Jul 9, 2008

Cool and Creative Foldable Vehicles.

Cool and Creative Foldable Vehicles

Here is a cool collection ‘Cool and Creative Foldable Vehicles’ from around the world.

The Mazda Suitcase Car:

The Mazda Suitcase Car (4) 1
The Mazda Suitcase Car (4) 2
The Mazda Suitcase Car (4) 3
The Mazda Suitcase Car (4) 4It was originally designed & built in 1991 as part of a design contest held at Mazda's Engineering department. Created with a simple idea to have a 3-wheeled car inside a suitcase. Instead of waiting in line for a taxi or shuttle, just open your suitcase & drive off. Powered by a 40cc engine, the vehicle holds enough fuel approximately 2 hours of driving. Can be assembled in about 15-20 seconds & comes with functional brake lights & turn signals. Vehicle was rebuilt in a black suitcase in 1994. The original was a red color suitcase that was lost in a parking lot incident.

The Suitcase Bike:

The Suitcase Bike (2) 1
The Suitcase Bike (2) 2This bike can transform itself into a suitcase, comes with a price tag of $400.

Folding Motorbike:

Folding MotorbikeThese aren't a new invention, according to Di Blasi, , the American company making these bikes, the model has been around for quite many years now. It weighs in at less than 30 kg (64 lbs) & can be folded to fit in a bag measuring 73 cm (L) by 53 cm (H) by 30 cm (W), i.e., less than 5 cubic feet, or into the trunk of any standard car. Using its 1.3 - 3800 rpm engine, it can reach speeds of 50 kph (about 30 mph) & according to Di Blasi, gets up to 130 miles per gallon (though its fuel tank holds only 3/4 of a gallon), comes with a price tag of $2000.

MIT's Foldable City Car:

MIT's Foldable City Car Researchers at MIT with backing from General Motors Corp., are building a prototype of a lightweight electric vehicle that can be cheaply mass-produced, rented by commuters under a shared-use business model, & folded & arranged like grocery carts at subway stations or other central sites. It's called the City Car, and the key to the concept lies in the design of its wheels.

Foldable Plane - ICON A5:

Foldable Plane - ICON A5 (2) 1
Foldable Plane - ICON A5 (2) 2The ICON A5, by Icon Aircraft, is a foldable sport plane that can be stored in a home garage or can be kept on a trailer to the water or a runway to launch, it looks like a Sports car & costs as much as Maserati.

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