Electric 3R-C single-seater for Geneva show
2 March 2010

Honda has joined the ranks of manufacturers who have shown single-seater concept cars with the new 3R-C.

The 3-RC is an electric three-wheeler that has more in common with a motorbike than a car. The driver sits in the vehicle but their head will poke out of the top – the plastic canopy is only in place when the vehicle is parked.

See the official Honda 3-RC pics

When moving, the canopy forms a fairing around the driver. At the front of the vehicle is a lockable luggage compartment

Created by Honda’s European R and D operation in Milan, the 3R-C uses motorbike tyres, and a handlebar style-wheel to steer. It’s not intended for production, but does show that Honda is thinking about single-seater urban vehicles.

Nissan recently showed its Landglider concept, a tilting single-seater, while BMW recently revealed it had built a single seater concept car called Simple, but decided against showing it.

The trend for this type of vehicle is thought to be related to potential legislation in the US that could split lanes on multi-lane roads in two for use by these narrow single seaters.

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24 February 2010

Brilliant, i really, really wish to own a single seat car, so i'm glad concepts are starting to appear. But i would only want one that has a full safety cell for protection in a crash, more car than motorbike. I want 4 wheels aswell. The potential for very nice modern and performance design is mouthwatering for single seat future cars.

24 February 2010

Back in the 70s, I used to have a single-seat, three-wheeled car that had a 500 cc motorcycle engine and was steered via a tiller-bar. It was egg-shell blue and had a nasty habit of turning over! The only good thing about it was that it had an AC badge on the bonnet. Believe me, this is a very silly concept, hardly original!

24 February 2010

All this modern stuff makes the Sinclair C5 seem a bit basic!

The idea of a single person transport brings out the Jetson in most of us. Whether they are ever a practical and commercial proposition, I'm not sure.

It would be a shame if it didn't happen.

24 February 2010

I think just for them to be making these radical concepts for single person use is a great step forwards. Even if they look nothing like production models, it shows that single seat transport is on their minds. Which is great. I'm sure there will be 4 wheel versions.

24 February 2010

Sorry but I am not going to drive a 'car' where my head sticks out the top. Good candidate for my new book though, entitled 'How to look a complete Berk, without becoming a politician'. Reminds me of those US sauna cabinets from the 70's.

25 February 2010

[quote noluddite]Sorry but I am not going to drive a 'car' where my head sticks out the top. Good candidate for my new book though, entitled 'How to look a complete Berk, without becoming a politician'. Reminds me of those US sauna cabinets from the 70's.[/quote] At least the sauna cabinets were't designed to be driven on the public roads. ;-}}}}

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