Friday, September 19, 2008

Higgins-Aubé show the Energya trike


The Energya three-wheeled concept, a high-performance 'motomobile'

Pics: AutoblogGreen

The Canada-based Higgins-Aubé Inc. has released these images of its new three-wheeled concept, the Energya. According to Higgins-Aubé, the Energya is a lightweight, high-performance ‘motomobile’ that’ll have the capacity to seat two passengers and offer supercar levels of performance at a fraction of the price.

The Energya is, essentially, the work of two men – Martin Aubé and Danny Higgins. The former is an industrial designer who also holds degrees in aeronautics and art history, while the latter is a professional mechanical engineer with a masters degree in aerospace engineering. Both are motorcyclists as well car enthusiasts, and share a passion for off-beat, path breaking vehicles.

Powered by a motorcycle engine that drives the single rear wheel, the Energya has been designed to behave like an open-wheeled racecar. ‘The vehicle features a distinctive, cutting-edge aggressive design that reflects its level of performance,’ say Higgins-Aubé.


A turbocharged ZZR1400 engine should be just the thing for this trike...

Apart from the motorcycle engine (may we suggest a turbocharged Kawasaki ZZR1400 unit?), the Energya concept has a six-speed sequential manual transmission, aluminum chassis, and inboard front suspension that uses superposed unequal A-arms. ‘Particular attention has been paid to reducing the weight of each component, in order to produce a vehicle that conveys a dynamically thrilling experience,’ claim its creators.

Higgins-Aubé wish to use a 200bhp four-cylinder motorcycle engine for the Energya, which will propel the 350-kilo vehicle from zero to 100km/h in under four seconds. Given appropriate financial backing, production units of the Energya motomobile could hit the market within 18 months, says a company press release.

In the near future, Higgins-Aubé also hope to create a high-performance battery-powered electric variant of the Energya.

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