-acid batterys, and BS
propaganda they've read slamming the "electric cars"(as though they all
carried the exact same attributes)
The battery technology has changed(and will change even more when nanowire
battery becomes common), the speeds have changed, the climate versatility
has changed, the prices are changing, the car companies are changing...
everything is changing for the better. I expect to see a lot more support
for EV's during and after 2010.
Music, San Francisco, by:
Green Vehicles all-electric three-wheeled TRIAC
The TRIAC is an all-electric three-wheeled vehicle from Green Vehicles that
puts the environmental and running cost advantages of electric vehicles
within the reach of the average commuter thanks to its US$24,995 price
point. The TRIAC is capable of a top speed of 80mph and a range of 100
miles on a single charge. Gizmag talks to Green Vehicles President, Mike
Ryan, about the TRIAC.
Wildfire Truck WF650-T 3 Wheeled Truck
This is a video of a 2009 Wildfire WF650-T 3 wheeled truck we sell. It is
street legal and titled as a motorcycle. It is a lot like the famous
Cushman Truckster. It has a 4-speed manual transmission and a 650cc motor
and gets 70mpg. MSRP on this truck is $7166.00 plus freight. Call Kelly
Hicks @ 815-849-9089 if you want more info, or to reserve yours today.
1960 Vespa 400 Microcar with 1200cc Harley Davidson Sportster engine
I've had a ton of emails asking for more shots of the build and video of it
running down the street. Here a short clip to give you some idea of what we
did to build this wild ride. Its a mix of video and photos. Of course,
there was ALOT more to it than just what you see here.