Hybridization of the car and bike has been around for a couple of decades now. But with Polaris filing an application to patent its latest automobile innovation of the three-wheeler (likely to be named “Slingshot”), it has taken the interbreeding of the car-bike to a newer level. This three-wheeler buddy bike follows the norm of two wheels at the front and one at the back, aka the Can-Am Spyder, Campagna T-Rex and the Morgan 3 Wheeler to name a few top biking tripods.
Trying a design away from the front-back tandem seat straddle of the Can-Am Spyder, Slingshot offers a side-by-side seating, replacing handle bars with a steering wheel. This reverse trike plans to have a longitudinally oriented body with the engine mounted in the front and a drive system behind the seats. The single rear wheel will be the driving force powered by a belt rather than a shaft with a rack and pinion steering design. However, the patent application mentions scope of incorporating an electronic power steering system.
Targeting an international market, Polaris says the Slingshot could incorporate interchangeable lighting that can be customized to each world market’s requirements. The patent application also keeps doors open for the inclusion of several features like antilock brakes, traction control, a method to lock the rear wheel during downshifts to avoid slips and of course, the all-important vehicle stability control, lest the biker somersaults.
The Slingshot does look like a tough competitor to the Can-Am Spyder, Campagna T-Rex and the Morgan 3 Wheeler with its trendy design and upgraded features. How soon it enters the market and captures its adventurists is something every biking enthusiast is watching out for!
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