I would like one day, to ride a small vehicle the size of a ‘Quad’ legally around town… A ‘Quad’ pollutes less than an SUV, takes up less space, it’s lighter so it’s less damaging on the infrastructure and it’s also cool to drive! The LSV (Light Street Vehicle) is a convertible urban vehicle based on the Outlander Max XT platform.
How it works
I decided to use a production vehicle to save time and costs. I would remove the existing body and modify the frame to install a light canopy which could be opened in a single movement by pivoting it forward. (Two cylinders would facilitate the move.) I would also change the wheels and tires as the LSV would mostly be ridden on pavement.
The ground clearance would be lowered along with the seats in order to reduce the centre of gravity. The driving position would be a bit more aggressive than a conventional ATV. The interior could be air conditioned by adding of a second radiator and the side panels would slide back for an ‘open air feeling’. Of course, it would be possible to use the LSV in winter, that’s why I opted for a closed cockpit and four-wheel drive.
Occupants would be protected laterally by the cab’s sub frame. The LSV will probably need a new ‘certification’ category because it will not meet the Automobile’s safety standards. However, maybe it will fit in the ‘low-speed vehicle’ class (50 mph).
I would like to thank Boris Schwarzer for creating the renderings of the Cityjet concept. Boris is based in Michigan, U.S.A. He went to the College of Creative Studies. He also created the images for the Spike commuting car, the Joust personal transporter, and the Urban Link tuk-tuk.