Higgins-Aube Energya

Higgins-Aube Energya

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Higgins-Aube, a young Canadian company, has shown early images of its latest creation, the Energya (no, we don’t know how to pronounce it), a three-wheeled vehicle. The Energya is designed as a light, high performance vehicle. Similar to a sports car where the driver and the passenger are seated side-by-side, the Energya motomobile has a rear engine that drives the single wheel at the back, with the idea that it feels, drives and behaves mostly like an open wheel racecar.

Mechanically, the Energya motomobile will be powered by a motorcycle engine having a six-speed sequential manual transmission. It will feature an aluminum frame with inboard front suspension using superposed unequal A-arms. The dampers slightly protrude through the front cowling, both as a design statement and for cooling reasons.

Particular attention has been given to reduce the mass of the non-suspended components and to centralising most of the mass closer to the vehicle’s centre of gravity for enhancing dynamic performance. The cockpit is typical of a racecar with only the essential instruments for the road, and figure-hugging seats. Half-doors are provided to ease access to the cockpit while providing side-impact protection.

A three-wheeled vehicle is considered, in many jurisdictions as a motorcycle. Since the vehicle may do without many of the mandatory systems and components required on an automobile, the motomobile may consequently be made lighter, advantageously influencing its performances. As Higgins-Aube shares the philosophy of late Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, reducing weight was indeed the cornerstone that led to the choice of this type of vehicle. Furthermore, a three-wheel vehicle having two wheels at the front, contrarily to having a single wheel at the front, is dynamically stable.

Performance targets are set high: achieve 0-100km/h within 4 seconds and lateral acceleration in excess of 1 G . Expect an engine in the neighbourhood of 200 hp and an approximate vehicle weight of 350kg.

But you’re only looking at computer renders here: given appropriate financial backing, production units of the Energya motomobile could hit the market within 18 months, and it could be offered as an electric vehicle.

Higgins-Aube Energya fq

Higgins-Aube, a young Canadian company, has shown early images of its latest creation, the Energya (no, we don’t know how to pronounce it), a three-wheeled vehicle. The Energya is designed as a light, high performance vehicle. Similar to a sports car where the driver and the passenger are seated side-by-side, the Energya motomobile has a rear engine that drives the single wheel at the back, with the idea that it feels, drives and behaves mostly like an open wheel racecar.

Mechanically, the Energya motomobile will be powered by a motorcycle engine having a six-speed sequential manual transmission. It will feature an aluminum frame with inboard front suspension using superposed unequal A-arms. The dampers slightly protrude through the front cowling, both as a design statement and for cooling reasons.

Particular attention has been given to reduce the mass of the non-suspended components and to centralising most of the mass closer to the vehicle’s centre of gravity for enhancing dynamic performance. The cockpit is typical of a racecar with only the essential instruments for the road, and figure-hugging seats. Half-doors are provided to ease access to the cockpit while providing side-impact protection.

A three-wheeled vehicle is considered, in many jurisdictions as a motorcycle. Since the vehicle may do without many of the mandatory systems and components required on an automobile, the motomobile may consequently be made lighter, advantageously influencing its performances. As Higgins-Aube shares the philosophy of late Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, reducing weight was indeed the cornerstone that led to the choice of this type of vehicle. Furthermore, a three-wheel vehicle having two wheels at the front, contrarily to having a single wheel at the front, is dynamically stable.

Performance targets are set high: achieve 0-100km/h within 4 seconds and lateral acceleration in excess of 1 G . Expect an engine in the neighbourhood of 200 hp and an approximate vehicle weight of 350kg.

But you’re only looking at computer renders here: given appropriate financial backing, production units of the Energya motomobile could hit the market within 18 months, and it could be offered as an electric vehicle.

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