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

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The Canada-based Higgins-Aub顉nc. has released these images of its new three-wheeled concept, the Energya. According to Higgins-Aub鬠the Energya is a lightweight, high-performance motomobile thatll 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 Aub顡nd 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-Aub鮊

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-Aub顷ish 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-Aub顡lso hope to create a high-performance battery-powered electric variant of the Energya.