BMW's Simple and Clever Personal Mobility Concepts -
BMW's Simple and Clever Personal Mobility Concepts
If you didn't already know, BMW makes some pretty
impressive motorcycles in addition to its portfolio of luxury and sports
cars. By utilizing the extensive design and engineering resources of both
divisions, the BMW Group developed a duo of concept vehicles -- titled
Simple and Clever --
with the aim of pushing the boundaries of personal mobility. BMW considers
the concepts to be significant enough that it's adding them to the
automaker's "Concept Vehicles" exhibit at BMW Museum in Munich.
Simple, which stands for "A Sustainable and Innovative Mobility Product for
Low Energy consumption," developed in 2005, takes much from the motorcycle
and automotive worlds and provides a safe and comfortable enclosed passenger
cabin in a slim contemporary package. The tandem seating allows for better
weight distribution while leaning into corners via its automated tilting
technology -- similar in scope to what Nissan is employing on its new Land
Glider concept for the 2009 Tokyo show. Powering Simple is a 48-hp engine
that allows the three-wheeler to hit 62 mph in a claimed sub-10 sec.
The Clever project was launched in 2002 as an initiative of Berlin?s
Technical University with EU backing, bolstered by participation from other
European universities and related industries. Clever employs many of the
same design concepts found on the Simple -- a corner leaning feature, three
wheels, and two passengers sitting one behind the other -- but introduced a
230 cc single-cylinder natural gas engine to the equation. The design called
for the riding fun of a motorcycle, but the safety of a car, as well as an
ultra-small environmental and road footprint,.
Its front end utilizes an innovative steering system that's largely made up
of an H-shaped swing arm. The Clever's mainframe acts as a survival cell
much like any current Formula 1 car does. At the time, the vehicle complied
with the Euro NCAP crash test requirements for small cars.
The urban cruiser can hit around 40 mph in 7 sec and has a range of 124
miles on a single tank of natural gas.
If you're in the Munich area any time soon, we'd advise a trip to the BMW
Museum. Simple and Clever are joining the "Concept Vehicles" display